Run to quit

FAQ

  • What is Walk or Run to Quit?

    Run to Quit helps smokers quit smoking by learning to walk or run 5 km! The program is for all fitness levels and our simple step by step approach makes it easy to quit smoking and take up a new exercise program. Walking and running can help cope with discomfort and cravings while cutting down and quitting.

  • I am not a Runner. What if I can’t keep up?

    Walk or Run to Quit is for people of all fitness levels and you do not need to be a runner to participate. The Running Room has a simple step by step approach that makes it easy to learn to walk or run 5 km. Your Running Room Leader will always be there by your side to support you. The program builds up your endurance very slowly and safely. You really can do it! Register here.

  • Can I compete in a walk or run event longer than 5 km?

    Totally!

  • How do I enter Walk or Run to Quit?

    To register for a Walk or Run to Quit Training Program or to find a run event near you, click here

  • Need help registering?

    If you need help to register, you can call the Running Room toll-free at 1-800- 419-2906 ext. 264 or click the help button at the bottom right corner of the screen. For in person help, you can visit a Running Room store.

  • How do I know that you got my registration?

    You will be sent a confirmation of your registration to the email address that you provided. The email should arrive within 24 hours of registering. It is possible that our email could go to your junk mail or get blocked by a spam filter. If you do not receive an email, you can confirm that you are registered, by calling us toll-free at 1-800- 419-2906 ext. 264.

  • How much does it cost?

    The cost of the 10-week, coach-led training program is relatively small compared to the health benefits gained and the cost of cigarettes. If you smoked a pack a day and quit smoking, you will save almost $400 a month! Here is the cost of Walk or Run to Quit training programs:

    Online Training Program: $49.99 + tax

    In-Store Training Program: $69.99 + tax

  • What if there is no Running Room store near me?

    If you do not have an In-Store Training Program near you, you can register for the Virtual Training Program and participate from anywhere

  • What if I use Chew Tobacco?

    The program can help all kinds of tobacco users develop new habits and cope with discomforts and cravings associated with quitting.

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  • Can I do the Virtual Training Program in less than 10 weeks?

    The Virtual Training Program follows the same format as the In-Store Training Program. It will take 10 weeks to complete. Each week you will receive information in your “dashboard” on the Running Room website with information for that week about quitting smoking and running.

  • What if I don’t quit?

    Quitting smoking often takes several quit attempts. If you don’t quit after the 10 week program we encourage you to use the information and resources you have gained to try again when you’re ready!

  • What happens with the information I provide?

    The information you provide is totally confidential. We use it only for the purpose of administering the program and contest, in accordance with the Canadian Cancer Society privacy policy. You can find the policy on our website, or by emailing privacy@ontario.cancer.ca, or by calling 1-800-268-8874, extension 2257.

  • Do I need my doctor’s permission?

    Before starting any fitness program, it is advised that you let your health care provider know. Signed permission forms are not required.

  • Can I use E cigarettes?

    E-cigarettes are not regulated as a nicotine replacement therapy in Canada. As we do not know enough about the nicotine levels in e-cigarettes, using them may produce a positive result in a urine test and you may be disqualified as a winner, even if you did not use tobacco. We do not recommend using e-cigarettes. 

  • How can I bring Walk or Run to Quit to my community?:

    Drop us a line if you are interested in bringing Walk or Run to Quit to your workplace, community or health centre. Email us at runtoquit@cancer.ca or call 1-800-419-2906 ext.264

  • More questions?

    We are here to help! Please call us at 1-800-419-2906 ext. 9264 or email runtoquit@cancer.ca

  • Canadian Cancer Society Running Room Public Health Agency of Canada

    This program has been made possible in part through funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada. Walk or Run to Quit demonstrates how government, non-profit, and for-profit sectors can come together to help prevent cancer and encourage healthier living. Through Walk or Run to Quit, smokers will be engaged in a new way to quit smoking while learning to run all within a supportive setting.