Event History

Every year, more than 2,000 participants, spectators and supporters come together with our staff, physicians and volunteers for the Run or Walk for Southlake. Each one has their own story of how they – or someone they know – has been impacted by our hospital. No matter what their reason, together they support a common cause and have helped raise more than $1 million NET through the Run or Walk for Southlake since this event began.

The Run or Walk for Southlake is the evolution of the Bob Hartwell Challenge that began in 2002 to pay tribute to local businessman, civic leader and avid runner, Bob Hartwell. Through his incredible contribution to the community, Bob touched many lives in his 54 years. The Run or Walk for Southlake honours his legacy by raising much-needed funds for our local hospital, so that we can all continue to have access to the quality healthcare that we deserve, close to home.

This event has since evolved into one of Southlake’s biggest annual signature events, and become a fixture in our community. But, just as Southlake touches the lives of people beyond York Region, participants come from all over to join in. From South Simcoe, Durham and Dufferin Counties, Toronto, and even as far north as Muskoka, participants from 3 to 80 years old come to support world-class health care for their family, friends and neighbours.

Organizing Committee

An event of this magnitude wouldn’t be possible without the support of a dedicated group of volunteers. Southlake Foundation would like to thank the following people for their generosity of time and spirit in support of this event:

  • Brian North, Chair
  • Jeremy Beatty
  • Kelly Broome
  • Avia Eek
  • John Firman
  • John Hartman
  • John Loughry
  • Barry Stock, Volunteer Coordination
  • Michael Thompson
  • Brenda Welsh