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5K Running & Reading Challenge

The Start2Finish 5K Running & Reading Challenge, which is the largest children’s run in Canada and beyond, takes place annually at the end of May, and marks the conclusion of the Running & Reading Club program for the year.

The run this year will be held at York University, as well as a number of other community locations nationwide, and will be expanding to additional university campuses across the country in the near future.

The race is coupled with a Jeopardy-style Reading Challenge, followed by an awards ceremony celebrating the children’s accomplishments complete with medals, trophies and prizes, as well as activities such as a fun zone, a reading zone, and lunch for all of the kids.


Sunday April 29th
Run Start Time: 8:00 am
Police 1/2 Marathon and 5km Run, 

Saturday May 12th
Run Start Time: 10:05 am
Community Action Dash 10/5km Run

Winnipeg: (William Whyte and Sister McNamara)
Thursday June 7th
Event Start Time: 3:30pm
Assiniboine Park (Tentative)

Saturday May 19th
Run Start Time: 2:00pm
Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon, Doctors of Nova Scotia Youth Run

Central and Southwestern Ontario Clubs
(Toronto, Guelph, Waterloo, London, Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton)
Saturday May 26th
Run Start Time: 9:30 am
York University Panam Stadium, Toronto 

Eastern Ontario: (Ottawa and Kingston)
Saturday May 26th
Run Start Time: 4:00 pm
Run Ottawa HGT Sports Ottawa 5km run

Sunday May 27th
Run Start Time: 1:00 pm
ScotiaBank Calgary Marathon Goodlife 5km Family Run/Walk

Sunday June 3rd
Run Start time: 9:30am
Run Up for Downs 5km Run/Walk, Simon Fraser University

Winnipeg: (Opaskwayak)
Sunday June 17th
Run Start Time: 7:15 am
Manitoba Marathon Super Run, University of Manitoba

To find out how you can volunteer at the 5K Running & Reading Challenge or for further information regarding the Start2Finish Running & Reading Club program, please contact Michelle Wray, Director of Community & Volunteer Relations, at 1-888-320-8844 or (905) 319-1885 ext. 206, or

Earlier Event: May 16
National Run4Change
Later Event: August 14
Backpack Packing Event
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