Run for Water

5k fun run

10am – Mill Lake Park, Abbotsford

The 5K course can be run competitively or for the sheer fun of participating in this great community event. There will be staggered starts at the beginning to ensure that competitive runners are free from any significant congestion. The trails of Mill Lake Park are a significant feature of the family-friendly course.

10K run

9am – Mill Lake Park, Abbotsford

This course will be double loop of the 5K race course around the park. See below for route map!


Race Day

date – SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2023

Run for Water takes place at Mill Lake Park in Abbotsford. The start and finish lines for all race distances is on Bevan Ave. (33015 Bevan Ave.).


The Abbotsford race day schedule.


10K warm up


10K start


5K Warm up


5K start


Limited parking is available at MSA Arena, Mill Lake Ball Diamond, Abbotsford Middle School, Abbotsford Senior School, Sevenoaks Mall, and side streets in the area. Please car pool and allow for extra time for walking to the race start.

Course Markers, Aid Stations, & Services

  • Course markers are at every kilometre along the race courses.
  • All aid stations provide water 
  • Medical assistance and portable toilets are positioned along course and at the finish line.
  • Please refer to course maps for further details.

Participant Shirts

All participants registering before May 1st will receive race shirts, unless you indicate otherwise during your registration. 

All registrations after that date will likely get a shirt until supplies last. 

Race shirts and bibs have to be picked up at the package pick up on Saturday, May 27th at the MCC parking lot in Abbotsford.

Package pick up location: 33973 Gladys Ave
Date: Saturday, May 27th
Time: 10am – 3pm

Race Timing

All events will be timed using the BibTag timing system. It records the time at which you cross the mat at the start line and when you cross the mat at the finish line, then calculates your net time. The BibTag combines the chip into the bib start number. Participants only have to attach the bib to their chest and you are ready to run!


Complete race day results will be posted on the Run for Water website on race day at or available on the Sportstats website (


Awards for overall winners will be given out at the Race Program Awards Ceremony.


Funds raised for the Run for Water Foundation can be brought to the “Donations” tent on race day. 


Over 400 volunteers help make Run for Water a success. We thank all those who have given their time to this great event, as it would not be possible without them!

Road Closures

Click on button below to see road closure map.

Bag Check

Bag check is available at the start/finish area. Please label all items and allow extra time to check bags prior to race start.


Route Map

This year, the 10k route is double the 5k route. 


Race Fees

Until MAY 24
5K Fun Run


Until MAY 24
5K Fun Run Youth (12 and Under)


Until MAY 24
10K Run



Race Fees are non-refundable & non-transferable and are subject to GST and processing fees.

Race Fees cover the following:
(Note: All funds left over from your race fees go toward clean water projects)

  • Entry to the selected race events
  • Official race shirts for all participants (as long as participants register before shirt order cut-off date)
  • Post-race snacks and beverages
  • Post-race awards ceremony


5K Fun Run

  • 1st Place
    $100 gift card
  • 2nd Place
    $75 gift card
  • 3rd Place
    $50 gift card

10K Run

  • 1st Place
    $100 gift card
  • 2nd Place
    $75 gift card
  • 3rd Place
    $50 gift card
Frequently Asked


What does the race fee include?

Your race fee includes all items associated with the race: shirts, chips/bibs, food, etc. All profit from the race goes toward clean water projects in Ethiopia.

How do I know if I’m registered?

You should receive an email confirmation after you have registered. You can look up your name on the registration platform. 

You can email us at if you need help.

May I walk the events?

You can walk the 5K and 10K courses. As a walker, watch for runners coming up behind you. Please do not walk abreast and keep to the far right of the road. This will ensure that both walkers and runners can obtain their desired finish times.

May I pick up someone else’s race package?
Yes. If you’re picking up somebody’s race package, you need their bib number and will be asked to sign a waiver.
Where do I get my race package (race bib & shirt)?

We will be sending you info on where and how to pick up your race packages. 

Can I pick up my race bib and shirt on event day?

No, there will be no race package pick-up on race day.

Can I register on race day?

No, there is no race day registration. 

How will my race time be recorded?

Timing is done by Sportstats who will be recording the time at which you cross the mat at the Start line and when you cross the mat at the Finish line, then calculate your net time. There is no other timing system, therefore if an accurate running time is important to you, it is imperative that you have a chip.

Are there course markers?

Yes, markers appear at every kilometer.

Where does the race start?
All races will start at Mill Lake Park on Bevan Ave. (Abbotsford).
What do I do with my race number?

Pin your race number to the front of your shirt. This helps us identify you at all times. Ensure you arrive at the correct start line for the race you have entered. The colour of your race number identifies which race you are entered in.

Is there parking near the Start/Finish area?

Yes, parking facilities around Mill Lake are at:

  • Sevenoaks Mall
  • MSA Arena
  • Abbotsford Middle School
  • Mill Lake Ball Diamond
  • Side streets in the area


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Donation Disclaimer: 100% of your donations go directly to Ethiopia to bring clean water and improved education. All of our overhead cost is covered by a group of generous partners. If this year’s designated project is fully funded, Run for Water reserves the right to use excess funds to build additional water and education projects in other rural communities in Ethiopia.