FAQs

About CIBC Run for the Cure

What is the CIBC Run for the Cure?

The CIBC Run for the Cure is a 5k or 1k walk or run that raises funds for the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). It is the largest single-day, volunteer-led event in Canada in support of the breast cancer cause.

When is the CIBC Run for the Cure?

The event takes place on Sunday, October 1, 2017.

Where is the CIBC Run for the Cure?

The CIBC Run for the Cure takes place in 57 locations across Canada. Find a location.

Who organizes the CIBC Run for the Cure?

The CIBC Run for the Cure is organized and executed by staff and volunteers of the Canadian Cancer Society. The generous support of volunteers helps to keep costs down, which directs more money to the Canadian Cancer Society to fund breast cancer research and health promotion initiatives.

Do I have to run?

No. The CIBC Run for the Cure prides itself on its broad accessibility. As a family oriented event, adults and children of all ages are invited to run or walk at their nearest Run location. We welcome those with mobility aides to connect with their Run site contact for more information on the route, terrain and any specific accessibility concerns you have. You can find their contact information on your Run location.

If running or walking isn't for you, you could walk your dog, go for a bike ride or do yoga on October 1 in your own community. You would still register as a participant, but would have the flexibility to do your own thing.

If I walk on Run day do I have to sign up as a participant ?

Yes, in order to participate in the CIBC Run for the Cure, you must register as a participant and have met one of the requirements of participation

Adult

  • Adult Runner or Walker - Raise $150 or more
  • I commit to fundraise $150 or more by October 1st (18 years old and over. Includes T-shirt)
  • Adult Runner or Walker
    $40 Donation - Until August 31 (18 years old and over. Includes T-shirt)
    $45 Donation - September 1 - October 1 (18 years old and over. Includes T-shirt)

Youth

  • Youth Runner or Walker - Raise $60 or more
    I commit to fundraise $60 or more by October 1st (Under 18 years old. Includes T-shirt)
  • Youth Runner or Walker
    $40 Donation - Until August 31 (Under 18 years old. Includes T-shirt)
    $45 Donation - September 1 - October 1 (Under 18 years old. Includes T-shirt)
  • Youth Runner or Walker Free
    (Under 18 years old. Does not include T-shirt)
If I invite others to join me the day of the Run, do they have to pay to participate?

We encourage anyone who wants to participate in the CIBC Run for the Cure to register as a participant online or on Run day.

What happens if I don’t reach my commitment?

If you don’t fundraise a minimum of $150, you will be asked to donate the personal minimum of $40 by August 31st or $45 after September 1st, which is tax receiptable.

If you are having difficulty reaching your fundraising goal, please contact your local Fundraising Coordinator who can support you in your fundraising efforts. You can find their contact information on your location’s Run location page.

Where does the money raised at the CIBC Run for the Cure go?

The money raised goes towards mission-related work including breast cancer research grants, fellowships, community health grants, health promotion, education and community/peer support programs. Early detection and increased screening rates combined with better treatment therapies for breast cancer has resulted in a 44% decrease in the breast cancer death rate since the 1980’s. With the help of our donors, we hope to reduce the number of people diagnosed with breast cancer, reduce mortality for those who develop the disease, and improve the quality of life for those affected.

Why did the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) merge?

On February 1, 2017, CCS and CBCF merged operations in order to make the consolidated organization better able to increase efficiencies and impact on cancer research and support programs across more than 100 types of cancer. With Canadians facing a 40 per cent surge in cancer cases by 2030, this ground-breaking merger allows CCS and CBCF to amplify the impact of donor dollars on vital support services, investments in life-saving cancer research, and quite simply the way that we help people living with and who are affected by cancer. This consolidation is unprecedented within the non-profit sector in Canada. CBCF and CCS are now working together in a way that will eliminate a duplication of efforts, making us stronger and better positioned to serve Canadians coast to coast.

Will my donations still be designated to breast cancer initiatives despite this merger?

Both CCS and CBCF are committed to investing in the breast cancer cause and money raised from the CIBC Run for the Cure will be directed to the breast cancer cause.

Is the Canadian Cancer Society a registered charity?

Yes. The Canadian Cancer Society’s charitable number is 118829803 RR 0001. When you donate to the Canadian Cancer Society, you will receive a tax receipt.

How do I learn more about becoming a sponsor of the CIBC Run for the Cure?

For more information about national sponsorship opportunities, or to sell merchandise on Run day, please call 1-800-387-9816 or email connect@cancer.ca.

Can I fundraise by going door-to-door?

The Canadian Cancer Society in conjunction with the CIBC Run for the Cure does not canvass door-to-door. Nor, does the Society encourage volunteer participants to solicit funds for the event by door-to-door canvassing.


ADVISORY RE: DOOR-TO-DOOR CANVASSING

In our experience, some individuals elect to canvass neighbours in their communities as part of their fundraising efforts for events like the CIBC Run for the Cure.

If you are approached by a canvasser who states that he or she is raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society, please follow this advice:

  • If you know and trust the canvasser and you want to make a donation, please donate by giving the canvasser a cheque made out to the Canadian Cancer Society. Do not give cash.
  • If a canvasser is unknown to you and you want to support the Canadian Cancer Society, please visit the organization's website at www.cancer.ca for donation options.
  • If you are suspicious of a canvasser, please take note of his or her appearance and contact your local police department.

Will my information be shared or traded with anyone?

No. The Canadian Cancer Society will not share your information with any outside agencies/organizations or individuals without prior consent or, if the disclosure is permitted or required by law. For more information, please refer to our Privacy Policy.

What if my Community is not listed?

If we don’t have an official Run location in your community, you can still be part of the CIBC Run for the Cure by registering, fundraising, and running or walking in your own community on Sunday, October 1, 2017 by joining My Run. Any Where. Any Way.

Or, if running isn’t for you, why not walk your dog, go for a bike ride, do yoga, or even stay home and make a big dinner for your loved ones? Whatever your passion may be, you can recruit friends and family to join you in supporting the cause and making a difference.

You will still be eligible for tax receipts, fundraising rewards and a Run t-shirt!