Miles for Smiles

m4s_1Miles for Smiles is an initiative of the Student Medical Society of Saskatchewan to raise awareness and funds for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. Digging back into the history of Miles for Smiles, it was the year 2004 when a small group of medical students organized the very first student-run 5 km race in Saskatoon. It was their brainchild to create an event that promoted healthy lifestyles and involved residents from all corners of Saskatchewan. In the past couple years we have expanded Miles for Smiles, holding the events simultaneously in Saskatoon and Regina and adding new races! We are excited to keep Miles for Smiles growing this year!! 

All funds collected from this year’s event will go to AboutFace. AboutFace is a national charitable organization that offers a unique program called Camp Trailblazers. It is a camp for children with facial differences between the ages of 10-18. At Camp Trailblazers, the youth learn life skills, challenge themselves to overcome physical and emotional barriers, and create life-long friendships. At camp, they get opportunities to build resilience, courage and confidence, and learn that there are others just like them. For more information, visit: A group of medical students from the University of Saskatchewan are volunteering with AboutFace and we held our FIRST Camp Trailblazers here in Saskatchewan this summer! The funds raised from Miles for Smiles will directly go towards sending children with facial differences to this camp.

Miles for Smiles 2016 had over 150 participants and we are continuing our efforts to increase participation through use of the Miles for Smiles website, online registration & donations, team registrations, and multiple avenues of advertising. We have raised over $80,000 since 2004.  As you may know, we spent the last few years raising money to purchase a patient monitoring system for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan (which costs approximately $35,000). We are very excited to announce that in 2016 we reached this goal! A big thank you to all of you who helped us with this achievement – we could not have done it without you!

We are enthused to bring to you our Miles for Smiles 2017 event with a combination of race options bringing together the best of Saskatchewan’s pavement pounders, roadrunner wannabes, and sneaker enthusiasts. We want to take this opportunity to invite you, your family, and your co-workers and friends to have fun with us on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 by running, walking, wheelchairing, or strolling along the beautiful South Saskatchewan river in Saskatoon. There is something for everyone! You have the choice of a 2.5 km fun run, 5 km walk/run, and a 10km run. Whether you are a first-time runner, seasoned athlete or just want to meet people while supporting a great cause, we have something for you through participation or volunteerism!  

On behalf of the rest of the Miles for Smiles team, we encourage everyone to get in motion and join the excitement by participating in this year’s community event Miles for Smiles!  We wish you all the best in your training and we look forward to cheering you on and congratulating you at the finish on race day!