Certified Courses

The Courses for the Subaru Niagara Running Series have all recently been certified by Athletics Canada. Bernie Conway measured the courses and is one of five Grade A measurers in Canada qualified to measure the Olympics and World Championships and is the Chief Certifier for Canada and the IAAF/AIMS Measurement Administrator for the Americas. The courses were measured following the Run Canada procedures manual and using a Jones-Oerth counter.

Course measurement has been sponsored by NRB Modular Building Specialists.

Certification Numbers

  • Grimsby Half – ON-2000-053-BDC
  • Grimsby 5k – ON-2006-099-BDC
  • Jordan 5k – ON-2006-100-BDC
  • Confederation Park 5k – ON-2006-105-BDC
  • Peachbud 5k – ON-2006-103-BDC
  • Peachbud 10k – ON-2006-102-BDC
  • Beamsville Bench 5k – ON-2006-101-BDC
  • Run for the Grapes 5k – ON-2006-082-BDC
  • Run for the Grapes Half – ON-2006-081-BDC
  • Casablanca Classic 8k – ON-2006-087-BDC

Benie Conway, Athletics Canada/Run Canada National Certifier
IAAF/AIMS Grade A Measurer
USATF/RRTC Final Signatory

The purpose of the course certification program is to produce road race courses of accurately measured distances. For any road running performance to be accepted as a record or be nationally ranked, it must be run on a certified course. In addition, the certification program is very important to the average road racer. Most runners like to compare performances run on different courses, and such comparisons are difficult if course distances are not reliable. No one can truly establish a personal best if the course distance is not accurate. For more information visit www.coursemeasurement.ca.

Bernie Conway

Bernie was introduced to measuring in 1979 or 1980. Bernie did his first measurement in 1983 by measuring the Springbank Road Races in London. These races were very prestigious at that time and had runners such as Bill Rogers, Jerome Drayton, Frank Shorter, and many other very well known runners compete there over the years. In 1990 he attended a joint TAC (now USATF) & IAAF Measurement Seminar which was held in Columbus, Ohio. In 1989 he was appointed as a Grade A measurer for the IAAF (International Association of Athletic Federations) and AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Road Races). In the early 1990′s Bernie was also appointed as a Final Signatory for the USATF. In 2001 he was appointed Chief Certifier for Canada by Athletics Canada and in 2003 was appointed by the IAAF and AIMS as the International Measurement Administrator for the Americas.

Bernie has measured many of the U.S. Men’s Olympic Trials Marathons over the years; Columbus in 1991, Pittsburgh in 1999, and Birmingham in 2003. He measured the 2000 Pan Am Games Marathon and Race-walk courses in Winnipeg as well as the 2001 IAAF World Championships Marathon and Race-walk courses in Edmonton, Alberta and was the onsite official for these events. Bernie was also part of the measurement team of the marathon and race-walks for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.