Canada Day 5K and 10K Run/Walk and Kids Dominion Day Dashes

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Location Bissell Park


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Start Date/Time July 1, 2014 @ 8:30 am
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Address Elora
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July 6th, 2014 1:36 pm

I have driven from Toronto to Elora for this race about 4 times now. Many positive reasons. Affordable price.I have been keeping my costs to $35 or less. The Toronto runs have become so expensive beyond belief. Both a 5 and 10 k.If you are over the hill, like me, you might win a gold medal despite being slow!!. The locale is beautiful , on the grande river.There is a Canada Day parade after and pancake breakfast in the square. Tons of prizes and home bakes goodies after the race. Nice shirt,I'd try to have it less verbose.THree charities benefit.oh and I didnt realize until I got to the start line there was chip timing( volunteers could mention it when you pick up your bib.)The good thing about a small town race is that they put my time into the computer without the chip. TRy that in Toronto .Thanks guys!!!

Brittney Glass
August 6th, 2012 9:15 am

This was a great run, scenic and well organized, maybe a faster awards ceremony?

July 23rd, 2012 1:25 pm

I loved this race. It is mostly flat, but the scenery is beautiful. The organisers are great and there were loads of helpful volunteers. I will definitely do this run again.

July 13th, 2012 8:40 pm

This was the first race I have ever done, It was great! My only comment would be, better marking of the turns in the course near the end.

July 9th, 2012 9:32 pm

Wow a fantastic race. Well organized event. Food was absolutely great. Volunteers were so helpful. I would not change a thing. The time was fine as it allowed people from various distances to participate. I cannot wait to run it again next year

Curt Hammond
July 9th, 2012 8:24 am

Another great Canada Day race in Elora. Fun, flat course with enthusiastic and ready to help volunteers. Book this in your calender for next year!

July 8th, 2012 4:20 am

Great race! Loved the 10k route - beautiful trails. This was my first race back post baby, he was just 7 weeks old.
My suggestion is to do some draw prizes after most of the people have finished. We had to leave before the draw prizes even started :(
How about medals instead of shirts for all participants?
Great volunteers.
Km markers were nice too, loved the part (only 2 to go, etc)

Betty Aprile
July 7th, 2012 2:48 pm

Great race. My second time. I don't get faster, but, at 69, I don't get slower. Love the freezee idea. An earlier start would be much appreciated. I hope to be back next year.

Fraser Hale
July 7th, 2012 1:29 pm

What a lovely race (10k). I run these trails often and so running a race on my home-turf was a treat. Having Speed River Timing doing the technical end is always great as well - they do a super job!

As it can be a hot day on July 1st, an earlier start would be a good idea next year (runners are early risers anyway). Also, I would prefer to see biodegradable paper cups at the water stations rather than the plastic cups that were used. I second the suggestion of popsicles or freezies at the finish.

Thanks to all the volunteers who made the event possible. It is on my calendar for next year.

Olena K
July 7th, 2012 12:16 pm

Great site for post race festivities, great course, bagpipes stationed were a fun addition! Podium set up made the awards ceremony extra fun! Will try to attend next year as I enjoy doing something like this and then celebrating Canada Day!

Earlier in the day may work better so that the temperature is not too hot, and people can go watch the parade; we were sad we missed the start of that. You may want to increase the marketing done in city of Waterloo, as the race is only 30 min away and a great getaway close to the city.

Awesome job!

Anne Harauz
July 7th, 2012 11:18 am

Did the 10K as a speed walker. Great trail and support. Loved the community effort and enthusiasm. Cut-off time was 1 1/2 hours, we made it and it would have been nice to include the walkers and their times in the prizes.

Lisa Kha
July 7th, 2012 7:50 am

Fantastic 5K. Well organized. Nice trail. Friendly volunteers. Good food after the race. Looking forward to it next year!

Joanne O'Meara
July 6th, 2012 9:48 pm

A great event - I loved the pipers stationed along the route!

Joyce L. Young
July 6th, 2012 7:47 pm

This was my first Elora race and I'm quickly becoming a fan of small town races! The volunteers were wonderful and the home baked goods a wonderful touch.
A couple of ideas: an earlier start would be better. And POPSICLES or Mr Freezies at the finish line would be perfect! (maybe white and red popsicles or Mr. Freezies, eh?)

domine vobiscum

Shawna Quigley
July 6th, 2012 11:15 am

Great Race! It was a lot of fun. My only suggestions would be an earlier start time (at least for the 10K, it got really hot!), and a better layout of water stations (the first one was a little too close to the start of the race). The trail was not too crowded after the 5K'ers looped back and there was a lot of shade. The scenery was also beautiful, it was hard to not want to stop and enjoy the view of the grand river!

Linne Thomson
July 6th, 2012 10:29 am

This is rapidly becoming a family tradition. Last year Harvey and I walked the 5K. This year we had 6 family members and a friend participating both as runners and walkers in the 10K and kids in the dashes. The trail is a great place for the 10k, a little narrow in sections after the bridge, but do-able and the shade was much appreciated. I think an earlier start would be a great idea, especially if that means the dashes can be held when it is a bit cooler. Also, separating runners and walkers starts might make things go more smoothly. We made a day of it: 10K, Parade, Duck Race, Dashes. The food was excellent. Best Pizza ever! Yummy baked goods. Volunteers friendly and helpful.

Pam Hasson
July 6th, 2012 7:19 am

I enjoyed the race as always! Now my 10 yr. old son has joined me, makes it even better. I like the suggestions of earlier start time (8 AM). Was a bit confused with start this yr - thought 5k runners started AFTER 10k, so I wasn't even running at first until I realized we were all going!
Also like the idea of 1k runs for the younger kids. The dashes are fun too for the little ones, a smoother course this year. Our whole family enjoyed the day!

Chris, Leona, Jaden and Emma Greig
July 6th, 2012 6:26 am

Dear Folks: Congratulations on bringing about another great Canada Day race-event! Bravo!

Over the past 3 years, our family has returned to Elora and participated in the Canada Day 5KM Run. And, every year we come to the same conclusion: that is, the race really is one of the best of its kind that we have experienced as a family: well organized, friendly helpers and volunteers, great course route, child and family friendly event located in a geographically beautiful site. Add to this the great after-race food (pizza!) and delightful music, then it is hard to see spending Canada Day anywhere else in the near future.

Keep up the great work and thanks again for a wonderful weekend. Chris, Leona, Jaden and Emma.

Jason Swan
July 5th, 2012 11:46 pm

A great Canada Day tradition for our family. In addition to the races above, there are also Dashes for the kids ages 3 and up ranging from 200m to 400m. The trail is great, if a bit narrow for 2 way traffic. The 10K course was mainly old rail trail, scenic and shady. We make a day of it - race in the morning, parade at 11:00, lunch in the park, then the kid races around 1:00.

Phil Irish
July 5th, 2012 10:01 pm

A wonderful run, with a great sense of community. Mostly on rail trail - quite flat terrain and away from cars and roads. For a good causes, with other Canada fun happening later in the day.

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