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Built to Run: Women’s Only Running

BTR Toronto
  • When: every Wednesday, from June 12 – August 7, 2024
  • Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Where: Port Union Waterfront Park
  • Who: women and gender diverse individuals, age 18+
  • Registered Run: Toronto Waterfront Marathon (TWM) – 5km, half marathon, and full marathon options on August 10, 2024
  • Run Lead: Helene Jafine
Helene Jafine - Run Lead

Helene is a running enthusiast (not a pro)! She started as a way to get in shape and explore her new university town. What started out as a fun new hobby turned into a passion.Her competitive spirit loves a challenge and took her through multiple 5km & 10km races, 3 half-marathons, and 1 full marathon. Her goal is never about time or pace, but making sure she is enjoying the run!



Our Built to Run (BTR) Women’s Only Running program and club is an initiative first started by Fast and Female Supporting Women in Sport Foundation and Girls & Women in Motion (GWIM), a grassroots organization in Scarborough (ON). BTR builds community through running and walking for women and gender-diverse individuals ages 18+. Participants meet weekly at a designated location in their community for 60 minutes. Our Run Leads lead each session, including a warm-up, a 3-5 km course that everyone does at their own pace, a cool down, snacks and networking. Each BTR program is in preparation for a local, organized run in which Fast and Female is listed as a charity of choice.

Our inaugural program took place from April to June 2023, thanks to a donation to GWIM in late 2022. The program ran for six weeks in Scarborough in preparation for the 2nd annual Scarborough 5k!

If interested in bringing or sponsoring a BTR program in your community, or if you’d like to explore collaboration opportunities, feel free to contact us at!


Our Built To Run Program is a FREE running program that our experts have designed to be an inclusive and engaging way to connect with others, build community, and encourage movement (and try running even if it’s your very first time!). While it’s a completely free program to join, we do ask you to consider supporting us in one of the following ways:

Donate – a one-time donation or become a monthly donor
Fundraise on our behalf – create a fundraising page here and fundraise for Fast and Female
Spread the word – help share our cause with others in your community. Reshare or repost our message on social media.As a charity, we rely on the generosity of others to ensure we can continue empowering girls and women through sport, physical activity, and education.


In 2024, we will have four active BTR programs: Scarborough (ON), mid-town Toronto (ON), Calgary (AB) and Victoria (BC). Learn more about them below!


We are the charity of choice for four runs/run series in 2024. Learn more about them below!

Royal Victoria Marathon – Victoria (BC)

  • Dates: October 11-13, 2024
  • Location: Victoria, BC
  • Total Funds Raised in 2023: $1020.05
  • Register Here

Toronto Waterfront Marathon – Toronto (ON)

  • Date: October 19 and 20, 2024
  • Total Funds Raised in 2023: $3934.82
  • Register Here

The Scarborough 5K – Scarborough (ON)

  • Date: August 10, 2024
  • Total Funds Raised in 2023: $3934.82
  • Register Here

5 Peaks Running Series – BC, AB, and ON

  • Date: April – September
  • Location: Various locations across BC, Alberta and Ontario
  • Learn more


To provide a brave, inclusive and welcoming space for women and gender diverse individuals to walk and run, while building a community and network of support.

Empowering a community of like-minded women and gender diverse individuals to become Role Models for girls across the country

Fundraise to support Fast and Female’s mission of empowering girls through sport and physical activity!


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