May 27th, 2018

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May 27th

 

Register for a Massage on Race Day? Come to the second level at the Stampede Grandstand to receive your post-race massage!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 23rd

Welcome to Marathon Week! Proclamation from Mayor Nenshi

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See You at Expo! 

 

 

 

 

May 16th

 

Volunteer orientation is TONIGHT-it isn’t too late to join as we still need volunteers!

Looking for a rewarding volunteer position? Look no further as the Calgary Marathon has you covered! We are still in need of volunteers to help us out on Race Weekend, May 25-28th. Sign up today and join us this evening at 5:30pm at our Volunteer orientation for prizes, food and more! Details will be sent to you regarding tonight’s event upon registering for a volunteer position here.


 

 

Online registration closes this Sunday at midnight!

Just a reminder that online registration closes this Sunday, May 21st at 12:00am MST. Late registration will be available at the Health and Wellness Expo on May 25-27th however space in each race category is limited. Register today to avoid disappointment and to secure your spot in the 50k, Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k or Kids Marathon!

 


 

 

Be inspired at The Confederation 150k

 

On Saturday, May 27th our solo and relay teams will run the Confederation 150k, a once-in-a-lifetime event in celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary. Join us in cheering them on!

If you're heading out for a pasta dinner on Saturday May 27th - we invite you to come down to Eau Claire Market from 6pm onwards (waves start every hour on the hour until 10pm) for The Confederation 150K solo and relay events. The start is under the Olympic arches in Festival Plaza and main aid station/transition is on S side of Crowchild Bridge at Pumphouse Theatre lot.

And the festivities continue! After your race on May 28th , grab a beer inside the Grandstand and join the party outside in the stands as you cheer on your fellow runners!

Reminder: We will be doing a draw at 2:01pm for the GRAND PRIZE which is a trip for two by rail worth $5800 from CanadaRail.ca and you have to be there to WIN! Good luck!


 

 

Ones to watch! Here's a look at the 2017 Elite Start list

 

The largest prize purse west of Toronto has attracted top Canadian runners and athletes from across the globe who are all coming to compete for a $50,000 prize purse at the 53rd Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend.

 

A mental battle will begin on Saturday May 27th with 75 ultra marathoners competing in The Confederation 150KM solo event, which they will have up to 19.5 hours to complete. Guinness World Record holder for 24-hours on the treadmill, local Dave Proctor is the favourite to win.

 

U.S. brothers, Tommy and Jacob Puzey, made headlines at April’s Boston Marathon for coming in 16th (Tommy at 2:18:20) and 37th (Jacob at 2:26:52). Jacob, who resides in Calgary, is defending his first 50K title from 2016 while Tommy hopes to break the course record, set in 2015 by Jonathon Kipchirchir Chesoo (2:17:12). Chesoo, returning from Kenya, will be looking for a hat trick and will have competition from James Aori Maati, also of Kenya, who ran a 2:14:21 last year.

 

Gladys Tarus, of Kenya, hot off the heels of her BMO Marathon win with a time of 2:39:38, will be looking to secure a second Canadian win. In the field, local favourite and two time 50K winner, Jessica Mueller (2:59:02),  Alison Blackmore (2:57:52) Amy Puzey (3:00:51) and finally past champion Lioudmila Kortchaguina of Ontario (2:29:42).

 

Top long distance runners from B.C. (Dylan Wykes, Brad Bickley and Geoff Martinson), Alberta (Kip Kangogo, Ashley Turgeon and Devon Karchut ), Manitoba (Abduselam Yussef), Ontario (Rachel Hannah, Emily Setlack, Colleen Wilson and Sami Jabril) Quebec (Francois Jarry and Maxime Lapierre) and New Brunswick (Patrick Cote) will be amongst the 50+ elites competing in the 3rd consecutive National Championships being held in Calgary.

 

May 9th

What you need to know about Package Pick Up!

We are pleased to offer participants free parking at Stampede Park for the expo. Take your time – come to the Health and Wellness expo to discover some new things that could help you in your wellness journey. Be sure to check out the Canada150 photo booth and Inspiration wall. If you are coming Saturday around 2pm you will get to meet the 2017 Flagbearers who are joining us from all corners of the country and will become honourary Calgarians at a special ceremony beginning at 2:30pm.

More info HERE on Package Pick Up!

 

Last chance: AstraZeneca Earn Burn and Learn!

Run or walk for your school on race day and it could win $3000 in fitness-related prize money!


The AstraZeneca Earn Burn and Learn School Contest closes Friday. Winners will be announced in advance of race weekend!

More information on the contest can be found here.  

 

Early bird volunteers needed! Come be a part of the action on Race Day.

Calling all you Early Birds to come out and volunteer on Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Day! 

We are still looking for Volunteers in these key areas:

Info Booth – help answer questions and direct the runners to where they need to be ready to run!  We need YOU from 5:30 am – 9:00 am! 

Course Marshals – help cheer on & direct runners while managing local traffic at one of the intersections along the race route.  You will see runners at all distances including our 50 km Ultra and the 5 km walkers. This shift will start between 6:30 am - 7:30 am and will finish between 12:00pm - 1:30pm, depending on location.

Finish Line – we need some help in the early morning hours (5:45 am – 11:00 am) to help organize the medals for the finishers. Once the athletes start coming across the finish line, you can give a medal to the runners!

Click HERE to sign up for one of these Race Weekend Volunteer Shifts!

 

Over 1,500 Volunteers will participate in the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend – and we want YOU to be part of it! 

For volunteering, you will be rewarded with awesome commemorative Canada150 t-shirt, swag and food!

Volunteer Appreciation & Orientation is Wednesday,  May 17th at the Chinese Cultural Centre. Doors open at 5:30pm!

 

Package Assembly
Expo Prep
Information Booth
Packet Pick-Up
Venue/Equipment Crew
Gear Check In

Start Line Crew
Finish Line Crew
Course Logistics
Sign Crew
Awards
Cyclists

 

 

#showyourcanada on Race Day

Wear red and white or your provincial flag with pride because we are celebrating all things Canadian for Canada150!

Stick around after the race and enjoy Village Brewery – sold inside the Grandstand on the main level at the concessions – and hit the food trucks The Happy Truck, McCafe and Family Freezed YYC Cookie Dough trucks will be serving up treats from 7am until 2pm!

 

At 2pm we draw for the trip of a lifetime courtesy of CanadaRail.ca – you must be in the stands to win the trip for 2 by rail worth $5800! How? Register. Cross the Finish Line – that’s it you’re entered to win!

More on the contest HERE.
 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2nd

 

Register before March 15th to guarantee your name on your race bib!

 

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Online registration closes May 21st

 

Whether you’re going for a BQ in the marathon or participating in your first 5K – The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend promises to deliver. 

 

Share your WHY!

 

We want to hear YOUR stories! Why are you running and what is your goal? Do you have a great weight loss story, have you overcome substantial odds to get you to the start line or are you running for something near and dear to your heart?

 

Share your story with us so we can share it with everyone…. email info@calgarymarathon.com with the subject “MY WHY IS….” or nominate someone else and share their story with us!


#showyourcanada

 

Buff Canada wants to see where you train so #showyourcanada on social media between now and the race and you could win a BUFF!

 

Race day - #SHOWYOURCANADA by wearing red and white or showing your provincial pride! Stick around after the race to enjoy the beer gardens and food trucks and at 2:01pm Canadarail.ca will be pulling 1 lucky bib number and you could win a trip for 2 by rail on the Rocky Mountaineer worth $5800 from Canadarail.ca!

