You’re Invited to the 2023 Richardson Wealth Kidney March Celebration and Alumni Reunion!

It’s Time to Celebrate Join us for the Kidney March Celebration and Alumni Reunion on Saturday, October 21, 2023! 

  • We’re excited to celebrate your accomplishments and everyone who has made Kidney March what it is today. We have a lot to be proud of and much to celebrate as we lead into our 15th year! Everyone is invited, all past and present Marchers and Crew, volunteers, donors, sponsors, friends and families, you are our Kidney March family and the kidney community!

    Hear special messages from your fellow Kidney Marchers, enter for awesome door prizes, see who won the top fundraising awards for 2023, be the first to see our 2023 video, plus many more surprises!


Now is the time to be a Trailblazer! What is a Trailblazer?
Trailblazers are bold and committed. They take the first steps in the fight against kidney disease and for organ donation by registering before Dec 1, 2023 and pledging to raise $2200 for the 2024 Kidney March. All Trailblazers will receive a special gift in recognition of their commitment and you wont want to miss it! 2024 is going to be a big year so save your spot and encourage your team to sign up early. 
Register at:

Lost and Found 2023

Lost and found from Kidney March 2023
Please check the below list of items and let us know if you think something may be yours. To claim your lost item contact Sharon D’Souza 1-587-200-2780  | 1-800-268-1177

We will bring all unclaimed items to the Alumni Reunion in October.  Any remaining items following the reunion will be donated to Kidney Clothes.

Items that are missing and not yet found:
1) Beets Pill Speaker left in Van #21 potentially

2) Black Yeti water bottle

3) Power Bank portable charger white, it was plugged into multi port charging block with a short grey cord.

4) Round speaker UE(ultimate ears) Dark grey with an orange small label.

Unclaimed found items:


White Bag with Blue towel and other items

Sleeping bag, blue Okark Trail sleeping bag with grey cover

Shirley – glasses pouch with clothes

Purple hairband with cat ears and red item

Yardworks Gloves- Grey

Duck Blanket

Size 10 Sandals – George brand

P9- Small white bag with personal belongings

Blue thermos with blue and yellow shirt

Black and White Towel

Geo K – white bag with KM clothing

Yellow Eye Mask

Brown Sunglasses

Blue wet sweater

Good vibes blue waterbottle, pink watch phone cable, KM Tuber, Socks

Green Sweater

Caunie SP – white bag Personal belongings

KM Jacket

KM Grey Long Sleeve Shirt

Orange Advantage Builders Drinkware

Blue walmart bottle

Grey sweat pants

White Hand Towel

Cartoon Girl Towel

Olay Body wash 89ml

Blue/purple Thermoflask

Flash light

Blue sheet

White Sheet

Soft Kneebrace

Purple bubble maker stick

White work gloves – grey spots

White sheet

Hot Paws gloves

Boys XL black pants

black touque

Grey slacks

Nikon camera lense cover

2023 Closing Ceremony

 The Closing Ceremony:  Sunday, September 10, at 3:00 pm
Join us for  3:00 pm to cheer on the parade of Marchers and Crew as they complete their final kilometres and walk into the Closing Ceremony at Winsport Canada Olympic Park’s Festival Tent.  *No Pets
Where: COP Festival Tent: 88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary AB. (See map below for parking)

 A Special Thanks to our Closing Ceremony Sponsor, The Lecky Foundation.


Where Can My Supporters Cheer For Me During Kidney March?

2023  Cheering Stations & Ceremonies

The experience of a lifetime and maybe the biggest challenge you’ve ever undertaken deserves a lot of celebration! 

During Kidney March, safety is our top priority.  Support is also very important to us, so we want to make sure your family and friends have opportunities to cheer you on!  There are specific locations each day where friends and family can safely park and greet you:

Day One

  • 7:00 am sharp, Opening Ceremony at Millarville Racing & Agricultural Society, Millarville Racetrack: 306097 192 Street, Millarville, AB T0L 1K0 
  • 9:30 am – 1:00 pm, Diamond Valley lunch stop,  Royalite Millennium Park: approximately 105 Valley Trail NE, Turner Valley, AB T0L 2A0

Day Two

Day Three 

  • 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Calgary lunch stop, at Peace Park: 8 St SW & 2 Ave SW, Calgary AB
  • 3:00 pm, Marchers and Crew complete their final kilometres and walk into the Closing Ceremony at WinSport Canada Olympic Park, in the Festival Tent, 88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary AB 
    **bottom of the hill only** 

