Participants in the inaugural 2019 Step Up for Mental Health.
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Last chance to register for Step Up for Mental Health

Consider this the bell lap when it comes to signing up for Cameco’s Step Up for Mental Health Run/Walk. Registration for the popular event closes Sept. 7 at 11:59 p.m. The in-person event starts at Saskatoon’s Prairieland Park on Sept. 24. Those lucky enough to snag a spot in the sold-out virtual event can log their selected distance between Sept. 17-24.

If you’re still on the fence about whether to register, here are some points to help push you over the edge.

It’s is going to be big

As of last week, there were more than 6,300 people collectively registered for the 5km, 10km and half marathon distances, marking the largest Step Up field to date. The 5km was the most popular event, with more than 4,200 people registered.

The routes are new and fantastic

This year’s routes start at Prairieland Park and finish downtown along the riverbank — they are net downhill and fast. Cameco is providing free shuttle buses for all participants and spectators between the start and finish lines.

Check out the course maps online.

The swag is swell

Every adult who signs up receives a signature Step Up bunnyhug, technical t-shirt and drawstring bag.

The medal is also pretty cool.

Pace bunnies are ready to help you hit a PB

This year’s event includes the following pace bunnies:

  • 5km: 30 minutes, 45 minutes
  • 10km: 50 minutes, 60 minutes
  • Half marathon: 1:45, 1:50, 2:00

Your registration supports a great cause

All money from entry fees and donations is matched by Cameco and distributed to mental health projects and programs in Saskatchewan through the Cameco Fund for Mental Health. As of last week, the event had raised almost $600,000 for mental health support programs in Saskatchewan. “Every dime of that total will be distributed to programs before the end of this year for immediate help in our province,” says race director Jonathan Huntington.

“This is an opportunity for you to feel good about your own fitness and help others with mental health challenges because your entire entry fee is donated to those in need.”

The atmosphere will be outstanding

DJs, live music and enthusiastic spectators are just part of what makes this event so special.

The race prides itself on being inclusive and a place where people can feel safe. One group Huntington is particularly looking forward to welcoming is residents of a Saskatoon shelter that has previously received money from the Cameco Fund for Mental Health. “Step Up for Mental Health is unlike any event I’ve ever participated in; the atmosphere and importance of being a judgement-free zone are key priorities,” he says.

This year’s event is also doubling as the Saskatchewan Championships for the 5km, 10km and half marathon and is sure to attract the zippiest runners in the province.

If you aren’t able to run in this year’s event but want to volunteer, check out vacant positions online or email questions to Joni Straker at joni_straker@cameco.com.