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Guelph Thanksgiving Day Races 

In support of

The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital 

October 8th, 2018

Due to popular demand we will race around Exhibition Park again this year.  

Online registration      Course Information

Make a Donation 

Course map with parking and navigation


A Century-old Guelph Tradition 

The Thanksgiving Races have been held in downtown Guelph for over a hundred years.  There are races for everyone. Our participants have ranged in age from 2 years old to 91 years old!  The races are held on a one mile loop held around Exhibition Park , with the races being held consecutively, providing a great couple of hours of entertainment for both participants and spectators.

These races are chip timed.  You will need to pick up a chip before the race, it will match your bib number. The chip will attach to your shoes with a provided plastic tie.  We will remove the chip from your shoes after the finish line.

 Thanksgiving Day Race Distances & Schedule

 There will be 5 races, plus the "3-in-1"

  1. Nicolas Lambden Memorial Mile, 11am
  2. 100m for 5 years and under only, 11:15am
  3. 5k, open 11:30am
  4. 1k for kids in grades 1 to 3 only  12:10pm
  5. 3k open, includes walkers   12:30pm
Race kit pickup and same-day registration starts at 9am at Exhibition Park.
The 3-in-1 is for distance runners who can't race enough!  You can race 3 consecutive races, the mile at 11am, the 5k at 11:30am, and the 3k at 12:30pm.  Those who race all three will be considered for awards in each race as well as in the category of 3-in-1.
The Victor Matthews Memorial 10k is also held on Thanksgiving Day Monday at Exhibition park and will take place before the Thanksgiving Day Races at 10am. Click here for more details. 
How to Register 
The easiest way to register is online.
Or by mail, simply print the entry form and drop it off at the Running Works in Downtown Guelph with a cheque or cash, or mail them to The Guelph Victors, 138 King St Guelph Ontario N1E 4P9.    
You can also register in person on race-day. Same-day registration starts at 9am at Exhibition Park.  Arrive early, it can be crowded just before race start!
Register before October 6th to take advantage of the early bird registration fee. Prices go up $5 per race on October 6th. Prices go up another $5 on race-day.
Children ages 5 and under and seniors 70 and older race for free, but please still register and sign a waiver on race-day. 
Visit our secure online registration site to register and for current pricing. 
Please fundraise for The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital
When you register online, you will have the option to set up a personal fundraising page. Please consider setting a fundraising goal in thanks of having a Hospital that is well equiped to care for its community.
One of every two dollars spent on hospital equipment at Guelph General Hospital comes from caring donations. Equipment as essential as IV pumps, surgical scopes and diagnostic scanners are available at Guelph General Hospital only because of generous financial gifts from within the community.
Fundraising tips:
1. Lead by example by making the first donation towards your goal. Your supporters are more likely to make a donation when they see your committment to the cause.
2. Ask every one you know. You simply never know who's heart the cause may be close to. Provide everyone you know an opportunity to give, and those who are passionate about the cause will come through with their support.
3. Follow-up at least 1 to 2 times. People are busy and often intend to give, but get caught up in other priorties; they may appreciate a friendly reminder, especially in the final days leading up to the event.
4. Be sure to Thank your supporters. 


A  T-shirt is not included in your registration fee.  We will have t-shirts available at cost ($5).  This is to keep the cost of entries down and to allow only those who want a souvenir t-shirt to have one.  You will be able to try on the shirt and check out the design at race kit pickup.  We will order more shirts if we run out (because we never know how many people will show up, or what size they will want)  so you are guaranteed a shirt if you want one (it may be two weeks after the race.)


 Olympian Taylor Milne leads out the 10k.  Seven runners and only two feet on the ground!

Guelph General Hospital

A Guelph tradition since 1894 is now a fundraiser in support of The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital. Fundraising is essential to deliver the best possible care at Guelph General Hospital. Please consider collecting pledges. Download this pledge form, or you can collect online pledges by setting up a personal fundraising page when you register online.

If you aren't able to particpate in a race this year, you can still pledge any one of the race participants, search for a participant here.

Since 1894


This is an old race and a longstanding Guelph family  tradition.  

Some of the best runners in the world have run in the Guelph Thanksgiving Day Races, including many Olympians.

For some history click here

Victor Matthews Memorial 10k

The Victor Matthews Memorial 10k will also take place on Thanksgiving Day Monday at Exhibition Park. Race start time is 10am.


For full details, click here

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