Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women series Expands to 6 cities celebrating women and running

Canadian Olympians offer motivation to participants of Canada’s only national women’s and girls race series benefiting women’s mental health…

Toronto, ON – June 4, 2013 - Shoppers Drug Mart is delighted to announce that Canada’s first and only national women’s and girl’s running race series is expanding to 6 cities. The Shopper’s Drug Mart Run for Women Series will consist of a 5K, 10K and Little Steps Girls 1K, and include a motivational talk from an iconic Canadian Olympian in each city.

The events kick off on June 22 in Unionville, Ontario, and continue throughout the summer into September. In addition to Unionville (June 22), Vancouver (July 13), and Calgary (July 27), runs will be held in Halifax (August 10), Ottawa (August 24), and Quebec City (September 21). A portion of proceeds and participant donations will go towards women’s mental health programs in each of the 6 race cities.

Olympic Gold and Silver medalist and 2011 Canadian athlete of the year, Jennifer Heil, is the first featured speaker in Unionville. She thrives and strives to speak to girls and women about being active and how they can succeed in the goals they set. “I'm excited to be a part of the Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women Series because it encourages an active lifestyle and supports women’s mental health initiatives across the country. As a new mom I know that remaining physically active is as important as ever to ensure I maintain my well-being and a balanced lifestyle.”

Other speakers include 5-time Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser, (Vancouver), 5-time Paralympian, Chantal Petitclerc (Ottawa, Quebec City) and Gold Medalist Heather Moyse (Halifax). The Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women celebrates the strength and courage of women across the country, while supporting those who need it the most in our community.

Women are three times more likely than men to suffer from depression. Research indicates that one in four women will experience some form of depression in their lifetime. The event in Unionville, Ontario, will support women’s mental health programming at Women’s College Hospital.

Dr. Valerie Taylor, Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, and an avid runner, is thrilled that a portion of the proceeds are going to Women’s College Hospital. “Not only will this race provide funds to ensure our programs thrive, it will also raise awareness about women’s mental health and promote healthy living. Supporting women in their efforts to make running a part of their regular routine is a critical step in ensuring the well being of women and families. Running is a social activity that is helpful for people who are suffering from mental illness because they often end up isolated and trying to cope on their own. Running groups also help to relieve stress because participants may share stories about their struggles that they might not tell their friends or family.”

Shopper’s Drug Mart is delighted to be the title sponsor of the race series. “Shoppers Drug Mart has made a commitment to helping women improve their health in mind, body and spirit. The Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women recognizes the connection between physical exercise and mental well-being, providing a great opportunity to raise awareness and funds for women’s mental health programming,” Sandra Sanderson, Senior Vice-President, Marketing Shoppers Drug Mart.

The events will be organized in partnership with Running Room. Since its beginning, Running Room has made a commitment to promoting health and fitness in the community. Running Room is more than a retail store, acting also as a resource centre for runners and walkers of all abilities. Women Only Training Programs have also been developed to address the unique needs of the female athlete. Running Room is also proud to support hundreds to running and walking events, big and small that have a profound effect on their participants and communities. The Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women series is a great outlet for women to lead by example and also by assisting young girls to get active early via the Girl’s 1K event.

Other sponsors include Moving Comfort who will be offering bra fitting clinics at Running Room stores leading up to each event.

For all information related to dates and times in each city, visit our website at, follow the conversation at facebook/runforwomenseries of follow us on twitter: @RunForWomen‬‬‬

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