Kidney March The Basics
Walk. Three days. 100 kilometres. From the foothills of the Canadian Rockies to Calgary. Raise $2,200 for the fight against kidney disease and for organ donation. Whether you are marching the 100 kms or supporting as crew you will meet some of the most inspiring people on the planet and make the biggest difference you’ve ever made in your life. Kidney March is more than an event. It is a movement to action. It is a community of people rallying in support of each other. It is an experience that will take you beyond your limits but reward you for pushing those limits in more ways than you ever thought it would.
You’ve just never seen anything quite like this. A camp in the Foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains where we take care of all your needs. A city of pristine sleeping tents. A dining tent where dedicated volunteers serve you hot, nutritious meals. Showers for a steamy hot refresh at the end of the day. Kidney March Camp features tents dedicated to massage, stretching, medical support, and a general store. We gather around a central stage in the evening for Kidney-O-Kee, some laughs and stories from the road.
We start off on Friday in Millarville, Alberta, our gateway to Kananaskis Country. We head into Kananaskis, a place where people from around the world come to enjoy the stunning scenery and fresh mountain air. The grandeur of the Rocky Mountains ever insight, we make our way north along the Foothills, also known for their majestic beauty.
Our closing ceremony takes place three days later in Calgary at Canada Olympic Park. It’s the perfect spot to celebrate your achievement – a fitting place to complete the Kidney March as one united front in the battle against kidney disease.
Along the day’s route you’ll find 10 pit stops, complete with a cheering crew, music, water, electrolyte drinks, snacks, and portable toilets. The lunch stop is a hearty nutritious re-fuel for the rest of the journey.
The most inspiring thing you’ll find along the route is your fellow walkers. Along this route, you will also meet yourself in ways you never experienced before.
HOW OUR FUNDRAISING WORKS
Each participant agrees to raise a minimum of $2,200. We hope you’ll raise much more - most people do. We’re here to support you. We’ll do one-on-one coaching and provide a variety of online tools to make the process as smooth as possible. The key to fundraising is to ask. Ask and ask and ask. The more you ask, the more you’ll raise.
THE PEOPLE YOU WILL MEET
Most people on Kidney March have never done anything like this before. They are intimidated by the fundraising or intimidated by the distance, or in most cases, they are uneasy about both. This is not a group of athletes, although there may be a few. This is a group of people drawn together because they are personally dealing with kidney disease, they have a loved one who is, they’ve lost a loved one, or they simply want to do something really meaningful.
SOUND DOABLE? IT IS. COME TO AN INFO SESSION
Kidney March is a commitment, and we understand you will have questions before you sign up. Everyone does. We’re here to help. Provide us with your contact info and we’ll suggest an info session that works with your busy schedule. We promise.
Take your first step today.
Kidney March FAQ's
The experience of a lifetime. Maybe the biggest challenge you’ve ever undertaken. We know there’s a whole heap of questions you must have, everyone does. Here are some answers to some of the most commonly asked. And remember – our Kidney March Support Team is here for you every single step of the way.
Q. 100KM IN 3 DAYS. CAN I DO THIS?
A. YES. Whether you are a couch potato or an experienced runner, we will provide all the training guidance to get you from start to finish. Our comprehensive training program will gradually and painlessly get you ready to handle the long journey ahead. You may be surprised to know that many people are capable of doing this if they prepare for this distance. You will be in great shape by the time the event rolls around, with plenty of energy to spare. You will train alongside other participants who are in the same shape as you. You will be ready. Together, we can do this!
Q. WILL I GET HELP FUNDRAISING?
A. Absolutely. We have a dedicated group of expert volunteers to get you started on fundraising. You will have great online tools, support from our staff, and terrific, proven fundraising strategies to get to your goals. The average participant will meet or exceed their fundraising expectations quickly and easily. And you won’t believe how painless and easy it can be.
Q. I NEVER CAMPED BEFORE. WHAT IS IT LIKE?
A. Imagine a camp where you get to spend a breathtaking outdoor experience with hundreds of your newly found friends. We will have tents, hot meals, hot showers, bathroom facilities, luggage service, live entertainment, therapeutic massage, a stretching tent, first aid, a general store, and much more. Everything you’ll need is there. You will rediscover the fun of spending relaxing moments under the stars throughout the weekend.
Q. WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT CAN I EXPECT ALONG THE WALK?
A. Plenty. You will be served sports drinks, water, snacks, and food along the way. We provide a delicious lunch at the middle of each day’s walk where you can take a well deserved break. We will also have massage and medical support to help you if you ever need it. This event will be well supported to help you complete your heroic journey. Not to mention the hundreds of cheering people who will be there to give you moral and emotional support as you press onward to the finish line. At the end of the journey, you will be treated to an amazing and emotional closing ceremony to commemorate your history making accomplishment. It will be a celebration like no other.
Q. WHERE IS KIDNEY MARCH AND HOW DO I GET TO IT?
A. Kidney March is held in Calgary Alberta, Canada and it marches through various towns and provincial parks in the Calgary area. All Marchers must attend the mandatory Kidney March Check-in at the Delta Calgary South Hotel (135 Southland Dr SE, Calgary) on Thursday, the day before Kidney March begins. In Fact, it's a good idea to book a hotel room on the evening of Day Zero, so you'll be close to our early morning departure the next day on Day One. For Day One and our Opening Ceremony, you have two options. Option 1: We provide 6:15 am shuttles leaving from the Delta Calgary South hotel that will take you to our Opening Ceremony in Millarville. Vehicles can be left at the hotel over the weekend. Option 2: you can be dropped off by family or friends at the Millarville Racing & Agricultural Society (306097 192 St Millarville, AB) before 7:00 am - No vehicles can be left at the racetrack. Contact us for information on this year's discounted rates for the Delta Calgary South Hotel and Westjet Flights in and out of Calgary.