8K

Start Line

8k start time: 10:00 a.m.
Start line location — On Colborne Lodge Drive, just north of the tennis courts and swimming pools.

8k  participants will be organized in coloured corrals at the start line based on expected finishing time. On race morning you will look for the flag with the colour that corresponds to the stripe on your bib.

Elite Athletes: Will start at the front of the corrals, as Open & Masters prizing will be awarded based on the official gun time. The official times will be recorded from the start of the race, indicated by the air horn, to the point where the participant crosses the finish line.

Competitive Age Category Runners: Age category prizing will be awarded based on chip time, the time from when the participant crosses the start line to the point where the participant crosses the finish line.

Corral Times

Corral Colour Est. Finishing Time
Red <39 minutes
Yellow 40 – 44 minutes
Blue 45 – 49 minutes
Green 50 – 59 minutes
Purple +1 hour

Course Map

An 8k loop over the scenic, traffic-free, paved roads of High Park. Starts on Colborne Lodge Drive, between the Schoolhouse and the Grenadier Café.

Course certified accurate by Athletics Canada for the IAAF. ON-2016-002-DRY

 

8K Course Map - PDF

Course Restrictions

Entry Limits

8k: maximum 2600 participants

The Race Roster Spring Run-off is a beautiful run through High Park, however the narrow roads and pathways make the course suitable for runners and walkers only. For the safety of all participants, baby backpacks, skateboards, roller blades, Kangoo Jump shoes, animals and unauthorized bicycles & wheeled devices are not permitted in the race.

Nordic Pole participants are welcome.

Baby Strollers are welcome in the 5k event only.

If you will be participating with a support person, please contact info@canadarunningseries.com and we will ensure your support person is registered correctly.

If you are visually impaired and would like to be matched with a guide runner, please contact Achilles Canada at www.achillescanada.ca.

Time Limits

The time limit to complete the 8k course is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Finish Line

8k finish line is on Colborne Lodge Drive, just south of the Bloor Street park entrance.

Water Stations

  • Pre-race: At the Party Site located next to the Black Oak Café on the west side of West Road
  • On course: 8k — near the 4k & 6k marks
  • Post-race: at the Finish Line and at the Party Site.

Port-o-Lets

Port-o-Lets will be provided in the following locations:

  • Next to the Black Oak Café on the west side of West Road
  • North of the skating rink on the west side of Colborne Lodge Drive
  • North of the 5k start line on the west side of West Road

To avoid lengthy lineups and stress, please give yourself ample time to use the facilities.

Medical Services

Odyssey Medical will provide medical services on course and at the finish line medical tent.

A Toronto Paramedic Services ambulance will be stationed at the finish line.

5K

Start Line

5k Start time: 11:15 a.m.
5k Start line location — On West Road, north of the Grenadier Restaurant.

5k participants, please stay off the course/road while the 8k race is underway. The course marshals will inform you when it is time to enter the start corrals.

5k participants will be organized in coloured corrals at the start line based on expected finishing time. On race morning you will look for the flag with the colour that corresponds to the stripe on your bib.

Elite Athletes: Will start at the front of the corrals, as Open & Masters prizing will be awarded based on the official gun time. The official times will be recorded from the start of the race, indicated by the air horn, to the point where the participant crosses the finish line.

Competitive Age Category Runners: Age category prizing will be awarded based on chip time, the time from when the participant crosses the start line to the point where the participant crosses the finish line.

Corral Times

Corral Colour Est. Finish Time
Red < 28 minutes
Yellow 29 – 34 minutes
Blue 35 – 44 minutes
Green 45 – 60 minutes
Purple +1:01 hour

Course Map

The 5k starts on West Road, curves around Grenadier Café, north on Colborne Lodge Dr., west on West road, moves onto the path towards Grenadier Pond and follows the 8k route for the remainder. Ideal for casual walkers and joggers, as well as serious competitors.

Course certified accurate by Athletics Canada for the IAAF. ON-2016-001-DRY (5k)

5k Course Map - PDF

Course Restrictions

Entry Limits

5k: maximum 2000 participants

The Race Roster Spring Run-off is a beautiful run through High Park, however the narrow roads and pathways make the course suitable for runners and walkers only. For the safety of all participants, baby backpacks, skateboards, roller blades, Kangoo Jump shoes, animals and unauthorized bicycles & wheeled devices are not permitted in the race.

