Run to Quit is a new quit-smoking program that pairs the expertise of the Canadian Cancer Society with Running Room Canada’s Learn to Walk/Run 5 km clinics.
There are many physical and emotional benefits to walking and running. Evidence shows that running can help people cope with discomfort and cravings while cutting down and quitting smoking.
Becoming smoke-free is the biggest prize of all for smokers but if you join Run to Quit and succeed in quitting by the contest target dates, you could win a cash prize of $1,000. If you go the extra step and complete a 5 km walk or run event by July 31, you may be eligible to win the grand prize valued at $25,000, a 2017 Honda Civic, or one of 13 cash prizes totalling $16,000!
2 ways to join
You can join a Run to Quit 10-week training program (in-store or online) or you can do it yourself with helpful quit-smoking resources.
Run to Quit training programs provide you with coaching and support from a Running Room leader and the National Quit Smoking Line. Your Running Room leader will provide a step-by-step approach to walking or running 5 km and share weekly topics on quitting smoking. You don’t need to be a runner or be in shape to join – the Running Room leader will adjust the program to suit your needs.
You can join the Virtual Training Program or attend the In-store Training Program at a local Running Room. Virtual Training Programs are offered online in the fall, winter and spring. In-store Training Programs are hosted in 50 Running Room stores across Canada beginning in April 2017. Find a training program location near you!
Training programs help you change your smoking behaviour by providing:
quit-smoking information and resources endorsed by the Canadian Cancer Society
support with in-person and online communities
support on running and walking by a Running Room clinic leader
support and counselling through the National Quit Smoking Line
a coupon for $10 off a Nicoderm quit aid
prize incentives to quit and walk or run by contest target dates
motivation to create new healthy behaviours
“Run to Quit was essential in helping me run and quit smoking because it provided me with a structure and plan. My coach gave me a schedule so I knew exactly what I needed to do, and my plan kept me accountable to learn to run and to quit smoking.” – Jason Summers, 2016 participant
You don’t have to be a runner
As John Stanton, Running Room founder, says in the video, Run to Quit is for people of all fitness levels. We heard from many people like Chelsea Gumbley who had not been regularly active but were thrilled and amazed by their success with the program.
“Being a smoker and saying that I was going to take up running was the scariest thing ever. I want to tell the smokers out there who are thinking about doing the same thing, do not be scared. Run to Quit is full of people who are supportive and who are also learning to run and are quit smoking together.” – Chelsea Gumbley, 2016 In-store Training Program participant
Not a smoker? Support a friend
Non-smokers can register for a training program to improve their own physical activity levels while also supporting a friend through their running and quitting journey.