The Alive to Strive Race is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of kidney disease and educate the public about kidney health. It provides a fun and supportive opportunity for those living with kidney disease and anyone else, no matter what their fitness level, to train and reach their fitness goals, as well as offer a certified Athletic Canada course, with timing chip for avid runners.

The Alive to Strive Race day is filled with activities including the 1K fun walk/run, the 5K walk/run, the 5K team challenge and the 10K walk/run


La course Vivre ses défis est une excellente occasion d’accroître la sensibilisation à la maladie rénale et d’éduquer le public au sujet de la santé des reins. Elle offre la possibilité à ceux qui vivent avec une maladie rénale, quelque soit leur niveau de forme physique, de s’entraîner pour rejoindre leurs objectifs de forme physique de façon amusante et coopérative ainsi qu'offrir une course de 5km et 10km competitive, certifié par Athletic Canada et chronométré pour les coureurs de tous niveaux.

La journée de la course Vivre ses défis est remplie d’activités incluant la marche 1 km, la marche/course de 5 km, le défi d’équipe de 5 km et la course de 10 km


Registration Fees


fun walk/run (at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility)

Kids 6 and under

1K, 5K, or 10K (children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the event)

Dialysis Patients 1K, 5K, 10K


5K 248 spots remaining


5K youth (7 - 12 years old) 100 spots remaining


5K Wheelchair Race 20 spots remaining


5K Team Challenge 300 spots remaining

walk/run. (Teams must be minimum of 4 participants, maximum of 10. Price is per participant)

10K 196 spots remaining


3Kg Challenge 9 spots remaining


Race Kit Pick Up

Race Kit Pickup times and locations:

Friday, April 27th, 2018
4:00 pm. - 8:00 pm.
Running Room Bank Street Location
901 Bank Street 
Ottawa, ON K1S 3W5 
Ph: (613) 233-5617 

Saturday, April 28th, 2018
10:00 am. - 2:00 pm.
Terry Fox Athletic Facility
2960 Riverside Drive
Ottawa, ON  K1V 1H8
Ph: (613) 247-4883

Sunday, April 29th, 2018 (Race Day) 
  • 5K, 5K team and 10K at Hog's Back Park starting at 8:00am
  • 1K at Terry Fox Athletic Facility starting at 10:00 am.

Late Registration

Online registration will close April 25 at 11:59 p.m. Late entries to all races will be accepted at Race Kit Pickup (Friday and Saturday) as well as on race day Sunday, April 29 starting at 8 a.m.

* Participants must register a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the start time of their event. If a participant registers later, his/her time chip will not be activated and he/she will not have an official time.

 Late registrations are available during race kit pick times on Friday April 27th, Sat April 28th and Sunday April 29th - all race fees and shirt sale during late registration must be paid in cash ONLY.

Late Registration Fees:

1K – $15

5K – $50 , youth $20

10K -  $60

5K team - $40 per participants (minimum 4 participants per team)


The Alive to Strive Race is lucky to have amazing sponsors every year, who have continuously supported the race.  






Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project

Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project is a volunteer base non-profit organization committed to education and public awareness about issues surrounding chronic kidney disease and its prevention. The organization operates a fitness and weight loss grant program benefiting those living with chronic kidney disease in the Ottawa area.  All funds for the grant program come from the annual Alive to Strive Race

 We work directly with individuals living with chronic kidney disease in the Ottawa area, helping them attain and maintain a healthy lifestyle thanks to our Active Living Grant Program

Please visit our website for more information    

site en français

Le projet de forme physique « Alive to Strive » est un organisme sans but lucratif, 100% bénévoles, qui se consacre à l’éducation et à la sensibilisation du public à la maladie rénale chronique et à sa prévention.  L’organisme dirige un programme de bourses pour la mise en forme et la perte de poids au profit des gens atteints de maladie rénale chronique.  Tous les fonds pour le programme de bourse Vie Active, viennent de la course annuelle Vivre ses Défis

 Nos programmes de bourses Vie Active aident les personnes vivant avec une maladie de rein chronique, à établir et à rejoindre des objectifs personnels de mise en forme et établir des liens avec d'autres individus vivant la même situation.

Course Details

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1K Walk/Fun Run: Start and finish on Terry Fox Track.

5K Walk/Run: Starts at Hogs Back Road (near the Terry Fox Athletic Facility), turns down Colonel By Drive for an out and back route returning to Hogs Back Road and feeding in to the Terry Fox Athletic Facility for a final 200 m around the track to the finish. 

