Sporting Life 10k Virtual FAQs

What is a virtual run?
A virtual run can be completed on your own from any location you choose, on any day that you choose, at your own pace. You can run, jog, or walk on a road, on a trail, or a treadmill, at the gym, or on a track.

Why is the Sporting Life 10k a virtual run?
As we continue to adhere to COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines mandated by the Province of Ontario and City of Toronto Public Health, the Sporting Life 10k in 2021 will once again be a virtual event.

The Sporting Life Virtual 10k and the Sporting Life Virtual 10k Challenge enables us to be united even when we can’t all be at the start line together while still raising crucial funds to send kids with cancer to Camp Ooch. Everyone’s health and safety is always our top priority. A virtual run will minimize risks.


Is there a specific day/time I need to run?
You can select any date/time between May 9 – 30, 2021 to complete your Sporting Life 10k.

Can I still run on Mother’s Day?
Yes! The 2021 Sporting Life Virtual 10k starts on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, 2021 and you have all the way until May 30 to complete your run.

When does registration close?
Registration for the Sporting Life Virtual 10k and the Sporting Life Virtual 10k Challenge registration closes on May 30, 2021 at 11:59pm.

What is the Sporting Life Virtual 10k Challenge
The Sporting Life Virtual 10k Challenge is new for 2021. It is for those people who want a bit of a “Challenge”. The Sporting Life virtual 10k Challenge is an event that you can run or walk 10k ten times anytime from Sunday, May 9 to Sunday, May 30, 2021.

What does my Sporting Life Virtual 10k entry fee include?
Your Sporting Life Virtual 10k entry fee includes a souvenir run shirt, an exclusive Sporting Life 10k finisher medal, a Sporting Life 10k Promotion Code*, a run bib, free domestic ground shipping of your run kit to your mailing address, and the chance to help kids and their families affected by childhood cancer. *Minimum spend on promotional code offer is $70 before taxes and the amount varies based on registration date.

What does my Sporting Life Virtual 10k Challenge entry fee include?
Your Sporting Life Virtual 10k Challenge entry fee includes a souvenir run shirt, an exclusive Sporting Life 10k Challenge finisher medal, an exclusive Sporting Life virtual 10k Challenge finisher hat, a Sporting Life 10k Promotion Code*, a run bib, free domestic ground shipping of your run kit to your mailing address, and the chance to help kids and their families affected by childhood cancer. *Minimum spend on promotional code offer is $70 before taxes.

When does my Sporting Life Virtual 10k/ Sporitng Life Virtual 10k Challenge run kit ship?
If you registered before April 24, 2021 your run kit will be shipped beginning the week of April 26, 2021. If you registered after April 24, 2021 your run kit will be sent out to you within two weeks of your registration date.

What if my run kit does not arrive?
.Please allow 4 -6 weeks for your kit to arrive. If you have not received your kit as per the timelines above, please email us at: sl10k@ooch.org

Is there a faster way for me to receive my run kit?
Yes, just choose the domestic expedited/tracking shipping option when you are completing your registration. When your run kit ships you will receive an email with the tracking information.

I am not from Canada. Can I still participate?
Absolutely you can participate! There are no geographical boundaries to being part of the Sporting Life 10k. We encourage everyone, runners and non-runners, from around the world to join us to raise much needed funds for Canadian kids and families affected by childhood cancer. Please note that if you would like to receive a Run Kit then you must purchase additional shipping at time of registration.  (Note: only Canadian charitable tax receipts can be issued.

How do I upload my results?
An email with information on how to upload your results will be sent to you the week of May 4, 2021.

Do I need to upload my results
No, you don’t have to upload your results at all. However, if you purchased an iTAB you will need to upload your results to have it sent to you.

