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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!


Registration fees

Kids' Fun Run Closed

(10 and under)

  1. Free
    Jul 26 - May 19

5K Youth Closed

(School Team Member)

  1. CA$20.00
    Jul 26 - May 19

10K Run Closed

Registration closed
  • (all ages)

    1. Closed
      Jul 26 – Oct 1
    2. CA$30.00
      Oct 1 – Apr 2
    3. CA$40.00
      Apr 3 – May 19

5K Run/Walk Closed

Registration closed
  • (all ages)

    1. Closed
      Jul 26 – Oct 1
    2. CA$30.00
      Oct 1 – Apr 2
    3. CA$40.00
      Apr 3 – May 19

Souvenirs, Awards, Prizes

 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.  

For the both the 10K and the 5K, overall winners will receive prizes, Age group winners will be recognized.
Prize for breaking the course record for the 10K only.
New for 2015 and returning for 2016: Youth School Teams in the 5K Run.
Winning team will receive a Team Cup to display at their school plus school/team name on a Perpetual Plaque.

All registrants will be eligible for draw prizes donated by local businesses.

10K Course Description

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.

5K Run/Walk Description

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. 

Winning team will receive a Team Cup to display at their school plus school/team name on a Perpetual Plaque.

The team to beat is last year's winner Grand Valley Gators!

Timing and Results

RETURNING for 2016 - CHIP timing!


Click here for Results of 2015 event

Click here for Results of 2014 event

Click here for Results of 2013 event


Please note - Day of registration closes at 9:30 !

Our Charities

Upper Grand Trailway Association - Planning partner and sponsor of 4.5K water station 

We run on 1.6 km of the trail.


Grand Valley Minor Hockey Association -  Planning partner and lead on youth teams

Dedicated to fun, fair play, and good sportsmanship.


Our Sponsors

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 for more info.

2016 sponsors:  






Bib Pick-up

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.

Directions to Race Start

The race location is the Community Centre in Grand Valley:

 For a more detailed map, check out this link to mapquest 

Event Schedule

  • 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

Contact Information

Event Location

90 Main Street North, Grand Valley

Click here to view map