The Running Factory is proud to announce the 2018 Spring Thaw 5k! This fast, flat, and accurate course is a great way to kick off the road racing season with a P.B. The Spring Thaw is a family event that features a 5km run / walk, Kid’s kilometer, and 200 meter Kid’s Dash. Every participant will receive a Head Buff and finishers medal. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 Male and Female overall finishers and first place finisher of each age group. Promote fitness and fun by joining the RF to thaw out of winter and spring into racing season!
Prizes provided by New Balance will be awarded to the top 3 overall Male and Female athletes, 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.
For those pre-registered, Race Kit Pick-Up & Late Race Registration will be at the Running Factory at the Wyandotte Street location (5480 Wyandotte St. E, Windsor, ON N8S 1L9) and Walker Road Location (4115 Walker Rd, Windor, ON N8W 3T6) on Friday, April 6th 10:00 am-8:00 pm & Saturday, April 7th from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Race Day registration and race kit pick-up will be at the Running Factory Wyandotte Street location from 8:30am - 9:45am.
Our 5km run course will begin on Villaire Ave. just one block east of the Running Factory. From the starting line we will head north 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.
From the 401 to Wyandotte Street Location:
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 to Wyandotte Street Location:
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)
From the 401 to Walker Road Location:
Walker Road exit (Exit 14) turning right to head North on Provincial Road (County Rd. 46) (600m)
Right onto Walker Road and follow to 4115 Walker Road Plaza (2.5km)
Left into 4115 Walker Road Plaza
Left at first plaza intersection
From the Ambassador Bridge to Walker Road Location
Head straight on Huron Line off the bridge (South) and merge right onto E.C. Row Expressway East (appx. 4km)
Follow E.C. Row East and merge right to get off at Walker Road exit (appx 12.5km)
Right onto Walker Road and follow to 4115 Walker road Plaza (appx 6km)
Right into 4115 Walker Road Plaza
Left at first plaza intersection
$75 Free Entry
$300 Free Entry & New Balance Socks
$500 Free Entry & New Balance 860v8 Running Shoes
$1000 Free Entry & New Balance 860v8 Running Shoes & $100 Running Factory Gift Card
Keep in mind if you are collecting pledges, please register on-line to secure your Swag. Any pledges collected in person could brought to the store on April 6 & 7, 2018 or on race morning.
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!
April 8 8:30 AM EDT - Race Day Registration
April 8 10:00 AM EDT - Kids Dash
April 8 10:05 AM EDT - Kids KM
April 8 10:15 AM EDT - 5km Run/Walk
April 8 11:15 AM EDT - Awards Ceremony