You can still run any of the Remembrance Day Races and participate in the Scavenger Hunt even though Remembrance Day has passed. Operation Scavenger Hunt runs through the end of November!

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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 24 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:

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 ( 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 -

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!...

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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 December 31, 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.)




Add some excitement to your Remembrance Day Race Event by completing this Scavenger Hunt Contest...

We are so excited to introduce “Operation Scavenger Hunt”, a new contest in to be held in conjunction with the 2020 Remembrance Day Races.

Just enter and one of the three Remembrance Day Races, then complete the tasks on the Scavenger Hunt Checklist, and send us the photos showing you completing the tasks and you will be entered to win. Winners will receive FREE Race Event Entries. (You can still enter even if you already completed your event - just submit the photos!)

With public events canceled, this will be a great way to commemorate the day!

Click here or on the “Operation Scavenger Hunt” graphic at right for complete details. Contest details may also be found on the VR PRO Races Facebook page.

Vermont’s Largest All-Santa Virtual!
Celebrate the Christmas Season by taking part in the RiRá Virtual Santa 5K, 10, or 1 Mile Elf Run/Walk. Although this annual, family-friendly event goes virtual this year it is still sponsored by RiRa Irish Pub & Restaurant in beautiful Burlington, Vermont. Click the button below for complete details or to register.

Canada’s First & Largest All-Santa Race Now Canada’s Largest VIRTUAL All-Santa Race!

With the pandemic and the cancelation of all live public events, the Santa Canada is a great way to safely celebrate the holiday with family or friends while practicing social distancing. Register today!
With your choice of 2 different finisher medals or a beautiful, custom-designed chili pepper ring and 3 different race event distances, the 2021 New Balance Chilly Half Marathon, Frigid 10K & Frosty 5K will outshine all other virtual events! 
NEW FOR 2021...The NB Chilly Half is teaming up with the Running Room to offer you race kit pick-up at select Running Room Store locations across Canada and in nearly every province! So you can have your race kit shipped to you or pick it up in person - your choice!
Regardless of whichever race event you choose, every participant will get one of the same great New Balance Running Tops along with all of the other race amenities. For 2021, Womens tops will be ‘Vivid Coral’ and Mens tops will be ‘Captian Blue’.
The New Balance Chilly Half Marathon is well known as Southwestern Ontario’s Premier Half Marathon and for 2021, VR PRO plans to make it extra special!

The NB Chilly Half Marathon: Giving You So Many Options From Which To Choose!


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

A event distance 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 just like the one shown at right. It is one of the most unique medals ever offered and one every runner or walker will want to add to their collection! You can actually light the candles - 1 candle for each night of Hanukkah! Registrants also receive the beautiful and practical imprinted buff shown being worn as a scarf in the image at right. The Hanukkah Challenge buff can also be worn as a face covering or neck gaiter, headband, hat, as well as many other ways.

Event participants will complete the challenge by walking or running 1 km 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 with the center candle. 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 5K’ is an event for those who prefer to run or walk the traditional 5 km distance. Participants in the “Hanukkah 5K’ will receive the beautiful and unique menorah medal (as shown at right), all of the candles, and the Hanukkah buff.

The ‘Hanukkah 8’ is a single 8K virtual race event. Participants in the “Hanukkah 8’ will also receive the beautiful menorah medal (see image at right) along with the candles, and the buff.

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 - like the one shown at right - to wear to your Hanukkah dinner or just to show off your accomplishments to your family and friends!

Now you can do a 1K, or 1K every day for 8 days, a 5K or an 8K, or an 8K every day for 8 days!

So many great choices - so many ways to celebrate the season! Registration is limited to the first 800 entrants - don’t wait!




Share your love of running or walking with someone you care about. Grab your partner, friend, family member, loved one, or even your pet and enjoy a special run or walk together. In the Heart & Sole Virtual Races, you can participate as a team of two or as an individual. With a 5K, 14K and 21.1K distance options, the Heart and Sole Races have an event everyone will love!
Registrants will be eligible to win FREE ASICS Shoes!