Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run

What is a virtual run?
A virtual run can be completed on your own from any location you choose, on the day that you choose, at your own pace. You can run, jog, or walk on a road, on a trail, or a treadmill, at the gym, or on the track.

Why is the Sporting Life 10k changing to a virtual run?
Everyone’s health and safety is our top priority. We’re observing the same protocols as others around the world to minimize risks to everyone due to COVID-19. A virtual run will minimize risks, while still raising crucial funds to send kids with cancer to Camp Ooch.

Why should I fundraise for the Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run?
The Sporting Life 10k raises vital funds for Ooch. Year-round Community, In-Hospital and Overnight Camp programs across Ontario deliver fun, friendship and a sense of community at any stage of a child’s cancer journey. Childhood cancer affects thousands of kids and families in Ontario, and even today, our program specialists are reaching out virtually to young patients in the hospital, and continuing their vital (and virtual) connections with campers and their families at home in isolation. Soon, we will be back together. Kids with cancer still need the chance to just be kids—they still need camp. Amazing runners like you can still make the Magic of Camp happen—now’s our chance to prove it.


Will there still be Camp programs happening this year?
We are more than just a summer camp. Our programs  run year-round all across the Province. While suspended for the spring, we are still planning and preparing for a wonderful summer camp season, and look forward to it. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and will follow all the recommendations of trusted authorities, including those of our hospital partners.

I registered and paid to participate in the Sporting Life 10k Toronto. Can I transfer my registration to the Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run?
It’s already been done. All previously registered participants in the Sporting Life 10k Toronto are now automatically registered for the Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run.

I didn’t register for the virtual run experience. Can I still get a refund?
We invite you to convert your registration fee to a donation that benefits Camp Ooch and kids affected by childhood cancer, but a full refund will be offered to existing registrants who request it by April 8, 2020.

Can I defer my registration to 2021?
Unfortunately, no. However, all Sporting Life 10k Toronto participants will be converted to the Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run instead, free of charge. Participants also have the option to donate their registration fee to Camp Ooch or receive a full refund. Refunds must be requested by April 8, 2020.

Can I still run on Mother’s Day?
Yes! The 2020 Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run still takes place on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10—and, for those who can’t join it on that day, you may complete your run on any other day in May.

I want to sign up! Do I have to pay a registration fee to participate in the Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run?
There is a $60 registration fee, and participants who raise $150 or more will “Run for Free”.

Why should I pay for a Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run?
The event raises crucial funds to give kids affected by childhood cancer the chance to just be kids at Camp Ooch. Kids with cancer still need our help, and those funds are still crucial. Just like the regular Sporting Life 10k—your entry fee includes a bib, finisher’s medal and souvenir run t-shirt that will be mailed to you, and runners who raise $150 will “Run for Free”!

Can I donate without running? Or donate extra?
Of course! You can donate any amount. All proceeds go to Camp Ooch, providing critical funds to ensure essential camp programs continue at no cost to kids and families battling childhood cancer. To donate, please click here

Now that I’m transferred to the Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run, can the amount I paid towards registration count towards my fundraising total?
No. Your registration fee will remain the same—if you have already paid, you are registered for the Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run. It does not count towards your fundraising total.

Where should I complete my Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run?
We would love to see your #SL10K Virtual Run! Post them on social media and tag @sportinglife and @campoochigeas on Instagram and Camp Ooch on Facebook. That’s totally up to you! Run, walk, jog or dance the 10k anywhere you like.

Can I complete my runs in two separate runs?
You can complete your Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run in any way you like!

Do I have to run, or can I walk or complete my run on a treadmill?
You bet! All options for completing the Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run are up to you.

Do I have to run 10 kilometres?
The Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run will operate on the honour system—we encourage all participants to honour donors’ gifts to Camp Ooch!

Do I get a medal and t-shirt if I participate in the Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run?
Yes. A finisher medal, bib and runner t-shirt will be mailed to all participants in early May.