 

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Volunteer!
 

Still lots of opportunities to give back on race weekend!

SIGN UP HERE 

Your Canada150 Race Crew shirt revealed!

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April 10th

It is less than 50 days until the ScotiaBank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend. We hope your training is going fantastic! Here are 3 ways you can get more involved:

 

Casting call-we want to know your WHY!

 

Do you have a marathon running story worth sharing? Perhaps an obstacle you had to overcome while training for this year’s race? Maybe you’re training for your first 42.2k and the journey thus far has been so incredibly rewarding that you just need to share? We are looking for all runners’ tales and no story is too small! Whether you are a new or seasoned marathoner, we want to hear from you. Share your story & love for running and help to inspire other runners just like you.

 

What’s in it for you?

 

The owner of the winning running story will receive a free entry to the 2018 Calgary Marathon, an awesome prize pack and so much swag (because we know runners love swag). But wait, there’s more. Media and live television opportunities, exposure on our website and endless high fives are also all part of this experience. Bragging rights included.

Contact info@calgarymarathon.com with your story by video or email and send a pic or two. The submission deadline is April 18th.

Know a running buddy who deserves to be nominated? Submit his/her story if you think they may be too shy or modest to do it themselves.

 


Guinness World Record: Be a part of #mitolinked150


Research: Help the Running Injury Clinic

 

The Running Injury Clinic at the University of Calgary is conducting research using wearable technology to investigate the effects of a marathon race on running biomechanics. The objective is to use wearable sensor technology to collect and analyze subject-specific running data before, during, and after the Calgary Marathon race to better understand the effects of fatigue on running patterns.

 

What would you have to do?

 

(1) Within 14 days before the Calgary Marathon, you will come to the University of Calgary to complete a ~10-minute running protocol while wearing a small research-based wearable sensor on your lower back.

 

(2) On race day, a Lumo Run® sensor will be secured to your running shorts, and you will run the marathon at your own pace. The Lumo Run® (www.lumobodytech.com/lumo-run/) calculates various metrics according to your movement, and we will use these metrics to analyze your running pattern.

 

(3) At 2 and 5 days after the Marathon race, you will come back to the University of Calgary and complete the ~10-minute running protocol while wearing a wearable sensor on your lower back.

 

This research has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (REB16-1044).

 

If you are interested in participating or if you have any questions, then please contact Christian Clermont (Christian.clermont@ucalgary.ca) and/or Dr. Reed Ferber (rferber@ucalgary.ca) for more information. Information about research and technology with the Running Injury Clinic can also be found at www.runninginjuryclinic.com. We look forward to hearing from you. Good luck with your training!

 

March 23rd

Reminder for all Confederation 150k Solo and Relay Teams 

Don't forget to register their volunteer by March 31st deadline

 

  • All Confederation 150K Solos must register their mandatory volunteer. 
  • All Confederation 150K Relay teams must register their mandatory 1 volunteer per team.

Click HERE to register your volunteers!

March 17th

Calgary Marathon loves pancakes!


 

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February 28th

Hip Hip Hooray! The Internet works again!

Current Price extended because the Internet was temporarily broken.

Because of an Amazon server outage (read about it HERE), our registration page was down for roughly 5 hours on Tuesday February 28th.

While this otherwise wouldn’t be such a big deal we know hundreds of people tried registering on the last day before a price increase for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend.

We have extended the current registration rates until Sunday, March 5th at 11:59:59pm - now make sure to go tell your running buddies!

REGISTER NOW

 

The Run Calgary Team

February 14th

BUFF® Headwear and the Calgary Marathon are showing you some LOVE this Valentines Day!

There is nothing quite like a warm embrace… or if you are a runner, a warm face.  The Calgary Marathon and BUFF® Canada are teaming up in 2017 to show runners the love with custom Canada 150 BUFF® gear including the brand new Pack Run Cap.

Combining style and performance, this ultra light cap is made for outdoor activities like RUNNING, trail running, trekking, or hiking. This cap offers outstanding protection against the sun and great sweat management. Best of all, you can fold it and packed into a tiny ball, and the Pack Run Cap will spring back to its original shape.

The Pack Run Cap has yet to hit shelves. If you haven’t yet registered for the Centaur Subaru 21.1K, it’s not too late! Be amongst the 1st 100 people to show proof of your Centaur Subaru 21.1K registration at the kick off to half-marathon season training and you will go home with a Canada150 Pack Run Cap. 

The first 100 people to join us at 6:00pm will get the Pack Run Cap by BUFF® worth $40 with proof of registration for 2017 Centaur Subaru 21.1K ONLY, part of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend.

THE DETAILS

  • Wednesday February 22nd at National on 10th at 6:00pm
  • Bring proof of registration for the 2017 Centaur Subaru 21.1K
  • Show it to Run Calgary reps at the back of The National on Tenth at the podium
  • Stay for Ale Trail and test out your new Pack Run Cap! We are running 6K at 6:30pm followed by a beer. You have another chance to win as there is a draw at 7:30pm for all those registered in the Centaur Subaru 21.1K.

Stay tuned for ways to get your very own traditional BUFF® Headwear 

as BUFF® Canada and Run Calgary will be showing Canada 150 love throughout 2017!

 

Love from Run Calgary + BUFF® Canada

February 6th

Meet The FlagBearers!


Want to Win? Heres How!

 

January 25th

Hey All Confederation 150K Solo Runners,

As you get deep into your training, preparation and increase in mileage we wish you all the best in the lead up to this massive once in a lifetime event.

As most of you know from the Facebook discussions there will be a group training run led by Guinness World Record Holder, Dave Proctor which will be a great way to get some miles in on the course you will be racing on for the first 100KM portion come May 27th and 28th. 

We also have some exciting news in that we have decided to add a new Start Wave at 6PM to add an hour to the cut off which give runners a 19 hour and 30 minute cut off. Some runners may find the extra hour useful.

Please see the latest updates and information on our website HERE to help you best prepare for this great event.

  • Updated Course Map is now Uploaded and available

  • Updated course and race info online (link below) 

  • Update Race Info

  • Training run on February 4th led by Dave Proctor with the following:

  • 6PM Q&A with Race Director to answer all questions race related

  • Meet at Eau Claire Running Room start running by 7PM

  • An Aid Station will be set up with water, Ultima and some gels but please still bring anything specific to your own needs for running and consider the weather when planning gear.

  • We have decided to add a New 6PM start wave option for the solos to now create a 19hr15min cut off.

  • Volunteer Sign Up link (sign up 1 person per runner) Dead line is March 31st

  • 150K Volunteer Sign Up

January 24th

After all the waiting, it will be worth it, we promise!!!

THE BUFF'S ARE IN!!!!!

For those who are in Calgary and surrounding areas, please make arrangements to pick up your Buff's from the Calgary Marathon office (Address: 200 Barclay Parade, SW Main Level) on the following days:

Monday, January 30th - 8:00am-5:00pm

Tuesday, January 31st - 8:00am-5:00pm

Wednesday, February 1st - 12:00pm-8:00pm

Thursday, February 2nd - 12:00pm-8:00pm

For those that live outside of Calgary and surrounding areas, your Buff's will be in the mail by next week and will be sent to the physical address you used when you registered! 

January 16th

Welcome Impact Canopies!

