Chase the Tornado - 2016
6th Annual 10K run and 5K run/walk
Sunday, May 22th, 2016
On-line registration now closed. Can still register at Running Free 88 First St Orangeville Friday or Saturday until 4 p.m. OR day-of at Grand Valley Arena 8:30 to 9:30 (pay more).
NEWS! Teams and families, a $5 discount is now available when you sign up 4 or more.
Hidden away from the bustle of big cities and off the commuter corridors lies the quiet community of Grand Valley. The largest river within Ontario's borders originates in the highlands of Dufferin County and snakes its 300 kilometer journey to Lake Erie.
One Friday afternoon 30 years ago a deadly tornado cut through Grand Valley, tearing straight down Amaranth Street and heading east.
Running the same path as that tornado, we follow a scenic route that crosses the Grand River 4 times via 3 different bridges.
The Toronto Grey & Bruce Railway line paralleled the River, operating from 1870 till 1984. The Upper Grand Trailway Association now maintains this rail trail which provides over a kilometer of our route.
Well marked and accurate, this 10K circuit was designed for runners. Entrants fly straight down Grand Valley's Main Street, through open countryside, alongside the Grand River, over bridges and 1.6 km of rail trail.
Chip timing, finishers' medals, overall winners' prizes, technical t-shirts for sale, refreshments and BBQ afterwards, kids' fun run, great draw prizes, an involved community - it's all good.
Break the course record for a $100 cash award.
Most recent course record setters:
Male 34:25 Cody Beals 2014
Female 43:35 Heather Pady 2012
You'll want to "Chase the Tornado" every year because it's a perfect 10K - challenging, and because....Grand Valley wants you back!
(School Team Member)
(10 and under)
For 2016 we will have UNIQUE souvenir finishers' medals!
Therefore, we do not have a new souvenir t-shirt.
Technical shirts from previous years will be available for purchase as a souvenir for only $10. Number available 100.
The awards’ ceremony will take place shortly after the last runner crosses the finish line.
Ideal course for runners is challenging and competitive!
Accurately measured 10K. Every km clearly marked.
5K split time called out.
7.2km paved road, 1.2km well packed unpaved road, 1.6km rail trail.
Run down Main Street, Town of Grand Valley. Cross the Grand River 4 times via 3 different bridges.
Uphill at 1.5km, 5.5km, 9.2km.
Very pretty & wide open countryside.
For route and elevation changes, click here.
Start with the 10K runners and do a loop of the Village of Grand Valley, including views of the Grand River.
Turn around at the '5K turnaround' sign.
New for 2015 and again for 2016: Youth School Teams in the 5K Run.
Your logo could be here as a sponsor. Click here for sponsor package.
Levels include platinum at $5,000 and up, gold at $2,000, silver at $1,000, and bronze at $500.
You can be a vendor sponsor by contributing $100 or in-kind item(s) for prize table.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Early bib pick-up will be available at the Running Free store at 88 First St. in Orangeville on Saturday, May 21 from noon to 5pm.
On race day, bib pick-up will be available at 8:30 - 9:30 am at the race site at the Grand Valley Community Centre.
The race location is the Community Centre in Grand Valley:
For a more detailed map, check out this link to mapquest
March 31 12:00 AM EDT - Early Bird Registration Closes
May 19 11:59 PM EDT - On-line Registration closes
May 22 8:30 AM EDT - Race Day Registration Opens
May 22 9:30 AM EDT - Day of Registration Closes!
May 22 9:30 AM EDT - Kids' Fun Run (10 and under)
May 22 10:00 AM EDT - 10K Run
May 22 10:00 AM EDT - 5K Run/Walk
May 22 11:30 AM EDT - Awards