Previously known as the original Oktoberfest Run, it's now The Fall 5 KM Classic, and it's still Octoberfast

Online Registration has now closed.  You can still register in person at the dates and times listed below under Registration Options.


This is the race you don't want to miss: Waterloo Region's fastest 5k course! The winning time in 2016 was 14:16 - enough said. The Fall Classic is a great downhill tune-up for the Road 2 Hope Half or Full Marathon!


  • 21st year of Family, Fitness, Friendship and Fun
  • Long sleeve cotton t-shirt to the first 700 pre-registered runners
  • FINISHER'S MEDALS to all finishers.
  • BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: 200m Kids Fun Run
  • FAST COURSES!  "If you are looking to run a personal or seasonal best time, this is the race for you!"
  • Explore all historical results and records at
  • POST RACE: draw prizes, pledge prizes, refreshments and live entertainment
  • Run Waterloo: inspiring community through running.  
The 5 KM is is the second leg of the 2017 Battle of Waterloo V. For more information, click here.

Registration Fees

10 KM Closed


5 KM Closed


200m Closed

Individual, Fun Run, 12 and under

Run Pure

This event is a core part of Run Waterloo's Run Pure series.  Run Pure

These events are exactly what you want from a run: a great course, t-shirt, post-race food, awards, and all the family, friendship and fun you expect.

Explore all Run Pure events. 

Registration Options

REGISTRATION POLICY:  All entries are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable. There are no exceptions once a person has registered.  


  • Mail in: To 2 Weberlyn Crescent, Conestogo N0B 1N0 by Tuesday October 10, 5:00 p.m. 
  • Drop off: At Runners’ Choice, 55 Erb St. E., Waterloo by Tuesday October 10, 5:00 p.m. 
  • Online: Right here at by Wednesday October 11 at 6:00 p.m. 

After these dates, entries will only be accepted at Kit & Chip Pickup.


Registration and Kit Pickup will take place:

Friday October 13, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Runners' Choice, 55 Erb St. E., Waterloo

Saturday October 14, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Runners' Choice, 55 Erb St. E., Waterloo

Sunday October 15, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - Westvale Public School, 265 Westvale Dr., Waterloo

Registrations will be accepted at these times and locations.

Finisher's Medals

Fall Classic medals

Race Start - Fast Courses

5KM - 9:30 a.m.    Race starts at Westvale Public School and finishes in Waterloo Park.

10KM - 9:30 a.m.    Race starts at Westvale Public School and finishes in Waterloo Park.

200m - 11:15 a.m.   Starting and finishing in Waterloo Park

Directions to Waterloo Park: From Hwy #401, take Hwy #8 West to Hwy #85 Waterloo to University Ave. W. to Westmount Road North.  Left on Westmount Road North to entrance to Waterloo Park.  


We recommend that participants park at Sun Life Financial, 50 Westmount Road North, take the shuttle bus to the start at Westvale Public School and then run back to the finish. Shuttle buses begin at 7:45 a.m. The last shuttle bus leaves at 9:00 a.m.  Runner’s gear will be transported from the start line to the finish line at Waterloo Park and stored in a supervised area. Gear must be picked up by 11:30 a.m. We are not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen articles.

Directions to Sun Life Financial, 50 Westmount Road North (shuttle bus location): From Hwy #401, take Hwy #8 West to Hwy #85 Waterloo to University Ave. W. to Westmount Road North.  Left on Westmount Road North.

There are no shuttle buses after the race to take participants back to the start.

There is NO parking at the race start at Westvale Public School.  Drop offs are permitted.

Course Details and Information

For 2017, we are back to our 2015 course. This 5k course is FAST. 

Check this interactive elevation map that shows the downhill. 

Each KM is marked and is clearly visible. Times will be called at the 5 KM mark of the 10 KM. Water Stations: 1 on the 5 KM course / 3 on the 10 KM course.  Courses are certified distances.  Courses are subject to change pending official approval, course certifications, or construction issues.

