ABOUT PETERBOROUGH BUTTERFLY RUN
Peterborough Butterfly Run is a fun, family-friendly walk/run event in Peterborough in 2018, that is taking place to:
Increase community awareness and encourage dialogue to support families who have experienced a loss during pregnancy, the loss of a child, or are unable to conceive;
Provide an opportunity for connections and community support among families who have experienced a loss during pregnancy, the loss of a child, or are unable to conceive; and
Raise funds for local health and community services that support families who have experienced a loss during pregnancy, the loss of a child, or are unable to conceive.
Peterborough Butterfly Run will include a chip-timed 5km walk/run as well as a FREE 1km memorial walk.
Early Bird Registration – $30 until March 7, 2018
Regular Registration – $35
NEW this year – online fundraising! Participants in both the 5km and 1km can set up online fundraising pages during registration.
Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more. Prizes will be awarded for top fundraisers (adults and kids 12 and under)
April 29, 2018 at Millennium Park in Peterborough ON (east end of King Street)
8:30 am: – race kit pick up and race day registration (to avoid line-ups on event day, we recommend participants register and pick up race kits prior to event day)
9:15 am: – Opening ceremonies
9:30 am: – 1km Memorial walk
9:50 am: – Warm up
10:00 am: – 5km walk/run
1km memorial walk map
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1.Is the 5km run a timed event?
Yes, the 5km walk/run is chip-timed with an ankle timing device. You may choose to not wear the timing device if you do not wish to be timed.
2. Can I walk through the 5km course?
Absolutely! We welcome participants at all levels to join us.
3. Will there be water along the course?
There will be water at the halfway point and at the end of the 5km run.
4. I have never done a 5 km walk/run before, what can I expect?
You can expect a supportive environment where race marshalls, fellow participants and observers will cheer you on. If you intend to walk or know you are a slower runner, it is best that you start further back from the start line. There will be signs to guide you.
5. Can I bring my child in a stroller?
Yes we are a family friendly event and ask that runners and walkers with strollers are mindful of other participants on the course and take an appropriate starting position.
6. Can I bring a guide to assist me through the 5km course?
Yes, please contact the Butterfly Run committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) to set up registration for an assistive guide.
7. Can I bring my dog?
We ask that participants do not bring their dogs for the safety and comfort of all.
Peterborough Butterfly Run Executive Committee will aim to execute a fun run event that is:
Peterborough Butterfly Run Executive Committee was established in 2016, by a group of community members who shared a common interest to carry out a walk/run event similar to The Butterfly Run – Quinte, which took place on May 1, 2016, to raise awareness and funds with a goal of “supporting families who have experienced a loss during pregnancy or the loss of a child”. Further information regarding The Butterfly Run – Quinte can be found at their website: Butterfly Run Quinte
Members of The Peterborough Butterfly Run Executive Committee:
Mary Orpen, Brandi Quin, Kelly Ross, Jennie Vanier, Sky Wylie
Peterborough Butterfly Run Executive Committee is committed to ensuring responsible use of all funds raised including careful consideration of potential uses and benefactor organizations.
Peterborough Butterfly Run Executive Committee is committed to demonstrating transparency regarding decisions about where funds are allocated by carefully documenting all related research, discussion, decisions and rationale
Peterborough Butterfly Run Executive Committee is committed to ensuring responsible use of all funds raised. We are excited to work in partnership with GPHSF, Your Family Health Team Foundation, to ensure that funds raised for the event will be dedicated to creating resources and support tools for families, as well as education opportunities for healthcare providers, under the medical guidance of the Partners in Pregnancy Clinic.
Peterborough Butterfly Run Achievements to Date:
Over 500 registered walkers and runners participated in the first Peterborough Butterfly Run, held in April 2017, and hundreds of supporters also joined us at Millennium Park on event day. The event raised $40,000 in funds and in-kind donations. We hope the event will continue to create and build connections and community support for and among individuals and families who have experienced loss during pregnancy, the loss of a child, or are unable to conceive.
The Peterborough Butterfly Run held our first Fall Flutter in November, 2017, where members of the Butterfly Run Community gathered for a free social evening including a shared meal and three local speakers who shared their experiences.
We are close to finalizing an initiative that will donate books about pregnancy loss, child loss and infertility to several local libraries so there are more resources available for loss families in our community, at no cost.
A screening of Still Loved is planned for March 2018. Still Loved is a 2015 documentary film that explores the complexity and reality for families surviving baby loss.
The Peterborough Butterfly Run Committee is working with our partners at the Greater Peterborough Health Services Foundation and the Partners in Pregnancy Clinic to create bereavement kits and to fund compassionate care and bereavement education opportunities. The bereavement kits will include resources and comfort items to support individuals and families who have experienced a pregnancy loss. We hope to fund compassionate care and bereavement education opportunities for local care providers as well as community members.
The successes to date would not have been possible without the generous support of community sponsors. We appreciate all forms of sponsorship to assist with making the Peterborough Butterfly Run a success, including food and drinks for participants, goodies for race kits, other supplies for event day, services to help promote our event, as well as financial support. For information on 2018 Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact us.
THANK YOU to our 2018 event sponsors!