Kim Hubbs, General Manager, Vice President Sales at Impact Canopies states “We are very proud and excited to be partnering with the Calgary Marathon. The Calgary Marathon is a world class marathon and premier running event.  In addition the Calgary Marathon Society and its charitable partners work to support the community and worthwhile causes.  It is a great honour to be working with an event and organization that is making a difference in sport and in the community.  Our involvement with athletics and the running industry is critical to our company.  Partnering with the Calgary Marathon, is a great complement to our business, and we are looking forward to building a tremendous relationship together.”

 

Impact Canopies is a leading manufacturer and provider of “on-site event branding products” including custom printed tents, flags, banners and inflatable.  We help our clients “build their brand instantly”.   For more information please visit our website at www.impactcanopy.com.

January 6th

Runners!
Happy 2017 and congrats on signing up for the 2017 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon!

Your Canada150 Buff is on the way! Thank you for your patience and we will message you when they are in hand and ready for pick up. Special arrangements can be made should you live out of the Calgary area.
Happy Running!
Run Calgary Team
 

January 3rd

Happy New Years from Run Calgary!

 

We are getting ready to party like Canadians all year long in celebration of Canada’s Sesquicentennial!

Make sure you Save the Date for the party no runner will want to miss in 2017! May 28th is Canada’s Marathon in Calgary!


Don’t Miss Canada’s 150th, It will be the Party of The Year!

  • Commemorative Canada 150 Medals for all finishers  - Medal Reveal on Wednesday,  January 25th at National on 10th in the Bowling Alley – details below)
  • The Coast to Coast Course – Kiss the cod in Newfoundland, eat Watermelon in Saskatchewan and get your finisher’s medal from real cowboys in Alberta!
  • The Confederation 150K Solo and Relay Event – (Hear about The Confederation 150K and more on the CBC EyeOpener Podcast from December 29th )
  • Virtual 150K Race  – details to be revealed on January 25th
  • Run with The Flagbearers from every province and territory
  • Amazing prizes, trips and special guests – more details coming soon!

Already signed up to race from 5K to 150K? Post your badge!

                

Share your 2017 race goal by posting your badge and become a promoter and earn 5% back! Refer friends by posting a unique link on your social media – you earn cold hard cash for every friend who uses your link! Get it HERE 


January Ale Trail Theme: Tropical Popsicle & Medal Reveal!

2016 Medals from Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend

We just couldn’t wait until May to show off the Bling for 2017!

When: Medal Reveal Start time is 7:00pm on Wednesday January 25th. Ale Trail Run starts at 6:15pm

Where: National on 10th downstairs in the bowling alley!

What: Come out at  at to see the special commemorative Canada 150 medals all finishers will get when they cross the finish line.

We will also be unveiling the Guinness World Record attempts, how to participate in the Virtual 150K, prizes and so much more eh!

Sign up for January’s Ale Trail 6K Tropical Popsicle (spots are limited to 150) and stay for the medal reveal (or just come out for the medal reveal!) 

Limited space – come early! Free street parking after 6pm! Drink Specials will be in effect.


The 2017 Scotiabank Charity Challenge is OPEN!

Congratulations on helping surpass $50 million!

In 2016 alone, you and other runners helped raise over $7.7 million dollars for over 550 charities across Canada. In fact, since the Scotiabank Charity Challenge began in 2003 you’ve helped raise over $53 million – which went directly to charities across Canada to create a stronger future for young people and build vibrant communities.
In 2017, together, we can make a difference for the 100 charities that collectively rely on our contributions to provide a variety of services in the communities in which we live, work and run. 
Here is how you can participate as a runner and make your race more meaningful by donating or fundraising for a charity close to your heart. There are 23 charities signed up and dozens more coming soon. Check back or contact Scotiabank Charity Challenge Manager, Jennifer Ashley to onboard your favorite charity.
Already Registered? No problem HERE is how you can still donate or fundraise for the charity of your choice.
REGISTER for any race from 5K to 150K and create your fundraising page
DONATE Today! Click HERE to view the list of 2017 Charities (to date)

2016
December 12th

A Calgary Marathon Update – Where to find us in 2017!

But first – Beer.

YOU’RE INVITED to Ale Trail

Theme: Ugly Sweater

When: Wednesday, December 14th at 6pm

Where: Starts and finishes at National on 17th Ave

What: 5K Run + Beer & Swag/Prizes

It’s simple and free. We run roughly 5K from the pub and then we share a pint and enjoy some run chat. Each month is a different theme and there are great prizes and most times, swag for everyone. It is limited to 150 monthly and  run crews are encourage to come together!

Thank you Concorde Group/National on 17th and Steam Whistle for sponsoring December Ale Trail and Jugo Juice for providing a little something for all of our Ale Trailers.

REGISTER FOR ALE TRAIL 


Introducing Run Calgary

For the last 52 years, you have counted on the Calgary Marathon Society to put on an annual 42.2K road race in our great city and the race has certainly evolved! With a change of routes, dates, distances and venues throughout the years, we thank so many amazing Calgarians that have contributed to the organization over 5+ decades.

The organization continues to evolve and reflect the addition of new races, events and the Run Calgary Club – to which you can belong!

Become a Member!

We are still the same not-for-profit organization, led by a board of directors, executed by a small and mighty staff and group of key volunteers who give of their time and talents.

Over the last five years we have grown from 1 race annually to an organization stewarding multiple longtime events such as:

In light of this growth – Run Calgary was created to better serve our running community. This pays homage to our past and looks to the future, including in 2017 with the introduction of a brand new 10K point to point net downhill road race in support of Kids Cancer Care!

LEARN MORE HERE


Where to Find Us

All things Calgary Marathon remain the same www.calgarymarathon.com, social media handles and your e-news updates with important race information that will continue to find you – as long as you stay subscribed!

Run Calgary HQ remains at Eau Claire Market – feel free to say stop by and hello when you’re in the area!

For all our other races and events including updates on Ale Trail, find us at www.runyyc.com. This is where we will celebrate all the cool things happening in our community in run, share running news and provide open source info on where to hook up with run clubs and groups!


Vote 2016 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Alberta’s Best Road Race

Voting is open for Alberta’s Best Road Race 2016

VOTE NOW! 


Wrap up a Race This Holiday Season

Registration for the 2017 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend is open and you can gift a registration to a loved one! When you do – GoodLife Fitness is gifting you both a 2-week pass to any and all GoodLife Fitness gyms to further your fitness goals of the whole family in 2017!

GIFT A RACE 


 

November 5th

There are so many reasons why Run Calgary loves YYC but right up there at the top is YOU!

Register on #LoveYYC day, Saturday, November 5th, using the code LOVEYYC and get 10% off the Scotiabank Kids Marathon, the GoodLife Fitness 5K Family Walk and Run, the Jugo Juice 10K, the Centaur Subaru 21.1K, the Scotiabank Marathon & the 50K Ultra. 

Over the last 50 years, the Calgary Marathon has grown up! Evolving from a small race of just 19 men to world-class destination race weekend that drew runners from 19 countries and every province and territory in 2016. 
Yet it's YOU, the local runners, the new to the 5K, the race crews, the marathon vets who have been running this town since before running was even a thing - who have made The Calgary Marathon - YOUR RACE! Why? Because we #LoveYYC and all the gifts this city gives to us as runners. 

  • The clean, brisk, fresh air we breathe. 
  • Hundreds of kilometers of pathways, trails and roads for training. 
  • An inclusive running community that only wants to honor your milestones and personal achievements. 
  • Too many rad running events, charity races and race crews to choose from.

