Running Factory Spring Thaw

This year marks twenty years for the Running Factory Spring Thaw. Come out to Windsor & Essex County season opener. This is a fun event for the whole family. Choose from a 5km run/walk, Kids km or Kids Dash (200 meters). The 5km promises to be flat, fast and accurate. The perfect reciepe for a PB. Prizes awarded to the top 3 Male & Female finishers overall and first place finishers in each age group.

First 500 to register receive the Ultimate Swag Bag!

Registration Fees

5K Closed


Kids Run Closed


Awards & Prizes

Prizes provided by New Balance will be awarded to the top 3 Male and Female athletes overall, as well as the top participant in each age category.

10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70

All participants in the kids races will receive a finishers medal and t-shirt

Additional door prizes will be drawn during the awards ceremony following the race.

Race Kit Pick-Up

For those pre-registered, Race Kit Pick-Up will be at the Runing Factory (5480 Wyandotte St. E, Windsor, ON) on Saturday, March 23rd from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Race Day registration and race kit pick-up will be at the Running Factory from 8:00am - 9:30am.


Our Proud Sponsors

Course Map

Our 5km run course will begin on Villaire Ave. just one block east of the Running Factory.  From the starting line we will head south to Riverside Dr. where we will take a right and head east.  The turnaround point will be on Riverside Dr. at Kiwanis Park.  From the turnaround we will head back as we came, down Villaire, but will continue and turn right onto Wyandotte St. E. to finish in front of the Running Factory. Water-Aid station located at 1.5 km & 3.5 km mark.

For a more detailed view please see our map below.

Directions to Event

From the 401:

Manning Road exit (Road 19) turning right to head north on Manning to Riverside Drive E. (11km)

Left on Riverside Drive E. to Jefferson Blvd. (9km)

Left on Jefferson Blvd to Wyandotte St E. (1 block)

Right on Wyandotte St E. to the Running Factory (500m)

From the Ambassador Bridge:

Right off the brdige onto Huron Church Rd.

Huron Church to Riverside Dr. (1km)

Right on Riverside Dr. to Pilette Rd. (10km)

Right on Pilette Rd. to Wyandotte St. E. (1 block)

Left on Wyandotte St. E. to the Running Factory (1.5km)

Pledge Incentives

$50      Free Entry

$300    Free Entry & New Balance Go To S/S Tee

$500    Free Entry & New Balance 860v3 Running Shoes

$1000  Free Entry & New Balance Head to Toe

Includes New Balance Raptor Jacket, Impact Tight, Go To S/S Tee & 860v3 Running Shoes.



Fitness For Hospice Logo


About Hospice - Leadership & Innovation in Compassionate Care

We are pleased to be teaming up with Fitness for Hospice as the official Charity Sponsor of the Spring Thaw 5km .The Hospice of Windsor and Essex County Inc. is Canada's first community-based village concept which has a team of dedicated professional staff and volunteers that provide the very best patient care programs and services to patients and their families both on-site and throughout Windsor and Essex County.

The Hospice stands as a symbol of hope as it delivers compassion through support, education and empowerment while providing quality of life.

These programs and services are offered at no cost... which is where you come in.

It is through fundraising events such as this and the generosity of our community through donations, pledges and participation which allows The Hospice to continue to offer all that they do - FREE OF CHARGE.

Thank you for your support!

Event Schedule

  • March 24 8:00 AM EDT - Race Day Registration

  • March 24 10:00 AM EDT - Kids Dash

  • March 24 10:05 AM EDT - Kids KM

  • March 24 10:15 AM EDT - 5km Run/Walk

  • March 24 11:15 AM EDT - Awards Ceremony

Contact Information

Event Location

5480 Wyandotte St E, Windsor, ON, Canada

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