What is your Equity, Access and Inclusion Policy?

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Equity, Access and Inclusion Policy
Organizers of the Canada Running Series strive to create safe and welcoming events
for all interested participants, including accommodations and assistance to address
any potential participation barriers.

Declaration of Inclusion
On behalf of the Canada Running Series, the organizers hereby declare an invitation
to participate in the event to all interested and willing parties. We hereby declare our
intention to create an event that adheres to principles of social equity and inclusion
and is open, welcoming, safe, and accessible.

Statement of Accessibility
In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, Canada
Running Series has established a process for accessibility inquiries pertaining to each
of the events. Canada Running Series is committed to access for all participants and
spectators involved with the events.

Requests and Feedback Mechanisms
To ensure proper communication and to optimize organizer’s ability to best meet
accommodation requests, requests must be received to Canada Running Series 1
month prior to the event date. All requests for accommodations will be
acknowledged within 72 hours.

For these and any other accessibility requests, or for more information, please
contact info@canadarunningseries.com.

Canada Running Series is committed to ensuring the best possible experience for all
participants & spectators. Participants & spectators can submit feedback regarding
the activities and facilities at the event, including responsiveness to accessibility
needs, following the link in our Post-Race email and filling out the survey.

What assistive devices are allowed on course?

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Recreational, push rim & motorized wheelchairs (with a speed limit of no more than 5 km/hour) are allowed on course. Handcycles will not be permitted on course.

Please note that this course has a lot of hills, so those participating with an assistive device may require a support person.

The post-race area (Savanna Picnic Site) is a grass field with areas of uneven terrain. Your Toronto Zoo strives to provide experiences and events that are accessible to all guests. Accommodation requests by guests are welcome and we will make every effort to provide optimal support for the needs of guests with disabilities.

More information can be found here:
https://www.torontozoo.com/tz/accessibility

https://www.torontozoo.com/tz/disability

Will strollers be allowed for the 2024 In-Person events?

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Strollers will be permitted for the In-Person 5K and the CubRun distances. For the In-Person 5K the individual in the stroller will not get a medal. Please note that anyone participating with a stroller will need to pay admission for the individual in the stroller to enter the Zoo. There will be a 50% discount for the individual in the stroller.

Can I participate with my support animal?

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Service Animal Policy
Service animals are the only animals permitted on course.
Trained, accredited service animals (animals trained to assist individuals with a medical or physical disability) may be permitted on course, provided that the procedures below are followed.
– Accreditation documentation by a recognized Assistance Animal program or equivalent. Only working animals (not including retired, trainee and companion animals), are permitted on course.
– The service animal must wear an identification harness for the duration of the event.
– The owner is responsible to clean up after their service animal.
– Race officials have the right to refuse participation if the service animal poses a safety concern.
Please note that the required documentation is to be submitted at least one week prior to the event. All documentation and inquiries should be directed to info@canadarunningseries.com.
References:
Blind Persons’ Rights Act
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
Human Rights Code
Please note that the Toronto Zoo has specific policies regarding service animals on-site. Please review them here: https://www.torontozoo.com/tz/serviceanimal

Can I participate with a Support Person?

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Yes! The participant will register using the online registration system.
Please contact info@canadarunningseries.com to provide your support person’s name and contact information by August 20th, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.
Your guide has 2 options:
1. The guide can participate in the event at no cost. They will need to complete the event waiver and wear two “GUIDE” bibs, one on their front, and one on their back.
2. The guide can pay the full registration fee. They will receive the event shirt, bib with timing chip & finisher’s medal. They will need to wear the event “GUIDE” bib on their back.
When the participant picks up their race kit, they will receive the additional “GUIDE” bib(s).
If you have any questions about the information above, please contact info@canadarunningseries.com.
If you require an alternate assistive device or have any questions or comments with respect to the Accessible Customer Service or registration process offered by Canada Running Series, please contact us at info@canadarunningseries.com