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June 18, 2019

Upcoming Fall Runs and Walks In and Around Calgary

There’s at least one race going on almost every weekend until the end of October.

The 2014 Kidney March. Image courtesy of The Kidney Foundation of Canada, Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan Branches.

You can support a good cause and/or get some exercise every weekend just by lacing up your shoes and getting out the door for a jog. This list will keep you busy (almost) every weekend from the end of August through to the end of October.


The Ultra Night Run

When: August 25, 2018

Time: 9:15 p.m.

Cost: $55 to $60

Distance: 5 or 10 kilometres

Something to consider: This event takes place at night, so you’ll be given a headlight to wear while you run.

South Glenmore Park, 8415 24 St. S.W., ultranightrun.ca


Calgary Women’s Run

When: Sunday, August 26, 2018

Time: 9 a.m.

Cost: $50

Distance: 5 kilometres or 10 kilometres

What it’s for: This race supports the Silver Linings Foundation, which strives to help those affected by eating disorders in the province.

Something to consider: This is the 40th year that this race has taken place, so you know it has lots of history. Plus, you’ll get a handmade fused glass pendant from Nik Naks Contemporary Fused Glass if you run in the race.

Close to the Shouldice Aquatic Centre, 5303 Bowness Rd. N.W., calgaryroadrunners.com


Superhero Fun Run

When: Sunday, August 26, 2018

Time: 8 a.m.

Cost: Free registration

Distance: 5 kilometres

What it’s for: This race supports Kids Cancer Care, a charity that supports those dealing with childhood cancer.

Something to consider: Families and pets are welcome, so bring everyone out to participate. Participants are also encouraged to dress up in superhero outfits.

Behind Western Canada High School, 641 17 Ave. S.W., 17thave.ca


Kidney March

When: Friday, September 7, 2018 to Sunday, September 8, 2018

Cost: $75 to register and fundraise a minimum of $2,200.

Distance: 100 kilometres

What it’s for: This walk raises money for the Kidney Foundation of Canada and supports kidney disease prevention – it affects 1 in 10 Canadians.

Something to consider: It’s epic. Hundreds of participants march 100 kilometres over three days and rest in sleeping pots at night. The route starts by Millarville, goes through Kananaskis and finishes in Calgary.



Dino Dash

When: Saturday, September 8, 2018

Time: 10:55 a.m. for stroller races, 11 a.m for non-stroller races.

Cost: From $30. Additional fundraising is encouraged.

Distance: 5 kilometres or 10 kilometres

What it’s for: This race helps raise funding for the University of Calgary’s varsity track and field and cross-country teams. Since the race began in 2004, $60,000 has been raised to help student athletes with things like scholarships and uniforms.

Something to consider: It’s a flat course, so you’ll feel like you’re running fast even if you’re not. And you’ll go home with a tech T-shirt and a dino-inspired medal.

Foothills Athletic Park, 2431 Crowchild Trail N.W., runyyc.com


MEC Calgary Road Race Six 2018

When: September 8, 2018

Time: 8 a.m.

Cost: $15

Distance: 1 (kids’ run) 5, 10, 15 or 30 kilometres

Something to consider: This is the sixth of MEC’s seven Calgary running races this year. So if you can’t make this one, the seventh race is on October 13th at Bottomlands Park.

Fish Creek Provincial Park Sikome Cir. S.E., events.mec.ca


Beat Beethoven

When: Thursday, September 13, 2018

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Cost: $95

Distance: 8 kilometres

What it’s for: Net proceeds support PhilKids, an after-school music program by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.

Something to consider: Beat Beethoven is more than just a run – the event also features a light dinner and performances by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra while you’re running and after the race.

Fort Calgary, 750 9 Ave. S.E., runyyc.ca


Run For Little Ones

When: Saturday, September 16, 2018

Cost: Adults $30; kids $20. Fundraising is encouraged.

Distance: 1 kilometre and 5 kilometres

What it’s for: Run For Little Ones is a local non-profit organization organized by students at the University of Calgary. The organization raises funds specifically for the Alberta Children’s Hospital’s neuro-critical care unit.

