Don’t wait to begin your training. Your body needs time to work its way up to long distances.
Truthfully assess your current condition before you get started. Never do too much too fast, start easy even if it’s just ten-minute walks every other day.
Kidney March is 100 kilometres. Even if you walk often, you’ll still need to do some extra training. Train on real terrain – on paved paths and hills of all sizes and distances.
Kidney March will be special beyond description, so we recommend you take training seriously. You won’t want to miss a moment of it because of lack of training.
Once you have registered for Kidney March you will receive a Marcher Handbook with full details on everything you need to know about training, stretching and more! Below are quick tips and basics.
We recommend a couple of training walks per week, beginning with shorter distances and working your way up to 30-35 kilometres. Eventually, try to do two back-to-back long distance days to fully prepare.
Training walks are open to all Marchers, Crew, their friends, and family – a great way to be involved and prepare. Don’t see one in your area? Feel free to plan one and let us know. The Kidney March team will spread the word. Follow us on Facebook or join our Training Walks Group for more tips and announcements on training.
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 2020. 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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September 10, 2020
Day Zero 2020- Safety and Orientation Session
September 10, 2020 –
Prepare for your weekend adventure!
September 11, 2020
Opening Ceremony Kidney March 2020!
September 11, 2020 –
Start your journey!
End of Day One - Welcome Back Message
September 11, 2020 –
4:00 pm (MST) - Tune in on KidneyMarch.ca for an end of day welcome back message.
September 12, 2020
Day Two - Morning Kick-off Message
September 12, 2020 –
To Start the day tune in to KidneyMarch.ca at 9:00am!
Think of the difference you are making!
Day Two - Trivia and Karaoke Night!
September 12, 2020 –
September 13, 2020
Day Three - Morning Message With Joyce!
September 13, 2020 –
You’re almost at the finish line
9:00 am (MST) - Tune in on KidneyMarch.ca for our inspirational send-off.
Kidney March 2020 Closing Ceremony!
September 13, 2020 –
At 5:00 pm (MT) - Tune in on KidneyMarch.ca for the Closing Ceremony, the perfect ending to your heroic weekend. Invite your family and friends to watch and share in the celebration of all your hard work.
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GO AT YOUR PACE
Don’t worry too much about how fast you walk during your training. Walk at a comfortable pace. Don’t ever feel you have to keep a particular pace, or that you have to keep up with others. Kidney March is a walk, not a race. It’s cooperative, not competitive. There will be plenty of people walking at your pace.
Nothing is more important to us than your safety.
- Avoid training alone in isolated areas.
- Find a friend or a teammate who can walk with you.
- Stay alert and aware of traffic. Walk on pathways or sidewalks.
- Participate in organized Kidney March training walks.
- Tell someone where you are going, and how long you expect to be gone.
- Avoid walking at night – if you do, wear a flashing strobe or headlight, and light-colored reflective clothes.
- Carry a whistle.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Always carry your cell phone and do not walk in areas without a cell signal.
- Stay hydrated, bring a snack, listen to your body, and rest when you need to.
Stretching – The Kidney March Equivalent of Breathing
Stretch five minutes for every hour of walking. Stretching is essential to enjoying Kidney March, and for your overall health. Stretching prevents soreness and injuries that could put a fast stop to your training. Stretching improves range of motion and decreases joint stiffness.
For specific stretches click here to see a PDF
How to Stretch:
- Warm up first. Slow walk for 5 minutes or walk in place for 3 to 5 minutes.
- Hold the stretch for 15 to 20 seconds.
- Achieve the stretching position gently, NO BOUNCING OR JERKING!
- Only stretch within your limits. If you feel any discomfort, STOP!
- Breathe with slow and normal rhythm.
Gear and Blisters
Blisters are the most common issue on a long-distance walk. They are typically caused by poor-fitting shoes, or a bad shoe/sock combination. Great shoe and sock fit is critical to avoiding blisters. Don’t skimp on your shoes and don’t trust the fit to a generic store. Make the time to see a specialty store for fit and step analysis. Don’t buy bargain socks. Buy some nice formfitting socks that won’t slip down your heel or bunch.
Avoid cotton socks, not only do they cause blisters from sweaty feet, they can also damage your shoes. On Kidney March, and even on long training walks carry two pair of socks per day so that you can change them mid-day.
In this video, ArmaSkin the Anti-Blister Sock, learn about what causes blisters from our supporter ArmaSkin and how to protect your feet with their anti-blister socks, which we carry in the Kidney March Store.
TEST your gear – clothing, shoes, socks, packs, glide, sunglasses, hats, underwear. Train in what you are going to walk in for Kidney March and learn what works. If you buy new shoes for Kidney March make sure you break them in. You do not want the first day of Kidney March to be the first day you wear your new shoes.
Not sure what you need? Visit our supporters at Gord’s Running Store.He is also offering a discount of 20% for all Kidney March participants from April 5, 2020 to October 13, 2020.
Gord of Gord’s Running Store, goes over picking the right shoes in the video below. Check out his other video on stretching in the Video Gallery.
Kidney March Photographer, and 9-time Iron Man Paiwei Wei shares his tips and tricks for a successful Kidney March. He goes over long distance walking techniques to help reduce the strain and pressures that can cause injuries.