Get Ready for Your Event

Runner tying up shoesThank you so much for choosing to support CNIB by taking part in a charity athletic event. Your support will make an incredible difference in the lives of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted of all ages – empowering them with the skills, confidence and opportunities to fully participate in life. 

On this page, we hope you’ll find all the information you need to make your event a wonderful experience. But if you need any more support, please feel free to call the CNIB Helpline at 1-800-563-2642.

Raising money for your event

Many charity athletic events will offer an online sponsorship page, as well as downloadable sponsorship forms, that you can use to raise money for CNIB before the big day.  

But for those that don’t offer these tools, please feel free to download the CNIB sponsorship form to track your sponsors and how much money you’ve raised for your event. After your event is over, you can submit the form to your local CNIB office​ or our national office at the address below, and we’ll send each of your sponsors a tax receipt for their generous donation. 

1929 Bayview Avenue 
Toronto, ON
M4G 3E8

NOTE: Please have your sponsors make their cheques payable to “The Canadian National Institute for the Blind.” 


Victoria Nolan’s training tips 

Victoria Nolan smilingCanadian Victoria Nolan is a blind rower whose athletic talents and determination have earned her championship medals around the world. If anyone knows how to prepare for an athletic event, it’s her. 

To make sure you're ready for your athletic challenge, Victoria has offered her top five training tips, below, to help you prepare for the big day.

1. Talk to your doctor.

Whether you’ve been training regularly all your life or are a fitness beginner, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor before starting any new exercise regimen or taking on an athletic challenge like a run, triathlon or dragon boat race.

Your doctor can tell you whether your fitness plans are realistic and safe based on your medical history and current fitness level. If you’re not quite ready to take part in the event you had planned, he or she can help you choose something else that’s more in line with your own unique health situation, or give you a strategy to work toward the event you had in mind.

Your doctor can also give you advice on vitamins, nutrition choices, health supplements and other resources to help you get in top form for the big day.

2. Make sure you're fit enough.

Being ambitious is great, but it’s important to avoid putting your body through something it’s not ready for. For instance, if you don’t run for long distances regularly, you’ll probably want to choose to do a three-to-five-kilometre run instead of a marathon.

But no matter what kind of athletic event you’re planning to take part in, make sure you start training well in advance. If you’re taking on a marathon or a triathlon, for example, you should be running and exercising regularly to start with – but you’ll want to progressively ramp up your cardio workouts over the course of two or three months before the big day. Walking, jogging, cycling and swimming are all good preparation for an athletic challenge.

As the event approaches, start testing yourself to see if you’ll be ready for the real thing. If you’re taking on a five-kilometre run, for example, you’ll want to try doing at least three kilometres on your own before the event. If you can do that comfortably, you should be in good shape for the big day.

3. Wear the right gear.

The clothes you’ll need to wear to your event will depend a lot on the kind of event you’re taking part in. What you’ll need to wear for a run will be lot different from what you’ll need to wear for a triathlon, for example.

If you’re not sure what gear you’ll need, do your research. Check it out online, ask at your local sports equipment store and talk to other people who’ve done the kind of event you’re doing before. Online forums can be a great resource for connecting with people who can pass on tried-and-tested advice about what gear you’ll need and where to get it, as well as lots of other tips to prepare for your event.

Just make sure that if you’re buying new clothes and gear for your event – like a pair of running shoes, for example – that you “break them in” before the big day. There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of a long-distance run and finding that your beautiful new shoes are giving you terrible blisters. Break them in gradually over the weeks leading up to your event, and consider popping in a new pair of insoles just before the big day.

4. Watch what you eat.

What you eat before a big athletic challenge can be just as important as what you wear. The night before your event, you’ll want to be consuming energy foods – things like rice, potatoes, bananas or milk.

Just make sure to eat a healthy amount without overfilling, and avoid sweets, junk foods, carbonated drinks or anything that has the potential to wreak havoc on your stomach come event day.

Also, don't try something new right before your event. If all of a sudden you eat a really big dinner or breakfast without testing how it affects your body, you could be in trouble! Try to have a "diet dress rehearsal" the day before one of your training sessions.

You’ll also want to drink lots of water – not just on the day itself, but always – to make sure you’re hydrated for the event. Most people don’t think about it, but it can be all too easy to fall into dehydration when you’re exerting a lot of energy for an athletic event, particularly one that you’ve never tried before – and that can be dangerous. Your water bottle is your best defense against dehydration, so keep it with you at all times and fill it up often.

5. Have fun!

Taking part in a charity athletic event is a great way to challenge yourself, put your muscles to the test and raise money for a cause you believe in – but it should also be a lot of fun!

The day of your event can be a whirlwind, so make sure to stop and smell the roses when you get a moment, and enjoy the experience. Take pride in what you’re doing and take every chance you can to enjoy yourself, take in the scenery (and even take a couple photos if you can) and have a great time. This is your challenge – your big day. You’ve worked hard for it, so enjoy it!


What to bring to your event


  • Registration form

  • Backpack

  • Sunglasses (with at least 99 per cent UV protection)

  • Basic first aid kit

  • Water bottle or canteen

  • Small baggie of snack food

  • Cell phone


  • Comfortable shoes or flip-flops to slip into after the event – your feet will thank you!

  • Gloves

  • Baseball cap or hat with a brim

  • Flashlight

  • Compass

  • Camera

  • Sunscreen lotion

  • ​Whistle in case you get lost

Looking for more information about where your support will go? Visit our Where Your Money Goes​ page.