Please use the designated cheering stations only.
For safety reasons, we cannot allow spontaneous stops along the route or have family and friends joining the walk. Family and friends are encouraged to find their Marchers and Crew only at the cheering stations listed.
**Guests or visitors are not permitted at Kidney March Camp**


Meet the Marcher – Mike Kostashuk

Kidney Marcher Embarks on Unique Journey Amidst Ancient Wonders

Mike Kostashuk hails from Calgary but has spent most of his adult life working internationally. This year, work has taken him to the heart of Cairo, Egypt. He will be trading in the the peaks of the Rocky Mountains for those of the Pyramids. He’ll be marching in and around some of the iconic sights of Egypt as Captain of Team “Walk Like an Egyptian”. 

Mike has been rigorously training alongside friend, colleague, and world-record-holding ultra-endurance athlete Chris Gaskin. Chris will also be a member of his Kidney March team for 2023. To cope with the scorching 42°C desert temperatures, Mike and Chris have adopted a unique training approach. They complete around 20 km in the mornings outside while it is cool then take on about 10km midday on elliptical and treadmill machines at a local fitness center.

The goal? To be ready to cover as much of their 100 kilometres as possible on Saturday and wrap up the remaining kilometers on Sunday. (See his full plan below)

Mike wanted to do Kidney March for many years, but never made the leap until last year, but after doing it for the first time he remarks, “I should have done it a long time ago. I’m hooked. Three days of great conversations with people. It puts our life in context – if you are healthy and can maintain your health you really need to appreciate it and give back.”

Charity and giving run in Mike’s blood, stemming from his upbringing with a mother who was actively involved in philanthropic endeavors. Mike doesn’t suffer from kidney disease himself, but has witnessed its impact on others. A colleague had been complaining of pain and thought it was due to too much travel only to discover it was kidney cancer. Thankfully it was found and removed. This experience highlighted the silent and often surprising nature of a kidney disease diagnosis for Mike. Kidney disease is often not something you think of happening until it happens to someone close to you. Additionally, kidney stones have significantly affected members of his family, further fueling his passion to support kidney research and positive interventions. 

For Mike, Kidney March is more than just a charity walk—it’s an opportunity to make a meaningful impact and bring the global community together to help others and fight kidney disease.

With the end goal in mind, Mike reflects on the journey’s challenges and the ultimate sense of accomplishment that awaits him. His journey encompasses not just physical distance, but the camaraderie and shared purpose that Kidney March fosters. “Kidney March is beneficial worldwide and it’s helping a lot of people. It doesn’t matter where we are our objectives are the same and we are doing this with the end goal in mind. When facing challenging hills and more on the route – you might wonder is it worth it? And at the end of day everyone knows it is. Our goal is not the just the physical distance but the whole Kidney March event and the sense of accomplishment after you walk under that 100-kilometre finish sign.”

He’s going to miss getting to know everyone and hearing their stories the most this year. As he embarks on this exceptional Kidney March experience, Mike plans to document his journey and the unique challenges he’ll face in Cairo. Although he will be nine hours ahead, he wants to make sure his Kidney March Community can connect with him from afar.  You can follow his journey and show your support by cheering for him on his Instagram account @mgkostashuk.

This weekend (August 19th and 20th) will be a challenge he’s looked forward to for over a month. On  Saturday they are heading to the Saqqara necropolis for a 20km session and they will be trying to fit the Red Pyramid of Dahshur, the White Pyramid of Amenemhat II, and the Black Pyramid of Amenemhat III, to round out the colours of Kidney March 2023. Check on his Instagram for photos to follow.

Here’s their plan for their Kidney March weekend which he hopes to complete in two days:

DAY 1 – The Morning will take them through the Wadi Degla (valley in Arabic) and back on the north plateau – It’s a natural parkland formed by the ever-expanding wadi (stream/river valley) stretching from eastern Cairo all the way to the Red Sea. For a rough comparison, imagine Fish Creek Park totally barren of trees, water, grasses, and large wildlife. At the turn around his wife (Peggy) will hopefully be there with refreshments.  After a lunch break, they’ll head to a local gym for a much cooler 10-12km treadmill/elliptical session and then rest up for an evening 8-10km walk on the Cairo corniche (Nile shoreline).
DAY 2 –He plans to “wave the flag” at the Djoser pyramid at the Saqqara necropolis in the southwest corner of Cairo.

