Waterloo Region Hall of Fame class of 2017 includes Lloyd Schmidt

Lloyd Schmidt’s career includes a strong legacy of community building through running. Today, Run Waterloo is pleased to have its founder inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

Although his running career started as a talented athlete, Lloyd is inducted in the builder category for his profound work in developing a community around the sport he loves. When asked what this honour means to him, he shares his perspective. “Our running community has been transforming for so many people on many levels. I’m proud to be one of those people.”

Running beginnings

Lloyd started running as a scrawny teenager in 1975. He can be talked into revealing nostalgic stories of his youth, including his high school successes, rivalries, and records from the 1970s when he averaged 84 miles (!) per week during high school.

At 17, Lloyd suffered a knee injury in a steeplechase event that permanently disrupted his ability. Although his career-best 30:15 10k came after the injury, he was never satisfied with the constant injuries and what he considers to be sub-optimal performances. He retired from competitive running before his 20th birthday.

A Classic opportunity

Within a few years, he was able to turn a bitterness into a force for good. “I wanted to give back to a sport and a community that gave so much to me.” Unsure about the options to work in retail or to coach, a chance opportunity in 1986 led to his inheriting the Waterloo 10 KM Classic Road Race from the collapsing Waterloo Amateur Athletic Association.

Together with his wife Julie and young children, there was no going back on this stewardship. The rest is history…

Run Waterloo today

As the community grew around the Waterloo 10 KM Classic – which celebrates its 40th year in 2017 – the appetite also grew for more opportunities. Formally renamed Run Waterloo in 2016, this organization has developed events and programs that reach into all corners of Waterloo Region that benefit individual health, community spirit, and charitable organizations.

Over one million KMs run and over $1.5 million raised later, the Run Waterloo footprint is as large as it has ever been.

More about the WRHOF

Since 1972, the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame has honored more than 400 individuals and groups for their significant contributions to our community, including pioneers and community builders. It is located at the Waterloo Region Museum.

Lloyd was nominated for this award by Bernie Burnett, a longtime Run Waterloo volunteer. The complete list of 2017 nominees includes:

  • Harry Greenan, tennis player and coach
  • Helen Koepke and Margaret Dickson, educators
  • Abner Martin, choral musician and cattleman
  • Margot Page, World Champion hockey player and Olympic coach
  • Lloyd Schmidt, running community builder
  • Donald Allan Snyder, food safety expert
  • Waterloo 4-H Association, Ontario’s first 4-H club
  • Kelly VanderBeek, Olympic skier


  • Vicki Zandbergen April 30, 2017 8:38 pm

    Congratulations, Llloyd!

    • Lloyd Schmidt May 1, 2017 10:02 am

      As mentioned below Vicki, you are one of RunWaterloo’s biggest supporters – thank you.

  • Andrew Moizer April 30, 2017 8:58 pm

    A highly deserving guy that I’m honoured to have as a friend.

    • Lloyd Schmidt April 30, 2017 10:02 pm

      Goes both ways Andrew.

  • Lloyd Schmidt April 30, 2017 9:15 pm

    Vicki, you are one of RunWaterloo’s biggest supporters – thank you.

  • Paul Mora April 30, 2017 9:18 pm

    There’s no one more deserving of this. Congratulations!

    • Lloyd Schmidt April 30, 2017 10:02 pm

      Thanks for your support over the years Paul.

  • Joanne Boustead April 30, 2017 9:21 pm

    Well deserved Lloyd!

    • Lloyd Schmidt April 30, 2017 10:03 pm

      Thanks Joanne. Hope your training is going well.

  • Ian McCreery April 30, 2017 9:36 pm

    A well deserved nomination. Congrats, Lloyd!

    • Lloyd Schmidt April 30, 2017 10:03 pm

      Thanks Ian. Good to see you at the races.

  • Heidi VanDeemter April 30, 2017 9:39 pm

    Congratulations! So thankful for all you have done in our community Lloyd!

    • Lloyd Schmidt April 30, 2017 10:04 pm

      Thanks Heidi. We are thankful for all your support as well.

  • Sue Wemp April 30, 2017 9:45 pm

    Congrats Lloyd!

    • Lloyd Schmidt April 30, 2017 10:05 pm

      Thanks Sue. You have been a great help to RunWaterloo.

  • Michelle Lennox April 30, 2017 9:59 pm

    Congratulations, Lloyd! You have truly built a community for all to enjoy!

    • Lloyd Schmidt April 30, 2017 10:05 pm

      Thanks Michelle. Thanks for pitching in on Saturday at The ENDURrace. Much appreciated.

  • Heather April 30, 2017 10:47 pm

    I wouldn’t have become so involved in the running community if i weren’t for Lloyd. Thanks.

    • Lloyd Schmidt May 1, 2017 10:04 am

      Thanks Heather. It’s like a big family.

  • Ed Andringa May 1, 2017 12:15 pm

    Congratulations Lloyd! A well deserved honour!!

    • Lloyd Schmidt May 1, 2017 4:24 pm

      Thanks Ed. See you in August for the Ultimate ENDURrun. Good luck!

  • Ryan McG May 1, 2017 12:27 pm

    Congrats Lloyd! Much Deserved!

    • Lloyd Schmidt May 1, 2017 4:27 pm

      Thanks Ryan. Haven’t seen you in a while, hope all is well.

  • Steve Mota May 1, 2017 12:48 pm

    Congrats Lloyd, well deserved!

    • Lloyd Schmidt May 1, 2017 4:28 pm

      Thanks Steve. Good luck with your race.

  • Carolyn Alexander May 2, 2017 8:08 pm

    Tom and I appreciate all the hours you and Julie put into Run Waterloo. Thank you for giving us goals to work towards so we keep running!

    • Lloyd Schmidt May 4, 2017 10:36 am

      Thanks Carolyn and Tom, we appreciate your support. Good luck with your goals.

  • Lumi Duca May 5, 2017 4:16 pm

    Congratulations Lloyd! You bring us together and you inspire us to become better people!

    • Lloyd Schmidt May 7, 2017 1:56 pm

      Thanks Lumi, and thanks for volunteering with RunWaterloo.

  • Robin Brunet May 6, 2017 6:07 pm

    That’s terrific, congrats Lloyd. I only have limited exposure to your events but it’s always top notch!

    • Lloyd Schmidt May 7, 2017 1:58 pm

      Thanks for your support Robin, very much appreciated.

  • robert winckler May 11, 2017 8:03 pm

    Lloyd congrats award well deserved. your events are always top notch. trying to get in some this year if possible. well done Lloyd.

    • Lloyd Schmidt May 12, 2017 5:50 pm

      Thanks Robert, hope to see you at the races.

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