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About VR Pro Inc. – VR Pro Races

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For the past 20 years, VR Pro co-founders, Mark and Kelly Arnott, have been creating destination races in and around the city of Burlington. VR Pro hosts 15 or more events per year in the GTA and also directs other races for non-profits and other organizations.


VR Pro is currently celebrating having been instrumental in raising over three million dollars towards various local charities, thanks to your participation!

  • 10+ races each year

  • Professionally timed

  • High-spirited and fun atmosphere

  • Local charities supported

  • Often attended by pro athletes


Our events are only as good as our great team. We’re always looking for help.

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Our history

Our original race was the Downtown Dash in 1994, which took place in downtown Burlington. This first ever 5k race had 160 runners. We then decided, along with our enthusiastic running groups from our store at the time, The Village Runner, that we would create a Half Marathon, which was put together the next year. This race started at the Oakville Village Runner and finished at our Burlington Village Runner. For that very first year we had over 250 runners with proceeds of the event going to Halton Women’s Shelter. This race has carried on over the years to become one of Canada’s premier half marathons with thousands participating.


VR Pro continued to put together new races every year including the Jingle Bell race, Waterfront Trail and Hannukah Hustle


In 1999 the first ever Burlington Marathon was initiated and the response was amazing. The Burlington Rock N Roll Marathon, half marathon and 5k continued for 5 years until it outgrew the city. There still may be another Marathon in the future.


Mark and Kelly hosted the Mayors triathlon and founded the CIBC Run for the Cure and were its Run Directors for the first 5 years.


VR Pro hosts approximately 10 events per year in the GTA and also directs many other races for organizations and has been instrumental in raising over three million dollars towards various charities.