Kidney March The Basics

Overview

We are proud to launch Kidney March 2021 - September 10-12. Walk three days, 100 kilometres, from the foothills of the Canadian Rockies to Calgary. Raise $2,200 in the fight against kidney disease and for organ donation. Whether you are marching the 100 km 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. 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.

Whatever 2021 brings, we are excited to make Kidney March another amazing experience, so be sure to join us! Register now and be a Trailblazer.

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Overnight Camp

You’ve 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.

The Route

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 in sight, 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.

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ON-ROUTE AMENITIES

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 marchers and crew. Along this route, you will also learn about 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. Visit the Fundraising Page for a Tool Kit, resources and more information. Ask us for help, Contact Us for more ideas and support.

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Goal $1,000,000.00 CAD
Achieved $1,049,874.63 CAD

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 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 contact you for an info session that works with your busy schedule.


Tracking Your Kilometres with STRAVA

Share your 100 km journey with us through the online tracking program STRAVA! Click here for our Guide to help you set up your STRAVA account and start recording your walk activities for Kidney March.  By using STRAVA, you can virtually walk with the Kidney March community, connect with other Marchers, post your walks on social media and share your achievements with your supporters and donors!
Once you have a STRAVA account, or if you already do, join the 'Kidney March Club'!


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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 a mandatory Kidney March Check-in held called 'Day Zero' in Calgary on Thursday, the day before Kidney March begins. Contact us for more specific information on this year's event. Detailed information will be provided to all registered participants.

Q. WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO ME?

A. There are several resources available on our website, and you can contact our team anytime for special requests.

  • View the Video Gallery  for videos from our experts on training, custom-shoe fitting, why we march and more.
  • Follow your 12-week Training Plan on KidneyMarch.ca
  • Refer to your Fundraising Toolkit on the Fundraising Page
  • Review your Crew or Marcher Manual. This manual will be your go-to to learn all things Kidney March, including training and fundraising.
  • Follow @KidneyMarch on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Join the Kidney March Training Walks Facebook Group to connect with the community. 
  • Ask us for resources such as posters, hand outs, and other print resources.
  • Contact the Kidney March team with any questions or support you need. Reach us at 403.255.6108 ext.34 • laura.fleming@kidney.ca.