Jasmine de Pencier and Jett Jardeleza-Toole, founders of Kids’ Run for Nature, answer your questions:
What inspired the Kids’ Run for Nature?
We created the Kids’ Run for Nature in support of WWF-Canada because we care about the earth and want kids and their families involved in our great natural community. The runs support our environment and all the amazing species it holds while getting our bodies active and healthy.
We love to run. We love the feeling of the wind on our face as we go and we think it helps to clear our minds when we have lots going on. It makes us feel connected to nature. We hope that Kids’ Run for Nature encourages kids to get out into nature in a fun and non-competitive way and discover the joy of running.
Is the Kids’ Run for Nature inspired and driven by a bunch of kids?
YES! The heart and soul of Kids’ Run for Nature comes from the Team Leaders. These are kids from various communities who want to make a difference for nature by doing something fun and active in their own communities. They are passionate and motivated about collaborating with other kids to effect positive change for the environment while being active and healthy.
Why did you partner with World Wildlife Fund Canada?
Organizing an event with WWF-Canada is a great way to bring people together, raise awareness about environmental issues and raise funds for important conservation work. All proceeds from the run go to WWF-Canada to support their efforts to protect wildlife and habitats.
Is the Kids' Run for Nature only for kids or do parents sign up too?
The run was designed by kids for kids but invites people of all ages to participate. We encourage all family members to sign up and join us for the run.
I am bringing my child; do I need to sign up to run too or can they go alone?
Anyone who is running is required to sign up and pay the entry fee.
All runners 12 years of age and younger must be accompanied at the event by an adult.
All runners 6 years of age and under must be accompanied on the course by a registered adult runner. You will also receive a Kids’ Run for Nature shirt (in an adult size!).
Is the the course closed a closed circuit?
The race circuit is not closed, but will be well marked. Accompanying adults are responsible for children in their care, and must meet the runners at the finish line if they are not accompanying them on the course.
Do I need to sign a waiver?
Yes, all participants must sign a waiver. A parent or legal guardian must sign a waiver for participants under the age of majority. Minors being accompanied by a non-legal parent or guardian must provide a hardcopy of the waiver signed by their legal parent or guardian. You can download and print the waiver here.
What if something comes up on the day of the run and I can't make it? Can I get a refund? Refunds are not offered. You can feel good knowing that your entry fee will be going to support WWF-Canada’s conservation work at home and around the globe.
What if it rains?
We run rain or shine (but prefer sunny skies!).
Where and when does the Kids’ Run for Nature take place?
Please see our list of run sites for a Kids' Run for Nature event near you. Generally, runs take place on the second Sunday of June.
What do I need to bring?
Weather appropriate running attire: Comfortable running shoes, hats, sunscreen or rain coat (sometimes a clear garbage bag over top is good!). We will have water stations around the site but it is always a good idea to bring your own well labeled, reusable water bottle.
Will there be a somewhere to leave my bag?
We are not offering a bag check at the run so please do not bring valuables, or bring someone to hold your items as you run.
What happens after the run?
Celebrate your accomplishment with a healthy snack and then check out the amazing natural green space of the park.
How can I get involved?
Help us bring Kids' Run for Nature to a school or park near you. From working the registration tables to marshalling the course, there is a job for everyone. Contact us about hosting a run in your community or volunteering at an upcoming event. People like you make this event possible.