Tips to Get You Ready for the Scotia Bank Rat Race

June 12, 2017



The streets of Toronto are going to be abuzz with activity on June 15th for the Scotiabank Rat Race. It’s a certified 5K run through Toronto’s downtown ‘maze’, and this year marks fifteen years running (see what we did there?)! Runners will be decked out in their best rat-inspired wear to help raise money for a number of local charities. It all starts with a pre-race party at 6pm, and the race begins at 7:30, followed by the “Tail End After Party” at Nathan Phillips Square.


With 100% of the fundraising efforts going directly to helping individuals and families in Toronto, the Scotiabank Rat Race is a fantastic way to get involved in local efforts to make a difference in the community. To find out more visit




Running is a great way to get and stay fit, but it can also benefit your whole body and boost your mood. Running makes you healthier in a number of beneficial ways. Here are just a few reasons this sport has such a loyal following:


  • Lose weight

  • Improve heart health

  • Prevent disease

  • Relieve stress

  • Improve your mood

  • Decrease depression


When getting ready for a good scurry around Toronto, or any other marathon, there are certain things that you can do to prep that your body will thank you for. For example, consider doing more than just running to train. Sure, you need to run, but you can do other cardio and strengthening workouts. Swimming, aerobics and weight training are all great ways to help prepare your body for the big day. Remember – the earlier you start, the better off you’ll be. And by early, we don’t mean early on the morning of the race!


You also want to keep that water bottle handy and stay hydrated throughout the race. Here’s a pre-race tip: if you know there will be a sports drink offered at the race, contact the race organizers beforehand to see which brand, and then start drinking that as part of your workout so your body can get used to it.


Working out will inevitably work up your appetite, so be sure to snack healthy while working out. To be prepared when fatigue kicks in, try an easy snack packed with quick-release energy like an almond-banana-honey smoothie or some berries mixed with yogurt. Yum!


Want to keep your sugar levels up without indulging in too much sugar? Keep a handful of Kerr's No Sugar added candies in your gym bag to help give you that quick fix in a pinch! Kerr's has a line of no sugar added candy made with sucralose (Splenda® Brand Sweetener).


As part of your prep, stock up on Kerr’s no sugar added candies – the guilt-free way to sweeten you up for race day – or any day of the week! Find out more by visiting