You’re invited to join Kidney March participants at their Opening and Closing ceremonies. Come cheer on everyone involved in this incredible event.
The Opening Ceremony: Friday, September 9, 2022 at 7:00 am Are you ready to help kick off the adventure of a lifetime? Join us at 7:00 am sharp on Friday. Where: the Millarville Racetrack: 306097 192 Street, Millarville, AB T0L 1K0. Please note, vehicles cannot be left at the racetrack after the ceremony ends.
A Special Thanks to our Opening Ceremony Sponsor, The Lecky Foundation!
The Closing Ceremony: Sunday, September 11, 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. Where: COP Festival Tent: 88 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary AB. (See map below for parking)
Not able to attend in person? The Closing Ceremony will be live streamed. Watch the Closing Ceremony live on the home page of KidneyMarch.ca A Special Thanks to our Closing Ceremony Sponsor, Richardson Wealth!
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:
7:00 am sharp, Opening Ceremony at Millarville, Millarville Racetrack: 306097 192 Street, Millarville, AB T0L 1K0
9:30 am – 1:00 pm, Turner Valley lunch stop, Royalite Millennium Park: approximately 105 Valley Trail NE, Turner Valley, AB T0L 2A0
11:30 am – 2:00 pm, Kananaskis lunch stop,Kananaskis Info Centre Elbow Valley Visitors’ Information Centre: 2 AB-66, Bragg Creek, AB T0L 0K0 (Alberta Parks Kananaskis Conservation Pass Required)
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**
We are on Day Three, the finish line is near, and it’s almost time to celebrate the incredible achievement that is Kidney March!
Watch this morning’s send off from Joyce Van Deurzen below:
• Open the “Day Three” box in your package! Discover your Kidney March finishing shirt, your badge of honour for the courageous decision you made to be a part of Kidney March 2020. Wear it with pride as you cross your finish line (and share your pictures and videos with us!).
• At 5:00 pm (MT) today, visit KidneyMarch.ca or our Facebook Page to watch our Closing Ceremony, the grand finale to our legendary weekend! Invite your family and friends to tune in as we showcase the dedication of all those involved in Kidney March 2020.
Please continue to share your journey with us by uploading pictures and videos to our form on the “Marcher Centre” login page. Tag us on all your social media posts @kidneyMarch and #KidneyMarch.
You’re invited to join us at the grand finale, the Kidney March Closing Ceremony. Family, friends, donors and supporters are all welcome.
We will celebrate the experiences shared and the incredible achievement that is Kidney March!
When? Sunday, Sept.8, 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm Where? Canada Olympic Park’s Markin MacPhail Centre – 151 Canada Olympic Rd SW, Calgary (see map below).| New location – Returning Marchers and Crew, this year’s ceremony will not be in the Festival Tent. No pets – We know pets are part of the family, but please leave them waiting for you at home.
• 2:30 pm: Guests await Marchers and Crew’s arrival outside the Markin MacPhail Centre
• 2:45 pm: Marchers and Crew parade into the Markin MacPhail Centre
• 3:15 pm: Ceremony starts in the Markin MacPhail Centre
• 4:30 pm: Ceremony ends, participants reunite with their loved ones and bask in all their support!
The Closing Ceremony showcases the dedication of all those involved in Kidney March, an outstanding triumph that deserves celebrating. We hope to see you there.
George Mylonas, President of Calgary’s Landstar Development Corporation, wanted to do more than participate in Kidney March again this year. He decided to ‘kick it up a notch’ by sponsoring Closing Ceremonies – Kidney March’s marquee event for marchers and their families.
Mylonas became the driving force behind “Team Christina” last year when one of his relatives, Voula Douvis-Tzigalanis, whose daughter has kidney disease, had foot surgery and was unable to participate as she had in the past. “I thought it was a shame our family couldn’t participate in something that meant so much to her, and to our whole family,” he says. “Plus it sounded like fun, so I said, ‘Let’s do it.’”
Last year Mylonas surprised himself by surpassing his fundraising goal of $40,000 by 200%. (He was actually finalizing pledges as he was marching.) This year he’s aiming even higher. He insists it doesn’t matter how much money anyone gives, whether it’s $1 or $10,000, the feeling of doing something good to help your neighbour, and your community, is the same. Click here to read more.