The Run for Southlake has been postponed due to concerns raised by COVID-19. We appreciate your understanding and will continue to monitor the situation, sharing a new date once confirmed. With the safety of our participants and communities in mind, we believe this is the right thing to do for everyone's health and safety and appreciate your understanding.



Run, walk or jog this premier 5K road race taking place on Davis Drive in Newmarket. As a chip-timed race with starting corrals that allow you to go at your own pace, this is a great event for all skill levels and athletic abilities.

Funds raised support the most urgently-needed tools and equipment at Southlake, things our expert teams rely on to save lives and provide you and your family, friends and neighbours with the leading edge, compassionate care you deserve. 

We can’t do it without YOU, our community! So join us to show your support and help us continue to provide leading edge care, close to home.

Date: Updated Date To Be Announced
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Starting line at the Newmarket Senior’s Meeting Place, 474 Davis Drive
Distance: 5K

Event Day Schedule

  • 8:00 a.m. – Roads closed East & West bound on Davis Drive
  • 8:15 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies
  • 8:50 a.m. – All Runners to the Start Line
  • TBD – Green Corral Starts
  • TBD – Yellow Corral Starts
  • TBD – Grey Corral Starts
  • TBD – Red Corral Starts
  • TBD – Blue Corral Starts
  • 10:30 a.m. – Closing Ceremonies and Awards

Registration Information

Registration Fees: 

Adult - Regular: $54

Youth (under 18 years of age): $20

Registration Deadline: To Be Announced

There will be NO Day-of Registration.

Fundraising Deadline: To qualify for prizes as the top TEAM fundraisers, all pledges must be entered online no later than 4:00 p.m. the Friday before Race Day. Pledging will remain open for two weeks after the event and prizes for individual fundraisers will be awarded after the event. For onsite recognition Individual Incentives all pledges must be entered online by 4:00PM on Wednesday before Race Day.

Run Shirts: All registered participants will receive a 2020 Nature's Emporium Run for Southlake technical T-shirt with their registration.

*Please note: all registrations are final, non-refundable and non-transferable.

Age Limits

The 5K is open to all ages. This is a race the whole family can participate in. All participants under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a guardian. All participants under the age of 18 on event day must have a guardian sign their waiver.

Young children are welcome to participate free of charge, provided they are accompanied by a parent or guardian who is a registered participant. Please note: all non-registered participants will not receive race bibs, t-shirts, or finisher medals.

Scooters, bikes, and pets are not allowed on course.

Time Limits

Participants in the 5K race will have 1.5 hours to complete the course. After this time any participant who has not completed may be asked to use the sidewalk to finish the course. You can run or walk as much of the route as you choose. Race marshals can redirect you to the starting point safely at any time.

Event ID: 202004007

2020 Nature’s Emporium Run for Southlake is proud to be an Athletics Ontario Sanctioned Race. A.O. /OMA Members use discount code RFSAO_20 in the complimentary code box when registering. A.O. membership number required for registration.

Route Map

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Free Parking is available at the Tannery Mall 465 Davis Drive, Newmarket until 8:00 a.m.

Please note: entry and exit to the parking lot closes at 8:00 a.m. and reopens at approximately 10:00 a.m.

All participants must be registered and wearing a race bib in order to participate. Young children may participate without a bib, provided they are accompanied by a parent or guardian who is a registered participant.


Fundraising Information

The success of the Nature's Emporium Run for Southlake is directly tied to YOU! We need all participants to tap their network of friends, family, colleagues and neighbours to pledge you and your race! Use your personal fundraising page to reach out via email or social media and raise what you can in support of leading edge care close to home at Southlake!

Online donations can be made to you or your team through your personal fundraising page. For cash or cheque donations, download a donation form here.

  • Team Captain and Individual Fundraising Tool Kit here
  • Corporate Fundraising Tool Kit COMING SOON

Fundraising Awards

To recognize our top fundraisers, awards will be given to those individuals and teams who raise the most! See below for prize categories.

 Individual Fundraisers: If you are an individual participant, you will compete against other individuals for the ‘Top Individual Fundraiser’ award!

 Fundraising teams will be recognized in different categories of participation.

  • Hospital Department Challenge: If you are a team made up of Southlake physicians/staff/volunteers, you will compete against other Hospital Family teams for the top fundraising prize in this category.
  • Mayor’s Challenge: Teams from our municipal government (politicians and municipal staff) will compete in the Mayor’s Challenge for the top fundraising municipal team.
  • Financial Institution Challenge: Teams from our local financial institutions will compete against each other for the top fundraising team.
  • Community Friends & Family Challenge: Teams of family, friends, community groups and sports teams will compete in the Community Friends & Family Challenge for the Top Community Friends & Family Team.
  • Corporate & Business Challenge: Teams from corporations and businesses that are not Financial Institutions compete in the Corporate & Business Challenge for the Top Corporate & Business Challenge.

Bibs and Race Kit Pick Up

Chips are embedded in the bib and will be activated upon crossing the start line. Race bibs should be pinned, unmodified and fully visible on the front of your shirt throughout the entire race. Participants will receive their race bib with pins at race kit pick up. Pick Up Time and Location will be announced once dates have been determined.


Corrals will be set up to group runners based on the time they expect to complete their distance. Corralling participants is an important way for us to keep runners safe and ensure a positive experience for everyone. 

Runners will need to select a corral during the registration process. Please use your best estimate. Any participant wishing to change their corral information can do so up to 10 days before race day by emailing or phoning 905-836-7333. Corral changes after 10 days before will be subject to a $5 processing fee and can be done at the time of race kit pick up.

Corral Colour5K Expected Finish Time
Blue 50 minutes or more *includes leisure walkers/families with small children
Red 40 to 50 minutes (brisk walkers or runners competing with strollers)
Grey 33 to 40 minutes (runners competing with groups or training)
Yellow 30 to 33 minutes (runners with previously timed results)
Green 30 minutes or less (elite runners with previously timed race results)



Thank you to our 2020 Title Sponsor: Nature's Emporium!

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Learn more about Nature's Emporium here.

Event History

Every year, more than 2,000 participants, spectators and supporters come together with our staff, physicians and volunteers for the Nature's Emporium Run 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 for Southlake since this event began.

The Nature's Emporium Run 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 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 leading edge care that we deserve, close to home.

This event has since evolved into one of Southlake’s biggest annual signature event and become a fixture in our community, with the first ever sold out event in 2018. 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 leading edge health care for their family, friends and neighbours.


Get Social!

Help us get the word out about the 2020 Nature's Emporium  Run for Southlake ! Use #runforsouthlake across all your social media accounts – we love seeing how much fun you're having! Be sure to follow @SouthlakeFndn on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for pre-event details and a live play-by-play of all race day activities.