There's no doubt - Calgary is a running city!
And, 1 day a year on the last Sunday in May, runners own this town. We take over the roads, celebrate months of hard work, our community and the joy of running by taking a victory lap through this big beautiful city we call home. 
Your City.
Your Day.
Your Race. 
See you at the start line Sunday May 28, 2017!

September 29th

Hi all Gorilla Run Participants,

This newsletter serves to thank you for registering in support of conservation, wish you luck and also to give you the final information required for Sunday's event to make the race go as smoothly as possible.
Please be sure to read the information below carefully as all is applicable to runners taking part in the solo and relay categories.

Timing Chip for Relay Teams: 

  • The team member starting the race must make sure they collected their timing chip from the timing desk right before the start of the race on Sunday morning.
  • No timing chips can be collected during package pick up. Startline Timing will be set up at the start line (North entrance of Zoo parking lot)
  • In your race package you will receive a bib with race number on.The bib is blue and each team member must have matching bibs and bib numbers to ensure being identified by race officials. 
  • Race bibs must be worn the entire time on the front of your shirt.
  • The timing chip that each team is allocated must be handed over for each leg to the next runner and ensure the runner that finishes the race has this chip on them and is scanned to ensure a result.
  • No chip or bib means no result

Solo Runner Bibs: 

  • Solo runners must have a bib when they start the race which they will receive in their race kit from package pick up. Your bib is white!
  • Please ensure you start and finish race with this bib
  • No bib means no result

Mandatory Race Briefing:

  • Mandatory race briefing for all solo runners and team captains or team members starting the race
  • Race briefing will take place at 7:50 am at the start line under the arch. 
  • Race starts at 8:00 am
  • Make sure you are familiar with the map, with the legs and transitions within the distances.
  • It is the runner's responsibility to make their way to their relevant transition area and be ready on time to make the handover of timing chip. 

Transition 1: 

This is located at the Start Finish area of the race

Transition 2:

This is located at the Max Bell Centre on the River Pathway.

Aid Station: 

There will be 1 Aid Station on Course that will have Water, Ultima Replenisher and Honey Stinger Gels. This is located at Transition 2 at the Max Bell Centre on the pathway.

Parking at Race Venue Runner Benefit: 

  • Please note that the money associated with the parking fees in the zoo parking lot goes directly to the Zoo
  • Alternatively you can take C-Train to the Calgary Zoo stop!

No Access on Western Side of Zoo

The only Access is the North Side where Telus is at the CT Train Station. This is the location of the Start/Finish Area   

Free Entry to Calgary Zoo: 

You Gorilla Run Bib gets you entry to the Calgary Zoo on race day for the day. Entry is for one person for Sunday, October 2nd only.

Medals Collected after inside the zoo

  •  Medals can be collected inside the Calgary Zoo at the Kitamba Room where you can enjoy some light snacks on us.
  • Enjoy a coffee or a meal at the Kitamba Cafe at your own cost. No meals or beverages from the restaurant are included in race fee and must be paid for. 
  • Awards at 10:30 am in Kitamba Room

Package Pick Up:

Location - Calgary Marathon Office (Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade, SW)

  • Thursday October 29th from Noon - 5pm 
  • Friday October 30th from 2pm - 6pm. 
  • There is NO package pick up on race morning

Please be courteous to other runners, volunteers, Zoo visitors and race officials.
Be aware of other cyclists or runners on the pathway and keep to the right hand side

No littering!

We wish you a successful and super fun race. See you on Sunday.

 

September 6th

Dino Dash Online Registration Closes at Midnight Tonight!

Register HERE!

The weather is looking great so don't miss out on the weekend fun!

 

June 20th

Countdown to Canada’s BIGGEST Running Birthday Party!

When we, the team behind the Calgary Marathon, started brainstorming in 2015 about how we would commemorate the approaching anniversary of Canada, we had just wrapped the 50th anniversary of the race where we had added a 50K Ultra, which was a runaway success. So someone on our team said, sarcastically, “let’s add a 150K for the 150th Anniversary!!!” annnnnnnd the 150K idea was born…

Fast-forward to present day.

Registration is OPEN for the 150K solo event and we have since added a relay option for you and up to 10 of your friends.

This once-in-a-lifetime running event in celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary coincides with the 2017 Calgary Marathon Race Weekend – Friday May 26th to Sunday May 28th.  

In addition to the 50K, Marathon, 21.1K, 10K and 5K races, a unique one-time only (yes really this will not be around in 2018!) 150K relay and solo event will begin Saturday May 27th in the evening and culminate with the 50K race on Sunday May 28th.

Solo runners and relay teams will run 100K on supported pathways, through the night, before beginning the last part of their journey on the 50K Ultra Course with 15,000 of their fellow countrymen.

*Please note there is ongoing development to this event and it is subject to change at the discretion of the Race Director, Gavin Grobbelaar.

Click HERE for details on the The Confederation 150K Solo

Click HERE for on the The Confederation 150K Relay

*This is a tough event for those wanting to add the achievement of this unique race to their list of memories. It will be hard and is meant to be hard. You are required to be self-sufficient while on course and responsible for your own safety and that of fellow ultra runners through the night.

Confederation 150K: The Course for both Solo and Relay events.

This is a certified 150K course.

Click here to see course map.

Split in to 2 distinct routes

100K is a pathway looped course (reflective tape/signs/flood lighting and course marking to direct you for the night portion)

50K is the 50K Ultra Route starting at the Stampede Grounds at 7am.

  • Loop 1 – Start at Eau Claire Market Olympic Arches (roughly 11K)
  • Loop 2 – 8 identical loops – from Crowchild Trail to Edmonton Trail (roughly 9.5K)
  • Loop 9 – same but at Edmonton Trail go left on to Riverfront Ave and on to Stampede Grounds (roughly 11K)

The Relay

The 50K course will have 1 transition point at Mount Royal University for the relay teams for two legs (roughly 20K and 30K).

Relay teams can have a min. of 2 runners and a maximum of 11 runners and can only switch at the transition points.

The Buff

Register before Canada Day 2016 for ANY of the 2017 events and get a Canada150 Buff! You will be contacted when they arrive as they are on order. The commemorative Canada150 Buffs will be available for pick up at the Calgary Marathon Society office (200 Barclay Parade SW, Eau Claire Market, main level) for local participants and will be mailed to anyone who registered with an address outside of Calgary and area. 

 

June 14th

Hey volunteers!

Here is an extra little something for you from Running Room! Click HERE to see what it is!! 

 

 

 

June 3rd

Superheros and 2017 Registration is OPEN!!!

You have had a few days to take a load off, show off your bling and reflect on your race, and so have we! Now we are getting ready for next year – but first we want to hear from you on what we did right and where we can do better!

Take the survey to help us build both the organization and race weekend and be entered to win a $200 gift certificate to the Running Room. This survey will be open until June 12, 2016.

TAKE THE SURVEY


Reminder to REDEEM your Virtual Goody Bag 

Click HERE!


Registration for Canada150 is NOW OPEN!

So here’s the scoop, 2017 is a big year for Canada, our great country is turning 150, and like any good birthday bash it takes time to plan! We are putting out the invite, for runners from coast to coast to congregate in Calgary for what will be a special celebration of our Canadian history, geography and diversity. Many of the plans and logistics are well underway and we will share them with you as they become available! What we know for sure is it’s going to be EPIC!

