Commit to Get Fit Run 2017
Take steps for disease prevention
Sunday, June 4
Regular physical activity is proven to help treat or prevent over 40 chronic diseases. Join us to raise awareness for the power of active living in reducing the risk of disease. Learn more about the power of active living and how you can help with prevention and rehabilitation in our community.
All abilities welcome.
2016 Run Results:
- For those of you serious about your run, the 10K is part of the MRA Race Series and the 5K is part of the MRA Youth Series.
- If you are new to running, download our Ready to Run Training Program.
- Have questions about the race? See our Frequently Asked Questions below.
- Want to See the Route Now? Download the Run Map.
- Want Pictures? Check out the photo gallery
- Looking for Run Results? Visit the Monday following the run.
Thank-you to our 2017 sponsors
Frequently asked questions
What time does the Commit to Get Fit Walk/Run start?
Race Start Time: 9:00 am.
Warm up and kick-off are at the outdoor stage in front of the Wellness Institute, just prior to the start time. The start line is on Leila Avenue for both the 5K and 10K, but they have different starting points, which will be marked.
Where do I pick up my race package?
Race packages can be picked up at the Wellness Institute starting the last Friday before the race – 1075 Leila Avenue
Friday — 7:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday — 8:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday — 7:30am – 8:30am
Can I sign-up on race day?
No. Sign-up is available until 5:00 pm the day prior to the run.
Where do I park?
You can park in the Wellness Institute parking lot which is off Leila Avenue, just to the west of our building.
Where do I pin my bib and put my chip timer?
Your bib number needs to be attached to the front of your shirt with the safety pins provided and your chip timer strung through one of your shoelaces. Both the number on your bib and chip are the same, and matched to your name. It is important that you wear the bib and chip that are assigned to you. The tear-off tags at the bottom of your bib are not required. You can take them off or leave them on and it doesn’t matter. When you cross the mat at finish line your chip time is automatically recorded.
Can I walk instead of run?
Walkers, runners, everyone is welcome to participate! If you plan to walk, please register for the 5K. Also, we ask that walkers let the runners go in the front at the start line. Take heed of the signage en route that indicates a lane for walking and one for running.
What happens if it rains on race day?
Unfortunately we can’t place an order for good weather. Our event goes on even if it’s raining. If it happens to be lightning and thundering we would delay the start of the event.
What happens after I finish?
Join us for a post-race snack and door prizes. We announce the run winners at 10:30am. Prizes are given to the top three male and female finishers in the 5K and 10K.
Do I have to enter my name and be present to win a post race prize?
All Commit to Get Fit registrants are automatically entered into the prize draw. You do not have to be present to win; we will call you if you aren’t there to claim your prize.
Will my results by posted?
Your timed race results will be posted on the Manitoba Runner’s Association (MRA) website within a day or two. Results will also be posted on the Wellness Institute website, with a link on our Facebook site.
Who do I contact if I’d like to volunteer?
You can contact our volunteer coordinator at 204-632-3390. You’ll be required to fill out a simple one-time volunteer application form. If you interested in volunteering at more events during the year, you can apply to our regular volunteer program. You may apply online at www.sogh.ca, click on “volunteering” and follow the instructions.
What happens if I get hurt?
We will have trained representatives patrolling the Commit to Get Fit event on bicycles to help should you require first aid treatment. The Wellness Institute Rehabilitation & Sports Injury Clinic will also be open to treat minor injuries. If something serious happens on the course, course marshals or bike patrols will call 911.
Reasons to get fit
We want you to know the power of lifestyle change and fitness for disease prevention. Regular physical activity can:
- Help treat and/or prevent more than 40 chronic diseases;
- Reduce mortality and the risk of recurrent breast cancer by approximately 50%;
- Lower the risk of colon cancer by over 60%;
- Reduce the risk of developing of Alzheimer’s disease by approximately 40%;
- Reduce incidence of heart disease/high blood pressure by about 40%;
- Lower the risk of stroke by 27%;
- Lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%;
- Be twice as effective in treating type 2 diabetes as the standard insulin prescription;
- Decrease depression as effectively as Prozac or therapy;
- Reduce mortality…A low level of fitness is a bigger risk factor for mortality than mild-moderate obesity. It is better to be fit and overweight than unfit with less body fat;
- Lead to higher SAT scores for adolescents;
- Decrease elementary school incidents of violence by 59% and suspensions by 67%; and
- Keep you young — active individuals in their 80s have a lower risk of death than inactive individuals in their 60s.
Joining us to walk or run in the Commit to Get Fit Run is a great step towards making regular physical activity part of your life. It can also help you support prevention and rehabilitation efforts through the Wellness Institute when you add a charitable donation to the Wellness Future Fund.