When will I receive my medal and t-shirt?
In early May.

Can I register for the Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run and create or join a team?
Yes! You can register online and join any team or create a new team, just like the regular run. More details can be found in registration.

Where can I share photos from my Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run?
We’d love to see your #SL10K Virtual Run! Post them on social media and tag @sportinglifeca @campoochigeas on Instagram and Camp Ooch on Facebook! Make sure to use the hashtags #SL10K and #WeStillRunForOoch!

I am not from Canada. Can I still participate?
There are no geographical boundaries to participation. We encourage everyone, runners and non-runners, from around the world to join us to raise much needed funds for Canadian kids and families affected by childhood cancer. (Note: only Canadian charitable tax receipts can be issued.

Without the race course, how will I know if I’ve actually run 10 kilometres?
There are lots of free tools available for smartphones to help runners measure distance. Our race platform provider is working on providing Sporting Life 10k integrated tools soon—so stay tuned! Other solutions in the meantime include Runkeeper, Strava, Zwift, and Nike+. You can also use a GPS-equipped smartwatch, like a Garmin (or some versions of the Apple Watch) to record running distance. Or, kick it old school, and drive a route using your car’s odometer to measure it before running, walking, or jogging your route!

How do I track my run, my time, or my pace?
At present, we do not have a system in place to track runners, but our race platform provider is working on it—stay tuned! Until then, commonly used platforms for individual athletes are Garmin, Strava, Runkeeper, Zwift, and Nike+.

Can I claim a badge for my Strava profile? Is the Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run registered as a Challenge?
Not at present. Stay tuned for more updates via email on future Strava Challenges for the Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run.

I run the Sporting Life 10k every year looking to set a personal record! Does the Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run count as an official race?
No. The Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run is not timed or officiated and there is no winner, no recorded times or standings, and no awards ceremony.

I was a Sporting Life 10k Toronto runner who is staying in the Virtual Run. Will I be able to donate my additional swag purchases to Camp Ooch or receive a refund?
After April 8 all eligible Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run participants will receive an email giving them the option to donate all swag purchase fees (includes shuttle bus, iTab, and finisher photo fees) or to receive a full refund of these fees. Note, subscriptions to Canadian Running Magazine will not be refunded.

Is this the end of the Sporting Life 10k?
Not at all! We’ll be back and better than ever in 2021, ready to run down Yonge Street to give kids affected by childhood cancer the chance to just be kids!

Can I get my shirt after the race?
No you cannot pick-up your shirt after the Virtual Run is completed in May.  You will receive your shirt in the mail in early May. We also do not mail out shirts after early May.

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.

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/junk 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.

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 Ooch! 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.


What is the charitable cause?
Camp Ooch, established in 1983, is a privately funded, volunteer based organization that provides kids with cancer with unique opportunities for growth through challenging, fun, enriching and magical experiences. For more than 30 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 events like the Sporting Life 10k to ensure that every kid has the opportunity to experience camp. In January 2020, Camp Ooch and Camp Trillium merged, with a shared goal to broaden and deepen support for kids and families across Ontario.

I made a donation to last year’s run. When will I get my charitable tax receipt?
If you requested a tax receipt at time of donation you would have received the receipt via email. If you didn’t request a tax receipt or can’t locate your tax receipt, please contact sl10k@ooch.org for support.

I just entered the run and added a donation to Camp Ooch. Where’s my charitable tax receipt?
Your tax receipt will be sent via email. It will be sent separate from your event confirmation. If you do not receive your tax receipt via email please contact sl10k@ooch.org for support.

Are there finisher medals?
Yes, everyone who enters the Sporting Life 10k Virtual Run will receive a finisher’s medal with their run kit in early May.  This will be mailed to participants.

Can children participate?
Children of all ages can participate and should complete their Virtual Run with an adult.
What is included in the Entry Fee?

  • Souvenir running shirt
  • Exclusive Finisher medal
  • Run bib

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