Nordic Pole participants are welcome.

Baby Strollers are welcome in the 5k event only.

If you will be participating with a support person, please contact info@canadarunningseries.com and we will ensure your support person is registered correctly.

If you are visually impaired and would like to be matched with a guide runner, please contact Achilles Canada at www.achillescanada.ca.

Time Limits

The time limit to complete the 5k course is 1 hour 15 minutes

Finish Line

5k finish line is on Colborne Lodge Drive, just south of the Bloor Street park entrance.

Water Stations

  • Pre-race: At the Party Site located next to the Black Oak Café on the west side of West Road
  • On course: 5k – near the 1k & 3k marks
  • Post-race: at the Finish Line and at the Party Site

Port-O-Lets

Port-o-Lets will be provided in the following locations:

  • Next to the Black Oak Café on the west side of West Road
  • North of the skating rink on the west side of Colborne Lodge Drive
  • North of the 5k start line on the west side of West Road

To avoid lengthy lineups and stress, please give yourself ample time to use the facilities.

Medical Services

Odyssey Medical will provide medical services on course and at the finish line medical tent.

A Toronto Paramedic Services ambulance will be stationed at the finish line.

Kids Run

The Race Roster Spring Run-Off Children’s Run is an 800m event for kids ages 2 to 13.

  • Start time: 11:45am
  • Cost: $20 (includes kid’s bib, parent’s bib, kid’s shirt & finisher medal) for all online entries or $25 (includes kid’s bib, parent’s bib, kid’s shirt & finisher medal) for all in store entries made during Packet Pick Up
  • All Kids Run participants will receive a Finisher’s medal upon completion of the event. This is NOT a timed event.

Start line is the same as the 5k start on West Road, finish line is at the skating rink on Colborne Lodge Drive.

Please note — all children must be picked up by an adult at the finish area, following the guidelines below:

  • All children will receive 2 identical bibs.
  • One bib must be worn by the child participating.
  • The second bib must be worn by the adult accompanying or picking up the child at the finish area.
  • These procedures are in place for the safety of your children. Please respect our event staff as they take the time to check this at the finish area.

Note: Kids Run bibs and shirts can be picked up on race day at the Packet Pickup area.

Kids Run Map - PDF

Training

8k & 5k Free Training Run

Join us for an 8k or 5k training run along the Race Roster Spring Run-Off route, led by Tribe Fitness and the Speed River New Balance Elite Team including: Gen Lalonde, Madeline Yungblut, Carisse Thompson, Katrina Allison, Tristan Woodfine and last year’s Race Roster Spring Run-Off champion, Rob Winslow!

If you’re a new runner, you can team up with the Tribe Fitness “My First Race” crew who will be taking their first spin on the Race Roster Spring Run-Off course! Various pace groups will be provided for beginners to intermediate level runners.

If you’re a seasoned veteran hungry for a PB, team up with our experienced pacers from the Speed River New Balance Elite Team who will be sure to help you push the pace through the hills of High Park! Various pace groups will be provided for intermediate to advanced level runners.

There’s something for every runner at the Race Roster Spring Run-Off Training Run, so join us and get set to kick-off the spring race season in Toronto!

This run is FREE and all are welcome to join.

Training Run Details:

Date: Saturday March 18th, 2017

Meeting Location: Grenadier Restaurant, High Park

Time: 9:00am

Distances: 8k and 5k

Routes: 8k map – 5k map

Note: Route is subject to change due to weather.

Register for Training Run

Tribe Fitness “Learn To Run” Official Training Program

Join Tribe Fitness for a 10 week ‘Learn To Run’ Virtual Training Program for the Race Roster Spring Run-Off 8K!

This beginner-friendly program is designed to prepare YOU to reach a distance of 8K, based on a run/walk progression and no past running experience is required.

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Follow the training plan. View the full plan here.
  2. Connect with the #VirtualTribe to share your training experience, ask questions, and meet new runners by following Tribe Fitness on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.
  3. Register for the Race Roster Spring Run-Off to JOIN THE TRIBE in person on race day!
  4. Optional: Join us for weekly in-person training runs every Tuesday at 7pm, starting January 31st, 2017, from Tribe Fitness Headquarters at Canoe Landing Park, 95 Fort York Blvd.
  5. Option: Join us for an organized training run, on Saturday March 18th, 2017 in High Park. Participants will have the option to run 5K or 8K along the actual race route, from start to finish.
  6. Questions? Please email jenna@canadarunningseries.com 

Elites & Awards

Don’t just win your prize, claim it! Participants have 30 days to claim any prizes.

