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.

Early Bird Registration – $30 until March 8, 2019

Regular Registration – $35


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 (adults and kids 12 and under)


April 28, 2018 at Millennium Park in Peterborough ON (east end of King Street)

9:00am -10:30am: – race kit pick up, chip-timer pick up and race day registration (chips will only be available to pick up on race day, however to avoid additional line-ups on event day, we recommend participants register and pick up race kits at Runner’s Life on April 27)

9:45 am: – Welcome and Opening Ceremonies
10:00 am: – 1km Memorial walk

10:30 am: – Speakers, Moment of Silence and Group Warm-Up
11:00 am: – 5km walk/run

5km map

1km memorial walk map


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 (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:

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, Kelly Ross, Jennie Vanier

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 participation grew to over 800 registered walkers and runners in 2018.  Each year hundreds of supporters also join us at Millennium Park on event day.  The events have raised $100,000 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 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.

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 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.

















In November, 2018,  in partnership with the Partners in Pregnancy Clinic (PIPC), Peterborough Family Health Team, and GPHSF, Your Family Health Team Foundation, we offered a day of specialized education where community healthcare providers gained new knowledge and skills in perinatal bereavement care.  Tracy Condon, Social Worker at PIPC, led the Resolve Through Sharing (RTS) Perinatal Bereavement Care education day, and participants also had the opportunity to learn from a panel of family members who shared their stories.

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 to offer to families and individuals  in our community who experience perinatal loss.  The bereavement kits will include comfort items, legacy items and resource lists.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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 2019 Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact us.


THANK YOU to our 2018 event sponsors!