Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the Tears to Hope Society?
The Tears to Hope Society was founded by long time friends, Lorna Brown and Birgitte Bartlett. For more information go to our About page.
How did the Tears to Hope Society start?
Tears to Hope started out as a team in the Sun Run (Vancouver BC) in honour of co-founder, Lorna Brown's neice, Tamara Chipman, who went missing on the Highway of Tears in 2005. For more information go to our About page.
Is the run every year?
YES! You can book the last weekend of June before the July long weekend, every year for the annual Tears to Hope Relay!
Where did your logo design come from?
Our Tears to Hope logo was graciously gifted to us by world renowned artist Roy Henry Vickers.
Where are the proceeds going from donations?
Since our first run in 2019, we have been approached by many generous donors and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. All proceeds go towards MMIWG projects. Projects will vary and are decided on by the board of directors. Each chosen project must have input from family of MMIWG
Do I get a tax reciept for my donation?
We are not a registered charity, so we do not provide tax reciepts.
How can I give?
Thank you for your generosity! There are a number of ways you can give.
What are the safety rules of the in person relay?
Safety of our runners and support vehicles is of utmost importance. Please familiarize yourself with the following rules and ensure that all team members are aware of these Relay Rules
What are the traffic rules for the in person relay?
How does the virtual run/walk work?
The beauty of the virtual 5km or 10km is you can run or walk from anywhere! You have the freedom to map out your own distance. So you can go for a scenic walk around a lake, a hike up the mountain or a stoll down a beach. If you are in the northern BC area and choose to run or walk along any of the routes (Nass Valley, Prince Rupert, Kitimaat Village or Smithers) there will be markers in 5km increments. You will be responsible for your own saftey and the safety of those with you. Please see the safety and traffic rules above.
Can I track my run?
Yes! Your Race Roster registration is connected to Asics Runkeeper. All you have to do is:
It's run day! What should I know?
If you chose to participate in the relay along the Prince Rupert, Nass Valley, Smithers or Kitimaat Village routes, please be at your start point half an hour before your start time. This will allow for you to stretch and possibly start earlier, depending if we have some speedy runners ahead of you.
How do I register?
Registration is open until midnight, the night before the event. You can register HERE
I'm registered! Now what?
You can train! With the assitance of ISPARC (Indigenous Sports, Physical Activity & Recreation Council) we provide 3 training programs:
My registration says "Terrace" as the location but I'm not participating there.
If you chose the virtual run, you are free to participate wherever you'd like. The registration says Terrace because that is where the Tears to Hope Society is located and where the relay from all 4 directions ends.
I wanted to run on the highway but the leg I wanted is taken.
When registering, you're best to give yourself a few options. If all your options are taken, you can always chose a virtual run and participate wherever you'd like.
I can't run. Can I still participate?
YES! We want this to be an inclusive event. run, walk, stroll, crawl, everything goes!
I can't run 10km yet. Can I still participate?
Absolutely. In 2021, we added a 5km option just for that purpose. We want people to be able to participate however they can.