KRRA – Limestone Race Weekend 2K, 10K, 5K & Half Marathon
Date(s) - Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Sunday, April 30, 2017
City Hall, Kingston Ontario
On behalf of the Kingston Road Runners, Race Director Ed Brand and the team, we wish to extend thanks to everyone for participating in the 2017 event. 2017 was a huge success. The weekend enjoyed an increase of participation numbers in all the races. $2000 was donated to the Start2finish Reading and Running program, as well as a donation made to the KGH Trauma unit from the 10K Race.
Race results and photography from the weekend are linked below. The next KRRA Series race is the Howe Island Hustle. It’s an amazing 8K Run with a kids One Mile Race on the quiet, picturesque Howe Island. Included in your race entry is a fantastic lunch. Click here for more details.
The Kingston Road Runners is pleased to present our biggest annual race event of the year. So many exciting new developments are taking place this year. The half marathon course is officially certified by Athletics Canada. Another exciting addition to this event is a new finishing medal for half marathon runners. Limestone Race Weekend donates to the KGH Trauma ward as well as Start2finish Reading and Writing program.
Update: The new half marathon course has been certified by Athletics Canada.
We have removed the hair pin turn just before the 3K mark and moved the start back to accommodate this change.
HISTORIC HALF MARATHON/5K
5K: Feb 1 – Mar 31 $40, April 1-30 $50 ($10 off for KRRA members until Apr. 27)
Half Marathon: Feb 1 – Mar 31 $60, April 1-30 $70 ($10 off for KRRA members until Apr. 27)
Historic Half Marathon/5K hard copy registration form available here.
Online registration for Limestone Race Weekend has now closed.
10K: Feb 1 – Mar 31 $40, April 1-29 $50 ($5 off for KRRA members until Apr. 27)
The 5K Race route is also the first 5k of the Historic Half Marathon. Both races begin at the same time heading north on Ontario Street and looping through Royal Military College, returning via Ontario St. The 5K runners finish in front of City Hall, while the half marathon runners continue along Ontario Street; this time turning left (west) on King St., travelling through Portsmouth Village, along the waterfront path, through Lake Ontario Park, en route to the turn-around past the Dupont plant on Front Rd; runners re-trace the course back to City Hall and the finish line.
KGH Trauma Unit 10K
The KGH Trauma Unit 10K race is organized by KRRA in association with the Kingston General Hospital Trauma Unit. Funds go to support the KGH Trauma Unit.
Race day registration begins at 3:30 pm in MacDonald Park near the foot of Emily St. This is a one-of-a-kind run along the Kingston waterfront, beginning and ending in MacDonald Park. Out and back course starting at the foot of Emily St., along waterfront path, through Portsmouth Village and Lake Ontario Park to a turn around at the 5K mark on King St. W.
The race starts at 5:00 pm with an awards ceremony to follow at 6:30 pm. The KGH Trauma Unit 10k race is aimed at raising awareness and injury prevention of year round causes of trauma. Some examples are snowmobile and boating accidents, and car crashes, all of which are preventable.
KGH Trauma Unit 10K race results now available here.
The 2016 event was a tremendous success with thanks to Race Director Cathy Dain, KRRA, and a team of volunteers. To volunteer contact race director Cathy Dain at
TARA BURGRAFF IS THE NEW RACE DIRECTOR FOR THE START2FINISH 2K.
The Kids’ 2K race is organized and supported by the Kingston Road Runners Association for elementary students from grades 1 to 6 (up to 11 years old). Students from the Run & Read program receive a FREE entry; other students pay $5.
NEW DISTANCE and RACE ROUTE. Due to the large turnout of the past few years this race will continue to be held entirely on the foot path. No more worries about crossing streets, or running on the shoulder of the road. And with the new 2KM distance, it should be more accessible to young people.
Registration starts at 2:30 pm in MacDonald Park near the foot of Emily Street. Last year there were a lot of last minute registrations, so it’s best to arrive early.
Download 2017 2K registration to get a hard copy registration form.
The race begins at 3:30 pm. There will be a brief awards ceremony at the conclusion of the race. All finishers will be awarded a KRRA finishers’ ribbon.
2016 DONATION to START2FINISH
Historic Half Marathon/5K
The 5K and Historic Half Marathon is our biggest race of the year. Several hundred runners participate annually in these two races. It’s a huge start with both distances beginning at the same time with chip timing by Sportstats. The race course takes all runners north and east, over the causeway, looping through the RMC grounds and back along Ontario St. The 5K runners finish in front of City Hall, while the half marathoners stay left and continue west along the waterfront path, past the old Kingston Pen, through Portsmouth Village and Lake Ontario Park, runners continue west along King St. W. and Front Rd. until the turnaround just past the centre entrance to Dupont Canada. Runners retrace their steps to an exciting finish right at City Hall.
