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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 24 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 2020 New Balance Chilly Half Marathon! These virtual events have a limited number of participants and sell out fast - so register early!

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...

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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.


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 -

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The 2020 CANADA DAY 5K & NEW 10K live races have been postponed until it is deemed safe and / or we are permitted to hold public events in Spencer Smith Park. In the meantime, VR PRO is once again offering Virtual Canada Day 5K & NEW 10K Race options that can be run between June 1 and August 15, and these virtual events include all of the amenities of the live event! If you pre-registered for the live event and would like to transfer your entry to the Virtual Canada Day 5K & NEW 10K, contact Kelly Arnott to make the switch. Virtual race kits began being mailed out and delivered in May. So now you will be able to race with us...wherever you are!

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


VR PRO’s First-Ever Virtual Race Event Is Back!

Early Dates For Virtual Races

The 2020 Butter Tart Festival 5K, NEW 10K, and 1K Races and Burlington’s Annual Butter Tart Festival Live Events have canceled due to COVID-19.

The Virtual Butter Tart 5K & NEW 10K Races include a T-shirt, Medal, Race Bib, and a Butter Tart - all delivered right to your door! The Virtual Butter Tart Races may be completed any time between July 1 and August 30. Last year’s Virtual Butter Tart Race sold out right away, so register early!


Butter Tart Races Return For 2020:

No Other Finish Is As Sweet!


The COVID-19 Virtual Run For Our Hospital event was created because several of our Chilly runners requested we organize an event to benefit the local hospital. We are donating $15.00 of each entry to Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation in Hamilton, Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation in Burlington, or St. Josephs Health Care Foundation in London. And we have just added Headwaters Health Care in Orangeville to our list of hospitals benefiting from this event. Because so many runners were requesting even longer virtual events, we have now added a NEW VIRTUAL HALF MARATHON EVENT!

Each participant receives a unique, oversized COVID-19 finisher medal to commemorate this unprecedented time in our history, a CLIF gift pack (valued over $10.00), plus a custom imprinted face mask and race bib! 

We’ve added a really cool tank top FREE for all half marathon registrants. (See the photo at right for the event mask, medal, and the new tank top.) We’re offering a limited number of these tank tops for sale for $15.

Visit the VR PRO online Store page or click here to purchase a COVID-19 Virtual Run Tank Top and Mask using Paypal.

We are currently mailing out and delivering virtual race kits. You may run or walk it anytime between June 1 and August 30 and then submit your results.

A limited number of spots are available. Please register early! Click the link below to visit the Virtual Events page and to register for the COVID-19 Virtual Run


VR PRO Announces the COVID-19 Virtual 5K, 10K & Half Marathon for our Hospital

Support Local Hospitals!

COVID-19 Virtual Run For Our Hospital:

Over $27,000 Raised So Far!

Because of all you awesome runners and walkers who have registered for the COVID-19 Virtual Run events, over $27,000 has been raised so far for our local hospitals in Burlington, Hamilton, London, and Orangeville. Thank you all! Kelly and the VR PRO Crew recently presented a check to the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation live on Facebook. Click here or on the video image at right to watch the presentation then register for one of these great virtual events! Choose from 5K, 10K, or half marathon events supporting four different hospital locations!



Now you can be fashionable while also being socially responsible!...Because so many have asked (and because we all have to wear them), we’ve created some stylish new masks with imprints from several of our popular race events.

Tell everyone how much you love running and racing without opening your mouth! Our mask designs include the beautiful silhouette image of the solo female runner used in some of the COVID-19 Virtual Run promotions, the Butter Tart Races medal and tarts image, the ‘original’ COVID-19 Virtual Run logo, and a patchwork collage featuring logos and medals from many of VR PRO’s most popular races. There’s even a mask featuring a full color start line photo from everyone’s favourite race, the Chilly Half Marathon!


These masks are selling quickly and only a limited supply of these masks is available so you must order right away to be certain to get the masks you want. Visit the VR PRO Store page or click the link below to order now!


A variety of beautiful masks are now available exclusively at “vrpro.ca”...

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VR PRO is proud to announce three new virtual race events...

The Remembrance Day Races are three Virtual Running & Walking Events to Benefit the Juno Beach Centre. There is a distance for everyone. Choose from the StrongPoint 1500 metre, Juno Beach 8K, or Remembrance 21.1K.

Register now for one of these three historically significant virtual race distances and receive a race kit including the beautiful, oversized, commemorative medal pictured at right, along with a keepsake race bib, imprinted neck gaitor or mask, a Remembrance Day Poppy, and a beautifully printed Juno Beach D-Day souvenir map, and more!  Then, run or walk your event distance of choice anytime between September 1 and November 28, 2020. $10 from each entry will go to support the Juno Beach Centre honouring those brave Canadians and the sacrifices they made. (Click here for complete event details or to register.)



VR PRO introduces three new virtual race events for the 2020 Hanukkah Season...and you don’t have to be Jewish to run or walk these events!

There really is an event for everyone - regardless of age or ability!

The ‘Hanukkah Challenge’ is a unique virtual event (or rather 8 days of unique virtual events). Everyone who registers will receive a beautiful stand-up menorah medal and candles. Event participants will complete the challenge by walking or running a 1K each day for 8 days. After each 1K is completed, one of the candles provided with the race kit can be placed in the menorah and lit. By the end of the eighth day, all eight candles in the menorah will be lit! This virtual event will be especially fun for children.

The ‘Hanukkah 8’ is a single-day 8K virtual race event. Like those who register for the Hanukkah Challenge, participants in the “Hanukkah 8’ will also receive the beautiful and unique menorah medal and candles.

The ‘Hanukkah Super 8K Challenge’ is for those runners or walkers looking for a more challenging virtual experience. To successfully complete this event, participants must run or walk an 8K Every Day For 8 Days!

Those who accept this challenge will be rewarded with a beautiful Star of David ring (just like the one pictured at right) to wear to your Hanukkah dinner or just to show off your accomplishments to your family and friends!

(Visit the Virtual Events page for more event details or to register. Registration is limited to the first 800 entrants - don’t wait!)