Frequently Asked Questions about the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run


What’s different about this Oktoberfest run ?
This is the Official Oktoberfest-themed run, happening during the Oktoberfest Festival. It is both competitive, with prizing for various age groups, as well as a family-friendly fun run for runners/walkers of all ages. We encourage runners to come dressed wearing their favorite Oktoberfest outfits and we offer a unique Oktoberfest experience throughout the event.

What is the course like ?
The course is point-to-point and follows the KW Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day parade route, starting in Kitchener and ending in Waterloo.  It is relatively flat, with only a few small hills and a couple of turns near the start and finish line. You can expect to have 1000’s of spectators cheering you on, as well as official cheer stations along the route!

Is there an age limit ?
No, but there is a time limit of approximately 1 hr before participants may be required to step off the route, as the parade starts at approximately 8:30 AM

Are walkers welcome ?
Yes, but a maximum time limit of approximately 1 hr is allowed before participants may be required to step off the route, as the parade starts at approximately 8:30 AM

Are strollers, roller blades or bikes allowed ?
Strollers are allowed, but we would ask that you start towards the back. Unfortunately, for safety reasons, roller blades and bikes are not allowed

Are pets allowed ?

How can I register ?
You can either register online at 5k.oktoberfest.ca or through the Running Room at www.runningroom.ca. Registration Open Now!

Can I register on the day of  the run ?
Yes you can, as long as space is still available. Registration forms will be available at Moses Springer Arena (parking lot) starting at 6 AM on race day.

What should I wear ?
Besides the normal running gear, you are encouraged to wear Oktoberfest swag or outfits…dirndls, lederhosen, hats. You will also receive an Oktoberfest  t-shirt (register before Sept 22nd, 2019 to be guaranteed a shirt) with your kit to wear if you want. Prizes will be awarded for best costume. For shopping ideas, visit the K-W Oktoberfest Retail Store (click here)

Parking near the start/finish areas ?
Runners are encouraged to park near the finish line, where shuttles will be available to take you to the start line. Designated parking has been arranged at a parking lot across the street at Lincoln Road Chapel (145 Lincoln Rd, Waterloo). Shuttles will be running from 6:15 AM to 7:25 AM to take runners to the start line. If you did not pick up your race kit prior to race day, or if you still need to register, you will need to go to Moses Springer Arena to register.

Limited street parking will be available at the start line. If you already have your kit including your bib/chip, you can come directly to the start line.  Please note however that there are no shuttles back from the finish line to the start line area.

To get to Moses Springer where you’ll find Registration/Shuttle pick-up & Finish Line – just enter the following address into your GPS: 150 Lincoln Road, Waterloo, Ontario. N2J 4A8 .

Start Line Details to Follow Soon.

Bag Check
Bags can be checked in at the start line and picked up at the finish line

What about water stations
A water station will be located at the ½ way mark

Port-a-potties will be available at the start line, the water station along the route and the finish line

Medals & prizes
All finishers will receive an Oktoberfest themed medal. The overall first place male & female winners will ride on a float in the parade as well as receive other swag. Prizes will also be awarded to the overall 2nd and 3rd place winners as well as winners in the following age categories; 18 & under, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 & 60 & over. Prizing will also be awarded to the fastest team and best costume.

Where do I pick up my race kit?
Race kits will be available at the Running Room on Sunday October 13th (9:00 am-11:00 am at the Kitchener Store, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Waterloo store). You can also pick up your race kit between 6:00 – 7:15 AM at Moses Springer Arena (parking lot) on race day.

Can I pick up my friend’s registration kit?

What happens if I can’t run?
Unfortunately, there are no refunds. You can however transfer your registration to someone else by contacting Katie Owens at 519-570-4267 x241 or  info@oktoberfest.ca  prior to Friday September 28, 2018 at 5pm.

Charitable Partner
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Waterloo Region is our charity partner. We encourage you to get pledges or donate to this fabulous organization. Pledge sheets are available on line. Bring your donations to the start line or finish line on race day.

Where is the best place for family/other spectators to watch?
We encourage spectators all along the parade route, but have set up official cheer stations at the following locations (these could change slightly based on confirmed Parade Route):

  • Weber Street and Wellington Street at the top of the underpass at the Train Station

A photographer will be taking pictures along the route. Pictures will be available after the run

Who can attend the post-race party?
You are welcome to have your family/friends join us at the post-race party at the finish line

Results ?
Results will be posted immediately after the run, as well as on the web site and at (click here)

If you think your finishing time is incorrect or you are missing from the results, Contact ChipTime at click here

More information on the Festival
Visit the official Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest website (click here)

Other questions ?
Please contact 519-570-4267 or email info@oktoberfest.ca