To take the hairpin turn out of the RMC part of the course we have adjusted the start line. The start reverts back to a location just south of the Ontario St. & Clarence St. intersection, close to where it was in years past. The signal will go at 9:30am to start the Limestone Historic Half-marathon & 5k races. 5K runners race to the finish in front of Kingston’s 170 year-old City Hall. The half-marathoners keep going; they have another 16.1 kms of running ahead of them, along our beautiful historic waterfront and back to City Hall for hot chili from the Brew Pub, prizes and music!
3-Runner Team Competition
The Limestone Race Weekend will once again have the 3-some team competition. The 3-some needs to consist of one female, two males, one runner in the 5K, 10K and half marathon. The three places (last year it was times) are added together to determine combined winning times. There will be medals and prizes for the top THREE 3-some teams. Start picking your team.
The KRRA wishes to thank the following organizations who make this event happen.
- Runners’ Choice Kingston
- Align Orthotics & Rehab
- East Side Mario’s Restaurant at Division. St.
Sponsors & Community Supporters
Many assist to make this race event so successful. Thanks goes out to:
- Ageless Fitness
- City of Kingston
- Community Police of Kingston
- Downtown Kingston
- DrugSmart Pharmacy
- The Kingston Brewing Company
- K-Rock 105.7, 93.5 Country, KISS 102.7
- Kingston Clippers Soccer Club
- Pam Mundell Financial Planning Services
- RMC/CFB Kingston
- Runners’ Choice
- St. John’s Ambulance
- The Water Store
Are you ready to sponsor the Limestone Race Weekend? Not only do you get the appreciation of athletes of all ages, but your commitment helps the KRRA support numerous Kingston based charitable organizations. Oh and you get presence on our website, social media, in the race kits, on the event’s promotional material and you can have presence at the event.
The 2017 event was a tremendous success with thanks to Race Director Ed Brand and the LRW Race Committee, volunteers, sponsors and community supporters. Media on the event came from KRock, The Kingston Whig Standard, 365ontario.info and a blog from race participant. To volunteer contact Suzanne Kerr at: or Race Director Ed Brand at:
Sunday April 30
7-9am – Registration still open. Half/5k race kit pickup at Confederation Park (Ontario Street)
9:30am – Half/5k races begin
10:30am – 5k Race Awards
11:45am – Half Marathon Race Awards
- Runners registered by April 14, 2017 will be guaranteed a short sleeve technical shirt and customized bib.
- Draw prizes for all registered runners and volunteers.
- Medals for all Half Marathon finishers.
- Cash prizes for top three overall finishers and age group medals for both men and women in both Sunday races.
- Runners’ Choice will present a pair of shoes to the middle of the pack finisher in both Sunday races.
- Hot chili (provided by The Kingston Brewing Company) plus fruit, bagels and cold drinks provided post-race on Sunday.
- Race accommodations provided by Four Points Sheraton
- Out-of-Towner Award: registered runner must submit receipt of April 29, 2017 for an overnight stay to Race Registration before awards. Award presented by Kingston Business Improvement Association.
- Half Marathon Course Record Holders: Male Lionel Saunders 1:07:52 (2013), Female Leslie Sexton 1:20.48 (2006)
- 5K Course Record Holders: Male Dylan Wykes 14.37 (2007), Female Courtney Babcock 16.26 (2006)
- Cash awards: Half (m & f) – overall 1st: $300; overall 2nd: $200; overall 3rd: $100
- 5K (m & f) – overall 1st: $150; overall 2nd: $100; overall 3rd: $50
- $500 Cash Bonus for New Sunday Half or 5K Course Record
Race Kit Pick-up
Race kit pickup for The KGH Trauma 10K will be at the start/finish are in MacDonald Park starting at 3:30 pm
Race kit pickup for the Half marathon and 5K will be at The Kingston Brewing Company on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Late race pickup will be available on race morning from 7:30 am to 9:00 am in the start/finish area. Runners who register by April 14, 2017 will be guaranteed a race shirt and personalized bib. To be sure you get the shirt size you ordered, it is strongly suggested that pick up your race kit on Saturday, April 29.
There is plenty of free Sunday street parking in Downtown Kingston as well as in municipal lots.
Check out the results from past years of the Limestone Race Weekend, for the 5K and Half Marathon.
- 2017 — Kids 2K | 5K | KGH Trauma Unit 10K | Half Marathon | Team Competition | Sunday photos
- 2016 — Kids 2K | 5K | KGH Trauma Unit 10K | Half Marathon | Team Competition | Sunday photos | Media
- 2015 — 5K Race | Half Marathon | 3-Person Team Competition | 5K & Half photos | Media
- 2014 — 5K Race | Half Marathon