Frequently Asked Questions

When does registration begin?

On-Line Registration opened on November 1, 2016. The field is limited to 1250 participants.

If I require additional information who do I contact?

You may contact Peggy or George Sarson, (race directors) at

If an out of town guest requires lodging who do we contact? Official Race Hotel

The Best Western PLUS Cambridge Hotel will be providing reduced rates $95.00, plus taxes for all race participants. To make a reservation you must contact the BEST WESTERN PLUS Cambridge Hotel direct, phone number: 519-623-4600 and mention you are registered for Run for the Toad. Since the number of available rooms is limited, it is strongly recommended to reserve early. Amenities will include a complimentary early morning coffee, hot buffet breakfast, indoor pool, and whirlpool.

For reservations call: 519-623-4600
And ask for the Run for the Toad rate

Is there overnight camping available?

Pinehurst Park Conservation area has excellent facilities for campers at all levels. There is a washrooms and change facilities, showers, and lots of parking.

For on-site reservations contact

What can I expect if we bring our young children to the race?

This year, the kids can look forward to the 4th Annual Children's 1km Run. Children's race entries are free. Awards include a finishing medal (see awards page). Children must be pre-registered online.


The Grand River Conservation Authority Nature Center will be hosting an educational demonstration in which the kids will be able learn about our forest, nature, critters and insects. Other fun activities are planned too!! Come visit us in the Thunder Tree Theatre Tent.

All children are welcome to participate in the parade marching during the opening ceremonies.

Do you have a post race party?

We are looking forward to serving you in grand style. The dinner is professionally prepared and catered by St. Jacobs Catering. To view the dinner menu please "Click Here."

Will the spectators enjoy this event?

All things considered, the spectators play a big part of any successful race event. Spectators are made up from other non-racing family members, support personal, press and race officials. These people are also the enthusiastic people who will cheer you on. All spectators are welcome to join in for the post race dinner. Additional meal tickets can be purchased for guests with advance notice before August 31, 2017 - $23.00/Adults $12.00/Children (under 12.)

Who are the volunteers at Run for the Toad?

Mostly, these are individuals that are well known to the race organizers. Our volunteers (many with running race backgrounds) consistently display high personal standards and project a favorable image of the sport and of volunteering. They know how to cooperate with the athletes, spectators and race officials. Many of last year's familiar faces will be back again this year.

Will there be pre-race breakfast this year?

Again this year, the Best Western PLUS Cambridge Hotel will be serving a hot buffet breakfast for the runners/walkers and their families who are registered at the Hotel. For those runners, walkers, guests, and volunteers coming directly to the race site, we will be serving complimentary Tim Hortons coffee and treats. Electrolytes will also be available.

Will there be door prizes this year?

We take particular interest in all the Post Race Activities, because it reflects the relationship within our sponsorship community.

When can I pick up my race-kit packet and registration gift?

You may pick up your race-kit at the Great Forest Bistro tent on Friday September 29, 2017, hours: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm and on Race Day September 30 between the hours of 6:30 am - 9:00 am. Remember, there is NO race day registration. At 8:45 a.m., we will commence with the opening ceremonies followed by the 9:30 a.m. race start.

What Medical support can we expect at Run for the Toad?

Under the direction of Pro Therapy International we provide an "Emergency Action Team."

A medical doctor will be stationed at the medical tent center in Tent City at all times. County of Brant and the St, John's Ambulance service will be on site. Medical Response Carts with quick response team members will be on mobile carts to respond to injury on the race course. Carts respond to life threatening trauma, significant trauma, as well as patient transfers between on site medical and EMS. Paramedics will be stationed at the finish line. Athletic therapists will be stationed at aid station 2, 3, and 4.

Will Massage Therapy be available?

The Canadian College of Massage Hydrotherapy will be providing a 12 person staff on-site for pre-race and post-race therapy.