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Nature's Emporium Run for Southlake

The Nature's Emporium Run for Southlake is the evolution of the Bob Hartwell Challenge that began in 2002 to pay tribute to local businessman, civic leader and avid runner, Bob Hartwell. Through his incredible contribution to the community, Bob touched many lives in his 54 years. The Nature's Emporium Run for Southlake honours his legacy by raising much-needed funds for our hospital, so that we can all continue to have access to the leading edge care that we deserve, close to home.

This event has since evolved into Southlake’s largest annual event and become a fixture in our community, with the first ever sold-out event in 2018. We welcome participants from our communities of York Region, South Simcoe and beyond, even as far north as Musoka. Our runners and walkers range in age from three to 80 and fundraise to support exceptional and compassionate care for their families, friends and neighbours.


At Southlake Foundation, we fundraise with one goal in mind: supporting our leading edge hospital and the communities it serves to make sure they have the tools and equipment they need to do their best work. As our community grows and changes, our hospital and our Foundation fundraising goals grow too — always looking forward to ensure that we are serving our current and future patients best. Find out more here.


Help us get the word out about the Nature's Emporium Run for Southlake! Use #naturesemporiumrunforsouthlake or #nerunforsouthlake across all your social media accounts. We love seeing how much fun you're having! And be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for pre-event details, motivational content, fundraising tips and more!

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Our sponsors enable our events to happen and lead the way for community support of our hospital. That's why we’re so pleased to welcome back Nature’s Emporium as the Title Sponsor for the Nature's Emporium Run for Southlake for the twelfth year in a row. Your years of generous support have made it possible for Southlake to provide leading edge care close to home for the 1.5M people of York Region and South Simcoe. CLICK HERE to learn more about Nature’s Emporium.