We have added the Confederation 150K Solo and a 150K Relay events already, which will be run on a certified course that will include the last 50K of the Ultra route and we will be releasing maps/logistics next week. Some of the best ideas have come from YOU the runners, so make sure you fill out the last question of the survey above with your ideas on how to make this the biggest and best Canadian party in 2017!


Superhero Prizing

Thank you to all of our sponsors who provided SUPER prizing!

We asked you to let your #alterego run wild and did you ever!

Here are the 2016 contest winners for best costumes on race day!

You will be contacted over the coming days and prizes will be available beginning Tuesday for pick-up in our downtown office at Eau Claire Market (Main Level) during regular business hours.

THE GRAND PRIZE courtesy of CRMC

  • 2 nights accommodation for two at any CRMR Lodge
  • 1 gourmet 3 course a la carte dinner for two (excluding alcohol)
  • breakfast for two each morning

THE GRAND PRIZE goes to… Captain Clot Buster aka Martin Parnell

Captain Clot Bluster finished the marathon in 4:27:49 only 15 months after an emergency trip to the hospital that led to the discovery a life-threatening clot for the man behind the alter ego, Martin Parnell. A great friend of the marathon and champion of both the running community and Right to Play, Martin’s resiliency and ability to find both humor and humility through the experience makes him an everyday hero. Congrats Martin!

Superhero Runner Ups:

Courtesy Dave Holland
  • THE Downtown Sports Clinics Package #1 – 5109 Wonder Woman aka Marianne Wiltse
  • THE Downtown Sports Clinics Package #2 – 5459 – Wonder Woman aka Tamara Shroeder
  • THE Downtown Sports Clinics Package #3 – 2132 Super Woman aka Jennifer Spencer
Courtesy Dave Holland
  • Stampede Huey Lewis Tickets – 7253 The Sasquatch aka Peter Hudak
  • Stampede Huey Lewis Tickets – 10441 The Flash aka Laurene Codd
  • Cowboys VIP Chute Passes – 4919 Captain America aka Dave Tillit
  • Cowboys Tent Blue Rodeo Tickets - 2300 Captain Mito aka Tristan Janusc

  • $50 Gift Certificate to Jugo Juice – 3475 – Captain ForeRunner aka Sarah Hatt
  • Flat Fanny Running Belt - 2634 - Heather Aiken
  • Flat Fanny Running Belt – 4973 - Joanne Vance
  • Flat Fanny Running Belt – 3851 - Christopher Lee
  • Calgary Marathon 2016 Medal Hanger – 5019 Kevin Warcholak
  • Calgary Marathon 2016 Medal Hanger - 10174 Ben Munro
  • Calgary Marathon 2016 Medal Hanger -10175 Jen Munro

  • Calgary Marathon 2016 Medal Hanger – 10176 – Sam Munro
  • Calgary Marathon 2016 Medal Hanger – 2515 – Chris Rivera
  • Brooks Prize Package #1 – 6611 Sarah Bell         
  • Brooks Prize Package #1 – 8818 Axl Shebib
  • Brooks Prize Package #1 – 8819 Ken Shebib
  • Running Room GC $100 – 4811 (Captain Canada!)
  • Running Room GC $75 – 10070 – Jeramy Swalm

  • Fiasco Gelato Academy #1 – 11776/11775 Batdad & Wondergirl aka Patrick & Jennya Lutz
  • Fiasco Gelato Academy #2 –2260/1751 The Waldos Sarah Akierman Paul Kanciar
May 28th

Happy Race Weekend Runners!

Reminder START times for Race Day:

  • Scotiabank Marathon - 7:00 AM
  • 50K Ultra - 7:00 AM
  • Centaur Subaru 21.1K - 7:00 AM
  • Jugo Juice 10K - 7:30 AM 
  • Kids Marathon - 10:00 AM 
  • GoodLife Fitness 5K - 12:00 Noon 

Parking

Reminder - THERE IS NO PARKING ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE PARK.

If you come to park by way of 25th Avenue You will be sent to the North side. 
Please see Calgary Transit for full details on C-train.


Need More Information?

Download the Race Guide HERE


Good Luck to all the Runners on Race Day! 

Special shout out to the 2500 students who participated in the Earn Burn & Learn School Contest. 

1st Place - Foothills Academy with 2327.4 Km

2nd Place - Ecole St. Pius with 762 Km

3rd Place -  Twelve Mile School with 482.6 Km

 

May 25th

Greetings Runner!

Just a reminder you have pre-paid for a race day massage when you registered.

Please visit Makami College on the second floor of the Grandstand (there are escalators going down because going down hurts a touch more than going up!) to get your 15-minute massage after you cross the finish line.

It is first come first serve basis but don’t worry those who pre-purchased are prioritized and there are plenty of massage therapists to help take the edge off after your big finish!

Makami will also be offering cash sales for $20 to any of your friends and family who are jealous they didn’t think to pre-order!

We wish you a safe and memorable race day and thank you to our friends at Makami for helping our runners recover!

The Calgary Marathon Organizing Team

May 20th

Online Registration Closes MONDAY!

If you’re on the fence… today is the day to decide!

  • The Marathon is 99% full and will sell out before Race Weekend. REGISTER HERE
  • The 50K has less than 10 spots left REGISTER HERE
  • The 21.1K is 90% Sold Out – REGISTER HERE
  • The 10K race is 80% Sold Out. REGISTER HERE
  • The 5K race is 93% Sold Out. REGISTER HERE
  • The Kids Marathon is SOLD OUT.

Run with an Olympian on her Road to Rio!

There are few sports where you get to play with the best of the best. Part of the beauty of running is you’re really only competing with yourself yet you get to set out from the start line as the top runners and cross that same finish line – even if it is perhaps much later than the top finishers. As we look towards Rio we welcome Canadian runner Krista DuChene who will be competing in the 21.1K National Championships on her road to Rio – August 13th Krista will represent Canada in the 2016 Olympic Marathon.

 

"I am quite excited to attend the 2016 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend to compete in the Centaur Subaru 21.1 km, which also serves as the Canadian Half Marathon Championships. I know the weekend will be fun and am confident that this race will further prepare me to be at my best at the Rio Olympic Summer Games."  

 

Krista pic

Photo credit: Saucony Canada

 

Check out the website for a full roster of high performance athletes competing in the National Championships, 50K Ultra National Championships and the international field of Marathoners.


Picking up Your Race Bib!

You will get an email on Wednesday next week regarding your race bib number.

The Health & Wellness Expo starts Thursday at 4pm and takes place at The Big Four, Stampede Park. There is limited complimentary parking on the South side of the park in Lot 7 before you get to the pay gates and it is first come first serve.

The Big Four is closest to Erlton Stampede Station if you are taking the C-train.

PLEASE NOTE - THERE IS NO RACE DAY PACKAGE PICK UP

More race info at calgarymarathon.com and in your race guide, which you will get when you pick up your t-shirt and bib!


Sign up for a Race Day Massage!

You can still reserve your race day massage for $15! Log in to your dashboard at events.com and purchase a race day massage courtesy of Makami College. You will get a 20-minute post-race massage after your race on the Second Floor of The Grandstand. Alternatively it’s $20 cash on race day!


