Achilles

St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk

Run/Walk

Everything you need to know about the race

When & Where?

Date: March 15, 2015

Race start: 10:30 a.m.

Start/Finish: 255 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto
outside of Steam Whistle Brewing, The Roundhouse

Registration

All registered runners and walkers receive an event technical race shirt (sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL). After the race you’ll enjoy a free bowl of hot Irish chili and a pint of Steam Whistle beer while listening to live music and entertainment.

How to Register

Register for the event by visiting the Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk online registration system on the Events Online website. Online registration closes Monday, March 9th at 11:59 p.m. or when the event has reached its capacity of 1500 participants. Manual registration forms should be mailed to Achilles Canada, 123 Snowden Avenue, Toronto, ON M4N 2A8.

Register early!

The race has sold out the last ten years. We encourage you to register now before it’s too late—this is one race you don’t want to miss!

Register as an individual

Sign up for the race by completing the Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk online individual registration application on the Events Online website or by completing our registration form.

Individual registration fees

Registration will open Race Day at 8:30 am, ONLY if there is space is available.

Take the team challenge

A team is made up of 10 or more runners/walkers that individually participate in the 5K event. For charitable organizations, this is an opportunity to raise pledges for your own organization. All teams must submit individual entry forms and signed waivers. Race kits for the entire team must be picked up at the same time.

Register as a team

There are two options for registering your team.

Online team registration

Sign up your team online by completing the Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk online team registration application on the Events Online website. Online registration closes Monday, March 9th at 11:59 p.m.

Download the team registration form

Complete our team registration form and return it to us no later than Monday, March 9th. You can

Team registration fees

Charitable teams

Demonstrate your organization’s support by entering a team. Families and friends may enter as a team. Challenge your organization to collect pledges. 100% of pledge money goes back to your organization. In 2014, participating organizations raised more than $230,000!

Download the pledge form PDF 142KB.

Corporate teams

Demonstrate your corporate support by entering a team. Challenge your co-workers to support Achilles Canada. Ten participants per team.

Fundraising incentives

Samsung 40" TV Samsung logo

Raise funds for Achilles Canada and receive a chance to win a 40" Samsung Flat Screen TV from Leon’s. For every $100 in pledges you raise you receive one chance to win the TV. In other words, if you raise $100 you receive 1 ticket for the draw, raise $300 and receive 3 tickets, raise $500 and receive 5 tickets. In addition, you will receive an Achilles technical running shirt and running hat for the first $100 you raise. The more you raise, the better your odds at winning the TV.

Remember all funds raised help to support our Achilles athletes with their running goals for 2015!

Race kit pick up

Race kit content

Your race kit will include:

Pick up dates

Race kits pick up only at

Leon’s Furniture Store
255 Bremner Blvd. The Roundhouse
Toronto, ON M5V 3M9

There will be absolutely no kit pick up on race day.

Individual race kit pick up

You or a friend must pick up your race kit on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday before the race. Please bring photo ID and a printout of your registration email confirmation. If a friend is picking up for you, they should have a printout of your registration email confirmation and written permission from you. Remember, there will be absolutely no race kit pick up on race day.

Team race kits pick up

To pick up race kits for your team, please fill out the Team Registration Form prior to Tuesday, March 10th. Upon receiving your request, all race kits will be assembled and ready to be picked up at

Leon’s Furniture Store
255 Bremner Blvd. The Roundhouse
Toronto, ON M5V 3M9
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Get to the race

Race location

Steam Whistle Brewing
The Roundhouse
255 Bremner Blvd. in downtown Toronto, ON

Steam Whistle Brewing is located on the south side of the Rogers Centre and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It is accessible by TTC. The best way to get to the race is to take the subway to Union Station and then walk the Skywalk as outlined by the red dotted line on the map.

A map of the area around Steam Whislte Brewing showing the route to walk from Union Station to Steam Whistle Brewing via the Skywalk

Download a printer-friendly version of the map. PDF 313KB

The Start/Finish Line is on Bremner Boulevard in front of Steam Whistle Brewing. The After Party is inside Steam Whistle Brewing.

Where to park

There is lots of parking in the area, including underground city parking and parking at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

ChampionChip timing

The race uses ChampionChip. Your chip will be your bib number.

No Bib = No Time. No exceptions.

Your results are posted at www.sportsstats.ca

Bag check

There will be bag check at Leon's Furniture Store beside Steam Whistle Brewing for $2.00 per bag. The $2.00 will be donated to Achilles Canada.

Please do not bring valuables with you.

Washrooms

There are washrooms inside the Steam Whistle Brewing, The Roundhouse, and at the Start Line on Bremner Blvd.

Water stations

There will be water available at the race Start/Finish line. There will be no water station at the 2.5K mark as we are trying to become more environmentally friendly.

Awards & Prizes

Awards and prizes will be awarded after the race in the Steam Whistle Brewing Roundhouse. You cannot win more than one award.

Award Age Categories

20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69, 70+

Awards

Draw prizes

Draw prizes will be awarded after the race in the Steam Whistle Brewing Roundhouse. You must be present to win.

