Upcoming Events

March 2020

The annual Gaskell Cup was founded as a means to support our dear friend Kirk Gaskell, and honour his legacy in our community. In partnership with the Board of H.O.P.E. and with Kirk on our minds, we are reminded of those that are most vulnerable to COVID-19 and we cannot in good conscience move forward hosting this large scale event.

Following the action from the federal, provincial and regional governments, as well as the example of the NHL and OMHA, the 2020 Gaskell Cup, which was scheduled for March 28, is officially cancelled.

April 2020

Fourth Year of Peterborough Butterfly Run
Aims to Be Biggest Year Yet

Early Bird Registration Open Until End of February

 Tuesday, February 18, 2020, Peterborough ON – The fourth annual Peterborough Butterfly Run will take place April 26, 2020 at Millennium Park including a 5 km walk/run, Kids Chip timed 1 km Fun Run and a free 1 km Memorial Walk. Details were unveiled earlier today at Runner’s Life, where early bird registration is available until February 29th for $35 per person or by visiting on-line at peterboroughbutterflyrun.itsyourrace.com.

“We are very excited to officially launch what will be the fourth year of the Peterborough Butterfly Run,” said Jennie Vanier, Executive Committee Member, Peterborough Butterfly Run. “We have seen the race double in size over the past three years and we expect to continue that growth this year and would encourage everyone interested in participating in the 5 km walk/run to register this month while our early bird pricing of $35 is still available.” 

Participants in the 5 km walk/run who register by April 3 will receive a race shirt included in their registration fee of $35 until February 29 and $40 after that date. The Kids 1 km Fun Run registration fee is $5, open to children 12 and under and includes a chip timer. As in past years, all participants in the 5 km walk/run, Kids 1 km Fun Run and free 1 km Memorial Walk will receive a customizable race bib that can be personalized with a loved one’s name or other special message. Additional adult and children’s sized race shirts can be also purchased online at the registration site.

Taking place again at Millennium Park the run day will kick off at 9am registration, 10am Memorial Walk/Run and 10:30 am Opening Ceremony with a moment of silence. The event will also include the popular Butterfly Village which will be open from 9am to noon featuring raffles, arts and craft activities for families, photo area and the “I am running for…” banners displaying the names of our lost and longed for babies and children. 

Registration is available online at peterboroughbutterflyrun.itsyourrace.com or in person at Runner’s Life 174 Charlotte Street, Peterborough, ON. Funds raised at the event have been used to provide ongoing specialized education in Perinatal Bereavement Care to healthcare providers across Peterborough City and County, establish more than 10 lending libraries for individuals and their families located across Peterborough City and County, as well as the development of bereavement kits for families and individuals who experience early and later pregnancy loss and infant loss. Over the past 14 months almost 200 bereavement kits have been provided to families and individuals by health care providers and PRHC.  

Funds raised are also invested back into the walk/run event itself, in order to keep the 5 km walk/run registration costs more affordable so that  families can participate together, continue to offer the FREE 1 km Memorial walk, and invest in all the important aspects of the event that help foster the sense of community that the Peterborough Butterfly Run has become known for across the region.

“We are so honoured to continue to partner with the Peterborough Butterfly Run on this event and all the meaningful work that is being done throughout the year that touches so many people,” said Laura Kennedy, Executive Director, GPHSF, Your Family Health Team Foundation. “Thank you so much to Runner’s Life for their continued support as a sponsor of the run and bringing their race expertise to the table. We are also grateful to other confirmed sponsors for 2020 Niteowl Creative, Frogtown Graphics and Team First Aid, as the race as well as the work that is done throughout the year, would not be possible without their generosity.

With the continued growth of the run, we are always seeking new sponsors and volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering at the race or throughout the year, or have suggestions for sponsorship, please contact us at ptbobutterflyrun@gmail.com and one of our volunteers will get back to you.”

The Executive Committee of the Peterborough Butterfly Run was brought together through a common vision, and the good fortune of local connections and was formed in the summer of 2016. The 2020 Executive Committee consists of Kelly Ross, Jennie Vanier, Amy Lipsett, Molly Maguire, and Alessandra Friesen, as well as being supported by a number of other dedicated volunteers. The 2020 Peterborough Butterfly Run will be taking place on Sunday, April 26th with more information to come at ptbobutterflyrun.ca.

Check back for other Spring 2020 events to be announced soon.