The 2017 Fall 5 KM Classic course is “Octoberfast”

Excuse us if you’ve heard this before, but this course is fast.

One of the best traditions of the Fall 5 KM Classic is to run on the fastest course possible. This course is downhill, (hopefully) wind-aided, and with a fast field. It’s simply Octoberfast.

We don’t actually know of any 5k courses that can compare. Take a look at this elevation graph (thanks Sean Delanghe for the data!):

Top 5 ways to prepare for race day

  1. Practice running downhill
  2. Reconsider your goal pace – you might need to set your goals higher than usual!
  3. Get ready for a delicious post-race sausage
  4. Practice your best smile for our free race photography 🙂
  5. Grab a friend or two to join in! (We pay you $5 for each friend you recruit!)

Official 5k and 10k maps

This 2017 certified 5k is the same course as the 2015 edition (which was then known as Oktoberfest Run). That course was unavailable due to construction detour routes in October 2016. The 10k is different from any previous year.

2017 FC map

See you on the 15th!


  • Greg Cartmell October 3, 2017 4:41 pm

    Looks like a great course!

    • runwaterloo October 3, 2017 4:52 pm

      We’re happy with it! No excuses!

  • LIsa October 8, 2017 1:09 pm

    First 10 km looking forward to it!!!

    • runwaterloo October 8, 2017 4:43 pm

      Good luck!!!

  • Mr. McGrillicuddy October 9, 2017 10:18 pm

    What is going on in the middle of Columbia St where it doubles back on itself. I assume that is in the University, but I can’t figure out what paths/roads we are running on.

    • runwaterloo October 9, 2017 11:07 pm

      Great Q. It uses the residence driveway as a turnaround for the certified distance, and then takes Columbia St to the Laurel Trail (not Ring Road) back to University Avenue. Take a look at this map from Dave Rutherford for a very accurate representation.

  • Vanessa Santos October 16, 2017 10:21 am

    I am curious about the fundraising related prizes. Can you please let me know how can it be claimed?

    • runwaterloo October 16, 2017 1:56 pm

      We will email you later today! THANK YOU Vanessa for your incredible efforts 🙂

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