Fall 5 KM Classic

Fall 5k Classic is Waterloo Region’s largest 5k race. Known for 23 years as a fun, fast, fall event, this race has it all: a point-to-point downhill course, beer and sausage at the finish line, finisher medals, and much more.

This is the fastest 5k course we know of, and the elevation profile and results back it up. New this year: all 5k participants receive one BUFF (see swag).
For more information about this race, contact Lloyd Schmidt, Race Director.

Key 2019 info

Start venue: Westvale Public School, 265 Westvale Dr, Waterloo
Finish venue: Waterloo Park, 100 Father David Bauer Dr, Waterloo
Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019
Start time: 8:30 a.m.
Events: 5k | 200m kids fun run starts at 9:40
Recent event recaps: 2018 | 20172016

Event categories and awards

Individual event categories

One per participant

  • 5 KM – up to 9 | 10 – 12 | 13 – 15 | 16 – 19 |  20 – 24 | 25 – 29 | 30 – 34 | 35 – 39 | 40 – 44 | 45 – 49 | 50 – 54 | 55 – 59 | 60 – 64 | 65 – 69 | 70+ | Weight F160+ / M190+lbs | Weight F185+ / M215+lbs

Team event categories

Participants can be on multiple teams.

  • Spouse (2 person team)
  • Parent-Child (2 person team)
  • School (min 3 person team)
  • Corporate (min 3 person team)
  • Open (min 5 person team)


In the 5k, without duplication, recognition goes as follows:
Individual award medals
To the top three overall, then to the top three masters, then to the top three in each event category.
Team award medals
To the first place team in each team category.
All unclaimed medals will be available for pickup at Runners’ Choice any time after Tuesday, October 8, 2019.

Prize money

  • 5 KM Overall, Men and Women:
    • 1st – $300 | 2nd – $200 | 3rd – $100 | 4th – $75 | 5th – $50
  • 5 KM Masters, Men and Women:
    • 1st – $200 | 2nd – $100 | 3rd – $75
  • Open Team:
    • 1st – $100 (minimum 5 eligible teams in the official results)
  • Time-Based Incentives: Men: 14:15. Women: 16:15.
    • For up to three athletes who beat (not tie) these times, the winner would receive $100, a second place result would receive $75, and a third place result would receive $50.

Note: Prize money distribution will differ from medal distribution in cases where the Overall placing priority reduces prize money earned for a faster runner.

Course maps

This is the 5k course (gmap or strava). It’s fast.

Course Rules

It is every participant’s responsibility to know the course and the race assumes no responsibility for any missed turns. Each turn will be marshaled and signed. Courses are pending approval and may change with municipal needs.
Time limit: 10 minutes per kilometer. Starting at the half way mark, if a participant does not reach a km mark by this calculated time, the participant will be asked to move to the sidewalk and finish the race as a pedestrian, unassisted by race support. Participants are asked to familiarize themselves with the course route if this situation might be a possibility to them. We wish to minimize traffic disruption caused by our event, and value the support of Police services regarding participant safety.

Participant swag

All 5k participants receive one BUFF. Stay tuned this month for the BUFF design launch.

All finishers earn a finisher medal, including the 200m kids.

Every participant has the option to purchase a long sleeve cotton t-shirt through the registration process.

Pace Bunnies

Hop along with our experienced team, who will pace you to your 5k goal!

Race weekend info


What’s not to love about this post race? Live band, sausages, Waterloo Brewing, massage from KW Health Connection, and a vibrant atmosphere to cheer in your friends. Great draw prizes including Saucony shoes from Runners’ Choice and a t-shirt design quilt. Winners must be present to claim the prizes. And don’t miss the kids’ 200m fun run!

Stay tuned for the official 2019 map.

Registration and kit pickup


Online through Race Roster. Paper forms are available only at Runners’ Choice, 55 Erb. St. E. Waterloo, and are accepted until October 2, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
No refunds or deferrals. Entries can be transferred through Race Roster for a $7.50 fee until the online transfer deadline of September 22 at midnight. After then, entries can be transferred in-person only at kit pickup, with a $15 late transfer fee.

Kit pickups and race weekend registration

Friday, October 4: kit pickup at Runners’ Choice 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 5: kit pickup at Runners’ Choice 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 6: kit pickup at Westvale P.S. 7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Accessibility info

Run Waterloo would like to assist in breaking down barriers faced by runners with disabilities. For 2019, we have created the position of Accessibility Coordinator, who will answer your questions regarding assistance, accommodations, and venue and course information. Contact Deirdre at [email protected].

We offer discounts for any guide runners. Please contact our accessibility coordinator at this email address for further information.

Elite info

At Run Waterloo, we value elite and sub-elite athletes that contribute to strong fields. There are a limited number of elite entry spots available for this race and they go quickly every year. The deadline for elite application is September 29, 2019. Contact [email protected] to learn more about our elite program.


Run Waterloo events include hundreds or thousands of photos posted to our Flickr page, all free for download and use. They are also tagged directly to the results.

Race history

This race began in the 1980s as a 10k during Oktoberfest. Fast forward decades later, and in the 23rd year of the rebooted event, we are dropping the original 10k to focus on what has become the signature 5k distance.

Race results and records