Peterborough Butterfly Run is a fun, family-friendly walk/run event held annually in Peterborough, Ontario, with the following goals:

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.

*Back by popular demand* in 2020: Kid’s Chip Timed 1k Fun Run!

5K Walk/Run Early Bird Registration – $35 until February 29, 2020

5K Walk/Run Regular Registration – $40

Kid’s Chip-Timed 1k Fun Run – $5 (Ages 12 and under)


Online Fundraising: Participants in both the 5km and 1km events can set up online fundraising pages during registration.

To support a participant or make an online donation click HERE.

Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more. Prizes will be awarded for top fundraisers (Team, Adults and Kids 12 and under)


April 26, 2020 at Millennium Park in Peterborough ON (east end of King Street)

9:00am -10:30am: – chip-timer pick up, customizable bib pick up and race day registration
10:00 am: – 1km Memorial Walk
10:30 am: – Welcome, Speakers, Moment of Silence and Group Warm-Up
11:00 am: – 1km Kids’ run
11:15 am: – 5km walk/run
12:15 pm:  Top Fundraiser prizes and Raffles awarded.

*Note: To avoid line ups the morning of the event and to ensure that everyone is at the start line on time, race kits and T-shirts (if ordered) will not be available for pick up on April 26th until after the 5km walk/run beginning approximately at 11:30 am.
Kids race kits will be available after the Kid’s 1km run, beginning approximately at 11:15am.
Participants are strongly encouraged to pick up their race kit on April 25 at Runner’s Life, form 1030am-4pm.

5km route map

1km Memorial Walk & Kids’ 1k Run map


1.Is the 5km run a timed event?

Yes, the 5km walk/run regular registration includes chip-timing with an ankle timing device, and a finisher photo (available online).

You may choose to not wear the timing device if you do not wish to be timed.  If you do not wish to be timed, nor for a finisher photo, you may register for a “NO CHIP_NO PHOTO” option.  The registration fee is the same, however this option reduces costs and volunteer workload for us if you do not require a chip-time or finisher photo.


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, further back from the start line.


6. Can I bring a guide to assist me through the 5km course?

Yes, please contact the Butterfly Run committee (ptbobutterflyrun@gmail.com) 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:




Members of The Peterborough Butterfly Run Executive Committee for 2020:
Kelly Ross, Jennie Vanier, Molly Maguire, Amy Lipsett, Alessandra Friesen

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 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.  Further information regarding The Butterfly Run – Quinte can be found at their website: Butterfly Run Quinte


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 participation grew to over 800 registered walkers and runners in each of 2018 and 2019.  Each year hundreds of supporters also join us at Millennium Park on event day.  The events have raised over $150,000 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.

We have supported a number of initiatives with funds raised do date:

In October 2018 the Peterborough Butterfly Run Lending Libraries were launched.  Together with our partners at GPHSF, Your Family Health Team Foundation and PIPC (Partners in Pregnancy Clinic), we put together a selection of books on topics of pregnancy and infant loss, child loss, infertility and pregnancy after loss and we have made these books available for anyone to borrow, free of charge, from a number of locations in our community.   The books include titles for fathers and siblings or other young children.



















Beginning in November 2018, in partnership with the Partners in Pregnancy Clinic (PIPC), Peterborough Family Health Team, and GPHSF, Your Family Health Team Foundation, we have offered several specialized education events where community healthcare providers gained new knowledge and skills in perinatal bereavement care.  Tracy Condon, Social Worker at PIPC, has led the Resolve Through Sharing (RTS) Perinatal Bereavement Care education events.

The Peterborough Butterfly Run Committee along with our partners and a number of key volunteers, have created bereavement kits to offer to families and individuals  in our community who experience perinatal loss.  Each kit contains various comfort items, grief acknowledgment items, and small mementos to commemorate the loss.  Since their launch in early 2019, approximately 200 kits have been distributed in our community to various healthcare offices and individuals.

In March 2018, we hosted a free screening of Still Loved,  a 2015 documentary film that explores the complexity and reality for families surviving baby loss.  The film was accompanied by a candle lighting and discussion.

In November 2017, the Peterborough Butterfly Run held our first Fall Flutter, 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.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The successes to date would not have been possible without the generous support of community sponsors.  Sponsorships make it possible for us to offer the FREE 1km Memorial walk, the nominal fee for the chip-timed Kid’s run, and an affordable 5k registration rate so that more families are able participate together.  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 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact us.


THANK YOU to our 2019 event sponsors!