Something to consider: Whether you’re racing hard or taking it easy, you’ll enjoy the scenic route that starts at Bowness Park. Plus, you can run with your kids if you want.

Bowness Park, runforlittleones.org


Life Without Limits Challenge

When: Saturday, September 16, 2018

Cost: Adult registration $40. Fundraising is encouraged.

Distance: 5 kilometres

What it’s for: The Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta, an organization that provides programs and services for individuals living with Cerebral Palsy.

Something to consider: There’s a lot of swag with this race. Your registration fee includes a barbecue lunch, a T-shirt, giveaways and entry for the draw prize. This year, they’ve also introduced two new challenges: the Assist Health Supplies Wheelchair Challenge and the Virtual Challenge.

Fish Creek Park, cpalberta.com


Hustle for the House

When: Sunday, September 16, 2018

Time: Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., races start between 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.

Cost: From $20 to $55. Fundraising is encouraged.

Distance: 1 kilometre, 5 kilometres or 10 kilometres

What it’s for: Formerly known as the Rock the House Run, Hustle for the House uses registration fees to help families with sick kids stay together at the Ronald McDonald House, located across from the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Something to consider: This is more than a run. It’s also a party. You’ll race past live music performances, street performers and dancers.

Starts at Market Mall, 3625 Shaganappi Tr. N.W., rmhcsca.org


Terry Fox Run

Image courtesy of the Terry Fox foundation

When: Sunday, September 16, 2018

Time: Registration opens at 8 a.m., race begins at 10 a.m.

Cost: By donation

Distance: 1 kilometre, 5 kilometres or 10 kilometres

What it’s for: This run raises money for the Terry Fox Foundation.

Something to consider: Runners should stay after the event for the festivities – there will be music, a barbeque and a presentation by Olympians – and visit the science centre for free after that.

Telus Spark Science Centre, 220 St George’s Dr. N.E., terryfox.org


Run For Childhood Cancer

When: Saturday, September 29, 2018

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Cost: From $15. Fundraising encouraged.

Distance: 1 kilometre, 2 kilometres, 5 kilometres or 10 kilometres

What it’s for: This run supports Believe in the Gold, is a charitable organization that works to raise awareness and help families cope with childhood cancer.

Something to consider: Everyone participating is encouraged to wear gold to raise awareness of childhood cancer. There will also be a pancake breakfast at 9:30 a.m.

Eau Claire Market Pavilion, 200 Barclay Parade S.W., believeinthegold.ca

Calgary Heartbeat Run

When: Sunday, September 23, 2018

Time: 10 a.m.

Cost: Registration from $15. Fundraising is encouraged. 

Distance: 1 kilometre, 5 kilometres or 10 kilometres

What it’s for: This run supports the Calgary Health Trust and the Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta.

Something to consider: If you’re the competitive type, know that this is a timed event and results are posted online within 24 hours after the event. If you’re not, that’s okay too. This race is ideal for admiring the fall colours.

Chaparral Valley, 1-855-515-0693, heartbeatrun.ca

Strides for Melanoma

When: Sunday, September 23, 2018

Time: 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. race start

Cost: Registration fee. Fundraising is encouraged.

Distance: 5 kilometres

What it’s for: The Melanoma Network of Canada. Funds raised at this event will help with prevention and awareness initiatives to reduce the prevalence of melanoma and help them provide patient support for those who are affected.

Something to consider: You don’t need to worry if you can’t reach the finish line. There’s no pressure to finish in a blisteringly fast time here. All registrants will also get a bottle of sunscreen and a T-shirt.

Sandy Beach Park, 4500 14A St. S.W., 877-560-8035, melanomanetwork.com


CIBC Run for the Cure

Image courtesy of Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Prairies/NWT Region

When: Sunday, September 30, 2018

Time: 7 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. race start

Cost: Minimum $40 donation or minimum fundraising commitment starting at $60

Distance: 1 kilometre or 5 kilometres

What it’s for: The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Proceeds raised support breast cancer research, education and community health grants.

