Great Pumpkin Run Walk

Each October, the Great Pumpkin Run Walk takes over the streets of White Rock for a lively 1K/5K run or walk for Peace Arch Hospital. This grassroots fundraiser features zany costumes, kids in strollers, dogs and an enthusiastic community of supporters cheering on the participants. Last year $90,000 was raised for Peace Arch Hospital’s ER and more than 1,500 runners and walkers participated.

The 10th Anniversary of the Great Pumpkin Run Walk will take place on Sunday, October 30, 2016 - stay tuned for more details!

Don’t miss this fun community event!

Where

Bayview Park

When

Sunday, October 30

8AM Registration

9AM Race Begins

Register

Until Sept 30
Early Bird Registration (prize draw)
Until October 29
Online Registration ends at 2:00 p.m.
More Info

Event Details

ONLINE Registration will open in august 2016

Each October, the Great Pumpkin Run Walk takes over the streets of White Rock for a lively 1K/5K run or walk for Peace Arch Hospital. This grassroots fundraiser features zany costumes, kids in strollers, dogs and an enthusiastic community of supporters cheering on the participants. Last year $90,000 was raised for Peace Arch Hospital’s ER and more than 1,500 runners and walkers participated.

let's meet at the beach!

Due to construction at Peace Arch Hospital, the event will once again take place on Marine Drive. So let's meet at west beach and keep up the pace for a new ER! Bayview Park will host our fairgrounds and be where both the start and finish lines are held.

                                                           


Participant Info:

We'll cover your registration fees if you choose to fundraise for the event. All gifts are greatly appreciated and will help to rebuild our ER. Tax receipts will be issued automatically for all online donations. Gifts of $25 or more made by cheque or cash will be receipted by mail by December 31.

**Please note that registration fees are not tax-receiptable.

2016 Registration Fees (if you choose to participate but not fundraise):

Adult - $20
Family - $50
Youth (13-18) - $15
Senior (65+) - $15

IMPORTANT: To qualify for a receipt, donor contact information must be complete and legible.

When you register, you'll create your very own personal fundraising page to collect donations and view the status of your fundraising efforts. Do you have a personal story about why Peace Arch Hospital is important to you? Share it on your page and let your friends and family know why you're walking or running for your ER.

Find out about the cool prizes we have this year and how you can qualify!

Teams

Call your friends and family, colleagues or classmates, and set up your own winning team. The more people you can get involved, the more awareness and funds we will be able generate for this important cause.

Here's how to build your team:

  1. Pick a team captain
  2. Name your team
  3. Register your team online in one of the specified categories
  4. Send emails inviting people to join your team
  5. Keep your team motivated using our email templates

It's easy to organize a team and we'll give you online tools to help manage your group. We offer prizes to the top fundraising teams so get started early!

Corporate Challenge

Looking for a great team building event for your staff? Take our Corporate Challenge by registering your business in one of seven categories and enjoy bragging rights for being the top fundraiser in your industry! Not only will your business be recognized as a health care champion but you'll be supporting a wonderful cause right here in your community. The categories are below.

Health/Wellness
Finance/Insurance
Real Estate/Mortgage Brokers/Construction
Education/Sports Teams
Retail/Hospitality
Not-For-Profit/Community Groups
Legal/Accounting

Simply choose your category in the drop-down menu under "Create a new team under an existing group" when you register your team and you will automatically be entered into the Corporate Challenge. All businesses will be recognized on our website and the top corporate team from each category will be listed in the Peace Arch News. You will also qualify in the Top Corporate Team category to win a FREE half page ad in the Peace Arch News along with a trophy to display in your business for a year and other great prizes.

Please note that in order to participate in the Corporate Challenge, teams must be registered by October 23, 2016 and to qualify for Top Corporate Team, all donations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on October 26.

COMMUNITY campaign

Another great way to support the National Bank Financial Great Pumpkin Run Walk is to grab a bite at the businesses participating in our Community Campaign.

Fundraising Tips

When you register online, a personal page will automatically be set up for you. Make sure to customize it with your photo and story. By using a personal page, you will be able to:

  • Be the first person to make a donation towards your fundraising goal
  • Manage your personal and/or team fundraising goals
  • Customize our email templates to send out messages to your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours
  • Track your fundraising success
  • Recruit, motivate and communicate with your team members
  • Link to your personal blogs, Facebook and/or Twitter accounts to help promote your participation

Ways to Fundraise

  • Corporate Matching – find out if your employer has a matching gift program
  • Email Tagline – add a tagline to your email letting people know that you are participating in the 2014 National Bank Financial Great Pumpkin Run Walk to help raise money for Peace Arch Hospital’s ER.  Include a link to your fundraising page
  • Garage Sale – ask your friends, family and neighbors to participate by donating items.  Make a sign to let people know that all proceeds will benefit Peace Arch Hospital’s ER
  • Bake Sale -  sell your baked goodies to your colleagues and friends. Everyone loves a bake sale!
  • Change Jar – have a change jar at reception at work, or in your classroom at school
  • Casual Friday – ask your employer if you can host a “Casual Friday” at your place of work. Employees make a donation to dress casually
  • Birthday – in lieu of gifts ask your friends to make a donation to your fundraising goal

Frequently Asked Questions

When does registration open and close?
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. on event day and closes at 9:00 a.m.  To beat the queues you can pick up your Run Walk bib and drop off donations prior to the event.  Pre-event check-in will be held at our Foundation office (located on the main floor of Peace Arch Hospital at 15521 Russell Ave) on Friday, October 16 from noon – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 17 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

What is the fundraising minimum? 
There is no minimum fundraising requirement as every dollar makes a difference!

Are baby strollers allowed on the Run Walk route?
Registered walkers are welcome to have a baby stroller. People with baby strollers will begin at the back to ensure the safety of participants.

If I am registering as a family, do I need to register each family member separately?
No, you only need to register family members separately if  they would like to have an individual fundraising page (as opposed to being included on the family's fundraising page).

Can I rollerblade, skate or bike in the event?
No, due to safety concerns rollerblades, skates and bikes are not allowed on the route.

Can I bring my dog to the event?
Well-behaved dogs are welcome!  We ask that people running or walking  with dogs begin at the back of the participants. Don't forget the poop bags!

How do I create my fundraising page?
When you register, follow the prompts to create your very own personal fundraising page to collect donations and view the status of your fundraising efforts. Do you have a personal story about why Peace Arch Hospital is important to you? Share it on your page and let your friends and family know why you're walking or running for your ER.

How do I encourage my friends and family to make a donation to my fundraising page?
Customize our email templates to send out messages to your friends, family, colleagues and neighbours asking them to support your fundraising goals.

Check out this great video of our 2014 event produced by Ron and Sherron Fairbairn.