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Join us for the 2021 Nature’s Emporium Run for Southlake and fundraise for Southlake Regional Health Centre while getting active however you choose! From April 12 to May 9, this FOUR WEEK virtual challenge will enable you to build on skills developed the previous week and help you warm up after the cold winter months.

The health and safety of our communities is our top priority. As our hospital continues to fight against COVID-19 and physical distancing guidelines remain in place, this virtual event will be held in place of the annual 5K run or walk. Based on a successful 2020 virtual event, we have enhanced the virtual event experience even more this year as we continue to find innovative and exciting new ways to work together with our communities in support of our shared cause - our hospital. As we look ahead, we will continue to evolve as needed, keeping the best interest of our communities and our hospital at the heart of this event.

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 Nature's Emporium Run for Southlake honours his legacy by raising much-needed funds for our 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 Southlake’s largest annual event and become a fixture in our community, with the first ever sold out event in 2018. Just as Southlake touches the lives of people beyond York Region, participants from all over to join in. From South Simcoe, Durham and Dufferin Counties, Toronto and even as far north as Muskoka, people from 3 to 80 years old participate to support leading edge health care for their family, friends and neighbours.


At Southlake Foundation, we fundraise with one goal in mind: supporting our leading edge hospital and the communities it serves to make sure they have the tools and equipment they need to do their best work. As our community grows and changes, our hospital and our Foundation fundraising goals grow too — always looking forward to ensure that we are serving our current and future patients best. Find out more here.


Help us get the word out about the Nature's Emporium Run for Southlake! Use #runforsouthlake across all your social media accounts. We love seeing how much fun you're having! And be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for pre-event details, motivational content, fundraising tips and more!

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Our sponsors enable our events to happen, and lead the way for community support of our hospital. That's why we’re so pleased to welcome back Nature’s Emporium as the Title Sponsor for the 2021 Nature's Emporium Run for Southlake. Your years of generous support have made it possible for Southlake to provide leading edge care close to home for hundreds of thousands of patients every year. CLICK HERE to learn more about Nature’s Emporium.