Something to consider: On the same day, runners from across Canada will be participating in this race. Join in.

Southcentre Mall, 100 Anderson Rd. S.E., 1-866-302-2223, cibcrunforthecure.com


Wild Run for Conservation

When: Sunday, September 30, 2018

Time: 7:50 a.m.

Cost: Individual adult registration $65; Adult Relay Team $165

Distance: 10 kilometres

What it’s for: Formerly known as the Gorilla Run, the Wild Run raises funds for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Internationalthe Bonobo Conservation Initiative and others organizations to raise funds for mountain gorillas and other conservation efforts. The race has been taking place for the last 13 years and has raised almost $100,000 for animals facing extinction.

Something to consider: If you don’t want to run the whole race, you can also sign up as a four-person relay team. Plus, not only do you get a custom race bib, custom technical running gloves and a medal, but you’ll also receive a free day pass to the zoo for participating in this race.

Calgary Zoo North Entrance, 1300 Zoo Rd. N.E., 403-264-2996, runcalgary.com



When: Sunday, September 30, 2018

Time: TBA

Cost: TBA

Distance: 3, 6 or 12 kilometres

What it’s for: Part of the race proceeds will support the YMCA.

Something to consider: This is a tasty race with a chocolate station and fondue at the finish line. Plus, the first 100 people to register will get some special chocolatey gifts.


Alzheimer Walk and Run

When: Sunday, October 7, 2018

Time: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: Registration fee. Fundraising is encouraged. 

Distance: 5 kilometres or 10 kilometres

What it’s for: All funds support local families affected by Alzheimer’s disease. 

Something to consider: You’ll get home in time for Thanksgiving dinner. Plus, all registrants will receive a $10 Save on Foods gift card – perfect in case you need to pick up some last minute groceries.

Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade S.W., alzheimercalgary.ca


MEC Calgary Road Race Seven 2018

When: October 13, 2018

Time: 9 a.m.

Cost: $15

Distance: 5, 10, 21.1 and 42.2 kilometres

Something to consider: This is the last of MEC’s seven Calgary running races this year, so don’t miss your chance to take part in the series.

Bottomlands Park, 528 Saint Georges Dr. N.E., events.mec.ca


Halloween Howl

When: Saturday, October 20, 2018

Time: TBD

Cost: TBD

Distance: 3 kilometres, 5 kilometres and 10 kilometres.

What it’s for: This run helps generate awareness and funds for diabetes research by the Alberta Diabetes Foundation. $110,000 was raised at the 2016 Halloween Howl event.

Something to consider: Runners will be dressed up in their best Halloween costumes, and there will even be prizes for the best ones. And if you’re interested in being timed, the 10 kilometre race is chip-timed.

Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade S.W., albertadiabetesfoundation.com


Kathy’s Run For Pancreatic Cancer

When: Sunday, October 21, 2018

Time: 10 a.m.

Cost: Individual adult registration from $25.

Distance: 5 kilometres, 10 kilometres and 21 kilometre.

What it’s for: Funds are raised for Pancreatic Cancer Canada. This run has already raised more than $500,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Canada over the last six years, and they’re aiming to hit $1 million.

Something to consider: There’s going to be a lot of people wearing purple and wacky purple hats. Prizes will be given out for the craziest, most original purple hat.



Dash of Doom

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018

Time: 4:30 p.m.

Cost: Starting at $15

Distance: 1 kilometre, 5 kilometres or 10 kilometres

What it’s for: This race supports the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS), a local organization that rescues and helps animals who have been abandoned, surrendered or abused.

Something to consider: This is a Halloween night race and one of the city’s only pet-friendly road race. Bring your pooch, wear a Halloween costume, and if Fido will let you, dress him up in a costume too (there are even prizes for the best costumes). When you’re done racing, check out the festival area with games and a photo booth.

Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade S.W., raceroster.com


This story was updated to reflect 2018 races.

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