KRRA – Limestone Race Weekend 2K, 5K, 10K & Half
Date(s) - Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Sunday, April 30, 2017
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
City Hall, Kingston Ontario
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2016 Limestone Race Weekend. The event has concluded. Read this post for a report on the event: 2016 LRW: Top athletes, good weather, great results
Register for all races
10K RACE: Feb 1 – Mar 31 $40, April 1-21 $50, April 22-23*
5K RACE: Feb 1 – Mar 31 $40, April 1-21 $50, April 22-23, $55 April 24*
HALF Marathon: Feb 1 – Mar 31 $60, April 1-21 $70, April 22-23, $75 April 24*
KRRA members receive a $10 discount for the Half Marathon or 5K and $5 discount for the 10K until April 21, 2016.
Registration is now closed.
Kids’ 2K Race
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, the Race Directors have decided to shorten the distance to 2KM and to put the route entirely off-road. The new route begins at just west of the KGH heli-pad, and stays on the foot path out 1KM with a turnaround for 1KM back to the start. 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.
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. To volunteer contact race director Sue McIver at:
The Kingston Clippers Soccer Club will once again sponsor this event with TWO FREE soccer registrations to be given out at the event as random prizes. The Clippers organization will be attending the event and will be available for information and for any young people who wish to sign up for summer house league soccer. The Kingston Clippers is the largest Soccer Club in the Kingston area. The Club has organized play for kids as young as two years old, all the way up to adults; with two semi-professional League1 Ontario teams – a Men’s team and a Women’s team. The KRRA works with the Clippers because soccer is a running game and many soccer players enjoy the KRRA’s Series races throughout the year.
KGH Trauma Unit 10K Race
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.
The race starts at 5:00 pm with an awards ceremony to follow at 6:30 pm. The KGH Trauma 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.
The 2015 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: or Mark Kerr at:
KGH Trauma Unit 10K Course Map
New 10K course starting just west of the KGH Heating Plant, on the waterfront footpath, out through Lake Ontario Park and back. Click on map to see a larger version.
The 5K and Historic Half Marathon is the biggest race event of the year, for the KRRA. Between these two race distances, several hundred participate, annually. It’s a huge start with both distances beginning at the same time with chip timing by Sportstats. The race takes all runners east, over the causeway and onto the RMC grounds. The race route back to where everyone started in front of City Hall. The 5K runners finish at the start, while the Historic Half marathoners stay left and continue west. Through park paths, past the old Kingston Pen, The Yacht Club, runners continue west until the turnaround just past the Invista Plant. The route is more direct return with an exciting finish right at City Hall.
Sunday morning the gun goes directly in front of historic City Hall at 9:30am to start the Limestone Half-marathon & 5k races. Runners in both events race to the finish in front of Kingston’s 170 year-old City Hall. Just one thing, the half-marathoners 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
Thanks to the success of the 2015 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. Get your team sign-up form here.
The KRRA wishes to thank the following organizations who make this event happen.
Sponsors & Community Supporters
Many assist to make this race event so successful. Thanks goes out to:
- City of Kingston
- Community Police of Kingston
- Downtown Kingston
- DrugSmart Pharmacy
- East Side Mario’s Restaurant at Division. St.
- 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
- Sport-Glo Apparel
- 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 2015 event was a tremendous success with thanks to Race Directors Ed Brand and PJ Marshall, 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 Mark Kerr at: or Race Director Ed Brand at:
Sunday April 24
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 8, 2016 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 25, 2015 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)
- $500 Cash Bonus for New Sunday Course Record
The 5K Race route is also the first 5k of the Historic Half Marathon. Both races begin at the same time heading south on Ontario Street and looping back via King St. Everyone passes the start line and head out over the causeway to the foot of Fort Henry. Out and back where the 5K Racers finish at City Hall, and the Half Marathoners continue along Ontario Street; this time turning left (west) on King St. enroute to turn around past the Dupont plant and head straight back to City Hall and the finish line. The first map graphic is the 5K; followed by a graphic showing the entire Half race route. Click on that map to open a much larger version.
Please monitor this page for course updates; due to ongoing road repairs and construction projects, course changes may be necessary.
5k Race and first 5k of Half Marathon
New 5k to 21.1k section of half marathon course Out through Lake Ontario Park to a turn around near the entrance to Dupont Canada and back through Lake Ontario Park to the finish in front of City Hall. Click on map to see a larger image.
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 23, 2016 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 8, 2016 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 23.
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.
- 2016 — Kids 2K | 5K Race | KGH 10 Trauma Run | 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