The 2021 Miles for Smiles race will take place on September 11th - see you there!

What is Miles for Smiles?

Miles for Smiles started off as an initiative of the Student Medical Society of Saskatchewan to raise awareness and funds for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. Looking back into the history of Miles for Smiles, it was the year 2004 when a small group of medical students organized the very first student-run 5 km race in Saskatoon. It was their idea to create an event that promoted healthy lifestyles and involved residents from all parts of Saskatchewan. In the past couple years, we have expanded Miles for Smiles and are excited to keep this event growing this year! 

In recent years, each Miles for Smiles race had over 100 participants and we are continuing our efforts to increase participation through use of the Miles for Smiles website, online registration, team registrations, and multiple avenues of advertising. We have raised over $80,000 since 2004.  As you may know, we spent the last few years raising money to purchase a patient monitoring system for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan (which costs approximately $35,000). We are very excited to announce that in 2016 we reached this goal! A big thank you to all of you who helped us with this achievement – we could not have done it without you!

We are excited to bring to you our Miles for Smiles 2021 event with a combination of race options bringing together the best of Saskatchewan’s pavement pounders, roadrunner wannabes, and sneaker enthusiasts. We want to take this opportunity to invite you, your family, and your co-workers and friends to have fun with us on Saturday, September 11th, 2021 by running, walking, wheel-chairing, or strolling wherever you are. There is something for everyone! You have the choice of a 2.5 km, 5 km and a 10 km run or walk. Whether you are a first-time runner, seasoned athlete or just want to meet people or volunteer while supporting a great cause, this event is for you!

On behalf of the Miles for Smiles team, we encourage everyone to get in motion and join the excitement by participating in this year’s Miles for Smiles! We wish you all the best in your training and we look forward to cheering you on and congratulating you on race day!

Last day to Register is September 8th, 2021!

Charity

This year, all funds raised will go to the Nēwo Yōtina Friendship Centre (Safe consumption site) in Regina.  The goal of the Nēwo Yōtina Friendship Centre (Safe consumption site) is to provide quality programs and services to meet the needs of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community members in Regina. The Nēwo Yōtina Friendship Centre has recently been granted approval to open up an overdose prevention site in Regina. Having a safe location for people to use drugs is one of the many important steps that need to be taken to address addiction and substance use as a public health issue and not a criminal justice one. Nēwo Yōtina Friendship Centre has created space for two clients at a time, taking into account social distancing requirements. It would be amazing if we could contribute to funding to create more space. Nēwo Yōtina Friendship Centre also supports more than just a safe consumption site, but also provides housing support workers and mental health support workers. 

 

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