Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get my shirt after the race?
No you cannot pick-up your shirt after the race. We also do not mail out shirts before or after the race.
Is my t-shirt size guaranteed?
No, unfortunately due to the number of participants we cannot guarantee t-shirt sizes will be exactly as ordered.
Can I exchange my shirt size at kit pick up or on run day?
No, you cannot exchange your shirt at kit pickup or on run day. If you wish to change your shirt size, you may do so BEFORE April 19, 2017 in the Participant Dashboard
Where do I find my Registration Confirmation and/or Promotional Gift Card?
To search for your confirmation, please click here. If you do not see your registration confirmation email in your inbox, please check your spam folder. Your email registration confirmation and your promotional gift card were emailed to you in two separate emails.

If you are looking specifically for your promotional gift card, you can log into the Participant Dashboard to retrieve your coupons.

When does my Promotional Gift Card expire?
Promotional Gift Card

Your Sporting Life Promotional Gift Card expires one month after the price change / registration cut-off date that you registered before.

For Example – if you registered on January 8th, 2017, and the registration cut-off was January 15th, then your Promotional Gift Card expires on February 15th, 2017. Or, if you registered on January 30th, and the registration cut-off was February 15th, your Promotional Gift Card expires on March 15th, 2017.

Please refer to the chart below for specific registration and promotional gift card expiry dates:

Registration DateRegistration Cost and Promotional Gift Card ValuePromotional Gift Card
Expiry Date
Until January 15, 2017$50+ HST includes a $35.00 Sporting Life Promotional Gift Card, a New Balance Technical Shirt and a coupon for 20% off New Balance shoes and apparel.*Sporting Life gift card expires February 15, 2017
Jan. 16 - Feb. 15, 2017$55+ HST includes a $30.00 Sporting Life Promotional Gift Card, a New Balance Technical Shirt and a coupon for 20% off New Balance shoes and apparel.*Promotional Gift Card Expires March 15, 2017
Feb. 16 - Mar. 15, 2017$60+ HST includes a $25.00 Sporting Life Promotional Gift Card, New Balance Technical Shirt and a coupon for 20% off New Balance shoes and apparel.*Promotional Gift Card Expires April 15, 2017
Mar. 16 – Apr. 15, 2017$65+ HST includes a $20.00 Sporting Life Promotional Gift Card, New Balance Technical Shirt and a coupon for 20% off New Balance shoes and apparel.*Promotional Gift Card Expires May 15, 2017
Apr. 16 – Apr. 30, 2017$75+ HST includes a New Balance Technical Shirt. No gift cards are available after April 15.No Promotional Gift Card
How do I create a team?
Teams have more fun! So, gather your friends, family and colleagues together for fun, friendship and fundraising for Camp Oochigeas!

Getting Started Is Easy!

  • Choose your team name.
  • Nominate a Team Captain.
  • The Team Captain registers for the race and creates the team during registration.
  • The Team Captain informs team members that the team has been created.
  • The Team members register for the race individually and join the team by selecting the team name from the drop down menu on the registration form.

Are there incentive prizes?
If you raise $250 online, the cost of the race registration is reimbursed to you.

Fundraise Online

Raise a minimum of $250 (the cost to send one child to Camp Ooch for one day) online by May 14, 2017 at 5 p.m. EST you are eligible to have your race registration reimbursed.*

  • * In order to qualify, the $250 total cannot include any personal donations made by you to your own personal fundraising page.
  • * The registration reimbursement does not include HST or processing fees.
  • * All reimbursements will be issued by September 30th , 2017.

Donating During Registration
Contributions ($250 or more) made at the time of registration will receive a split tax receipt for the donation amount minus the cost of race registration fee at the time of registration.

Tax receipts will be issued after the run, before December 31st 2017.

Opting out of your Reimbursement – sending more kids to Camp Ooch
Camp Ooch incurs the cost of your registration as our way of saying thank you for your commitment to raising critical funds for children with and affected by childhood cancer.

By opting out of receiving a refund, you will receive a gift-in-kind donation tax receipt and make a meaningful difference in the life of a child.