Awards can be picked up after the event at Canada Running Series, 264 The Esplanade, Toronto. Please email us to let us know you plan to pick up your award: awards@canadarunningseries.com

Don’t forget: the 8k counts as Grand Prix (x 1.5) points and the 5k (x 1.0) in the Canada Running Series!

8K 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Canadian Men and Women
(Gun time)
$1,500 $800 $400 $200 $100
Masters Men and Women
(Gun Time)
$200 $150 $100
Age Categories Men and Women
(Chip Time)
Medal Medal Medal
Masters Age Categories Men and Women

(Chip Time)

 Medal Medal Medal
Kill The Hill Challenge Men and Women TBD
Course Record Bonus
Men – 22:35 (Daniel Komen, 1994)
Women – 25:56 (Jill Hunter, 1990)
$500
5k 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Open Men and Women

(Gun Time)

TBD TBD TBD
Age Categories Men and Women

(Chip Time)

Medal Medal Medal
Masters Age Categories Men and Women Medal Medal Medal
Kill The Hill Challenge Men and Women TBD
  • “Canadian” is defined as: Citizens; Landed immigrants; and Refugees with official status who have been domiciled in Canada for at least one year (proof may be required).
  • Master defined as: athlete being 40 years old plus, day of event
  • Prize money winners in the Canadian and Masters categories can double dip and collect prizing in both categories, but collecting prize money in any one category removes you from winning an age category medal

CRS Awards Policy

Results will be reviewed for one week following the event. During this seven days athletes are able to lodge a formal, written protest to the race director for review. After the week, results will be finalized and prizing cheques issued. Prize cheques will no longer be distributed on event day; letters of congratulations will be issued day of race.

Elite Hosting

We do not accept emails or telephone calls and do not invite international athletes to attend this event.

Only applications submitted through the online elite application form are considered, but please note we do not issue invitations for athletes requiring a VISA to attend this event.

All athletes must have run on a certified course since January 1, 2016.

An Elite Athlete application does NOT guarantee entry. All applications must be approved by the CRS Race Director and Elite Athlete Coordinator.

We will inform each applicant of their elite status one week after the application deadline. Best efforts will be made to offer early acceptance where possible.

2017 Elite Athlete Application available now: click here. Applications close March 4, 2017.

2017 Elite Standards: 8k

Men

Open — sub 25:00

Sub Elite  — sub 27:00

Masters — sub 29:00

Women

Open — sub 28:00

Sub Elite — sub 30:00

Masters — sub 32:00

2017 Elite Standards: 5k

Men

Open — sub 15:00

Sub Elite — sub 16:00

Masters — sub 17:30

Women

Open — sub 17:00

Sub Elite — sub 18:30

Masters — sub 19:30

Kill the Hill Challenge

Who are the best hill runners in Canada Running Series? Who will be crowned King and Queen of the Hill at this year’s Race Roster Spring Run Off? For the last 38 years, runners have been conquering High Park’s Spring Road Hill in the final 365 metres of Toronto’s oldest continuously-held road race. This year we want you to ‘Kill the Hill’ and give it everything you’ve got in those last 365m as part of our Kill The Hill Challenge!

Back by popular demand, we will be offering a separate, complete set of race results, for that 365m section up the legendary hill. For both 8k and 5k, so you’ll be able to compare your hill-running strength against Olympians like Eric Gillis, stars like Krista DuChene, as well as your club and crew friends.

Times will be calculated via Sportstats MYLAPS timing mats in the final 365m of the race and prizes, provided by PowerBar Canada, will be awarded to the top male and female in both the 8k and 5k distances, including on-stage photo opportunity with cape and crown! Visit the Sportstats booth in the party site after the race to see if you’re in the running to win. Winners will be announced during our Awards Ceremony beginning at 11:50 a.m.

We want to know who’s got the most pep left in their step as they make their way up Spring Road Hill, carried by the deafening cheers of spectators, family and friends, to the finish line.

Everyone who registers for the Race Roster Spring Run-Off will be automatically entered into the challenge.

All invited elite athletes will be included in the results, but will not be eligible for prizing in the Kill the Hill Challenge.

Do you have what it takes? Use hashtag #KillTheHill on social media to let us know how your training is going!