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Who is Rob?

Rob Tétrault is an award-winning financial advisor, philanthropist, and dad from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Rob co-founded the Canadian CMV Foundation with his wife Michelle after their son Alexandre was born with cCMV in 2008. Prior to Alexandre’s birth, neither Rob nor Michelle had ever heard of cCMV. Today, Rob and Michelle are committed to raising CMV awareness and advocating for universal cCMV screening across Canada.

What is CMV? What is cCMV?

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common virus that affects people of all ages; however, a healthy person’s immune system usually keeps the virus from causing illness. When a baby is born with a CMV infection, it is called congenital CMV, or cCMV for short. CMV is the most common infectious cause of birth defects in Canada. About one in 200 babies is born with cCMV.

What is the Canadian CMV Foundation?

The Canadian CMV Foundation is a national charity committed to preventing cCMV infections and improving the quality of life for those affected. We are focused on raising awareness, supporting the CMV community, advocating for change, and championing innovative research.

Is there a petition to sign?

Yes! Sign the petition in support of Bill 214 (universal screening in Manitoba) at

I’ll be running with Rob. Do I need to arrange transportation from my vehicle to the starting line?

No! For each leg, the parking location is a short walk to the start line. To view the parking location associated with a specific leg, visit here, navigate to your leg of choice, and click the “more information” button.

How do I get back to my car after the race?

The Run With Rob team will take care of transporting runners back to their vehicles at the end of the race. 

Will running chips be provided?

Yes! Running chips are part of the race package. Each runner will receive a race package that includes a running chip.

Are there washrooms?

Yes! There is a restroom available on the motorhome for the rural legs. Leg 16 (The CMV Canada Half Marathon) will have portable toilets along the route.

Are we running on the road?

Yes! Each leg of Run With Rob involves running alongside a road, facing traffic. It’s important to stay alert and exercise caution while running outdoors. Don’t wear headphones / earbuds or anything else that might make you less aware of your surroundings.

How do I know what pace Rob will be running at? Do I need to match Rob’s pace?

Rob is aiming to complete each leg at approximately 2 hours, or a 9:09 minute mile / 5:41 minute kilometre. Runners of each rural leg should consider matching or coming close to this pace. There is more flexibility to run at a slower or faster pace during Leg 16 (The CMV Canada Half Marathon) in Winnipeg.

I have a question not listed here. Who should I contact?

Please contact the Canadian CMV Foundation at