Global Running Day is coming up on June 3, and this year, road races from the Atlantic to Pacific coasts of Canada and everywhere in between are teaming up to raise money for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) with Canada Moves, a virtual relay. This event can be completed at any time on June 3, and there will be a “digital relay” that starts in Atlantic Canada and moves toward the Pacific throughout the day to showcase the athletes, run clubs and race organizers who love to run and be active. Canada Moves is free to enter, and anyone can register to participate here from now until the day of the event.
Join us and races across the country on Global Running Day, June 3rd, to celebrate why we love moving! Canadians from coast to coast will be moving in support of @CMHA_NTL and you can join the movement at the link below! #CanadaMoveshttps://t.co/UcSV8hj47n
— CMHA National (@CMHA_NTL) May 28, 2020
As stated on the Canada Moves website, it’s more important than ever before to “support friends, family and our fellow community members and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive.” It’s noted that physical activity is incredibly important for one’s mental health, but there’s much more to a healthy lifestyle than that. The CMHA “provides advocacy, programs and resources in over 330 communities nationwide. Their services help those experiencing mental health problems and illnesses and support recovery and resilience, which is especially vital during this time of uncertainty.”
While individuals can run and participate with Canada Moves at any time during June 3, the digital relay (which will be on Facebook Live) will move through the country to feature many different road races. The relay will start in Newfoundland with the Tely 10 Mile Road Race at 12 p.m. local time, followed by the Scotiabank Blue Nose Marathon in Nova Scotia. From there, races from Quebec and Ontario will be featured at noon ET, including events like the Around the Bay, the Ottawa Marathon, the Canada Running Series and many more.
The digital relay will end in B.C. at noon local time (3 p.m. ET), but participants can continue to run and keep active for the event throughout the day. Go to the Canada Moves registration page to find out when your favourite races will be live on Facebook broadcasting their local events.
Organizers are encouraging everyone who participates on June 3 to post photos and videos of their day to social media with the hashtags #CanadaMoves and #CanadaBouge. There are even special Instagram and Facebook badges that participants can download to include in their social posts and stories.