Mike’s Two Training Tip Takeaways:
• Try different combinations of gear while you’re training. Throughout his training, he found the gear the that worked the best for him, surprisingly it was a different pair of shoes that suited his feet and marina wool socks. He encourages the marchers to try different combinations, because what works for you might be different from others or from what you thought would work. “Bringing winter wool ski socks to Cairo sounds crazy, but I have had no issues with them even in the heat.”  Through the training process you can tackle all those gear issues and avoid irritation early on.
• The other big thing is stretching. Get into a routine. He does eight minutes of basic stretching exercises in the morning to prepare and of the day to relax. It’s a big help.

DAY ZERO 2023- What you need to know

“What should I expect on Day Zero?”
Here’s a brief run-down. 

Please mark your calendars to attend one of the following mandatory Safety Sessions on Thursday, September 7, 2023. 

Date & Location
Thursday, September 7th at the Delta Calgary South Atrium Building, Nakiska Ballroom – 227 Southland Dr. SE, Calgary (This is a new location for Day Zero so please make note of the location. It will be in the Same building as our spring EXPO)

Mandatory Check-in
At Day Zero you’ll receive your package with your ID Lanyard, be able to check out your tent assignment(if applicable), drop off any donations, and shop the Kidney March store. 

MARCHER Mandatory Safety Sessions
All Marchers must attend one of the following mandatory Safety Sessions. We are offering three sessions throughout the day at different times.

Session 1: 2:00 pm
Session 2: 3:30 pm
Session 3: 6:00 pm

CREW must attend the Crew-specific Safety Session at 5:00 pm. This is a Mandatory Crew Meeting for all Crew Members. At the Crew meeting, you’ll be attending a short safety session and meeting your Team Leads and fellow Crew Members.

No RSVP is required. Each session is 45 minutes in length. We recommend arriving 15 minutes prior to your session to pick up your package. You will need more time if you are turning in donations. Please note, the 6:00 pm session is typically the busiest.

Our Kidney March team will be available to answer any questions you may have on Day Zero. You can also reach out to


What should I pack for Kidney March?

You’ve got packing questions? Fourteen-time Marcher Heather Dean & Kidney March have answers!

Watch the below video to see how Heather packs for her Kidney March weekend and find your packing list in the Marcher & Crew Manuals found on If you follow the packing list you should be set, just remember less is more, bring the essentials and multi-functional items that you can layer.  We recommend looking at the weather forecast closer to Kidney March to make sure you’re prepared for any weather! ☀️💧❄️


Some FAQ:

  • Does Camp move with the route? No– we have buses that transport you to each day’s starting point and back to Camp.
  • Can you charge your phone? Yes – there are phone charging stations at Camp. Please bring your own charger and some like . 
  • Do you need a sleeping mat and bag? Yes– the only thing provided is your tent, which will be set up for you when you arrive (alternatively, a teepee or bunkhouse). Bring your pillow and sleeping materials.
  • Should you bring food? No – outside food or drinks are not allowed. All your meals and snacks are provided. Do bring your medications and an empty water bottle or hydration pack.
  • Do I have to carry my Luggage all day? No – Your luggage will be picked up from you in the morning and transported to camp on day one and back to Calgary on day three. You only need to carry what you will need during the day Marching. You do not need to worry about your bags while marching. Learn more about this in your manual by reading the “THE EVENT” section, more details to follow at Day Zero.

More Packing Tips:

  • Pack two bags: one with your sleeping mat, sleeping bag and pillow (only tents are provided), the other with your clothing and toiletries (including a towel or two).
  • You will get two luggage tags on Day Zero, take a picture of these tags and your bags.
  • Pack layers and breathable fabrics(Plan for any kind of weather).  The weather will change throughout the day. Crew will take your extra layers and have them waiting for you back at Camp.
  • Pack lots of socks and bring extra socks with you while marching. You may want to change socks during your March to ensure your feet stay dry.
  • Friday is Onesie Night– theme with your team, get creative and be cozy!
  • Extra items for Crew – pack some fun, bring costumes, noise makers and more. 
  • Decorate your tent? Sure! Some participants like to bring signs or lawn decorations for outside their tent. 

Still have questions? Contact us at
Kidney March Team

Kidney March Contest Alert! Join the March, Win the Gear

Kidney March is a transformative experience that brings together passionate people. Let’s unite and strengthen this incredible community by inviting new participants to join your team. Share the magic of Kidney March with them, and together, you’ll embark on an unforgettable adventure, plus have the chance to win a BIG prize.