Time Limit:

The time limit to complete the course is calculated at 10 minutes per kilometer.  Starting at the half way mark, if a participant does not reach a km mark by this calculated time, the participant will be asked to move to the sidewalk and finish the race as a pedestrian, unassisted by race support.  Participants are asked to familiarize themselves with the course route if this situation might be a possibility to them.  We wish to minimize traffic disruption caused by our event, and value the support of Police services regarding participant safety, and trust you understand our position.


The last thing you need is another tech tshirt. So at this race, we've given out long-sleeve, cotton tshirts. Maybe they aren't your ideal race gear, but they are the perfect attire for the fall season.

Only the first 800 entries will receive a FREE 2017 limited edition long-sleeve t-shirt. Register today – don’t be disappointed!

NOTE: A limited quantity of extra t-shirts will be available for sale. Makes a great gift or souvenir.

Individual & Team Categories (5 KM & 10 KM Only)


Up to 12
13 - 15
16 - 19
20 - 24
25 - 29
30 - 34
35 - 39
40 - 44
45 - 49
50 - 54
55 - 59
60 - 64
65 - 69
70 plus



• Male     180 - 199 lbs     200 lbs plus
• Female  160 - 169 lbs    170 lbs plus



• Parent/Child (2 person team)
• Spouses (2 person team)
• Corporate (min 3 person team)
• School (min 3 person team)
• Open (min 5 person team)


10 KM & 5 KM EVENTS - medals will be awarded (no duplication) to:

Top 3 overall Male and Female, Open & Masters (age 40 plus)

Top 3 Male and Female finishers in each age and weight category, and

1st place team in each Team Category.

All unclaimed medals will be available for pickup at Runners' Choice any time after Monday October 23, 2017. 

PRIZE MONEY - 10 KM & 5 KM EVENTS ONLY (no duplication in prize money awards)

5 KM - Prize Money will be awarded to the top 5 overall Male and Female: 1st - $300 | 2nd - $150 | 3rd - $75  | 4th - $50 | 5th - $40 and  for the top 3 Masters Male and Female: 1st - $150 | 2nd - $75 | 3rd - $50.

10 KM - Prize Money will be awarded to the top 3 overall Male and Female: 1st - $200 | 2nd - $100 | 3rd - $50  and  $100 to the 1st Male and Female Master (age 40+).

Prize money ($100) will be awarded to the top Open team in any timed event in which there are at least 5 eligible teams in the official results. 


Computerized timing and race results by Chiptime Results. Results will be available race day, and after the race at

Post Race

Following your run, enjoy barbecued hot dogs and sausages, fresh fruit, and bagels – all free with your entry! Musical entertainment, massage and draw prizes will also precede the awards ceremony.

Don't miss the 200m Kids Fun Run at 11:15 a.m.!



Grand Prize Draw: Beautiful T-Shirt Quilt!

Bonus Draw Prize: A pair of Saucony Shoes.

Winners must be present to claim prizes.

Fundraising Prizes and Special Entry Fees


  • Minimum $50 in Pledges - Free Saucony Socks
  • Minumum $100 in Pledges - Free Entry plus Socks
  • Minimum $250 in Pledges - $100 Saucony Gift Certificate at Runners' Choice, Free Entry, Socks
  • Minimum $500 in Pledges - $200 Saucony Gift Certificate at Runners' Choice, Free Entry, Socks
  • Top Fundraiser - will receive a Free pair of Saucony running shoes at Runners' Choice


    • Entry Fee is $30 per person, and each team must raise a minimum $1000 in pledges.
    • Entry Fee is $25 per person, and each team must raise a minimum $500 in pledges.


Please call (226) 750-0017 for form or more information.


The sponsors recognized on this page have generously contributed financial support, products and/or services to The Fall 5 KM Classic and we encourage your ongoing support of these generous companies and organizations.



RW  Saucony Runners Choice Mike Forgrave M&T Michael Hewitson Shoppers Drug Mart kw health connection Staebler Police REACT


Check out our gallery at for thousands of race photos - all free to download.

Event Schedule

  • October 15 9:30 AM EDT - Race Start - 5k

  • October 15 9:30 AM EDT - Race Start - 10k

  • October 15 11:15 AM EDT - Race Start - 200m - in Waterloo Park

Contact Information

Event Location

Waterloo Park, Waterloo, ON, Canada

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