This Weekend in London


The good news is: there’s no more snow in the forecast. The better news is: it’s almost the weekend. Here is what is happening in our fine city this weekend!


To finish off the week of Earth Day celebrations, London Clean and Green is hosting a Community Clean Up Day on Saturday, April 25. There are many locations across the city that you can join and pitch in! Pick up litter, plant trees, remove graffiti and have some fun. Bring the kids and get the whole family involved in making our city beautiful. If you can’t make it to one of the scheduled clean up locations, clean up your own neighbourhood a little bit. Just remember to stay safe and watch for sharp things.


This Friday, April 24 is one of the City of London’s three monthly toonie swims. Head over to Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre from 7:30 to 9:00pm with your family and pay only $2 per person for admission.


The annual Forest City Road Race is this Sunday, April 26. There is still time to register for this event, although online registration ends tonight, April 23 at 6:00pm.  Bring the kids for the Kids Fun Run or challenge yourself with the 5K, 10K or half-marathon events. 100% of the proceeds raised at the FCRR go toward programs at Thames Valley Children’s Centre. If you aren’t going to the race, but have any business in the downtown or old north London areas on Sunday morning, be advised that there will be delays and detours.


Storybook Gardens is open for the spring season with some fun new things for the kids! Check out the Peddle Car Track and Felix the Fox Archery from 11:00am to 3:00pm. The castle is open 10:00am to 5:00pm Saturdays and Sundays through April.


Have you been considering upgrading your flooring? The Home Depot is hosting a workshop this Sunday, April 26 at 1:00pm on installing laminate flooring. Learn how to cut and lay the flooring, what tools you will need, how to undercut door jams, and lots of useful tips on how to make flooring easier.


Running Races


How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along, Mamas? If getting in shape was on your list, running is a great way to get started. Now, the weather outside may seem treacherous for sneakers, but the annual races will soon be hitting the streets and there are clinics in town to get you started. Here are some of the highlights of the London running scene for this spring:


The Running Room – Learn to Run, 5km, 10km, Women-Only, Walk Half Marathon.

Runner’s Choice – Learn to Run, 5km/10km, Speed Training, Half Marathon, Marathon

Couch to 5K – online, self-directed program

Couch to 10K – online, self-directed program


Downtown 5K: Friday, April 3. 5km run, 2.5k fun run/walk, kiddie trot & CEO 1km

Run for Retina Research: Sunday, April 12. Half marathon run, half marathon walk, 10km run/walk, 5km run/walk, 2.5km run/walk, junior 1km

Forest City Road Race: Sunday, April 26. Half marathon, 10km, 5km run/wheelchair, fun run

Leslie Petter Memorial Transplant Trot: Saturday, May 2. 5km run/walk

London Run for Ovarian Cancer: Sunday, May 10. 5km run

Superhero Run for Easter Seals Kids: Saturday, May 23. 8km trail run, 5km superhero run, 1km fun run

Do It For Dads Walk Run: Sunday, June 21.

Summer Night 5K: Friday, July 17. 5km walk/run, kiddie trot


Run Around the Square: Sunday, May 10 in GODERICH. 10km, 5km, kiddie trot

The Dairy Capitol Walk/Run: Sunday, May 31 in WOODSTOCK. 10km, 5km, 2km, Lil’ Hoofer

Safe Harbour Run: Sunday, June 7 in BAYFIELD. 10km, 5km, 2km fun run

Embro Highland Games: Wednesday, July 1 in EMBRO. 10km, 5km



Forest City Road Race


Sunday, April 26 is the date for this year’s Forest City Road Race. It may seem like a long way away, but now is the time to get registered for the race and save a lot of money doing it! The best registration rates are on right now until January 31, 2015.


Every year, the FCRR happens in the early spring as a fundraiser for Thames Valley Children’s Centre here in London. TVCC serves more than 7000 children in the southwestern region of Ontario with physical disabilities, communication disorders, developmental delays, and autism spectrum disorders. Their clients range from newborn right up until young adulthood. The FCRR raises funds for programming that allow their clients to participate in their homes, communities, and schools to the best of their ability. It also provides programming for siblings of children who are clients of TVCC and support for their parents – invaluable services for so many families in London and area.


There are four events at the FCRR – the 5K open run/wheelchair, the 10K open run, the half-marathon, and the Fun Run for kids – an all ages run around Victoria Park on a safe, closed course.


Registration is open now for all events and online registration will be open until the Thursday before the race. Save $15 on registration, get a personalized race bib, and a tech shirt by registering before the end of January.


Not a runner? Not a problem. Volunteering for the event is a lot of fun for everyone involved. Get a group of friends together to man a water station and cheer on the runners, sign up to be a court marshal or hang out at the finish line to celebrate at the end of the race. Students can count the race hours toward their volunteer hours for graduation, so bring your teens along for the fun.