Envision Financial
Run for Water

Sunday, May 28, 2017
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017

We are so grateful!

Your time, effort and generosity are helping us bring clean water to EthiopiaThank You!

Envision Financial Run for Water


Half Marathon, 10K Run, 5K Fun Run, and Trail Run
to raise funds for clean water projects
10K Run start

10K Run3:30pm, Sunday, May 28, 2017

10K Run start

5K Fun Run5:00pm, Sunday, May 28, 2017

10K Run start

Half Marathon2:30pm, Sunday, May 28, 2017

10K Run start

Trail Run12:00pm, Saturday, May 27, 2017

Envision Financial Run for Water

Sunday, May 28, 2017
Mill Lake Park, Abbotsford
33015 Bevan Avenue

Race Day Schedule

Sunday, May 28, 2017

6:30 amBag Check opens
7:15 amHalf Marathon warm up
7:30 amHalf Marathon start
8:15 am10K warm up
8:30 am10K start
9:15 amPre-race Program
9:405K warm up
10:00 am5K start
10:30 amRace Program
11:00 amAwards Ceremony

Race Information


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


  • 1 = MSA Arena
  • 2 (a/b/c) = Sevenoaks Shopping Mall
  • 3 = Abbotsford Middle School
  • 4 = Godson Elementary School (before 7am)
  • 5 = Abbotsford Senior Secondary School

Road Closures

Many roads will be closed along the race routes on May 28.


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.

Course Markers, Aid Stations, & Services

  • Course markers are at every kilometre along the race courses.
  • All aid stations provide water and sports drink (Gu Brew) is available on the Half Marathon, and 10K courses. Gel packs (Gu gels) will be available on the Half Marathon course.
  • Medical assistance and portable toilets are positioned along course and at the finish line.
  • Please refer to course maps for further details.

Additional Information

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 runforwater.ca/run/race-results or available on the Sportstats website (www.sportstats.ca).


Medals & Awards

Awards for overall winners will be given out at the Race Program Awards Ceremony. Awards for age group winners will be sent via email post-race.

Participant Shirts

All participants will receive race shirts. Participants in the Half Marathon will receive a short-sleeved technical shirt. Participants in the 10K will receive a short-sleeved technical shirt. Participants in the 5K Fun Run will receive a cotton race shirt. If you registered after May 18, we cannot guarantee a race shirt.


Official Run for Water merchandise (race shirts, hats, water bottles, etc.) will be available for sale at the Race Expo on Saturday, May 27th and on Race Day.

Official Photography

Envision Financial Run for Water is pleased to have Marathon Photos as the official race photographer. Please save your bib number to retrieve race photos post-race and check for the link on our home page (www.runforwater.ca).

Kids Activities

Kids activities include bouncy castles, climbing wall, face-painting, etc. Bring your family and enjoy the fun!


Funds raised for the Run for Water Foundation can be brought to the “Donations” table at the Race Expo on Saturday, May 27th or on Race Day.


Over 400 volunteers help make Envision Financial 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!

Route Maps

Half Marathon, 10K Run, and 5K Fun Run route maps
Half Marathon route map

Half MarathonRoute Map

10K Run route map

10K RunRoute Map

5K Fun Run route map

5K Fun RunRoute Map

Race Fees

Register now to take advantage of lower fees.

2017 Fees

EventUntil March 1Until May 1Until May 23
Half Marathon$65$75$85
10K Run$40$45$50
5K Fun Run$25$30$35
5K Fun Run Youth
(12 and under)

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

Late Registration Rates

  • Half Marathon = $95
  • 10K Run = $55
  • 5K Fun Run = $40
  • 5K Fun Run Youth = $35

Register by May 17 to: change race distances, receive personalized race bib, or be guaranteed a race shirt.


Race Fees cover the following:
(Note: race fees do not include any donation to the cause)

  • Entry to the selected race events
  • Official race shirts for all finishers
  • Official finisher medals for all runners
  • Post-race snacks and beverages
  • Post-race awards ceremony

Run for Water Awards

2017 Awards & Age Categories

Half Marathon

1st Place$600 cash
2nd Place$400 cash
3rd Place$200 cash
Age Categories
1st Place (Male/Female)
  • Ages 14 - 19
  • Ages 20 - 24
  • Ages 25 - 29
  • Ages 30 - 34
  • Ages 35 - 39
  • Ages 40 - 44
  • Ages 45 - 49
  • Ages 50 - 54
  • Ages 55 - 59
  • Ages 60 - 64
  • Ages 65 - 69
  • Ages 70 +

Half Marathon awards are based on chip time.

