Charity Challenge

The Vancouver Half Marathon Charity Challenge unites the spirit of runners with a unique fundraising program to support local charities in our community. Choose a cause that’s close to your heart and create your own personalized fundraising page to share with family and friends.

We all run for different reasons. Our charity partners represent a diverse selection of causes and we encourage you to run for what moves you!

In 2021, participants raised close to $1.1 Million, much needed funds in support of our 46 official charity partners. Help us surpass that total in 2022 by signing up for the Vancouver Half Marathon Charity Challenge today!

Official Charities

Click below for a list of participating Charity Partners in the 2022 Charity Challenge.

List of Official Charities

Join the Charity Challenge

How to fundraise

  • Already registered for the event and would like to fundraise?

    • Follow the directions below.
  1.  Select the charity you would like to to fundraise for

Click here for the list of official charities of the 2022 Charity Challenge.

Would you like to raise money for a charity that is not listed? The charity must register before May 13th. Please ask them to review the Become an Official Charity section.

  1. Contact the charity: It’s beneficial

We recommend you contact the charity prior to signing up. They may have some additional information to share with you, including fundraising tips, and potential fundraising incentives!

  1. Sign-up for the Charity Challenge

Click register and complete the race registration form. By following each step, you will enroll in both the race and fundraising program.

  1. Registration confirmation

Once registered, you will receive two confirmation emails:

  • An email for your race entry – Transaction Receipt – with confirmation number
  • An email with link to access your personal fundraising page.
  1. Start fundraising!

Customize your personalized fundraising page. Add some photos and share your story to appeal to your friends, family and colleagues.

Be sure to share updates about your fundraising on social media using #VancouverHalf.

Become an Official Charity

Charities must be a registered Canadian charity in good standing with the CRA.  Participating charities must register before May 13th, 2022.

Summary of the benefits of participating in the Charity Challenge:

  • Participation in a large-scale community event without running any financial risk, allowing donations to take precedence over logistics.
  • Charities and fundraisers can  easily automate their fundraising.

We are now accepting  registrations from charities to join the 2022 Charity Challenge!

Do you represent a charity and would like more information on becoming an official charity in the Charity Challenge? Please contact our team to request a 2022 Charity Challenge information package for more details.

What are the extra prizing the Charities can receive?

Every dollar you raise will help the charity of your choice come closer to winning one of 13 cash prizes! The Vancouver Half Marathon will award prizing to Official Charities that are the highest performers in the following categories:

1. Official Charity with the largest total dollars fundraised

Eligibility: Cumulative total of all online and offline donations to fundraising runners, fundraising teams, and your charity directly.

  • 1st place – $4,000
  • 2nd place – $2,250
  • 3rd place – $1,250

2. Official Charity with the largest number of fundraising runners

Eligibility: Charities must have a minimum of 15 fundraising runners registered. Fundraising runners can be registered in any combination of running events. For this prize category, only donations made directly to an individual who raises a minimum of $100 (online or offline) will be included in this calculation.

  • 1st place – $4,000
  • 2nd place – $2,250
  • 3rd place – $1,250

3. Official Charity with the largest average dollars raised per fundraising runner

Eligibility: Your charity must have a minimum of 15 fundraising runners registered. The average dollars raised will be calculated based on individual fundraising runner totals only. For this prize category, only donations made directly to an individual who raises a minimum of $100 (online or offline) will be included in the calculation. Donations made to fundraising teams or your charity will not be included in the calculation.

  • 1st place – $4,000
  • 2nd place – $2,250
  • 3rd place – $1,250

4. Rookie of the Year – New Charity with the largest total dollars raised – $750

Eligibility: This is your charity’s first year of participation. Cumulative total of all online and offline donations to fundraising runners, fundraising teams, and your charity directly.

5. Most Improved – Official Charity with the largest total dollars raised – $500

Eligibility: Your charity had participated last year. Year over year improvement calculated as a percentage of your charity’s cumulative total of all online and offline donations (to fundraising runners, fundraising teams, and your charity directly). Minimum $1,000 total raised last year.

6. Most Improved – Official Charity with the largest number of fundraising runners – $500

Eligibility: Your charity had participated last year. Charities must have had a minimum of 10 fundraising runners registered last year and 15 fundraising runners this year. Fundraising runners can be registered in any combination of running events. For this prize category, only donations made directly to an individual who raises a minimum of $100 (online or offline) will be included in this calculation. Year-over-year improvement calculated as a percentage of eligible fundraising runners.

7. Most Improved – Official Charity with largest average dollars raised per fundraising runner – $500

Eligibility: Your charity had participated last year. Charities must have had a minimum of 10 fundraising runners registered last year and 15 fundraising runners this year. The average dollars raised will be calculated based on individual fundraising runner totals only. For this prize category, only donations made directly to an individual who raises a minimum of $100 (online or offline) will be included in this calculation. Donations made to fundraising teams or your charity will not be included in the calculation. Year over year improvement calculated as a percentage of eligible fundraising runners.

*Additional Rules apply for prize calculations.

Questions? Contact anhv@canadarunningseries.com