Dash to Defeat Dementia - Event Information

This year's Dash to Defeat Dementia will take place on August 21st at 9:00am at beautiful Bruce's Mill Conservation park in Stouffville Ontario. For those not familiar with the area, Bruce's Mill is the home of the Sugar Bush Maple Syrup Festival where maple syrup is harvested from the park's maple trees. The conservation park provides numerous trails, bird watching sites, various parks and other activities. Registration in the Bloomington Cove Run/Walk for Memories will provide you with access to Bruce's Mill for the event day. This year we are pleased to offer the following events:

Unique Featuers of this Event

* Donation must be recorded through the Running Room donation site.

Venue Information

Bruce's Mill takes its name from a restored water-powered mill located in the conservation area, on a tributary of the Rouge River. In the spring, Bruce's Mill is home to the Sugar Bush Maple Syrup Festival. Visitors may tour the working Sugar Bush, take a wagon ride, and enjoy pancakes and real maple syrup. Also, there is a variety of maple products available in the sugar shack for you to purchase and enjoy at home. In the summer, visitors can hike through 10 km of trails that are both open and forested. In addition to hiking, Bruce's Mill has picnic areas for families and large groups, barbeque rentals, baseball diamonds and soccer fields.

The below link provides additional information for Bruce's Mill.

Bruce's Mill - TRCA

Route Information


Registration is open at the Running Room online or by clicking the Register link on the home page of our website. There is a $50 cost to register, all of which is forwarded to Baycrest to support research and community care programs. Your registration provides you with entry to Bruce's Mill, Technical T Shirt, Medal, and Pancake Breakfast.

Important - There is an admission charge for all non-participants of $10. You can buy passes at kit pick up, or online through registration. Payment at the site is also available.

Kit Pickup

Kit Pick Up will take place at the Aurora Running Room, August 19th between 5:00pm and 8:30pm. Kits can also be picked up on race day starting at 7:30am.

Aurora Running Room
1 - 25 First Commerce Drive
Aurora, ON
L4G 0G2
(905) 726-1600

Bag Check

Bag Check is available for all registered participants. You will be provided a bag check ticket on race day. Please DO NOT tear off the strip on your race bib. This is used for timing. Bag Check will be open from 7:30 until noon.

Race Day Schedule

All events will take place within the Bruce's Mill Conservation area.

Registration/Race Kit Pick Up 7:00 am
Opening Ceremonies 8:00 am
Warm up for Runners @ start line 8:45 am
5k Run Start 9:00 am
Breakfast Served 9:30 am
Kids Dash 10:00 am
Awards Presentation 10:15 am
Course Closed 12:00 pm (noon)

Course Amenities

Bruce's Mill offers Washroom facilities for all participants.

Sugar Shack building provides an indoor venue for participants and spectators.

Medial Aid will be provided by St. Johns Ambulance Volunteers, Nurse Next Door and the Stouffville Fire Department. Aid Stations will be placed at key locations within the course.

Getting Here

Bruce's Mill is located at Stouffville Road between Kennedy Road and Warden Avenue. It is on the south side of the street and is well hidden. Keep your eyes open for our signs. Link to Google Maps is provided below to gain directions.

Google Map Link

Parking is available for participants within Bruce's Mill. Please follow the path to the event site.