B&O Yorkville 5K Run – VIP Code giveaway

This race season is all about the new and interesting races for me. Other than Army Run (which by the way – registration is open!), I am not registering for any races I’ve run before. Although some favorite races of mine were cancelled, most of my race season planning is gearing up for the Ottawa Run Weekend half and for NYC. The only run I *may* run is Emilie’s Run, but I think I have found a race to replace my favorite fast 5K: The B&O Yorkville 5K Run!

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I did mention this race last year, but was unable to run the race because I heard about it a bit too late and it sold out. This unique 5K only has 1000 runners and is pegged as one of the fastest 5K’s in Canada. So fast, that this year, Athletics Canada (governing body of Track and Field, Road Races and Cross Country) has announced a 5 year partnership with the Yorkville Run to host the Canadian 5K Road Race Championship. 200 of the fastest 5K Elite runners will have a race before the Yorkville Run with $8000 in prize money available. In order to run in the Championship, runners must register with a recorded time in the 2013-2014 season with a time below 19:00 for men and below 21:00 for women. Β This is going to be a fast race!

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Ok – so for the rest of us that are not that fast (yet), here is what is up for you:

The B&O Yorkville 5K run is an exclusive event that is only open to 1000 participants. The race occurs on September 7th in Toronto, starting at 9am with the Canadian 5K Championship. The registration cost is $100, which seems steep, but this race comes with a race kit that is beyond amazing. In your race kit you will find the following, valued at $365

– New Balance Technical Shirt

– A complete fuel system from Vega

– A premium tea package from David’s Tea

– Personalized bib and timing chip

– Voucher for free race photos

– Medal (last year’s was so nice!)

and…

– A pair of B&O Play headphones that are valued at $130

Plus – at the end of the race you will nibble on hors d’oeuvres from Yorkville restaurants served by waiters wearing white gloves. Sounds better than stale bagels….

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There are also prizes available for fundraising over $500. Prizes come from Tiffany and Co, Chanel, Bang and Olufsen, Louis Vuitton and other Yorkville boutiques. Since 2010, The B&O Yorkville Run has raised over $200,000 for YWCA Toronto in support of it’s Elm Centre and Women’s shelters. This year they will also be raising funds for Mount Sinai Hospital, Prostate Cancer Canada and Jesse Ketchum Public School.

More information can be found at:Β http://yorkvillerun.com/

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So – I mentioned that this race is exclusive. There are only 1000 spots available and this year, the race organizers are allowing VIP to register a month early for the race. There is a good chance that this race will sell out before the general public are allowed to register. Out of the 1000 spots, only 500 are available for non-fundraising participants. The other 500 will be charity bibs, which you purchase for $100 and then must fundraise a certain amount of money.

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Because I wrote this post – I was given a VIP code. I will be registering for the race on the 15th, when the VIP registration starts. If you want in on a really cool 5K, and want to run with me – I have TENΒ FIVE (hurry, going fast) VIP Registration codes to giveaway. Since time is crucial, giveaway rules are easy – comment on the blog or tweet me and I will be able to hook you up. So if you are interested, let me know! You will still need to pay the registration fee (as will I!), but it is well worth it! Remember, certain races around here you pay almost $50 for a race and just get a t-shirt πŸ™‚

Hope to see you there!

Note: I was not compensated to write this post, but was given a VIP code to use to register. All opinions are my own. As always, I like to share information about races I find interesting and want to run in. All photographs are used with permission from the B&O Yorkville Run organizers.Β 

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26 Comments

  1. Lisa

    Whoa, can I have one? It would be a great race to run and it’d be fun to see you after so many years!

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  2. Genevieve Wraight

    I Would LOVE LOVE LOVE a VIP code please!!! This will be the first race I run with my running mentor and I would be so honoured and proud (not to mention excited) to be there with her !!
    Thank you in advance for considering me!!
    Gen

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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Done! I’ve sent you an email πŸ™‚

      Reply
  3. Andrew Chak

    Hi Rebecca, I would love a VIP registration – thank you so much! Looks fun!

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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Sending you an email!

      Reply
  4. Alice

    Can I please have a VIP code. It sounds like a great race

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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Of course! I will send you an email shortly with the details πŸ™‚

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      1. alice

        Thanks so much !!! wohoo!!

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  5. Genevieve

    May I please have a code if you have any left. Thank you

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  6. Karen

    Hi Rebecca!

    Would love to join my girlfriends Alice and Gen for the race! Can I have a VIP code as well??

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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Of course! I will be sending you an email shortly!

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      1. Karen

        Thank you, Rebecca! Sooo looking forward to race day!

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  7. Marissa

    Hi there – any chance you still have a VIP code available? I’ve wanted to run this race the past few years, but am never quick enough with my registration!!

    Thanks πŸ™‚

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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Sending you an email!

      Reply
  8. Kara

    Hi Rebecca,

    Lia Fierheller said she knows you and asked me to run the race with her. She has a code and I was wondering if you still have one available.

    I would really appreciate it,

    Thanks

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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Hi friend of Lia! I’ve sent you an email πŸ™‚

      Reply
      1. Kara

        thanks

        Reply
  9. Nicole

    As much as I’d LOVE to qualify for the championships (YEAH RIGHT!!!)… I’d love a VIP code!
    πŸ™‚

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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Lol, I know right?! Sent you an email!

      Reply
  10. judy tang

    Hey I hard about this run from my friend and would love to join and get a code too, can I please have one too? Thank you!

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  11. Rayna

    Good luck on your way to training for a marathon! Thats my five year goal however this year I did the Around the Bay 30 km (I saw you did the 5km and I am ever jealous as I probably should have just done that!) So with that in mind, you’d think I’d be closer to a full.. but we’ll see… it just seems so far! (30 km with not enough training was brutal – I can hardly imagine having to grind through another 12 km!) Good for you though, I believe 2014 I shall live vicariously through your ambitions and goals!

    Any chance you still have a VIP code left? I wanted to do this race last year but it was sold out and I fear the same for this year!

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  12. Chris

    Hi Rebecca,

    Are all the VIP codes given away? I just found out about the race – I want to sign up with my wife πŸ™‚

    Chris

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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Unfortunately yes – your best bet would be to sign up asap tomorrow at noon!

      Reply
  13. Vivian

    This sounds like a super fun race to do. My husband and been trying to find a race for the both of us to do together (he just started running this year, and my half marathons would scare him a little too much). 5km would be a good race for my husband to start with. Do you happen to have 2 more VIP codes that you can give to me so my husband and I can run our first race together?

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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Unfortunately no – your best bet would be to sign up asap tomorrow at noon!

      Reply
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