From July 11th to July 31st, every new participant you recruit to join you or your team will not only be a part of the Kidney March experience, but you’ll both also earn the chance to win an exclusive Head-to-Toe Running Gear Package valued at over $350! Generously donated by Impact Magazine.

The Kidney March awaits, and it’s calling out to those brave enough to join us and make a difference.

Register now and seize the chance to win the ultimate gear package while making a profound difference in the lives of others.

How it Works:

Step 1 – Register or already be registered for Kidney March 2023.

Step 2 – Recruit a first-time friend or family member to March or Crew with you. They will need to register by July 31, 2023.

Step 3 – Tell us who is joining you by emailing us (CONTACT US)

That’s it, once we confirm they’ve registered then you are both entered into the draw for the chance to win this amazing starter package!

(Yes, you can be entered multiple times if you recruited more than one person to join you.)

Everything is better when you do it together!

The Kidney March Medical Building Finds its Perfect Match in a New Sponsor

Photo of the Kidney March Medical building

Photo of Dr. Nairne Scott-Douglas in front of the Kidney March Medical building.

We are thrilled to welcome Mayfair Diagnostics as a new Kidney March Lead Sponsor. They’ve stepped up to support our 2023 Medical Building and they’re a perfect fit.

Our Medical Crew and Building are essential to the well-being of everyone on the March. Having it supported will allow us to enhance our medical care during the March while enabling more of your valuable fundraising to go towards the cause.

There’s a good chance that many people in our kidney community have at some point in their health journey needed the services of a Mayfair Diagnostics clinic. Owned and operated by over 50 radiologists and employing more than 400 employees, Mayfair Diagnostics has been leading the way in delivering specialized and diverse medical imaging services since 1911. They have 14 locations in the Calgary area and serve more than 700,000 patients in both urban and rural and remote locations.

Kidney March and Mayfair share a common goal, to improve the lives and health outcomes of people in our community through the work we do.

“At Mayfair Diagnostics, we have employees who have been affected by kidney disease and we are often part of our patients’ health care journey with this disease. We know how important causes like the 2023 Kidney March are for increasing public awareness of organ donation and helping to alleviate the burden of kidney disease. We appreciate the opportunity to work with this wonderful organization to support our patients and our employees.” June Diment, Vice President, Marketing and Physician Relations.

Mayfair Diagnostics was introduced to Kidney March by Courtney Kovacs, Mayfair employee and three-time Kidney Marcher. We are forever appreciative of the connections made possible by our extraordinary participants.

We’re excited for Mayfair to join the Kidney March family on our incredible adventure this year and look forward to getting to know more of their employees who will be taking part and volunteering alongside us.

On April 16th at Kidney March EXPO be sure to stop by the Mayfair Diagnostics table to say hello to Kelsey Richardson and Becca Holmes, representatives from Mayfair, and thank them for their generous sponsorship!

Learn more about Mayfair at: Mayfair Diagnostics

Photo provided by Mayfair, of Courtney Kovacs (left) and Kelsey Richardson (right). Holding up a poster for Kidney March.

Photo provided by Mayfair Diagnostics, of Courtney Kovacs (left) and Kelsey Richardson (right)

The Washboard Union Trailblazer Contest!

Register, Be Rewarded, and Your Chance to Win a Gift from The Washboard Union!

2023 is kicking off with exciting news and Marchers and Crew leading the way to our biggest year! The Exciting News… Be a Trailblazer & You Could Win Concert + Dinner Tickets!

The Washboard Union, was so honored we picked their song ‘Shine’ as your theme song for 2022, they wanted to give you all one more gift. The chance to win four tickets to their Calgary show on December 3rd, but that’s not all, it also includes a special pre-concert dinner at Hotel Arts!

Register as a Marcher or Crew before November 25, 2022, and be entered to win:

  • Four tickets to The Washboard Union show (artists of our 2022 theme song) in Calgary on December 3, 2022, AND
  • A pre-concert dinner for four in the ATB Blue Room catered by Hotel Arts

Already a trailblazer? You are already entered to win! Gain bonus entries for every BRAND NEW participant you recruit as a Trailblazer to join you! (Contact Susan at with the new registrant’s name).

We played a personal message from The Washboard Union at our closing ceremony, and in case you missed it, watch it here.