Waterloo Region is home to a great group of races called the Waterloo Running Series. Since starting running, Jackie and I have been regulars at several of their races. They are always fun, well organized events with a great community atmosphere. This year they held over ten running events throughout the area, and there are soon to be more! Over the last few days, Waterloo Running Series has made some exciting announcements for 2014.
The Baden Road Race is a 7 miler in New Hamburg. The turnaround point is up a steep hill where you ring a brass bell before heading to the finish line. Sounds like fun!
Our area has so many awesome races, but one event that has been missing is an autumn half marathon. I’m very happy that the Harvest Half has been added in September. It looks like it will be a scenic country route, starting and finishing in the little town of St. Clements. This race is in support of Kenyan Kids Foundation of Canada, a charity that was founded by Wesley Korir, the 2012 winner of the Boston Marathon. He and his wife, Tarah, are amazing. Tarah is originally from St. Clements area, and they sometimes train on the same roads. You can read more about them here.
Another exciting announcement: Unisex shirts are being replaced with men and women’s! As much I love collecting race t-shirts, I just don’t feel attractive in a baggy, unisex tee. It will be nice to get some use out of all those shirts.
There have also been a few tweaks to different racing categories. For example, the women’s weight categories have changed, and you can now enter as on open team.
Lastly, there is an new series championship called the Battle of Waterloo. I like the name! You compete based off your times for three races throughout the year. The races include:
- 17th Annual “Re-Fridgee-Eighter” 8 KM
- 37th Annual The Waterloo 10 KM Classic 10 KM
- 18th Annual The Oktoberfest Run 5 KM
These are the three oldest races of the Waterloo Running Series. They are already very popular and well-supported races, but this should make them even more exciting. For more information, check out the website.
It looks like 2014 will be a fun year!
Hey Mandy, I thought I’d add my 2 cents to your post. I’m excited about the added races too. I’m looking forward to having a scenic local half marathon to do in the fall. And I’m totally up for The Battle of Waterloo. What better motivation is there to do the chilly Re-Fridgee-Eighter 8k in -20C weather or the Waterloo Classic 10k in the baking sun than receiving a medal after your crisp fall Oktoberfest 5k! I’m in!
I’m looking forward to the new shirts too. As cute as my kids look wearing my race shirts, I’m glad I’ll be able to get some use out of them now.
And don’t forget, if anyone is able to sign up for all 12 of Run Waterloo’s events they get a free pair of Saucony running shoes from Runner’s Choice – awesome incentive.
Time to start planning our 2014 races…