Meet your Pacers at The Friendship Run

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

May 13th

SUPPORT THE CANADIAN RED CROSS - ALBERTA FIRES 

The Canadian Red Cross - Alberta Fires has joined the Scotiabank Charity Challenge at the Calgary Marathon and across the country at all Scotiabank supported races.  
In Alberta we band together to help one and other when disaster strikes, this is proven time and again by the outpouring of support to all effected. The Red Cross will be working alongside those affected not just today, but for weeks and months and even years to come. Through the Charity Challenge, the running community has an opportunity to further support the Fort Mac relief with your support or donations to the Canadian Red Cross - Alberta Fires.  
You can make a donation or create a fundraising page to run on their behalf, anything big or small is welcome!

If you want to make a donation to Canadian Red Cross - Alberta Fires please click DONATE

Create a fundraising page in Support of Canadian Red Cross - Alberta Fires

If you are registered for a race but are not fundraising for a charity, create your fundraising profile today by clicking HERE, and then Sign Up.

Not signed up for a race? Now is the time! Get your friends, families and colleagues together and run or walk together in support of the Red Cross Alberta Fires campaign. Register today, and once your registration is complete click HERE to set up your fundraising page!

Please contact Jennifer Ashley if you have any questions at charitychallenge@calgarymarathon.com

April 28th

The 30-day Countdown is ON!

It’s 6:45am on Sunday May 29th where are you? Cozy in your bed dreaming of finish lines or on the start line for the biggest road race in Alberta? There is still time to get in the game and register for any of the race distances whether you are going for a PB or just wanting to complete your first race! The event is 75% full with one month to go!

Register HERE


SEE THE BLING BLING

Be the first to see the coveted bling for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend at the inaugural St. Patrick’s Island Fun Run. Come out and participate and get in the island spirit or just join at noon for the medal reveal!

When – Saturday May 7th at Noon

Where – St. Patrick’s Island on the main lawn under the grassy hill

What – Medal reveal for the 2016 Calgary Marathon

Who – YOU!
Why – Because we’re all about the bling

 


Reminder Downgrade upgrade tool is OPEN 

For those looking to upgrade/downgrade and have registered with Events.com ONLY, please contact help@events.com with the following information:

Step 1: Your name.

Step 2: Email address you used to register with.

Step 3: What category you are currently registered for.

Step 4: What category you are looking to transfer to.

For those looking to upgrade/downgrade and have registered with Running Room ONLY, please complete the following steps to change your registration:

Step 1: Call Calgary Marathon Office: 403-264-2996

Step 2: Give them your name and let them know what category you are currently registered for and what category to are looking to change into.

*If you are looking to upgrade your category, be prepared to pay the difference between the two prices.*

Step 3: A new confirmation email will be sent to you to show that the change went through.


WHY WE FUNDRAISE – MEET SUPERMAN COREY!

It’s the first year for Corey’s Crusaders and they have a goal that is out of this world – to fundraise $25,000 for the Calgary Society for Persons with Disabilities. They are fundraising for a specialized new bathtub for the CSPD home where Cory has lived since he was 20. His mom says, “This organization takes amazing care of our son and we are blessed and grateful to have them looking after him.” This particular CSPD house is 25 years old and the tub is 20 years old and is where the three non-ambulatory clients that live in this house, including Corey uses. This tub is expensive but is necessary for the health of these clients. Fundraise or make a one-time donation to Corey’s Crusaders and CSPD HERE


Jugo Juice knows smoothies (duh!) but Jugo Juice also knows how to pay it forward! All runners who fundraise a minimum $150 will receive an email to redeem a free smoothie of their choice.

Umm Berry Bolt anyone? 


VOLUNTEER

Not running this year? Why not volunteer! We have plenty of different positions you can sign up for, take a look and register HERE!

 


Finish Strong Proud & Free in Calgary in 2017

Pssst.... We have something big coming, like REALLY, REALLY BIG. We wanted you to be the first to know so you can mark it in your calendar (May 28th!) Make the Calgary Marathon part of your celebration plans for Canada’s 150th Anniversary in 2017. Grab your running buddies and your provincial pride because we will be rolling out some sweet (like sweeter than maple syrup) plans over race weekend that may or may not include a 150KM solo and relay race for 150 years (hint: it does), Canadian swag, and odes to all the provinces and territories for a truly Canadian experience one won’t soon forget! Eh!

 

April 12th

Upgrade/Downgrade Tool Coming

Is your training off the charts because of these warm winter and spring days and you’re looking to upgrade from the marathon to the 50K? (there are only 15 more spots!) or did you suffer an injury and would like to downgrade from the 21.1K to the 5K? Regardless of what you registered for, you can upgrade/downgrade your race beginning next week.

Watch for info coming to your inbox.

Please note -there is a $10 fee to downgrade your race and $10 + the difference between the rates to upgrade to a higher distance. 


St Patrick’s Island Fun Run

Begin summer in Hawaiian style and say Aloha by digging out your Hawaiian finest and lace up for a fun 4 KM run and walk exploring the newest addition to downtown and East Village - St. Patrick’s Island.?? Experience the island vibes during our fun run on St Patrick’s Island followed by luau right here in the city on Saturday May 7th, 2016.

We will have an awesome food truck onsite to provide 6” hoagies with your choice of pulled pork, brisket or chorizo with a side for all runners taking part.

Calgary Marathon Society is partnering with CMLC to present the inaugural run on St. Patrick’s Island will be commemorated with a special t-shirt and bib as well as a finishers’ lei.

The action begins on the South side of the river at George C. King bridge where the hula volunteers will send you off on the 4 KM tour guided by tiki torches. Finish big on top of the hill between the larger than life palm trees where Hawaiian-lei will be placed around your neck.

Stay for an Urban Luau post-race picnic and St. Patrick's Island fun following the event on the Rise.

Entries are filling up fast so don’t delay as we have a limited field. Registration includes Custom race t-shirt, bib, timed race, lei (but not chipped) and post-race snacks.

REGISTER HERE


2016 Volunteer Opportunities 

Not running on May 29th?  We are in need of more than 1000 volunteers to make race week a success! Be part of the team – there are more than 20 positions to choose from!

Save the Date – Volunteer Pizza and Beer Night is Thursday May 18th ! Come get your volunteer swag and meet the team and learn important race weekend information!

Check out all the positions HERE

  • Food Packing / Food Handing Out on Race Day
  • Race Recyclers
  • Banner Set-Up
  • Course Marshals
  • Bike Lock Up Area
  • Host An Elite

REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER HERE 

March 31st

Price Increase Happens Tonight at Midnight!!!!

Register NOW!

 

March 23rd

 

March 8th

When:

Experience the island vibes during our fun run on St Patrick’s Island followed by a luau right here in the city on Saturday, May 7th 2016.

What:

Begin summer in Hawaiian style and say “Aloha” by digging out your Hawaiian finest and lace up for a fun 4 KM run and walk exploring the newest addition to downtown and East Village - St. Patrick’s Island.

Who:

Calgary Marathon Society is partnering with CMLC to present the inaugural run on St. Patrick’s Island will be commemorated with a special t-shirt and bib as well as a finishers’ lei.

Where:

The action begins on the south side of the river at George C. King Bridge where hula volunteers will send you off on the 4 KM tour guided by tiki torches. Finish big on top of the hill between the larger than life palm trees where a lei will be placed around your neck.

After your run, stay for an Urban Luau post-race picnic and St. Patrick's Island fun following the event!

REGISTER HERE

Registration includes t-shirt, bib, timed race (but not chipped) and post-race snacks.


Want to Host an Elite Runner?

