2023 Beads of Courage Colour Festival Fun Run in celebration of Doug Gillespie

06/03/2023 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT


The Beads of Courage Colour Run in celebration of Doug Gillespie benefitting Beads of Courage-Canada is an un-timed 5 km event open to people of all skill levels. Participants will pass through colour stations, accumulating colours on their bodies - symbolizing the colourful strands of beads these courageous children use to tell the stories of their medical journeys.

The course is planned for the beautiful Lakeview Park in Saskatoon. The run will begin at 9 AM on June 3, 2023. Participants should arrive early to enjoy the atmosphere and get ready to run! The wheelchair and stroller-accessible course will be lined with stations where volunteers will throw coloured celebration powder (made from cornstarch) at those participating in the run.

Registration Details:

-$40 Early Bird |  Adult & Child Registration includes Beads of Courage Carry A Bead™ Kit (changes to $50 on April 30th)

-Free Registration for children 10 and under if they do not want the Carry A Bead Kit

-Registration will close on May 26, 2023 @ 9 PM 

With your Carry A Bead Kit, you will receive a set of matching beads for you to wear or carry on the run in honour of a child in the program. At the end of the fun run, you will have an opportunity to complete your story card and share a note of enCOURAGEment! One of your beads will be given to a child in the program, and the other will be yours to keep!

For optimum colour saturation, white clothing is highly recommended! We suggest getting together with your friends and decorating a t-shirt to wear for the day of the race. Feel free to wear brightly coloured accessories! Note: T-shirt not included, we have found over the years that each participant has had a blast designing their own shirt for the event! 


Together, we can make it possible for children and teens to record, tell and own their stories of courage through the Beads of Courage program.


About Doug Gillespie

Doug was instrumental in the establishment of Beads of Courage-Canada. It was largely through his efforts that Saskatchewan became the first province in Canada to launch Beads of Courage. Doug's memory will live on through not only the Harvest Bead that was dedicated to him in 2014, but his passion and determination is woven into every program throughout Canada. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jen Spitzig at jen@beadsofcourage.ca.