Run for You. Run for It!

Walk away from being mad. From being sad. Run from that pit in your stomach. From that shadow in your mind. Run for now. For the way it makes you feel, not in your hamstrings or your glutes, but in your heart and in your mind. Run for feeling better.  

Train and Change the Story

Since 2003 girls aged 12–19 who reported their mental health as fair-poor has more than doubled. That’s not okay. Let’s change it.

The Program

2x a week you’ll train with female students just like you. You’ll get access to tools and resources you can use to recognize mental health issues in yourself and others, plus ways to deal with them. You’ll also prepare to participate in The Run for Women, brought to you by the LOVE YOU by Shoppers Drug Mart program or another 5K goal race.

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150 Participants
3 Schools

The York Regional Police helped fuel our first year, which had 150 female students participating in a ton of activities that focused on physical and mental well-being.

561 Participants
44 Schools

44 schools participated and over 500 girls from York Region, Winnipeg and Ottawa made a difference in their mental wellness and overall health!

2500 Participants
138 Schools

2017 saw the program launch nationally across Canada to 15 cities. 2500 students participated and learned about tools and resources to help manage mental wellness!

4600 Participants
204 Schools

17 Cities were able to participate in Run for It in 2018! The program saw growth expand past our core cities as rural communities began taking part with over 46oo students!

4300 Participants
214 Schools

With over 214 schools participating in the Run for It program in 2019 over 4300 students were able to learn effective mental wellness management while training for a 5K! 

Be the leading cause of strength

Did you know that half of all mental illness in adults appears by the age of 14 but goes undetected? Get the knowledge you need to empower yourself and the people around you.

Who's Your Champion?

Our school programs can be led by teachers, coaches, counselors, or community members. Anyone who is passionate about impacting the mental and physical well being of students in their community. Champions help guide students through training sessions that include mental health discussions, safe and smart ways to train for your run, plus run training to improve your stamina, and endurance.

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Program Survey

We use pre and post-program surveys to determine the level of learning and change in behaviour the Run for It program has in students across the country. Surveys are anonymous and completed by students who are participating in the Run for It program.

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Looking for more information above and beyond your weekly lesson? See below for the accompanying resource material. Select from Mental Health and Running Resources to keep you on-track!

Mental Health Resources

Lessons, Mental Health Tools, and more

Running Resources

Stretches, Posture, Running Log, and more

Contact Us

Are you a teacher, guidance counsellor, or community member interested in having the program at your local school?

If you would like to learn more about the National Program please contact Mackenzie Smith by email [email protected].


Together we’re EMPOWERED.
Together we’re HEALTHIER.
Together we’re UNSTOPPABLE.

When we work together, amazing things can happen. The LOVE YOU by Shoppers Drug Mart™ program works together with local charities to help advance women’s health and provide support systems for women to feel their best. To date, we’ve raised over 68 million dollars to support women’s health initiatives in our communities.

Our Charity Partners