We have so many elite athletes that come from all over the world that would much rather the warmth of a host family as opposed to staying in a hotel room during the Calgary Marathon Race Weekend. If you are interested in hosting an elite athlete please click HERE and complete the form.


Not Running This Year?

Not running this year? Why not Volunteer?

Register HERE!

March 1st

Howdy 10Kers!

Take advantage of early bird pricing before March 31st! Register now and save!


In Training already? Let your friends know and share your 10KM In Training Badge!

If you’re not participating in this year’s Jugo Juice 10KM – we hope to see you on race weekend for one of the other distances (REGISTER for the GoodLife Fitness 5KM, Centaur Subaru 21.1KM, Scotiabank Marathon, or 50KM Ultra) or register to VOLUNTEER!


We know there are so many races, fun runs and walks to choose from!

Here are 10 reasons to pick the Jugo Juice 10KM race on May 29th as your kick off to the season!

#10

Calling All Superheroes – A chance to win a Staycation! Whether your super running ability is to break through walls or use your powers to raise money for the charity of your choice (see all the Scotiabank Charity Challenge Official Charities HERE) we will be watching for Superheroes on race day. Let your alter ego run for you for a chance to win a Staycation prize package courtesy of Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts 

 

#9  

All finishers get a 10KM SUPERHERO medal

 

#8

Wear your RunCalgary 10KM Technical Tee proudly whether you are running along the Bow River this summer, racing in Halifax, or training on the Vancouver Sea Wall! #CalgaryPride

#7

It’s fun for the whole family! You can all be a part of this special day no matter your fitness level! Whether you’re doing your first run with your kids or walking with your 90-year old Grandpa, this race welcomes everyone and treats the last finisher as special as the first!

 

#6

Jugo Juice will be on site serving up the limited edition Calgary Marathon smoothie!

#5

Finish in the Grandstand in front of a big crowd of your fans!

 

#4

When you cross the finish line, stick around to celebrate! There is a beer gardens with food trucks as well as kids fun zone – oh my!

 

#3

Our volunteers are THE BEST! All 1500 of them will be yelling and cheering you on by name – because it’s written on your bib!

#2

It’s the Year of Music in Calgary, which means we’re working with local musicians, artists and festivals to bring runners more local music on course than ever before!

 

#1

Run Calgary! Literally run and walk in the streets of Calgary! Start and finish in Stampede Park, make your way through the beautiful inner-city communities of Calgary with 12,000 of your closest friends and celebrate all things Calgary with its namesake race weekend the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend!

We invite you to make May 29th a Victory Lap for your friends and family to celebrate your health and your community!


We’re already working on a whole lot of for the 150th Anniversary of Canada in 2017 so be sure to mark May 28th, 2017 in your calendar! 


NEW CMS RUN CLUB!

Run with Coach Georgie Thursdays at 12:05pm we leave from Festival Plaza (between the Y and Eau Claire Market) check us out on Facebook to keep up to date with distance and pace but this club is accessible to all!

February 23rd

Mighty Marathoner!

What a winter we have had…or not had… if you’re living and training in Calgary! This is the sort of season that gives birth to a PB on race day. While you’re busy clocking KMs we're planning for your May 29 Victory Lap!

We hope you spend your hard earned dollars in Canada in 2016 and we’re up to the challenge of making this race, THE race on your calendar!


Here are some updates on the Scotiabank Marathon and Race Weekend!

  • Calling All Superheroes – Win a Staycation! Whether your super running ability is to break through walls or use your powers to raise money for the charity of your choice (see all the Scotiabank Charity Challenge Official Charities HERE) we will be watching for Superheroes on race day. Let your alter ego run for you for a chance to win a Staycation prize package courtesy of Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts 
  • All finishers get a SUPERHERO belt buckle medal!
  • RunCalgary Marathon Technical Tee

  • It’s the Year of Music in Calgary, which means we’re working with local musicians, artists and festivals to bring runners more local music on course than ever before!
  • Planet Foods is the new nutrition and hydration sponsor, which means you will be fueled by Honey Stinger, Ultima Replenisher, Go Macro Bars & Little Big Shot Energy Drink on course!

In Training already? Let your friends know and share your Marathon In Training Badge

If you’re not participating in this year’s Scotiabank Marathon – we hope to see you on race weekend for one of the other distances (REGISTER for the GoodLife  Fitness 5KM, Jugo Juice 10KM, Centaur Subaru 21.1KM, or 50KM Ultra) or register to VOLUNTEER!


We’re already working on a whole lot of for the 150th Anniversary of Canada in 2017 so be sure to mark May 28th 2017 in your calendar!

 

Run Calgary Eh! logo


NEW CMS RUN CLUB!

Run with Coach Georgie Thursdays at 12:05pm we leave from Festival Plaza (between the Y and Eau Claire Market) check us out on Facebook to keep up to date with distance and pace but this club is accessible to all!

February 16th

WHY VOLUNTEER?

Volunteers needed for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Week May 25th to May 29th

REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER HERE

We look forward to race week for so many reasons, and reconnecting with the dedicated volunteers who help out year after year is at the top of the list! Whether you love being on the frontlines or behind the scenes, it’s the enthusiasm and heart of our volunteers that bring it all together each May!

1,500 volunteers are needed for the 52nd Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend. Volunteering for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is a great way to give back to the community, support healthy lifestyles and active living and be part of Canada's longest running marathon! Whether you put in 4 or 40 hours over race week, thank you for giving of your time and talent!

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Calgary Marathon swag
  • Complimentary entry to the The Dino Dash
  • Invitation to our Volunteer Orientation and pizza night on May 18th at the Chinese Cultural Centre
  • Be eligible for exclusive draw prizes
  • Volunteer food and refreshments are provided for your shift and training
  • Experience the fun and excitement of a marathon without the training, sweat or anxiety

There are a variety of positions available as well as group and individual volunteer opportunities. Volunteering with the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon can be a great team-building exercise, a fun family bonding experience, a way to get credit for volunteer hours required for school and a new way to meet people.

For more information and to register visit www.calgarymarathon.com

 

January 19th

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge

Since you have registered for the Race you can easily click on REGISTER NOW to choose one of our 2016 Official Charities to support

Scotiabank donates $25,000 in prizing to the top three charities in 3 categories!

By joining this fundraising initiative you are participating in a program that last year helped to raise $1.1 million for 90 local charities. From 2010 through 2015, the Calgary Scotiabank Charity Challenge has raised more than $4.9 million.  

We believe together we can continue building on this achievement in 2016. 

Alberta Guide Dog Pup-In-Training

Thank you for joining us in supporting our community by being part of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge!

January 1st

Register for the 2016 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon by Wednesday at Noon.

Share the IN TRAINING badge using #RunCalgary2016 on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram

We will announce 1 winner who will receive a $100 gift certificate at Wednesday’s Kick of Event and contact the winner on social media!


Happy New Year from your friends at the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon!

Who needs fitness resolutions when you run all year long! We love the commitment runners in our great city showed throughout the holidays and we know many of you are already planning your 2016 season!


We are planning too!

Come hear all about what is in store for the 52nd edition of the Calgary Marathon AND an entire race season full of awesome running events brought to you by the Calgary Marathon Society in partnership with some stellar Calgary organizations! We will be celebrating the charitable giving from last year with some of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge winners and announcing the Guinness World Record attempts happening in 2016! Get your official race merchandise, meet the 2016 ForeRunners and bust out your capes because we have some SUPER prizes up for grabs!

Kick off Event!

