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Full Calendar of Events

Always Bringing You The Best Race Events

We have a full calendar of exciting, high-quality race events for everyone from the serious competitor to those who participate solely for fun and fitness. Register today for one of our races and find out for yourself what makes VR PRO events the best!

And please keep checking back as we are always adding new events.

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 enthusiastic running groups from our store at the time, The Village Runner) that we would create a half marathon. Beginning the following year, that 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 from the event going to Halton Women’s Shelter. That race (now the Chilly Half Marathon) has carried on over the past 22 years to become one of Canada’s premier half marathons with thousands participating each year including many world-class runners, as well as elite Canadian athletes and Olympians.

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.

VR PRO continued to organize new races every year including the Canada Day 5K, Waterfront Trail, Hannukah Hustle, Disco Dash, and Jingle Bell Race, which eventually became the Santa Burlington 5K, Canada’s First and Largest All-Santa Race Event. Our All-Santa Races became so popular we eventually organized similar events in Hamilton, ON and Burlington, Vermont as well as several other cities!

VR PRO is very excited to now be offering Virtual Races with several of

their most popular events; allowing runners and walkers to participate in these great race events from anywhere in the world!

Visit the link above to view pics and results from the 2019 Butter Tart Virtual Race to see runners and walkers from as far away as France and Germany taking part in this unique event. Then, start planning the perfect virtual event for your friends, family, or co-workers. Imagine how much fun you can have! VR PRO Virtual Events always include the same amenities as the actual race - like race premiums, bibs, finisher medals, and more!

Virtual Races were also held in conjunction with the 2019 All-Santa Events and will be for the 2020 Chilly Half Marathon! Register early... these virtual events have a limited number of participants and sell out fast.

Visit the events page for more information about VR PRO races and a full listing on this year’s calendar of events. Or, click on any of one the race logos to register for that event.


Quality Race Events

Watch Video Reviews From Our Events

We are VR PRO! For over 22 years, the team at VR PRO has been putting on exciting running events throughout the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. We recently celebrated raising over three million dollars towards local charities.

Watch video reviews of the Chilly Half Marathon & Frosty 5K from Get Out There Magazine and see for yourself why everyone loves a VR PRO event!

Ambassador Award Recipient:

Kelly Arnott, VR PRO

Kelly Arnott has worked tirelessly to promote Burlington and have it recognized as a “running community”. Her running events draw large numbers of out of town visitors who stay and play while in Burlington. Since 1994, Kelly has hosted...

(Click here to read the entire article.)


We Do Great Race Events

What Others Are Saying About Us

Read what Canadian Running Magazine had to say about the 2018 New Balance Chilly Half Marathon.


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Let Us Help With Registration

Having a problem with online registration?

If you experience any type of problem when attempting to register for a VR PRO event, please call Kelly at (905) 512-2488 or email: kelly@vrpro.ca.

You may register manually if you prefer. To do so, simply click to download the VR PRO Event Registration Form pictured at right, fill out the form completely, and send back to Kelly (kelly@vrpro.ca) or by confidential text to: 9055122488. (Click here or on the form image at right to download.)

Or, you may mail the completed form to the address shown on the form, or drop off at one the Running Room locations listed on the form.

VR PRO was thrilled to introduce their first-ever Virtual Race with the 2019 GGS LAW CANADA DAY 5K. Those who could not be with us on race day were still able to take part in this exciting virtual event! Registered participants received a race bib, T-shirt, and a beautiful finishers medal! The event sold out right away as running groups and families held their own Virtual Canada Day 5K Races (just like the one held at the Oshawa Running Room Store pictured at right with some of their participants). We invite you to register for one of the new VR PRO Virtual Race Events and run with us - wherever you are!http://vrpro.ca/events/Canada_Day_5K.html

First-Ever Virtual Race a Huge Success!

VR PRO ‘Virtual Races’

So many runners and walkers came out to Downtown Burlington, Ontario on Monday, July 1 to celebrate Canada’s birthday by running or walking the 2019 GGS LAW CANADA DAY 5K. This annual favorite starts and finishes along the lakeside in beautiful Spencer Smith Park and featured a few new surprises this year including finish line trophies for all the kids in the 1K not yet ready for the 5K, as well as an exciting new companion event...the Virtual Canada Day 5K!
Read all about the Virtual Canada Day 5K in the article above and consider organizing or running a Virtual VR PRO Race of your own! More virtual races will be coming!http://vrpro.ca/events/Canada_Day_5K.html

Many Participants In 2019 Canada Day Celebration

GGS Law Canada Day 5K

When the Virtual Butter Tart 5K event sold out right away, we added spots to accommodate the demand. Those additional spots also sold out right away because so many people wanted to take part in this unique event.

