Race by Moonlight in Wakefield, QC

Come light up the night alongside the beautiful Gatineau River, Saturday, September 26, 2015

If you love running but the thought of rolling out of bed before the sun comes up, downing a pre-race bowl of oatmeal and showing up at the starting line of a race has you yawning, I’ve got good news for you: Night races exist, and there just happens to be one outside of Ottawa called the Wakefield Moonlight River Run in Wakefield, QC on September 26, 2015.

Participants can choose to run or walk a flat and picturesque 5 km or 10 km course along the Gatineau River, or can tackle the 10 Mile Wakefield Express Run if you’re really feeling peppy. All races will be timed and start at the Wakefield Community Centre just after 8 p.m. Since this is a night race and your safety is a top priority, all participants will be given an Energizer headlamp in their race kits to wear during the race. Not only will you actually be able to see where you’re going during the race, but also you truly will get to light up the night with a bunch of other runners!

The best part about night races – aside from the fact you don’t need to get up at the crack of dawn to participate – is that it’s a whole different running experience. Runners are generally much more lively before the race, and the post-race festivities planned at the Wakefield Moonlight River Run will be sure to keep your energy well after the race is over. Zumba activities at 6 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. will get runners warmed up to race, and live music from Cobra du Mandingue will keep the fun going until 10:15 p.m. Refuel after your run with hot chili (available by donation), and enjoy other local food vendors, live music and massage therapy from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the race expo.

Besides headlamps, zumba and post-race food, participants also get a Wakefield Moonlight River Run dry fit technical race t-shirt included in their race kits, and the satisfaction in knowing that part of all race registrations fees are donated to support the Wakefield Grannies and The Wakefield Emergency Fund. 

If running by the light of the moon, eating hot chili AND supporting a good cause is right up your alley, be sure to register for the Wakefield Moonlight River Run before registration closes on September 23, 2015 at midnight. If you miss the September 23 deadline, you can still register in person on race day from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., but at an extra cost (cash or cheque only) and no guarantee on the t-shirt sizes. 

For more details and to register, visit

By: Bri Wilson




“Bluebird days give way to crystal clear nights. The world's an amazingly beautiful place, you just need to get out there and see it.”

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