Who is this for?


Our challenges are designed to be family friendly and fun to complete. Whether it’s with a stroller, lots of little steps, or a family friendly race for bragging rights – there’s a challenge designed to work for all of you. 


If you are looking for a personal challenge without the need to track your progress, our non-competitive challenges are a great way to motivate yourself while keeping it simple. Just don’t forget to post yourself completing the challenge!


Never walked 5km before? Or maybe you’re new to running? No worries! Completing one of our challenges is a great activity for a fun day out in the fresh air, and no pressure. Keep us updated with your posts, and enjoy the weather at your own pace!

How to take part:

1. Register

Register for the non-competitive stream online by clicking the button below!

You’ll be directed to the registration page, be sure to select the non-competitive individual ($35) or family ($50) stream.

2. Pick a Challenge

We have run or walk options around Mill Lake, the Fraser River, the Sumas River, Albert Dyck, the Vedder River and Vancouver Sea Wall.

You can do one, a couple, or them all! 

3. complete your challenge

You can complete your challenge(s) any day during May. We recommend doing shorter walks and/or runs in the weeks leading up to it. 

For extra preparation, we recommend following a training plan.

4. Share your victory!

Once you’ve completed your challenge, you have the option of posting your time or posting a photo with #EnvisionUpstream and our sponsors will release $35 for clean water! 

Challenge Options

Mill Lake 5km


A beautiful scenic loop trail around Mill Lake in Central Abbotsford. This route is dog friendly (leashed), pavement trail that is also great for strollers.  

Fraser River 5km


This route is on a flat gravel path with beautiful views of the river. This route is dog (leashed) and stroller friendly! You will see a post with some red flags on it. That is your turn-around. 

Sumas river 5km


This flat trail is nestled at the southern base of Sumas Mountain and gives you beautiful views of the prairie. The turn-around point is the 2.5km post on the side of the trail. 

Albert Dyck 5km


This popular lake is used for water skiing and swimming. With a circular gravel trail that goes all the way around the lake, this is the perfect spot to end with a nice cool dip in the lake! 

Vedder River 5km


The start of this trail is off Lickman Road in Chilliwack. It is a relatively flat trail with beautiful scenic views of the Vedder Mountain and is great for the whole family. Your turn-around spot is the steel bridge; touch the bridge and turn around! 


Climb Trail

This popular hiking route takes you straight up to an epic view spot! This is a more advanced trail and requires proper footwear and some hiking experience. 

Stanley Park 10km


Iconic, family friendly, and full of great views of the ocean for those already living in Vancouver! Plenty of outdoor eating options and quality coffee around every corner once you’re done the challenge, too! 

Beyond local 5km


Can’t make it to one of these locations? No problem! You can still walk or run anywhere you can and help us unlock more clean water. Complete a 5km anywhere in the world and follow the same steps as the other challenges to keep the water flowing!

Beyond local 10km


You can also ride anywhere you can and help us unlock more clean water. Complete a 10km or more anywhere in the world and follow the same steps as the other challenges to keep the water flowing! For every 10km on the leaderboard, one person gets access to clean water! 


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