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Mark your calendar with these charity runs

Be a hero for a cause, starting with Run for Southlake in Newmarket this weekend
Participants dressed up for last year's Mandarin MS Walk in Newmarket, raising funds for multiple sclerosis research, advocacy and education. Miriam King/Bradford Today

Spring is the season for charity runs and walks.

No sooner is the ice off the ground and the weather warm enough to trade parkas for hoodies than participants dust off their running shoes, fundraise, and take to the streets – becoming ‘heroes’ for causes that range from local hospitals to research into life-threatening disease.

Sunday, April 28, will see the Nature’s Emporium Run for Southlake, a fundraiser for Southlake Regional Health Centre, take to the streets of Newmarket. The five-kilometre race or walk starts and finishes at the Newmarket Seniors Meeting Place, 474 Davis Dr. Road closures begin at 8 a.m.; opening ceremonies at 8:15 a.m.; and the start of the run at 9 a.m. There will be no race-day registration. Pre-register online.

Hike for Hospice, for Margaret Bahen Hospice, and Doan House Hospice, both in Newmarket. On May 5, come to Fairy Lake Park in Newmarket to Hike for Hospice. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., the hike – around Fairy Lake, or a walk to the Margaret Bahen Hospice, located at Southlake – starts at 11 a.m. Includes a barbecue, face painting and more. For more information, visit

Mandarin MS Walk. Help support multiple-sclerosis research, education and advocacy at the Mandarin MS Walk in Newmarket, May 5 – starting at Riverwalk Commons. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.; walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Register as an individual or a team. This year’s goal is to raise $55,000 for the MS Society of Ontario. Register online

Relay for Life – Together we are bigger than cancer. Pickering College in Newmarket will again be hosting Newmarket's Relay for Life fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society from 6 p.m. to midnight June 21. Click here to register or donate, or contact Karen Beaulieu, 905-830-0447 ext. 3833,

Walk for Chiari. Raise money and awareness about rare skull malformation in support of a family whose son, Mason Donkin, has chiari malformation. July 31 at 11 a.m. (11:30 a.m. walk), BWG Leisure Centre, 471 West Park Ave., Bradford.