Race Information



6:00am – Race Day Registration & Race Kit Pick Up Opens

6:20am – First Shuttle Bus Leaves

7:15am – Last Shuttle Bus Leaves

7:55am – Run Begins!

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Start Line Location: Weber St. Between Frederick St and Queen St. Kitchener

Finish Line & Post Race Party Location: Moses Springer Arena, 150 Lincoln Rd, Waterloo

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Designated parking for the event will be available at  the Lincoln Road Chapel, directly across the street from the Moses Springer Arena ( 145 Lincoln Road, Waterloo)

Shuttle buses will begin taking runners from Moses Springer Arena to the start line beginning at 6:15am. The last shuttle leaves at 7:25am.


Volunteers and First Aid will be available along the route to assist you if needed.

The route is  flat and fast, with only a few small hills and turns located near the start and finish line area.

A police officer will escort the runners. Police will also be stationed at intersections to ensure runners’ safety.

Water Station

One water station will be available at the ½ way mark.

Portable Toilets

Portable toilets will be set up at the start line area, at the water station at the halfway mark and at the finish line at Moses Springer Arena.

Walkers and Time Limits

Walkers are welcome.  All walkers are asked to line-up behind the runners at the start line. Walkers should note that the race has a 1 hour time limit, as the Parade will be following shortly after. Anyone who is unable to finish in that time will be asked to step off the route to ensure the parade can proceed. A follow vehicle will be available to assist as required. Runners who complete the race in under 45 minutes will be eligible for additional prizes.

Strollers, Pets and Roller Blades
No pets or roller blades are allowed on the course for safety reasons.  Strollers are allowed, but should line up near the rear of the start line.


Your race kit will include your bib and timing chip, a t-shirt (guaranteed if registered before Sept 22nd, youth sizes available) and a commemorative Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest button.

For Race Kit Pick-Up Information Click Here

Race Bibs and Timing Chips

Your bib will have a timing chip on it. The timing chip is disposable and does not need to be returned. The bib can be pinned (unmodified and fully-visible) to either the front or back of your shirt. Please be sure to write your full name, emergency contact information and any allergies or health conditions you have on the back of your race bib.

Bag Check

Bag Check at the start line is provided free to all runners.  Race volunteers will attach a tag to your bag to match your bib number. Be sure to have your Race Bib when checking your bag. Bags will be available at the finish line for pick-up after the race. Your bib number is needed to pickup checked bags after the race. Come early to avoid line ups!


Please join us after the run for a post-race party. This is a family friendly event. We encourage you to bring your significant others, family and friends to join in the fun!

Food and beverages will be available.

Winners will be shuttled to the parade float immediately after the race.


All participants will receive a medal at the finish line

  • The overall top male and female runners will ride on the Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run float in the Thanksgiving Day Parade immediately after the run, as well as receive an Oktoberfest Swag Pack
  • Over all 2nd and 3rd place winners will also receive an Oktoberfest Swag Pack
  • Prizes will also be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place male and female runners in the following age categories
    – Youth 18 and under
    – 19 – 29
    – 30 – 39
    – 40 – 49
    – 50 -59
    – 60 & over
  • Prizes will also be awarded to:
    – Fastest Team – Oktoberfest Swag Pack for 4
    – Spirit Award (best costume) – Oktoberfest Swag Pack
  • Participants who complete the run in under 45 minutes will be eligible for additional prizes!


Run for a great cause! We’re asking race participants to raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters Waterloo Region. Any participant who collects $50 or more in pledges OR online-donations will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a fabulous prize! Donations to our charity partner can be made at the registration area at the finish line or collected online.

Learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters Waterloo Region

Download your 2019 Pledge Form to starting collecting donations today!


Race Director: Brian Whiffin email

Oktoberfest Office Contact: email