This was our first race, originally held on April 2nd, 2022.

Join us for a 5 or 10 km run through London's scenic Springbank Park.

Bring your kids, and let them enjoy a kids' run of their own.

Registration for the 2023 race will open in November!

Welcome to Persistence Racing's inaugural event!

We are tremendously excited to welcome you to Springbank Park for a 5 km or 10 km race (BackRoads Brews + Shoes 10k).  In addition, we will be hosting some shorter runs for the kids.

As with all of our events, $5 from each adult registration will be donated to the Children's Health Foundation in support of children and their families.

When Persistence Racing was born, it was our hope that by the time of our first event, COVID-19 would be a thing of the past.  However, as we all know, due to COVID-19, changes can happen quickly.  As of the opening of registration, the following protocols are expected to be in place:

  • in keeping with Athletics Ontario guidelines, all participants 12 and over will be required to show proof of vaccination

  • masks will be required in the start area, they may be removed once the field thins out

  • please replace your mask upon completing your race and during award ceremonies if applicable

  • all runners will need to complete and submit a COVID-19 contact tracing form when picking up their race packet

In addition, our event will be subject to all applicable public health guidelines which are in place at the time of the event.

The Venue

Springbank Park is the crown jewel of the Thames Valley Parkway.  Come and enjoy the fast multi-use paved pathways as you run alongside the Thames River.  The route is closed to traffic.  The 5km, 10 km, and 1 km kids' run, are all out and back routes.  The 50 metre and 100 metre kids' runs are short point to point runs.

The races will begin and end at the Stone Cottage (1085 Commisioners Road West, London, Ontario). There is ample parking near the start/finish area.

Sanctioning, Course Measurement, and Certification

We are proud to share that our race is sanctioned by Athletics Ontario.

The 5k and 10 k courses will be measured by Bernard Conway, Athletics Canada Chief Certifier, and World Athletics and AIMS Grade A Measurer.

The 5 and 10 k courses are

certified by Athletics Canada.


Race Schedule

Packet Pickup

All local runners are encouraged to pick up their race kits two evenings prior to the race in order to avoid congestion and line-ups on race day.

March 31st, 2022


BackRoads Brews + Shoes

1295 Riverbend Road, London, ON

5:30 - 7:45 p.m.

On race morning, race kits will be available at the start/finish area beginnning at 8:30 a.m.  If you are picking up your race kit on race morning, please give yourself ample time to do so.


April 2nd, 2022 Race Day!

9:30 a.m. 5 km start

9:35 a.m. 10 km start

11:00 a.m. kids' runs (50 metre, 100 metre, 1 km)

50 and 100 metre kids' runs are for ages 0 - 10.  1k is for ages 8-15.


*** Please note, that start times are subject to change based on any COVID 19 regulations in relation to the size of outdoor gatherings at the time of the event.  We may have to move to a staggered start. ***



The 5 and 10 km events will be chip-timed events.  The kids' events will not be chip-timed and are fun runs.  Chiptiming is being provided by Chiptime Results.


Aid Stations

Aid stations will be serving water and will be located at approximately the 2.5 km mark, and the 5 km and 7.5 km mark for the 10 km runners. *** Aid station availability is also subject to change based on public health guidelines at the time of the race. ***

Portable toilets will be available at the start/finish area.  Public washrooms are also available near the start/finish area.  There is a public washroom on the 10 k course as well.


Shirts, Medals, Prizes, and More!

Each participant in the adult races will receive an awesome event t-shirt and custom medal, along with some other goodies!  The kids will also receive a custom finisher's medal and race bib.

Our good friends at the Rally Beer Company will also be contributing to the event experience.  We will have more details about their contributions closer to race day!  However, to start with, each (of age) runner, who registers in 2021, will be entered into a draw to win a 12 beer mixer pack of Rally, along with a Rally water bottle and toque.  Register before the clock strikes 12 on New Year's Eve to give yourself a chance to win.

There will be some pre-packaged post-race snacks available as well.


Our race photographer will be on hand to capture all of your awkward running facial expressions. Your photos are yours to download, FOR FREE.

Additional prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the 5 km and 10 km races (female, male, and non-binary categories).  Results for prizes will be based on gun-time.

Refund Policy

There are no refunds for this event.  However, life happens.  Work trouble, running injuries, a bad paper cut, we get it.  If you have to withdraw from the event prior to March 1st, we will give you a 100% race credit for a future Persistence race.

If you need to withdraw after March 1st, you will receive a 50% race credit.  Sorry, but by then we will have already paid for your stuff, and the resale market for unclaimed race shirts and medals is unfavourable.

Thanks for taking part in our event.  We can't wait to cheer you on! REGISTER HERE

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