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


Online Registration is now closed.  Please refer to 'Registration Options' below for details on how to register Friday, Saturday or Race Day.

This is the race you don't want to miss: Waterloo Region's fastest 5k course! The winning male times went under 15 minutes for the last few years. The Fall Classic is a great downhill tune-up for the Road 2 Hope Half or Full Marathon!


  • 22nd year of Family, Fitness, Friendship and Fun
  • Long sleeve cotton t-shirt to the first 800 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

Registration fees

5 KM Closed

Individual. Price includes tax.

    1. Registration closed

10 KM Closed

Individual. Price includes tax.

    1. Registration closed

200m Closed

Individual, Untimed Fun Run, 12 and under. Price includes tax.

Finish line venue


Pour the Boar


Finisher's Medals

Fall Classic medals

Every finisher receives a medal at the finish line, including the 200m fun run.

This course is OctoberFAST

Click for more information and interactive elevation maps. Join us on October 11 at our course preview with Fastisfun.


Do you know of a faster 5k course? Let us know!

Post-race entertainment

5ba91458e2d1d.jpgBack by popular acclaim ... Jesse Webber Trio live at the finish line.


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 2018 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.

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 9, 5:00 p.m. 
  • Drop off: At Runners’ Choice, 55 Erb St. E., Waterloo by Tuesday October 9, 5:00 p.m. 
  • Online: Right here at by Wednesday October 10 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 12, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Runners' Choice, 55 Erb St. E., Waterloo

Saturday October 13, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Runners' Choice, 55 Erb St. E., Waterloo

Sunday October 14, 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - Westvale Public School, 265 Westvale Dr., Waterloo

Registrations will be accepted at these times and locations.

Additional Course Information


10KM - 9:20 a.m.    Race starts at Westvale Public School and finishes in Waterloo Park.

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

200m - 11:00 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. PLEASE ONLY PARK IN THE YELLOW SPOTS.

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.



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.


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.

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 plusx
• 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 22, 2018. 

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 11:00 a.m.!



Grand Prize Draw: Beautiful T-Shirt Quilt!

Bonus Draw Prize: A pair of Saucony Shoes.

Winners must be present to claim prizes.


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 5a2df01e65b94.jpg  M&T  Michael Hewitson  Shoppers Drug Mart   kw health connection  Staebler PoliceREACT


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

Free beginner program from Delanghe


Event Schedule

  • October 14 7:45 AM EDT - First shuttle leaves Sun Life

  • October 14 9:00 AM EDT - Final shuttle leaves Sun Life

  • October 14 9:20 AM EDT - Race Start - 10k - Westvale PS

  • October 14 9:30 AM EDT - Race Start - 5k - Westvale PS

  • October 14 10:30 AM EDT - 5k awards ceremony

  • October 14 11:00 AM EDT - Race Start - 200m - in Waterloo Park

Contact Information

Event Location

Waterloo Park, Waterloo, ON, Canada

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