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Pace for the Donkeys Annual 5K Trail Run

PACE for the Donkeys is a 5K Trail Run and Walk through the nature trails and paddocks at the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada. This is a unique opportunity to see our Sanctuary from a brand new perspective. If you've been here on Open Days, you'll see a whole new side of our very unique farm. 

If you're an animal lover, you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with our amazing equines. If you're a runner, this unique run will present some unique challenges in our paddocks and trails. If you love nature, you will have the opportunity to tour our wetlands and you might even see a turtle or two. 

The race will be timed, but feel free to go at your own PACE. The registration fee for the race is $40 and will close on September 25th

There will also be a 100M Donkey Dashes for kids ages 2-11 after the 5K run is finished. Five dashes will be held for ages 2-3; ages 4-5; age 6-7; age 8-9, 10-11.

All registered participants will receive a Pace for the Donkeys medal. The race will take place rain or shine.

If you’re unable to attend in person, you can still register for the virtual run. This means you can run anywhere at any time and still raise awareness and funds for the donkeys. Registration is $30 with all proceeds supporting the donkeys.


More Race Information

Prizes may change, but these are some examples from 2018. 

Top Individual Fundraiser: An Overnight Stay with Country Breakfast for Two and Afternoon Tea for Two at Langdon Hall.

Second Place Individual Fundraiser:  Genuine Roots Duffel Bag along with Bottle of Wine.

Third Place Individual Fundraiser: Two Tickets to St. Jacob’s Theatre, $100 Voucher for Holiday Inn and a $50 gift certificate for Jack’s Restaurant.

Top Team Fundraisers: A VIP tour at the Steamwhistle Brewery for Nine. Includes complimentary food, a souvenir and ice-cold bottles of Steamwhistle.

Second Place Team Fundraisers: A tour for Nine at the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada in the 2020 season. 

First Male Runner: Date Night Dinner for Two at Borealis ($50.00) and a bottle of wine from Andrew Pelham Estates.

First Female Runner:  Date Night Dinner for Two at Borealis ($50.00) and a bottle of wine from Andrew Pelham Estates.

When you register for the race, Race Roster will give you the ability to create a "Sponsor Me" page. Share this link with friends and family to help you reach your fundraising goals.

If you're participating with a team, you can join them at registration and share the team page instead. 

These prizes may change closer to race day. 

Q) Is there a minimum age for the race?
A) There is no minimum age required for the race. To participate in the Donkey Dash, your child must be between 2-11 years old. Children are eligible to race in only ONE of the two events. You may register your child for the Donkey Dash on the day of the race.

Q) Are strollers and dogs allowed in the race?
A) Sorry, no. The terrain along the race route is far too difficult navigate with a stroller. You may bring dogs to the DSC, but they are not allowed in the race. Staff and volunteers are not responsible for watching your dog while you run.

Q) Is there a limit to the number of racers in the PACE?
A) Yes, we are only able to accommodate 350 people due to space and parking restrictions.

Q) Is the race timed?
A) Yes. Timing for the race will be done by Speed River Timing.

Q) How do I qualify for a prize?
A) We’ll award top prizes for fundraising for individuals and teams, as well as top placing runners. We also have many door prizes so be sure to fill out your ballot when you register on the morning of the run!

Q) Will there be food and water at the race?
A) There will be a water station, and some healthy snacks available after the race.

Q) I’m not interested in running or walking the race, but I would like to help the animals. Is there another way I can help?
A) We’re happy you asked! If you wanted to make a donation to the DSC, please DONATE HERE or give us a call at 519-836-1697 to support the donkeys. Thank you so much!

On Race Day, there will be the following provided: 

  • Bag drop-off area
  • Prize tent
  • Water
  • Post race refreshments for registrants (complementary)
  • Portable Toilets
  • Wash Stations
  • Free parking at Eagle's Flight and free shuttle to Sanctuary. 

Race Day Schedule:

8:00 AM  First shuttle from Eagle’s Flight parking area

8:05 AM Registration, chipping, receiving bib and number

9:30 AM  Race Warm-Up

9:30 AM  Last shuttle from Eagle’s Flight parking area

9:45 AM  Group Photo

10:00 AM 5K Trail Run, followed by walkers

11:15 AM  Donkey Dash

11:15 AM  First shuttle back to parking area (approx. once course is clear)

11:30 AM  Awards Ceremony

12:45 PM  Last shuttle back to parking area

The course is a true 5K which loops up, down and around a section of the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada’s beautiful 100-acre farm.

Terrain includes hay fields, dirt laneway, wetland trails, and is mostly flat (with one short, fairly tough hill) but this is the country – rocks, roots, and uneven ground are part of the experience.

You will see mules and donkeys in paddocks who will be very curious about what you are doing. And, you will likely hear the beautiful braying sounds of the 90 plus resident animals!