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The annual ‘Run for Retina Research’ is an event developed to raise funds for research at the Ivey Eye Institute in London Ontario. Thousands in our community and beyond suffer from genetic retina eye disorders such as Retinitis Pigmentosis, Best’s Disease, Usher Syndrome, Coat’s Disease, Age Related Macular Degeneration and Stargardt’s Disease, a juvenile form of Macular Degeneration.  

The impact of developing Macular Degeneration, at any age, is the devastation of
the loss of personal independence and activity level as a result of this cruel impairment. The visual world gradually diminishes into a vague blur, making ordinary daily activities challenging or for some, impossible.

Registration fees

Runners Choice Half Marathon Run/Walk Closed

Registration closed
  • Timing will be run until 12:45pm (3hrs 30 minutes)

    1. $60.00
      Nov 1 – Dec 31
    2. $65.00
      Jan 1 – Feb 28
    3. $70.00
      Mar 1 – Mar 31
    4. $75.00
      Mar 31 – Apr 5

OE Canada INC 10 K Run/Walk Closed

Registration closed
    1. $45.00
      Nov 1 – Dec 31
    2. $50.00
      Jan 1 – Feb 28
    3. $55.00
      Mar 1 – Mar 31
    4. $60.00
      Mar 31 – Apr 5

Gordon's Gold 5K Run/Walk Closed

Registration closed
    1. $40.00
      Nov 1 – Dec 31
    2. $45.00
      Jan 1 – Feb 28
    3. $50.00
      Mar 1 – Mar 31
    4. $55.00
      Mar 31 – Apr 5

MIM LTD 2.5 K Run/Walk Closed

Registration closed
    1. $35.00
      Nov 1 – Feb 28
    2. $40.00
      Mar 1 – Mar 31
    3. $45.00
      Apr 1 – Apr 5

New Era Grafix Junior 1K Closed

Registration closed
    1. $15.00
      Nov 1 – Feb 28
    2. $20.00
      Mar 1 – Mar 31
    3. $25.00
      Apr 1 – Apr 5

Our Proud Sponsors


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Here is the offline registration form

Offline Pledge page

Download a Pledge form here

Course Information

All races start and finish at Springbank Gardens.

All courses are comprised of routes that use London’s scenic park system and fitness trails.

All 1/2 marathon and 10K runners will proceed North/East along the river until they reach the turnaround in Gibbons Park (1/2M), and Harris Park (10K) returning to Springbank Gardens on the same route (where the 10K finishes and the 1/2M continues West).

1/2M runners continue West from Springbank Gardens, along the river into Springbank Park  making a loop down past the dam and around the west end of Springbank Park, back to the roadway along the river following the same return route back East to Springbank Gardens.

5K and 2.5K runners will head out along the path toward Springbank Park to their respective turnarounds and come back to the finish at Springbank gardens. Junior 1K runners will head up into the Civic garden complex make a loop and come back to the finish.


Race Swag


The garment chosen for the 2017 run is a high 
quality moisture wicking and quick drying 1/4 Zip pullover that offers a 
natural stretch and UPF30+ protection. It is a really nice piece! The 
ladies garments are Royal Blue and the Men's Black.

*registration by March 1st guarantees a garment, from Mar 2nd on - while supply lasts – (first come/registered – first served/filled).


Men’s and Ladies samples will be at Runners Choice for you to try on in the new year !


Half Marathon Prizes
1st Male/Female $ 100.00
2nd Male/Female $ 75.00
3rd Male/Female $ 50.00
1st Master Male/Female $ 50.00
1st 10K Male/Female $ 50.00
1st 5K Male/Female $ 25.00

Since the 1/2 M walk is not monitored no Monetary Prizes are offered.

Pledge Prizes
When you support the Run for Retina, you are supporting our community by raising valuable funds for St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, directed to the Ivey Eye Institute. To recognize your incredible efforts, we reward the top 3 pledge earners. Thanks to the continued generosity of Dwayne and Loretta at Gordon’s Gold Jewellers, we have three amazing gifts to hand out!

Age Catagories

12&Under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

Additional Event Details

Race Kit Pick-Up
Runners Choice 207 Dundas St (near Clarence St) Fri 4-9pm Sat 9:30am-4:00pm

Facilities and Bag Check
Runners will have access to washroom facilities
and bag check located near the start/finish
at Springbank Gardens.

Water Stations
Water stations (including ) will be
located along the half marathon, 2.5K, 5K
and 10K routes.

Event Schedule

  • April 9 9:15 AM EDT - Half-Marathon Walk/Run

  • April 9 9:30 AM EDT - 10K Run/Walk

  • April 9 9:45 AM EDT - 5K Run/Walk

  • April 9 9:50 AM EDT - 2.5 K Run/Walk

  • April 9 10:30 AM EDT - Junior 1K

Contact Information

Event Location

Springbank Gardens, London, ON, Canada

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