Santa Pur-suit

Santa Pur-suit is a festive annual run in Kitchener-Waterloo. Running before the KW Santa Claus Parade you will find hundreds of jolly runners and walkers making their way down Weber Street.

This 9th annual event is a fundraiser for programming at the YMCAs of Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo. Besides being a fun seasonal event, this is also a timed race, but every finisher earns a custom finisher ornament too!

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

Key 2020 info

Venue: Start: Runners’ Choice, 55 Erb. St. E. Waterloo. Finish: Hakim Optical parking lot, 21 Weber St N. Waterloo
Date: TBA
Start time: TBA
Events: 5k | 3k | 1k
Recent event recaps: 2019 | 2018 | 20172016 

Event categories and awards

Individual event categories

One per participant

  • 5k & 3k: up to 9 | 10 – 12 | 13 – 15 | 16 – 19 |  20 – 29 | 30 – 39 | 40 – 49 | 50 – 59 | 60 – 69 | 70+ | Weight F160+ / M190+lbs

Team event categories

Teams only include participants of the same timed event. Participants must be in the same timed event to be counted on the same team.

  • Parent-child (2 person team)
  • Spouse (2 person team)
  • Open (min 5 person team)



Course maps

These 2019 courses are pending approval for 2020.

The races start at Runners’ Choice, which is 940m from the finish line (a 10 minute walk).

5k map  |  3k map  |  1k map

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 for running races: 10 minutes per kilometer for the 5k. 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

In addition to your Santa Suit, every finisher receives a “finisher ornament” (finisher medal).

Race weekend info


Enjoy hot chocolate and snacks, and relax by taking in the KW Santa Claus Parade! Great draw prizes include Saucony shoes from Runners’ Choice and a t-shirt design quilt. Winners must be present to claim the prizes.

Registration and kit pickup


Online through Race Roster. Paper forms are available only at Runners’ Choice, and are accepted until date TBA.
No refunds or deferrals. Entries can be transferred through Race Roster for a $7.50 early transfer fee until the transfer deadline of TBA 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: kit pickup at Runners’ Choice, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: kit pickup at Runners’ Choice, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Accessibility info

Run Waterloo would like to assist in breaking down barriers faced by runners with disabilities. In 2019, we 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.


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Race results and records