Entertainment

Live music and entertainment will be provided by the Irish group Birling.

Frequently asked questions

General questions

  1. How can I participate in the Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk?
  2. What are the key dates for the run/walk?
  3. Who is the race director?
  4. What kind of weather can I expect?

Registration questions

  1. How do I register?
  2. How do I know if I am registered?
  3. How much does it cost?
  4. Is there a discount for registering early?
  5. Do you limit the number of runners or walkers?
  6. When does registration close?
  7. When can I pick up my race packet? Where? What do I need to bring with me?
  8. Can I give/sell my registration to another runner/walker?
  9. I can’t attend the race. How do I get a refund?

Race day questions

  1. How early do I have to arrive?
  2. Are there washrooms available?
  3. What is the best way to get to the race?
  4. Where can I park?
  5. Is there a bag drop or a place to store my things?
  6. Can I wear headphones during the race?
  7. Do you use ChampionChip?
  8. What is the route of the race?
  9. Can my dog run with me?
  10. Can I push a baby stroller in the race?

Answers

General questions

1. How can I participate in the Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk?

There are many ways you can participate in the Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk.

2. What are the key dates for the run/walk?

Race date: March 15, 2015

Race start: 10:30 a.m. New Time for 2014!

Race kit pick up dates

There will be absolutely no kit pick up on race day.

Registration

3. Who is the race director?

The race director is Brian McLean.
You can contact Brian at (416)485-6451 or

4. What kind of weather can I expect?

March weather in Toronto is generally warming up, but still unpredictable. Will it be T-shirt weather and early spring buds or a late-season snow storm? Here’s the averages for mid-March:

Check the current weather in Toronto.

Registration questions

1. How do I register?

Registration is online only. Late registration can be completed during Race Kit Pick-up at a location to be announced ONLY if there are spaces available.

If you are registering as an individual, visit the individual registration page on the Events Online website.

If you are registering as a team, visit the team registration page on the Events Online website.

2. How do I know if I am registered?

After you have completed the online registration process and entered your payment information, a screen will appear that states that your registration has been processed.

It will also give you a confirmation number (confirming your registration and payment transaction). When you click on the link, you can print out your receipt.

We recommend that you print your receipt for your records. It has your confirmation number on it and can be used as proof of registration when you pick up your race kit.

3. How much does it cost?

Individual registration fees:

Team registration fees are $450 ($400 + HST) for the first ten team members. The fee for additional team members is $45 ($40 + HST)/member.

4. Is there a discount for registering early?

Yes. Our early bird registration fee is $40. That’s $5 off the regular registration fee. It is available for registrations received before January 31st.

5. Do you limit the number of runners or walkers?

Yes. The run/walk is limited to 1,500 runners/walkers.

6. When does registration close?

Online registration closes March 9, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

If there is still space available, you may register during race kit pick up only at a location to be announced or on the day of the race beginning at 8:30 am.

7. When can I pick up my race kit? Where? What do I need to bring with me?

You must bring your online registration confirmation with you. Race kits can be picked up only at:

Leon’s Furniture Store
255 Bremner Blvd. The Roundhouse
Toronto, ON M5V 3M9

There is free 20 minutes parking in back of Leon’s store. The location also serve as the Start/Finish Line area for Race Day right beside Steam Whistle Brewing.

Kits may be picked up on:

There will be absolutely no kit pick up on race day.

8. Can I give/sell my registration to another runner/walker?

No, we do not recommended it.

9. I can’t attend the race. How do I get a refund?

Sorry, there are no refunds.

Race day questions

1. How early do I have to arrive?

You should arrive no later than 9:30 am.

2. Are there washrooms available?

There are washrooms inside the Steam Whistle Brewing, The Roundhouse, and at the Start Line on Bremner Blvd.

3. What is the best way to get to the race?

The best way to get to the race is to take the TTC subway to Union Station and then walk the Skywalk.

Download a printer-friendly version of the map. PDF 313KB

4. Where can I park?

There is lots of parking in the area, including underground city parking and parking at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

5. Is there a bag check or a place to store my things?

Yes! A $2.00 donation will go to Achilles Canada.

6. Can I wear headphones during the race?

While we do not ban the use of portable listening devices, the use of devices such as iPods, MP3 players, Walkman, and the like is discouraged—for your safety and the safety of others. Please be mindful of the other participants and race personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.

You MUST be aware of your surroundings at all times and this includes being able to hear any verbal warnings/instructions from police/course officials, or the sound of any vehicles and other participants on the course.

7. Do you use ChampionChip?

Yes. Your chip is attached to your bib number.

8. What is the route of the race?

Map of the event area showing the race route and the walkway route from Union Station to Steam Whistle Brewing where the race starts and ends

Download a copy of the race route map.PDF 294KB.

9. Can my dog run with me?

Sorry, no. Only working dogs are allowed on the course. This is for the safety of all participants.

10. Can I push a baby stroller in the race?

Sorry, no baby strollers are allowed on the course once the race has started. This is for the safety of all participants.