5K Team Challenge: This race will begin and follow the same path as the 5 km Run/Walk. Teams will consist of 4 to 10 members. All members run the whole 5 km. The top 4 times from each team will be used to determine the winning team! 

10K Walk/Run: Starts at Hogs Back Road (near the Terry Fox Athletic Facility), turns down Colonel By Drive for an out and back route returning to Hogs Back Road and feeding in to the Terry Fox Athletic Facility for a final 200m around the track to the finish.

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1K course map

Prizes and awards


            We will have an awards tent near the big tent in the Athlete's Village at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility.  Please present yourself at the tent 30 minutes after crossing the finish line to verify results.

  • Award Ceremony for top 3, male and female 5K and 10K races *at the podium near big tent at Terry Fox Athletic Facility
    • 10K winners (male and female):  
      • 1st place - $300
      • 2nd place - $200
      • 3rd place - $100
  • Age Category Awards will available at the "Awards tent"
    • Age Category awards for male and female 5K
      • U14
      • 15-19
      • 20-29
      • 30-39
      • 40-49
      • 50-59
      • 60+
    • Age Category awards for male and female 10K
      • U19
      • 20-29
      • 30-39
      • 40-49
      • 50-59
      • 60+
  • Award ceremony for the Top 3 teams in the 5K Team Challenge *at the podium near big tent at Terry Fox Athletic Facility
  • Presentation of all other awards 
    • top fundraiser 
    • top team fundraiser  
    • team spirit award

5K Team Challenge

**Teams must have a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum 10 participants. 

The 5K Team Challenge is not a relay, ALL team members must walk or run the whole 5 km. Each team’s 4 best times will be added to determine the winning teams.

3Kg Challenge

This year, the 3Kg Challenge is open to the general public!!

   What is the 3Kg Challenge?

  Individuals can challenge themselves to run 5 km while wearing a 3Kg vest. This extra weight emulates the average water weight that individuals with chronic kidney failure who rely on dialysis treatments to survive, accumulate between each dialysis treatment.

  This initiative aims to raise community awareness of one of the challenges surrounding kidney disease. The Alive to Strive Kidney Fitness Project’s mission is to raise awareness and prevent kidney disease by promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. 



Free Lunch!

A free, healthy lunch will be serve to all participants starting at 10:30AM

You will have the choice of a meat or vegetable option

Race Shirt

Alive to Strive Race 2015  Tech long sleeve shirts are available for an additional $20.  

*This year's shirt color, will be decided by January 2018


Sizes available are Men XS, S, M, L, XL and 2XL

Neck: Measure around at the base of your neck

Chest: Measure just under the arms at the fullest part of your chest

Sleeve: Measure from the center back of the neck, over the shoulder and down to the wrist bone

Additional Information

  • For the safety of all participants, no in-line skates or animals (with the exception of guide-dogs) will be allowed on any of the courses or at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility. Participants with strollers are allowed but will be asked to start at the back of the group to prevent any injuries.
  • Race Tech long sleeve shirts are available for an additional $20.  Sizes available are Youth, XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL
  • The 10K is a walk/run event but must be completed within 2 hours
  • Timing chip for the 5K walk/run, 5K Team Challenge and 10K walk/run will done by Quidchrono and will be included in your race kit on the back of your bib.  Any inquiries regarding timing should be directed to Quidchrono

Cancellation Policy

Entry fees are non-refundable. Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate. Your entry can be transfered to a different participant or for a different event with a $3.00 transaction fee, until March 31st 2017.  

Alive To Strive Kidney Fitness Project, in consultation with city officials and local law enforcement agencies, has the authority to cancel any event for emergency purposes. If such emergency conditions force cancellation, refunds cannot be provided since funds may have been already been spent in preparation for Run Day.

Event Schedule

  • April 30 8:00 AM EDT - Race Day Registration for all 5K events and 10K (at HOG'S BACK Park)

  • April 30 9:45 AM EDT - 5K Wheelchair (Start Line on HOG'S BACK Road)

  • April 30 10:00 AM EDT - 10K (Start Line on HOG'S BACK Road)

  • April 30 10:00 AM EDT - 1K Race Day Registration (at Terry Fox Athletic Facility)

  • April 30 10:30 AM EDT - 5K (start line on HOG'S BACK Road)

  • April 30 10:30 AM EDT - 3Kg Challenge (start line on HOG'S BACK Road)

  • April 30 10:45 AM EDT - 5K Team Challenge (start line on HOG'S BACK Road)

  • April 30 11:30 AM EDT - 1K (start line on the Terry Fox Athletic Facility track)

Contact Information

Event Location

Hog's Back Park, Hog's Back Road, Ottawa, ON, Canada

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