$32,000 Goal
104% of Goal
$33,208 Raised

Saturday October 14, 2017

The 5km walk/run and 10km run will be at the University of Calgary campus. Registration will begin at 8:30am in the TFDL Quad and the run will begin at 9:30am. Detailed information regarding race day will be sent via email closer to the date. If you have any inquiries, please email calgary@outrunthestigma.ca. All donations will go to the Distress Centre Calgary.

Distress Centre Calgary (DCC) provides 24 hour crisis support, professional counselling, and 211 referrals to hundreds of community, social, government and health resources - all at no cost. DCC ensures that everyone has a place to turn to in a time of crisis. For 43 years DCC has provided a critical service to every citizen in Calgary and area.

Event and History 

Outrun the Stigma began with students at the University of Calgary when we noticed a gap in the running culture for runs that raise mental health awareness. In 2013, we started Outrun the Stigma Calgary to fill that gap. To remain grassroots, every Outrun the Stigma run event invites local community members to speak about their mental health experiences and hosts a Mental Health Expo involving local community organizations, businesses, and charities. Since then we brought together more than 1,600 students, community members, and volunteers every year to raise over $44,000 for Distress Centre Calgary. In May 2016 the student club initiative transitioned to a not-for-profit organization with the goal of expanding our platform and hosting our annual event in cities and communities across Canada.


Outrun the Stigma is a not-for-profit organization that aims to reduce mental health stigma by hosting Outrun the Stigma annual run events and online website and social media platforms that encourage sharing of diverse mental health stories, connect people with mental health resources and support, and fund organizations that provide mental health services and programs. 

We aim to fulfill our mission by:

-encouraging people to share their mental health stories at our annual run events and online platforms

-building partnerships to connect people with mental health resources and support

-funding local mental health charities and initiatives