Record breaking day at the Fall 5 KM Classic

Congratulations to all runners today on a fantastic fall event!

Cool running temperatures gave way to a brilliant warm sun on Waterloo Region’s largest and fastest 5k. Sausages, Waterloo Brewing, and the Jesse Webber Trio at the finish line? Can’t we do this every Sunday?

Huge congrats to everyone in the Delanghe beginner running group for all the hard work put in the past six weeks. You earned it!


This was one of the fastest events in Run Waterloo history.


To get a sense of how fast, 5 of top 10 ever Fall Classic 5k performances (men) and 3 of the top 5 (women) were run today.

In the 10k, Seth’s time was the fastest in Waterloo in over a decade. Erin Fox won this event for the second consecutive year.

Record-setting day

Two records fell today:

  • Julie-Anne Staehli ran the fastest-ever 5k in Run Waterloo history. This breaks a 21 year old record, which Erin McClure set at this event in 1997.
  • Amanda McLeod set a new masters female record in the 5 km, running 18:02. This breaks Lynn Dempsey’s record, set at this event last year, which at the time broke a 13-year old record.

For context on these records, we have hosted ninety 5k events over the past 21 years. Wow!


Today was a major point-scoring day for Run Waterloo members. Quick update:

Check out the full leaderboard. Robyn Collins becomes the first person to break the 2,000 point threshold. Only three races to go!

Photos and video

Thousands of free, high quality photos will be available from our Flickr site in the coming days. Until then, here’s a sneak peek:

2018 Fall 5KM Classic Sneak Peek

Finish line video for the 5k is up and available directly in the results.



  • Gord Allingham bib #512 October 14, 2018 9:18 pm

    It was a great day for running, great people ,lots of fun; however it was disaapointing that
    after the 4k mark , one of the police officers held the runners for over 20 seconds to allow traffic through; i never expierenced this before, and i hope in reviewing this tremendous event it is a post race discussion.Most of the runners held would’ve achieved sub 24 min times.

    • runwaterloo October 15, 2018 2:07 am

      Gord, thanks for the feedback. We are very aware of this issue and we will follow up with everyone ASAP once we get to the bottom of it. We are truly sorry about this unprecedented situation.

  • Gary Clift October 15, 2018 11:26 am

    I was one of the runners held up at the intersection. It was extremely frustrating. People were losing their sh*t. Many runners I had passed caught up to me while I waited. When the lights finally changed, we crossed the intersection diagonally en masse.

    • runwaterloo October 15, 2018 3:07 pm

      Hi Gary, we are frustrated and angry, too. What’s the point of road racing if we can’t run on the road?

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