What app or program do I need to upload my results?
You actually do not need an app or program to upload your results. All you need to do is upload your Run time manually using the honour system. If you wish to use a fitness/tracking app, we recommend you download and use Runkeeper as it will automatically upload your results to our results page. It is free to download and is really easy to use. If you use RunKeeper and have entered the  Sporting Life Virtual 10k Challenge, your results will not be auto-uploaded, you will have to manually upload your times).

Without a measured route, how will I know if I’ve actually run the correct distance?
There are lots of free tools available for smartphones to help runners measure distance. We recommend using RunKeeper as it is integrated with our results platform. Other tracking options include: Strava, Zwift, and Nike+. You can also use a GPS-equipped smartwatch, like a Garmin (or some versions of the Apple Watch) to record running distance. Or, kick it old school, and drive a route using your car’s odometer to measure it before running, walking, or jogging your route!

Are there official run results or age group awards?
The Sporting Life virtual 10k does not issue official race results or age group awards.

Where do I find my Registration Confirmation and/or Sporting Life Virtual 10k Promotion Code?
To search for your confirmation, please click here. If you do not see your registration confirmation email in your inbox, please check your spam/junk folder. Your email registration confirmation and your Sporting Life 10k Promotion Code were emailed to you in two separate emails. If you are looking specifically for your Sporting Life 10k Promotion Code, you can log into the Participant Dashboard to retrieve your coupons.

What is the charitable cause?
Camp Ooch is a privately funded, volunteer-based organization that provides children with cancer and their families with unique opportunities for growth through challenging, fun, enriching, and magical experiences. We offer year-round camp-inspired programs in communities and hospitals across Ontario and at three overnight camps including Ooch Muskoka—the only camp of its kind in Canada able to provide onsite IV chemotherapy and blood transfusions. We bring the magic of camp to over 1,900 children and 745 families from across Ontario each year, at no cost to them. New in 2020 are virtual camp programs that reach kids and families living in isolation, wherever they are.

Why should I fundraise for the Sporting Life Virtual 10k?
As a registered charity, Camp Ooch receives no annual funding from government or hospital partners, relying instead on the generosity of volunteers, partners, donors, and fundraisers to deliver the magic of camp at no charge to kids and families. This important work can only continue because of the support of fundraisers like #SL10K runners.

Are there Camp programs happening this year?
This pandemic has challenged Camp Ooch to re-examine the impact of Camp, and the role they play in supporting children and families through the isolating experience of a childhood cancer diagnosis. As a response to the pandemic, Camp Ooch immediately shifted to virtual programming, allowing them to interact with campers safely and ensure that everyone is able to experience the magic of camp. In addition to virtual camp programs, Camp Ooch continues with in-person programming in several paediatric oncology centres across Ontario.

Can I donate without running? Or donate extra?
Of course! You can donate any amount. All proceeds go to Camp Ooch, providing critical funds to ensure essential camp programs continue at no cost to kids and families battling childhood cancer. To donate, please click here

I made a donation when will I get my charitable tax receipt?
If you requested a tax receipt at time of donation you would have received the receipt via email. If you didn’t request a tax receipt or can’t locate your tax receipt, please contact sl10k@ooch.org for support.

Can I register for the Sporting Life Virtual 10k Run and create or join a team?
Yes! You can register online and join any team or create a new team, just like the regular run. More details can be found in registration.

How do I create a team?
Teams have more fun! So, gather your friends, family and colleagues together for fun, friendship and fundraising for Camp Ooch! Getting Started Is Easy!

Choose your team name.
Nominate a Team Captain.
The Team Captain registers for the race and creates the team during registration.
The Team Captain informs team members that the team has been created.
The Team members register for the race individually and join the team by selecting the team name from the drop down menu on the registration form.


Can children participate?
Children of 6 years and under can participate and should complete their Virtual Run with an adult.

Are there any cool things I can share on social?
We would love to see your #SL10K Virtual Run! Post on social media and tag @sportinglife and @campoochigeas on Instagram and Camp Ooch on Facebook.

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