10K Run

1st Place$100 cash
+ $50 in running gift cards
2nd Place$50 cash
+ $50 in running gift cards
3rd Place$50 in running gift cards
Age Categories
  • Under 10
  • Ages 11 - 14
  • Ages 15 - 19
  • Ages 20 - 24
  • Ages 25 - 29
  • Ages 30 - 34
  • Ages 35 - 39
  • Ages 40 - 44
  • Ages 45 - 49
  • Ages 50 - 54
  • Ages 55 - 59
  • Ages 60 - 64
  • Ages 65 - 69
  • Ages 70 +

10K awards are based on chip time.

5K Fun Run

1st Place$150 in running gift cards
2nd Place$100 in running gift cards
3rd Place$50 in running gift cards
Age Categories
  • Under 7
  • Ages 8 - 10
  • Ages 11 - 13
  • Ages 14 - 16
  • Ages 17 - 19
  • Ages 20 - 24
  • Ages 25 - 29
  • Ages 30 - 34
  • Ages 35 - 39
  • Ages 40 - 44
  • Ages 45 - 49
  • Ages 50 - 54
  • Ages 55 - 59
  • Ages 60 - 64
  • Ages 65 - 69
  • Ages 70 +

5K awards are based on chip time.

Race FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions
What does the race fee include?
Your race fee includes all items associated with the race: shirts, medals, chips/bibs, food, etc.
How do I know if I'm registered?
You should receive an email confirmation after you have registered. You can check the followinglink to see if you are registered.
May I walk the events?
You can walk ONLY 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)?
These items must be picked up at the Race Expo, located at the Envision Athletics Centre at the University of the Fraser Valley (1395 McKenzie Rd. Abbotsford). The race expo will be held on Saturday, May 28 from 9am - 6pm.
Can I pick up my race bib and shirt on event day?
No, all participants must pick up their race packages at theRace Expo on May 28.
Can I register on race day?
No, there is no race day registration. Late registration is on May 28 at theRace Expo.
How will my race time be recorded?
Timing is by the ChampionChip 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. There is no other timing system, therefore if an accurate running time is important to you, it is imperative that you have a chip.
Where can I get a course map?

To get the most out of the event, be sure to familiarize yourself with the course. It is the responsibility of each runner to know the route. Study the course maps. Do not cross the centre line, stay on the proper side of the road as directed by signs and marshals. Race officials will monitor the course and will warn or disqualify violators. Please note that the race courses cross railroad tracks at several locations. Please ensure you watch your footing as you cross the tracks.

