KW Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run

K-W Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run Committee


Committee Description:

The 5K Fun Run Committee kicks-off Thanksgiving Day by organizing the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run. The committee is responsible for the planning, logistics and execution of the 600-person fun run down the Parade route. Volunteers on the 5K Fun Run Committee work on all aspects of the event including working with the Parade Committee to plan the route, start line announcements, finish line festivities, prizes and more.

Key Responsibilities;

  1. Assist with marketing of the race including developing content for website, social media and networking
  2. Assist with layout, flow, transportation and overall logistics associated with the start & finish line and the race route
  3. Manage runner registration both online and onsite at the event
  4. Plan and coordinate food and refreshments for participants at the post race festivities
  5. Ensure safety regulations are in place and being adhered to
  6. Participate in promotional activities by visiting local sports businesses/running stores to hand out information


  1. Strong organization and event planning skills
  2. Previous experience marketing events through social media
  3. Strong Communication skills
  4. Comfortable liasoning with Sponsors and other VIP participants
  5. Strong teamwork skills
  6. Previous experience with executing a similar sporting event an asset

The 5K Fun Run is a family oriented event which occurs just ahead of the Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s a great event where thousands of spectators line the route to cheer on the runners.

The 5K Fun Run Committee is looking for new volunteers to join their team. They are looking for volunteers with good organization and communication skills. Experience with runs or similar single day events are an asset.

Single day volunteers are needed to assist with the set-up of the start & finish line areas and the race course. Volunteers are also needed to assist with prizing and food at the post race festivities. Additional single day volunteers are needed to assist with traffic control, parking and registration. 5K Fun Run volunteers under the age of 19 are permitted to volunteer at this event.


To apply to be a single day volunteer please fill out the application here.

Please note: this applications is different from our official Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Volunteer Application.