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Guelph Thanksgiving Day Races 

In support of

Guelph General Hospital Foundation

October 10th, 2016 at 10am.

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

Online registration      Course Information

Course map with parking and navigation

Race kit pickup and race day registration at the race start in the park from 9am. 


Victor Matthews Memorial 10k 

The Thanksgiving Races have been held in downtown Guelph for over a hundred years.  There are races for everyone. Last year our participants 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.

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

  1. Nicolas Lambden Memorial Mile, 11am
  2. 100m for 5 years and under only, 11:15
  3. 5k, open 11:30
  4. 1k for kids in grades 1 to 3 only  12:10
  5. 3k open, includes walkers   12:30
The 3 in 1 is for you distance runners who can't race enough.  You can race 3 consecutive races, the mile at 11am, the 5k at 11:30, and the 3k at 12:30.  Those who race all three will be considered for awards in each race as well as in the category of 3 in 1.
You may by mail to The Guelph Victors, 138 King St, Guelph Ontario N1E4P9.  To print an entry form
You can also pick up your race kit on race morning atthe park.  Arrive early, it can be crowded just before race start.


Year of Birth Early To Sept. 15 Regular To Oct 6th 
 2011 and laterFree Free 
 2008-2010 (1k only)$15 $20 
 1997-2007 (all races)$15$20 


A  T-shirt is not included.  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.)

For Race Day entry add $5.  If you can register early, please do so. Every year we have a hundred runners who register just minutes before the race.  We try to accommodate everyone, but it causes great stress for the patient race timing crew, sometimes leading to errors in the results.  

Are you under 5 years old, or over 70 year old?  Your entry is free. (we still need you to sign a waiver at race kit pickup) 

If you print the entry form , you can drop them 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.    


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

Guelph General Hospital
We are working with the Guelph General Hospital this year to help raise funds.  We have a pledge form here.  Or you can go to their secure donation page
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

Course Map
We have a Google map up that shows the course.  If you right click on the map, there is a get directions option. You can use this to get full directions to the race.  The best parking will be in the lot at Lourdes High School.  To find the map click here

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