The BRIGHT Run is a non-competitive, family friendly 1km/5km walk or run which is held annually, the first Saturday after Labour Day, at the Dundas Valley Conservation Area in Dundas, Ontario.
Each year, over 1000 participants of all ages, come together to support local breast cancer research being conducted at the Juravinski Cancer Centre.
Since inception in 2008, over 15 research studies have been funded with the over $3 Million raised.
Thanks to the generosity of many Community Partners who cover the costs of organizing and hosting the event, ALL funds raised by the participants go directly and entirely to breast cancer research
The first BRIGHT Run was held in 2008 thanks to inspiration and encouragement from breast cancer patients at the Juravinski Cancer Centre. They told us they would support breast cancer research in the Hamilton/Niagara region beyond simply writing a cheque. If we held our own walk/run, they would be there. Since 2008, more than $2.8 million has been raised and 15 innovative research projects have been funded.
On the first Saturday after Labour Day, the Dundas Valley Conservation Area is magically transformed into a pink oasis of music, laughter, friendship and, yes, a few tears. Family, friends, neighbours, co-workers and breast cancer patients and survivors come together to support each other, share stories, celebrate success and remember.
The day begins with registration and T-shirt pickup. Teams then gather for group photos by our roving photographers. Before the ribbon-cutting ceremony, there is an opportunity to place your bid on a spectacular silent auction item, purchase a Fly & Ride travel raffle ticket or visit one of the various breast cancer service and product providers on site to share their support and knowledge.
During the opening ceremonies, you will hear from the BRIGHT Run ambassador as well as from our special guests. You will also hear about where your research dollars are going, or in BRIGHT Run’s case, staying. Every dollar raised by our more than 1,000 annual participants stays in Hamilton to fund breast cancer research at our own Juravinski Cancer Centre and McMaster University.
Following our YWCA Encore Program warm up – it’s WALK/RUN time. Enjoy a non-competitive 1km or 5km walk, run or stroll along the beautiful Dundas Valley rail trail. After you cross the finish line and receive your medal, head over to Denninger’s food tent for a tasty burger, sausage or veggie snack. Then it’s time to check your silent auction bid. Remember to bring your lunch money and credit card.
The morning wraps up with more music, the announcement of our top fundraisers and of course, the cheque presentation. By noon, you are heading home carrying the magic, inspiration, and exhilaration of BRIGHT Run with you for another year. Please join us!
The BRIGHT Run would not be possible without our team of more than 300 dedicated volunteers and the financial & in-kind contributions of our Community Partners, who fully support the organization and hosting of this event.