We’ve received so many great pics and stories from runners and walkers who completed their Virtual Race, we started a gallery to show some of the results.


Virtual Racers Take Their Sweet Time!

Check out the Butter Tart

Virtual 5K Race Gallery -

Burlington’s first-ever Butter Tart Races

Although almost canceled due to severe weather, the Butter Tart Festival 5K and 1K Races started as planned just after 10:00 am from beautiful Spencer Smith Park, along the waterfront in Downtown Burlington and everyone was able to enjoy Burlington’s First-Ever Butter Tart Festival!

The Butter Tart Festival took place from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm at the Art Gallery with free admission. Visitors enjoyed delicious, award-winning butter tarts, shopped local marketplace vendors, and took in the sights of beautiful downtown Burlington after the races. There were plenty of fun activities for the family including over 50 vendors, and butter tart aficionados. A butter tart competition was judged by Jennifer Baglione, contestant of MasterChef Canada (season 3), Coun. Lisa Kearns, John Messiner of Messiner Sound, and Kelly Harris of Tourism Burlington.

A Virtual 5K option including a T-shirt, Medal, Race Bib, and a Butter Tart was offered to those who could not be there in person. See the article below.


With iRun Santa Races in Hamilton and Burlington, as well as the Virtual iRun Santa Event, Santa was spotted just about everywhere this holiday season!

Check out some of the great pics from runners and walkers who completed the iRun Santa Virtual Race by visiting the iRun Santa Virtual Race Gallery.


Santa Was Virtually Everywhere in 2019!...

Visit the iRun Santa

Virtual Race Gallery -

The first-ever Aqua at Plaza 88 Virtual Santa Race was a great success! Not only did we have individuals, families, and groups holding their own Virtual Santa Races, the Burnaby Running Room arranged a group run on December 15 from their store to Aqua at Place 88.


Our First-Ever West Coast Event!...

Visit the ‘Aqua Santa’

Virtual Race Gallery -

Because 2020 Chilly Half Race Weekend was such a huge success, and because it was one of the final live race events to take place before the coronavirus outbreak, VR PRO has now extended the deadline for their Virtual Chilly Half Marathon, Frigid 10K, and Frosty 5K Races through summer!  All Virtual Race kits include race bib, shirt, finishers medal, and more. Don’t let all your training go to waste - choose a virtual race option!


VR PRO Extends Dates For Virtual Races:

Virtual Races Still Open!

The Best Way To Celebrate Canada Day!

Celebrate Canada’s birthday by running or walking the 2020 GGS LAW CANADA DAY 5K. This annual favorite starts and finishes along the lakeside in beautiful Spencer Smith Park in Downtown Burlington, Ontario. Race with us then spend the day in the park. And because not everyone can be with us on Canada Day, we are once again offering a Virtual Race option including all of the amenities of the live event. So you will be able to race with us...wherever you are!

NOTE: Live 5K event and Virtual Race limited to 850 total - Register early!


5 Tips to Keep You Safe and Healthy:

We are all in this together.

During this time of great uncertainty, we here at VR PRO want to be sure all our running and walking friends are doing everything they can to stay safe and stay well. We know how much you miss racing - and we miss being able to put on race events for you! Although we all want to be outside doing what we love most, it is vitally important (not only to our own safety but also the safety of others) that we do everything we can to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. That’s why we have posted these 5 Tips to Keep You Safe and Healthy. Click here or on the image at right to read the tips.

Even though we may not be able to run together, we are all in this together. Stay safe! #separatebuttogether

We hope to see you all in person soon at a VR PRO live race event!


Virtual Race Dates Extended

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and growing concern over exposure to the coronavirus, as well as all of the recent cancellations and postponements of major race events, VR PRO has extended the deadline for their Virtual Chilly Half Marathon, Virtual Frigid 10K, and Virtual Frosty 5K Races. In addition, VR PRO has now opened early registration and extended the designated completion dates for the Virtual Canada Day 5K, the Virtual Butter Tart 5K, and even the Virtual Santa 5K! (Click the image at right or the link below for more information.)

Now you can safely race with us... wherever you are!