Kitchener-Waterloo Walking Classic
Minds In Motion Initiative
We are very excited about the Minds In Motion - K W Walking Classic this year ... there is still room to register for the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon.
PLEASE NOTE: Our race event starts and finishes in Waterloo Park.
Come to the Shops At Waterloo Town Square - 75 King St. S. on Saturday May 7, 2016 to pick up your race kit.
The Minds in Motion KW Walking Classic (The Walk) is a premier event designed to showcase walking as a challenging athletic activity. It provides an opportunity for all walkers, from recreational to competitive, to participate in a walking only event.
Traditionally walkers who wish to enter races find themselves with no other option but to share the course with runners. This event will give participants the opportunity to compete against other walkers and to do so within a variety of age groups and abilities.
More importantly, The Walk supports those individuals who are facing mental health challenges and who are interested in becoming physically active. The link between physical health and mental health has been well documented. People who are active are more able to deal effectively with stress, depression and anxiety. Through our event we wish to promote healthy lifestyle and provide an active fitness oriented experience for our participants in Waterloo Region and beyond.
One barrier to physical activity that currently exists for many is the high cost of fitness 'gear'. The fund raising goal of the Minds in Motion event is to provide athletic footwear for those with mental health issues. Since the success of the inaugural 2008 event, we have been able to fit over 1200 pairs of shoes to our worthy athletes.
Another goal of the Minds in Motion walk is the building of understanding and a sense of community between all participants. People challenged with mental health issues often feel alienated from their community. The Walk helps to create a common sense of purpose and accomplishment and reduces the stigma associated with mental illness.
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Race Weekend Information
Race Kit Pickup and Health Expo will be held at the
Shops At Waterloo Town Square - 75 King St. S. Waterloo
The race check-in, kit pickup and late registrations will begin Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. and be available until 4:00 p.m. There will also be limited time available for race kit pickup and late registrations on race day from 6:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Registration will be limited to 1200 participants, so register early!
All Registrants will receive:
Each team member is welcome to race at their own pace. In fact, team members can register for different events.
Teams need a minimum of 3 people to register. Costumes are optional but most welcome and there are prizes for Team Spirit and Team Fundraising!
Free registrations can be obtained by race participants who collect pledges. For the 5km and 10km distances free registration will be granted to those who raise at least $200. For our Half Marathon race the minimum pledge amount is $300. If you plan on collecting pledges in lieu of the registration fee, please do so by downloading our pledge form.
DO NOT register online if you plan to pay through pledges.
Instead, fill out our printable registration form.
Funds raised go toward the purchase of well fitted athletic shoes for those who are exercising as a part of their mental health recovery plan. Please consider donating to our cause by selecting the "Donate to Minds in Motion" button on our website www.mimiwalks.com or by setting up your giving page with Race Roster.
Free Saturday Fiddleheads Fun Family Walk
We want to invite everyone in the community to a Free Family Walk on Saturday, May 7, 2016! We will be walking in support of the incredible importance that families play in mental health recovery. The walk will begin at at 11 a.m. and will take place in Picnic area #1 in Waterloo Park. Fiddleheads Health Stores are the proud sponsors of this walk and will be providing the first 50 families who register with a health goodie bag! (1 bag per family)
The walk is free but we would love to receive donations in support of the Minds In Motion Initiative. Funds raised go toward the purchase of well fitted athletic shoes for those who are exercising as a part of their mental health recovery plan. Please consider donating to our cause by selecting the "Donate to Minds in Motion" button at our website www.mimiwalks.com or setting up your giving page with Race Roster.
See you at the starting line!
May 8 7:00 AM EDT - 21km Half Marathon
May 8 9:00 AM EDT - 10km Race Start
May 8 9:00 AM EDT - 5km Race Start