Are there course markers?
Yes, markers appear at every kilometer and every 5 miles on the half marathon course.
Where does the race start?
All races will start atMill 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
What time do roads start closing?
Road closures begin at 7:00am on race day. Roads will re-open to traffic starting at 10:30am; the finish line will remain open until 11:30am.
How long will the course be open?
The roads for the half marathon course will be open for 3 hours, 7:30am – 10:30am. At 10:30pm, all runners will be asked to move from the road to the sidewalk along the course. Sweep vehicles will be available for pick up, if necessary. The finish line will remain open until 11:30am.
Is there bag check available on race day?
Yes, there is a secured area at the Start/Finish area designated for Bag Check. Allow a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the race for check in. You will be given a bag to place your gear in. Please mark it with your race number with the label provided. Any runner’s gear not claimed by 2pm on race day will be donated to charity.
Where are the First Aid stations?
There is a medical tent located in the Start/Finish area, as well as on the course. Please refer to the course map for exact locations. Please note: If you have a pre-existing medical condition, please indicate this on the back of your race bib (in waterproof ink) in case of a medical emergency.
Where are the Aid Stations?
We have 6 Aid stations (A-F) for the four race courses (about every 3k). Please refer to our course maps for locations.
What is provided at the Aid Stations?
Water and sports drinks will be provided at aid stations. Gel packs will be available at stations along the half marathon course.
Are there portable toilets on the course?
There will be portable toilets located in the Start/Finish area, as well at designated aid stations along the course.
Are there shower facilities?
No, we do not offer shower facilities.
Is there on-course entertainment?
Yes! There will be locations on the course with entertainment to keep you moving to the beat until you cross the Finish line.
Where do I go after I cross the finish line?
After you cross the finish line, you will receive your participants medal. Then follow the other runners to the post-race area inside the Runner’s Compound for food and beverages. Please note that there is no public access to the Runners Compound or return privileges for runners. You may not return to the finish line. For safety and medical access, we must keep this area cleared of runners.
Where do I meet my family?
You can meet your family in the courtyard of the Start/Finish area.
Where will race results be posted?
Race results will be posted online only and available shortly after the conclusion of the event.
When and where are the awards presented?
Awards ceremony will be held on the main stage at the Start/Finish, starting at approximately 11:00am.
Is there an official photographer?
Marathon Photos will be taking photos during the event.
Are there age restrictions for the half marathon?
For the safety of participants, age restrictions are in place for the Half Marathon. Half Marathon participants must be 14 years or older on race day. Parents/guardians are urged to ensure that young runners have the training and pace judgment needed to complete the event comfortably and safely. All participants under the age of 19 must have parent/legal guardian permission.
What will I receive for participating in the race?
All participants will receive chip-timing, a medal, an event shirt, and access to post-race food & activities.
I've registered twice by mistake - how do I get a refund for one?
Please email the race director atinfo@runforwater.ca and we can assist you.
What does my registration fee go towards?
Registration fees go towards the costs of staging a running event, such as race shirts, timing chips, advertising, and other race related costs. Any surplus from race registration goes to the Run for Water Foundation for distribution to various water projects. 100% of donations & fundraising go directly to the water projects.
How can I get a refund?
All entry fees are non-refundable, non-transferable and non-deferrable. If you require further assistance regarding this, please send an email to info@runforwater.ca
What do I need to bring to pick up my race package?
Please bring your bib number, which will be available online closer to the race or posted at the race expo.
Are iPods/MP3 players allowed in the race?
iPods/MP3 players/headphones: The race directors discourage the use of these devices for the runner's safety and the safety of those around them. There is no risk of disqualification for simple use, however, if a runner puts themselves or other runners at risk through an unsafe act that the Board of Directors determine was caused directly or indirectly through the use of a prohibited item, the race directors reserve the right to disqualify the runner.
What are the race regulations?
The Run for Water Half Marathon, 10K Run and 5K Fun Run are foot races. For safety and liability reasons, all events are limited to registered runners only. Bicycles, bandits (un-registered runners/walkers), skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, skates, pacing and running with dogs are strictly prohibited on the course. Non-compliance with these safety rules will result in disqualification. An athlete who collects refreshments from a place other than the refreshment stations renders themselves liable to disqualification.
What about course closures?
Police will be allowing some traffic to travel across the race route when it is safe. All traffic, including transit facilities, will be controlled by the local police and official course marshals. Runners must take extreme caution at all times. BICYCLES, CARS, OR OTHER VEHICLES ACCOMPANYING RUNNERS ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED AND WILL RESULT IN THE DISQUALIFICATION OF THE RUNNER. The police will begin opening the roads as the participants complete the different sections of the course. By 10:30am streets will begin to re-open to traffic; the finish line will remain open until 11:30am. When the road is re-opened, participants must move to the sidewalks and obey local traffic laws.
Will there be medical attention?
A medical tent is located at the finish line. Medical personnel and ambulances will also be on the course during the event. Competitors unable to finish should walk to the next aid station and seek help.


Training start dates and costs are TBA (to be announced)

Racing Clinics

It's always more fun training with other people. Find some friends and follow the training tips. We will provide more information for the 2017 Run for Water training clinics soon.

Training Clinic

  • Start Date: TBA
  • Cost: TBA

Helpful Training Tips

  1. Good shoes are everything
    Spend some time at a running store working with someone who knows running shoes. Everyone has a different foot type, and you need the one right for you. Ask the experts!
  2. Hydrate.
    Increase your water consumption as you increase the length of your runs. Make sure you're well hydrated starting three days before the big run.
  3. Avoid foot blisters.
    Before you put on your socks and shoes, squish vaseline between your toes and all over your foot.
  4. Wear clothes that breathe.
    A technical garment designed for running will feel a lot better than your old cotton T.
  5. Don't forget to eat.
    As you get into longer runs, think about bringing some nutrition along such as power gels or even jelly beans.
  6. Protect from chafing.
    Use a lubricant such as Body Glide. You can buy it at your local running retailer.
  7. Be prepared.
    Before race day, think through everything you need. Lay out your clothes, bottles, watch, etc. Look through your race packet. Arrive early.
  8. Visualize success.
    Visualize the day and every motion to ensure you are mentally prepared. Think about how you'll overcome pain or fatigue. Imagine your sense of accomplishment when you finish.
  9. Always have 3 goals.
    Goal #1 should be finishing the race. Goal #2 should be finishing it in a very reasonable time. Goal #3 is a best case scenario time. NEVER SET YOURSELF UP FOR FAILURE.
  10. Have fun!

Race Results

Check your race results with Sportstats

For race results questions or corrections,
please email correctionswest@sportstats.ca

We are so grateful!

Your time, effort and generosity are helping us bring clean water to EthiopiaThank You!