Harvest Half Marathon

Harvest Half is an annual fall running event in Woolwich Township, Ontario. With a half marathon, 5k, and half mile fun run for kids, this race has something for everyone.

When Wesley Korir trains in Canada, he does so on the rural roads in Waterloo Region. The 2012 Boston Marathon Champion founded the Kenyan Kids Foundation of Canada to support various initiatives in Cherangany, Kenya. This race will serve as a fantastic racing experience and fundraising opportunity for the KKFC.

The featured half marathon event is positioned and priced to be a training event for the fall racing season, especially as part of a marathon build. Runners who join the KKFC STWM team earn free entry to this event!

For more information about this 7th annual event, contact Lloyd Schmidt, Race Director.

Key 2020 info

Venue: Calvary United Church, 48 Hawkesville, St Jacobs
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Events: Half marathon | 5k | half mile kids fun run
Recent event recaps: 2019 | 2018 | 20172016 

Event categories and awards

Individual event categories

One per participant

  • Half marathon: up to 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
  • 5k: up to 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

Click for the 2014 Guidelines for the inclusion of Children and Youth in Road Races [PDF] from Athletics Canada.

Team event categories

Teams only include participants of the same timed event.

  • Open (min 5 person team)


In all timed events, 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 from Tuesday, September 22, to Thursday, October 22, 2020.

Course maps

These maps are pending approval for 2020.

Click for maps of the Half Marathon and 5k

Both races:
– start in the Calvary parking lot
– run clockwise
– use a private gravel laneway
– finish in the Calvary parking lot

The half marathon is three loops, where the first loop only has a turnaround just past the 4k. About 1/3 of the entire half course is gravel. The half has 7 water stations plus the start/finish. The parking lot is only used at start and finish, not on each loop. The turnaround point is a bit of a curve in a private laneway intersection, not an on-the-spot 180°. There is a portable washroom in the parking lot, just off the course for the first and second loop. Main facilities are indoors.

The 5k is one loop. The 5k has 2 water stations plus the start/finish. About 2/5 of the 5k course is gravel.

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. If you leave the course for any reason, you must re-enter at the same point. Courses are pending approval and may change with municipal needs.
Time limit: 10 minutes per kilometer for the half marathon. 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

The 2019 t-shirt was done through poll. Stay tuned for the 2020 design!

Every participant (including kids’ half mile) that signs up by September 13th at midnight will receive a t-shirt in their selected size. When choosing a t-shirt, consult this guide. Thanks to everyone who voted in our first t-shirt colour poll!

All half marathoners receive a finisher’s medal.

Race weekend info


Enjoy fresh food including corn on the cob, massage from KW Health Connection, and great draw prizes including Saucony shoes from Runners’ Choice and a t-shirt design quilt. Winners must be present to claim the prizes.

Pasta Dinner

Past speakers have included Krista DuChene, Lanni Marchant, Ben Kaplan, and Alex Hutchinson.

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 September 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
No refunds or deferrals. Entries can be transferred through Race Roster for a $7.50 early transfer fee until the transfer deadline of September 6 at midnight, at which point they can be transferred only in person at kit pickup for a $15.00 late transfer fee.

Kit pickups and race weekend registration

Friday, September 18: kit pickup at Runners’ Choice, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 19: kit pickup at Calvary United Church, 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 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. Contact [email protected] to learn more about our entry standards.
Note: deadline for elite entry to this race is September 13, 2020.


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Race results and records