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CMCC 39th Annual Backs in Motion 10km Run & 5km Run/Walk

Backs in Motion is CMCC’s annual 10km Run and 5km Run/Walk, accredited by Athletics Ontario. We are so happy to be back in person this year and cannot thank you enough for supporting us these last two years through our virtual runs!

This year, revenues will support CMCC’s work in our nine community-based clinics, strengthening student learning and providing important health resources in neighbourhoods throughout the GTA.

We look forward to returning to the beautiful trails of the East Don Parklands. However, due to construction we have a NEW ROUTE within the Parklands for the runs and walk. Please scroll down for a map of this year's route, or click here! All registered participants will receive a technical run t-shirt if they register by deadlines below. All in-person runners/walkers will also receive a participation medal.

We are also offering a VIRTUAL race registration! For those who are not able to join us in person, you will also be able to receive a run t-shirt with registration. You can virtually run/walk for Backs in Motion as well as fundraise… and have until May 20 to send us your photos!

Athletics Ontario:

Backs in Motion is not only sanctioned by Athletics Ontario, but also part of the Athletics Ontario Trillium Running series, where Athletics Ontario members will be recognized and rewarded for participation in this race, among other Sanctioned races in the series. Are you an Athletics Ontario member, or wish to join? Click here to register!


We are so excited to announce that once again the first place winner in each run category will receive a pair of RUNNING SHOES! Many thanks to The Orthotic Group for sponsoring these amazing prizes:


Second place winners – Medistik prize pack: Fast Acting Spray & All Natural Roll-on
Third place winners – $25 gift certificate from Running Free

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Student Prizes

  • The highest student fundraiser in each class year will once again receive either a Thumper Sport or a Thumper Verve!
  • The class that has the most participants will each receive the following prizes from RockTape: One roll of Kinesiology Tape, Bottle of RockSauce Pain Relief Gel, and a RockBall*

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*Only the participants from that class will receive the RockTape prizes. The RockBall may be subbed out for a TriggerPoint ball depending on stock availability at the time.

Door Prizes

Thank you to Core Products International for donating door prizes! All registrants (walkers and runners) will be entered into a raffle to win the following prizes*:

  • 1 - Therapeutica Pillow
  • 1 - Tri-Core Ultimate Pillow
  • 1 - Apex Cervical Premium Pillows
  • 3 - Joint Wrap
  • 7 - Soft Comfort Hot/Cold CorPak

Thank you to Nielsen Fitness for donating door prizes! All registrants (walkers and runners) will be entered into a raffle to win the following prizes:

For the students only:

  • 6 Nielsen Fitness T-shirts

For all non-student registrants - 6 intro training packages:

  • 3 sessions total, 60-minutes each
  • First class will be a detailed fitness assessment and goal setting session
  • Two, 60-minute personal training classes
  • Welcome gift (fitness bands and Nielsen Fitness T-shirt) included

*prizes must be picked up at CMCC

IMPORTANT Registration information:

  • Friday, April 1 – VIRTUAL RACE REGISTRATION DEADLINE to receive your shipped run t-shirt by race day, Sunday, April 24. If you miss this date, you have until Monday, April 11 to register and still receive a t-shirt, however, will be shipped after the race day. Sorry, no t-shirts after that date.
  • Monday, April 11 – IN PERSON RACE REGISTRATION DEADLINE to receive your run t-shirt at the race on Sunday, April 24. Should you register after this date, you will not receive a run t-shirt.
  • Thursday, April 21 by NOON EST – LAST POSSIBLE DAY TO REGISTER. Sorry, no t-shirt, but you will receive a chiptime bib and participation medal on race day!


The following protocols are expected to be in place but may be subject to change:

  • Masks will be required in the start area, but may be removed once the field thins out
  • Please replace your mask upon completing your race
  • All runners must complete COVID-19 screening when checking in on race day
  • No vaccination proof will be required for registered runners/walkers
  • Staff and volunteers will be required to show proof of vaccination
  • Hand washing stations will be available outside, as well as plenty of hand sanitizers and wipes
  • Washrooms will be available for use inside CMCC (masks will be required to enter the premises)

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be subject to all applicable public health guidelines in place, and protocols recommended by Athletics Ontario, at the time of the event.

Race Day:

On race day morning, your run t-shirt and bib/chiptime bib will be available at CMCC’s outside registration area beginning at 8:45 a.m. Race kits will not be available for pick up prior to the event, however, you will receive your race kit along with some food at the end of your race. Please give yourself ample time to pick up your shirt, bib, and stretch - and of course, only come during your set time!

Rough Timeline*:

8:45 a.m. 10km Registration & Race kit
9:30 a.m. 10km Run Start

9:45 a.m. 5km Run Registration & Race kit
10:30 a.m. 5km Run Start

10:45 a.m. 5km Walk Registration & Race kit
11:30 a.m. 5km Walk Start

12:30 p.m. Event finish

*Please note, that start times are subject to change based on any COVID-19 regulations in relation to the size of outdoor gatherings at the time of the event.

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Start Fundraising!

To begin fundraising for this great event, visit our Canada Helps page! You can join an existing team, build your own team or fundraise as an individual. By helping us fundraise, you will support CMCC’s work in our nine community-based clinics, strengthening student experiential learning and providing important health resources in neighbourhoods throughout the GTA. You can fundraise until Friday, May 20!

Have questions? Read our helpful step-by-step guide on how to set up your fundraising page.

Offline Donations (cash or cheque)?

Write your name at the top of the Backs in Motion pledge form and email your pledge sheets to CMCC at A staff member will add your offline pledges to your CanadaHelps page.


More than ever, we will need volunteers to make this event a success! If you are a local community member and wish to volunteer, please email Kristin Earle, CMCC’s Special Events Coordinator, at! We ask that all volunteers by signed up by Monday, April 11 so we can ensure we order enough volunteer t-shirts.


CMCC is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that receives no direct government funding and relies on events such as Backs in Motion for support. All sponsors will be issued a business receipt in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency regulations. To view our sponsorship opportunities, please click below:

Refund Policy:

There are no refunds for this event. However, we understand that things happen. If you have to withdraw from the event, we will give you a 100% race credit for a future Backs in Motion race.

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact CMCC’s Special Events Coordinator, Kristin Earle, at or 416-282-2340 ext. 200

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Gold Sponsor:

First Place Prize Sponsor:

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Class Challenge Sponsor:


Refreshment Sponsor:


Bronze Sponsor:



Highest Fundraiser Sponsor (Students Only):

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Prize Sponsor:

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Run Kit Sponsor: