Fall 5 KM Classic: this course is Octoberfast


As you’ve come to expect from RunWaterloo recently, our events in the City of Waterloo have moved around to accommodate city planners. That doesn’t stop us from planning the best possible-if temporary-courses and venues for our highest profile events. For the Fall 5 KM Classic (previously the Oktoberfest Run), that means one thing: Octoberfast.

For 2016, the 5k course is tweaked slightly due to detour routes for the Ira Needles construction. The start location is Resurrection CSS, and it makes great use of the hills on the west side of the city (and hopefully an expected tailwind) to create the fastest 5k course that we know of.

This course uses 50m of sidewalk on University Ave and 500m of gravel paths in Waterloo Park. The 10k course uses a new loop of Westmount Road and Columbia St.

Complete maps: 5 KM | 10 KM. Note that these are digital approximations of the certified distances.


  • Betty Godin October 20, 2016 12:32 pm

    Can we still register for the 10K run?

    • runwaterloo October 20, 2016 12:42 pm

      You can register at any of the kit pickup times.
      * Friday October 21, Runners’ Choice, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
      * Saturday October 22, Runners’ Choice, from 10:00am to 2:00pm
      * Sunday October 23, Resurrection Catholic Secondary School, from 7:30am to 9:15am

      • P dobos October 20, 2016 5:10 pm

        Where is the course map for the 10 k race?

        • runwaterloo October 20, 2016 6:12 pm

          Click the link at the very bottom of the article!

  • Julie October 22, 2016 8:30 pm

    Does Em need to do the 5k or 10 k for the BOW?Thanks!

    • runwaterloo October 22, 2016 8:33 pm


      • Julie October 22, 2016 8:37 pm

        Thanks!! See you in the morning! Oh hey, one more question. I of course want to be there at starting line as usual…and at finish line! I have the 2 little ones with me…if we jump in van right after race starts, what is the safest and quickest (and easiest) way to get to finish line to watch her cross? Is it going to be possible?

        • runwaterloo October 22, 2016 9:28 pm

          It is possible to drive down University during the race, but there will be congestion. The only way to guarantee spectating at the finish line is to miss the start. It one of the quirks of a point-to-point race 🙂
          You can spectate on Seagram Dr at 4.3k and then with a small amount of hustle, take a shortcut through the park to see the finish line. That is the only certain way to spectate two points near the end.

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