Race for Research is a new newly invigorated version of South Ottawa Race Day. #SORD #allaboutacure

South Ottawa Race Day started in 2011 by a small group of friends looking for a way to honour the memory of a dear friend who had lost her battle with brain cancer. From there, it grew into a rallying point for the community, a new option for local competitive runners, and a runaway fundraising success. Over the past five years, South Ottawa Race Day inspired thousands of participants to raise more than $405,000 for brain cancer research in the Ottawa community.

We’ve helped fund research into the molecules that drive the aggressive behaviour of brain tumours. We’ve funded work with oncolytic viruses, and supported clinical trials that investigate cancer vaccines and new targeted drugs. And we’ve raised awareness about the prevalence of brain cancer, its aggressive nature, and its lack of funding.

Together, we have come such a long way, and South Ottawa Race Day has become more than just another date on the running calendar. It’s a day when our community comes together to give hope to local families facing a brain cancer diagnosis. It’s a day when we race, not with the goal of crossing the finish line, but with the goal of funding innovative brain cancer research and clinical trials. It truly is a race for research.

We have all witnessed the power and the impact that this event has had in our community for those facing brain cancer. We all know how much the event means to our friends, family and neighbours and hope you will continue changing lives through this tradition YOU have created by registering for the Race for Research.