Run For Mental Health

Peterborough, ON


2019 Merrett Home Hardware Run for Mental Health

Join us Saturday, September, 14 at 5:00 p.m. for a downtown fun run classic in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge and Y.E.S. Shelter for Youth & Families.
This is a great, family friendly run/walk through scenic downtown Peterborough. Participants receive a medal and t-shirt and are treated to a route featuring a very loud cheering section as well as 3 live bands on the course. Face painting for the kids, an after party like no other and more. Options include a 2.5k, 5k & 10k, there's something for everyone. The courses are accurate, flat and fast and chip timed.  We look forward to seeing you and helping support Mental Health in our community. 


Each run starts and finishes on Charlotte Street between George & Aylmer. For driving directions use 174 Charlotte St. The road will be closed for the event and the festivities afterwards.

Free parking is available in the King Street parking lot.

Races & Fees

  • 2.5k Kids Run, $20
  • 5k Run & Walk, $35
  • 10k Run, $40

Fees increase by $5 3 weeks before the event. That is also the deadline to receive a t-shirt and customized bib.

Kids Stuff

Face Painting available on site! The 2.5k is a great, age appropriate event for kids 12 & under.


Each participant receives a beautiful medal! Thanks to Drew Merrett at Merrett Home Hardware for sponsoring the events and the medals, couldn't have done it without you.


This event is a fundraiser for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge and Y.E.S. Shelter for Youth & Families. Participants are strongly encouraged to fundraise to support people in the communities served by these organizations.

We appreciate all fundraising efforts and intend to recognize our top fundraisers on the evening of the event. Your support makes it possible for these organizations to continue strengthening our communities.

Start Times

All races, 10k, 5k & Kids Run, begin at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, September 14.

Start lines for the 2.5k/5k & 10k will be on Charlotte St. and will be 90m apart to ensure each course is accurate. Don't worry, it will be very well marked and explained.

Race Kit Pick-up

Race kits can be picked up from 10am-5:15pm on race day at Runner's Life, 174 Charlotte St.


Awards will be given out to the top three in each of the 2.5k, 5k & 10k runs. 


SplitsTiming will provide chip timing for each 2.5km-lap.

Full Tilt Cycle Cheering Section & Live Bands

We are very pleased to have Full Tilt Cycle Cheering section and 3 live bands on site again this year!

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I park? 

Free parking is available on King St (between George & Aylmer) in the parking garage.

What time should I arrive?

At least 1 hour prior to race time. You need to park, turn in your donations, pick up your race kit (if you haven't already), get your timing chip, use facilities, listen to pre-race instructions, and warm up. Time will fly by.

Will we have access to washrooms prior to race?

There will be portable toilets within race area.

What’s a timing chip and where do I put it? 

Your 'chip' is an electronic ankle bracelet that will record your time when you cross the timing mat. You put it on your ankle, it’s easy to put on and take off with the Velcro. You will not even know it’s on your leg. Please return your chip after your race!

What’s in my race kit?

In your 'kit' you will have a t-shirt, if you did not miss the August 18 deadline, your bib, some brochures from sponsors and some coupons from some of our local establishments.

What is a bib? 

Your bib is your race number. Pins will be provided for you to attach to the front of your shirt. If you signed up early enough, it will be personalized!

Where should I put my belongings when I race?

The parking lot is close enough for you to leave all belongings, especially valuables in your car. Once you are finished your run, its close enough to retrieve anything you may need.
Please note: there is no secure place for you to keep your belongings at the race site. Organizers are not responsible for your belongings.

Can I run with my child and then keep going?

Yes! Kids start with adults. The kids run is one complete loop. So adults can certainly run with their child and continue on. Please ensure all runners younger than 12 have a responsible adult waiting for them at the end of their race. 

Is there a water station on the course?

You bet! Just past where Bethune and Townsend Streets meet.

Can I volunteer?

We would love to have you volunteer, check out some of last year's volunteer. Contact to volunteer.

When & Where

Sep 14, 2019


5:00 PM

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