What is the charitable cause?
Camp Oochigeas, established in 1983, is a privately funded, volunteer based organization that provides kids with cancer and kids affected by childhood cancer with a unique opportunity for growth through challenging, fun, enriching and magical experiences. For the past 29 years, we have provided hope in a time where there feels like there can be none, self-esteem when kids are at their lowest and laughter, a seemingly impossible act during a child’s illness.

Ooch programs are provided to campers at absolutely no cost to their families. As a registered charity that receives no government funding, Camp ‘Ooch’ relies on the generosity of volunteers, donors and fundraising events, like the Sporting Life 10k, to ensure that every child diagnosed with cancer at SickKids Hospital has the opportunity to attend Ooch programs.

Do you need volunteers? How can I sign up to volunteer?
Yes, we always need volunteers to help us make the event a success. Click here to sign up and we’ll be in touch with you soon after we receive your application.
Can I wear my headphones / iPod during the run?
Ideally not. You should enjoy the race atmosphere and environment. If you do wear them, please ensure that the volume is low enough to hear any instructions given to you by our course marshals and that you are aware of others around you.
What is the route like?
The route is primarily downhill with the final 2km (approx.) being flat.

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What is the course?
The start line is four blocks south of Sporting Life, 2665 Yonge St (at Yonge St. & Roselawn Ave.). From there, the course heads south (downhill) on Yonge Street all the way to Richmond Street West. It then turns west on Richmond St. W., through the Entertainment District, continues south on Peter St./Blue Jays Way past “Gretzky’s” to Front St. The course then goes west along Front St., south on Bathurst St., and then west on Fort York Blvd. to the finish line!

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Is registration capped?
Yes, the race is capped at 23,000 participants in total.
Are there finisher medals?
Yes, everyone who finishes the race gets a medal.
Can anyone cross the finish line?
No, only registered participants wearing a race bib will be allowed to cross the finish line.
Can children participate?
The minimum age for participation is 8 years old. Children 12 years of age or under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. All children must be registered in the event and have a bib.
Is there a time limit?
Yes, there is a time limit. All participants have 2:15 hours to complete the course – approx. a 12:00 min/km pace.
Are walkers allowed?
Yes, walkers are encouraged to participate. All walkers will start in the final wave, the Pink Corral, starting at 9:00am.
Can I run the race with a baby jogger/running stroller?
Yes, you can run with a baby jogger/running stroller. PLEASE NOTE: if you are planning to run with a baby jogger, please enter yourself in the 6th Wave (Orange Corral). If you are planning to walk the race with a stroller, please enter the 7th Wave (Pink Corral).
Are wheelchairs allowed?
Yes, athletes requiring the use of a wheelchair are welcome to participate.

  • If you are using a racing wheelchair with three wheels, please register yourself for the Wheelchair Wave that starts at 7:25am.
  • If you are using a four-wheeled chair, or a recreational wheelchair, please register yourself for the 7th Wave that starts at 9:00am.
  • The use of hand cranks, levers, motors or mechanical gears (e.g hand cycles) are not permitted. Please see the International Paralympic Committee’s Athletics Rules and Regulations for more details.
  • For safety reasons, it is recommended that all wheelchair athletes wear a helmet during the race.

Is the race 'chip' timed?
Yes, we use the MyLap bibtag timing system provided by Sportstats
What is included in the Entry Fee?
New Balance Technical Shirt
Exclusive Finisher medal
Personalized race bib (if you register before April 19)
Opportunity to run down Yonge St. in one of Canada’s largest events
Great post race celebration
Helping children living with cancer
What are the wave start times?
Based on estimated finish times

Completion timeWave #Start time
Under 45:00 min’sWave #17:30am
45:00-52:00 min’sWave #27:35am
53:00-55:00 min’sWave #37:50am
56:00-59:00 min’sWave #48:10am
1:00-1:04 hoursWave #58:30am
1:05-1:14 hoursWave #68:45am
1:15-2:00 hoursWave #79:00am
What time does the run start?
Run starts at 7:30am
What is the race distance and is it certified?
The distance of the race is 10k, and is certified by Athletics Canada.

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