Frequently Asked Questions (Click here to open PDF)

1.    Race Kit pickup information:

Specific pick up times and locations have been arranged for AHS employees and RBC employees. Please watch for an email with the specific details.

If you cannot make these times and for all other registrants, pick up times have been arranged at Heritage Park in the Railway Centre for:

  •                 Friday, September 22, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  •                 Saturday, September 23, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm 

What to bring when picking up your race kit:

•    To pick up your own package you will need to provide photo I.D.
•    Guardians will need to sign waivers for children 17 and younger to pick up they pick up race kits for minors.
•    You can nominate someone to pick up your package on your behalf if you are unable. The pick-up person must have the runners written confirmation (either printed or electronically) that they are allowed to pick up the package on the runners behalf.

2.    How can I fundraise for RBC Race for the Kids?
Once you have registered for RBC Race for the Kids you will receive a confirmation email with a link to your very own personal participant page. We recommend that you bookmark your participant page for easy access or click Login at the top of the RBC Race for the Kids homepage and enter your details.  Once you log in to your participant center, you can send emails using the built-in templates to ask for donations and thank your donors. You will use the login details that you created during your online registration to log in to your participant page.

3.    Are the races timed?
No, so the pressure is off. Just have fun!

4.    Can my family/friends watch the race?
Yes! Come cheer on your friends and family along the 5K course! We ask that everyone planning to attend the event and partake in the festivities register as a Cheerleader for the event. This helps to provide us with much-needed information regarding how many people we will be expecting on site on race day. It will also help us to reach our fundraising goal to help Alberta Children's Hospital. Attendance information is also important for safety reasons, as well as for ensuring there is enough water and fresh fruits and snacks on site

5.    Can I volunteer for the Run?
Yes! Please call 403-955-8838 or email our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteeringinfo@achf.com

6.    What if it rains?
RBC Race for the Kids Calgary will take place rain or shine. If the forecast suggests inclement weather, don't forget to pack your rain jacket!

7.    How do I get to the race? Is there parking?
Heritage Park is conveniently located just 20 minutes from downtown Calgary with ample parking onsite.

Get directions from Google Maps.

For guests using public transportation, a shuttle bus is available from the Heritage LRT Station. Please visit Calgary Transit to view the shuttle schedule. We encourage all participants to carpool or take public transit as there will be limited parking available.

Parking is on us! All participants will be given an event promo number for their parking, so you will need to register your vehicle at the pay stations but you will not pay a parking fee.

8.    Will there be refreshments on the course?
The 5k course will have a water station at the 2.5k mark and at the finish line. There will also be refreshments within the park under the celebration tents.

9.    Can I walk, bring my stroller bike or roller blade?
The 5k event is designed for walkers, runners and strollers. If you require the use of your stroller during the run, we ask that you start at the back of the pack for everyone's safety and enjoyment. Due to safety concerns, we ask you to leave the scooters, bikes, and rollerblades at home.

10.    Can I wear my headphones?
The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, RBC Race for the Kids encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of both the 5K and 1K. We believe your race experience and those around you will be greatly enhanced by leaving the headphones at home or in the car. Running headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners and to enjoy everything the race has to offer. Plus, volunteers and spectators will be on course cheering you on and providing directions to help get you to the finish line. Runner safety is a top priority for our event. Please be mindful of the other participants and respect the race personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.

11.    Can my dog run with me?
Heritage Park does not allow pets due to the horses and livestock at the Park. It’s impossible to predict how they will mix. In addition, we must consider the comfort and safety of other guests. Service dogs, however, are permitted inside the Park.
While the 5K race takes place on a public pathway, the remainder of the days events take place within Heritage Park where dogs are not allowed. We ask that you leave your K9 friends at home.

12.    Are there prizes?
Everyone will receive a medal at the finish line for all their hard work to support youth with mental health challenges! Other exciting draws and prizing will be announced closer to race day.

13.    Is there medical on-site?
Yes. We take everyone's health very seriously and we will have medical professionals on duty. Please contact a race official, course marshal or volunteer if medical assistance is required.

14.    Is the route accessible to wheelchair users?
Wheelchairs are welcome to participate in the run. Please make sure to start at the front of the pack as there is a wheelchair head start for both the 5K and 1K fun run.
The 5k route is paved and therefore accessible to wheelchair users however there are two small hills along the route.

15.    Is there a minimum amount to fundraise?
Through the registration process an initial fundraising goal of $150 is set. You will be able to set your own targets on your fundraising page. We encourage participants to raise whatever amount they can (whether it's $50, $150 or $1,000) as every little bit fundraising by our participants will help us reach our goal. We cannot do it without your help. A little bit can go a long way, so be creative in finding new and innovative ways to raise money. Remember that when you meet out suggested goal of $150 per participant you will receive an entry into a draw to win one of our exciting fundraising prizes!