  • When: Wednesday January 6th at 5:45pm – 7:30pm
  • Where: Centre Court, Eau Claire Market

Happy New Year Runners!


Remember:

Register for the 2016 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon by Wednesday at noon.

Share the IN TRAINING badge using #RunCalgary2016 on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram

We will announce 1 winner who will receive a $100 gift certificate at Wednesday’s Kick of Event and contact the winner on social media!

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December 24th

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you and yours!

From the Calgary Marathon Team

 

 

November 24th

It's Earn, Burn and Learn Time!

It’s that time of the year again! Time to sign up for the Calgary Marathon to win $3,000 in fitness gear or programming for your school in one of three categories!

School with population of 1 to 499
School with population of 500 to 999
School with population of 1,000+

All Earn, Burn and Learn participants will receive a $5.00 rebate on their race registration within 10 days of their transaction.  Just select the "school contest" box when you register here with Events.com.

There are so many benefits to getting kids running early. It improves physical well-being, reduces stress, helps build a stronger immune system, and prevents muscle and bone loss. Running builds self-confidence and is something you can do alone or as a family unit and is essential for many sports.  Perhaps the most important for us, running promotes a healthy, active lifestyle. The chance to win some money for our school is just icing on the cake!


Calling all Kids!

Registration is open for the Scotiabank Kids Marathon, sign up your children today!

 

 

Run and walk with your kids for the next 6 months leading up to the marathon and every time they complete a kilometer, have them mark it off on the tracker. On race day the kiddies will run the last 1.2KM inside Stampede Park and get a medal just like the grown ups! Download the 'Kids Tracker' today! 

Please Note: We request that all children 5 and over run without parents. Children 5 and under may run with one parent present.

There are many great viewing locations along the course to watch your child run. Once your child crosses the finish line they will enter the “kids finish corral” where they will receive a medal and snack and be released into the “Parents Corral”. Please go to the “Parents Corral” to pick up your child. You will require your matching race bib to exit this area. In the unlikely event that you cannot find your child, there will be a volunteer with a large “Lost Child” sign to help you reunite with your child. 

November 23rd

Howdy Ultra Marathon 2015 Finisher!

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon team is hard at work to bring you the best marathon weekend experience yet in 2016. We hope your training is progressing and based on the success of your 2015 race we expect an Ultra Marathon PB in 2016. What a great way to see Calgary’s best sights while taking on another big running project in the New Year!

Have you registered yet?

The Calgary Marathon Society will be launching the running season on January 6th, 2016 at Eau Claire Market - Center Court. Join us for exciting announcements on 2016, and more!

New & Improved:

  • Finisher medals for all categories and events will be more unique than ever.
  • The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is the proud recipient of the Calgary White Hat of the Year Award for best Festival/Event/Attraction in 2014
  • Keep an eye out for our new Calgary Marathon App!

What’s back…. but BETTER?

  • The 50K Ultra
  • Hosting 21.1K National Championships wit National Age Category awards in the 21.1K
  • Awesome high-end custom Brooks Running Merchandise at great prices
  • Complimentary Bike Lock Up at Stampede Park
  • Bands, DJs and Entertainment on course
  • Free Parking at The Health & Wellness Expo
  • Post-race party zone with Beer gardens and food trucks
  • Start and finish in Iconic Stampede Park with thousands to cheer you on and help you celebrate another running achievement
  • Phone charging stations at Stampede Park
  • Bagged runner food at the finish line
  • Top male and female prize packages for the 50K Finishers

We cannot contain the excitement to see you all at the 52nd Scotiabank Calgary Marathon on May 29th, 2016 and share in your success at the finish line.

Sign up before registration prices increase on March 31st.

Not racing in 2016? Give back to the running community and volunteer!

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon race weekend would not be possible without all of you - the runners, our sponsors, volunteers, the City of Calgary and our key stakeholders.

 

We wish you many happy training miles,

 

The Calgary Marathon Organizing Team

Last chance to vote Alberta's Best Road Race! 

November 23rd

Howdy 21.1 Half Marathon 2015 Finisher!

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon team is hard at work to bring you the best marathon weekend experience yet in 2016. We hope your training has been going well and based on the success of your race in 2015 we would love to see you at the start line again next year in search of that Half Marathon PB or perhaps even trying your hand at the Full Marathon. What a great way to see Calgary’s best sights while taking on another big running project in the New Year!

Have you registered yet?

The Calgary Marathon Society will be launching the running season on January 6th, 2016 at Eau Claire Market - Center Court. Join us for exciting announcements on 2016, and more!

New & Improved:

  • Finisher medals for all categories and events will be more unique than ever.
  • The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is the proud recipient of the Calgary White Hat of the Year Award for best Festival/Event/Attraction in 2014
  • Keep an eye out for our new Calgary Marathon App!

What’s back…. but BETTER?

  • The 50K Ultra
  • Hosting 21.1K National Championships wit National Age Category awards in the 21.1K
  • Awesome high-end custom Brooks Running Merchandise at great prices
  • Complimentary Bike Lock Up at Stampede Park
  • Bands, DJs and Entertainment on course
  • Free Parking at The Health & Wellness Expo
  • Post-race party zone with Beer gardens and food trucks
  • Start and finish in Iconic Stampede Park with thousands to cheer you on and help you celebrate another running achievement
  • Phone charging stations at Stampede Park
  • Bagged runner food at the finish line
  • Top male and female prize packages for the 50K Finishers

We cannot contain the excitement to see you all at the 52nd Scotiabank Calgary Marathon on May 29th, 2016 and share in your success at the finish line.

Sign up before registration prices increase on March 31st.

Not racing in 2016? Give back to the running community and volunteer! Volunteer shifts will be available for sign up in December!

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon race weekend would not be possible without all of you - the runners, our sponsors, volunteers, the City of Calgary and our key stakeholders.

Last chance to vote Alberta's Best Road Race!

We wish you many happy training miles,

The Calgary Marathon Organizing Team

November 11th

Run Calgary - Registration 

Now Open

As the first snow begins to fall in our beautiful city and our strong running culture continues to show its face with many runners still hitting the pavement and pathways on the Bow River and through our spectacular city parks now blanketed with snow. Many are training to stay in shape over winter or laying down the ground work for next year’s event now dipping under the 200-days-to-go mark. Registration for 2016 is NOW OPEN so don’t delay and beat the New Year’s resolution rush down the line and take up your spot on the start list of Canada’s longest running marathon now.


Join the Calgary Marathon Society Run Club

Stay in shape this winter with the Calgary Marathon Society's Run Club for a relaxed and social run leaving from Festival Plaza, Eau Claire Market at 4:30pm every Thursday afternoon. All fitness levels are welcome for our 5km loop on the Bow River Pathway, returning to Festival Plaza.

The Calgary Marathon Society team will be running alongside who can offer casual advice and tips for all levels of runners.


Meet The ForeRunners

Please say a big "Hello!" to the 2016 Calgary Marathon ForeRunners! The ForeRunners are the digital faces of the Calgary Marathon and will keep you up to date with their training progress throughout the year on their blogs and social media pages. Click HERE to check out the "Locals" and "Out of Towners" to meet the team.


Merch for Sale

Get into some great limited edition Calgary Marathon merchandise by Brooks Running at a great price now while stocks last. Keep the chill off as you pound the pavement this winter, be seen and be a part of this great race in our high end, technical men’s and ladies run garments.

           


Alberta’s Best Road Race- Last Chance to Vote

It’s your last chance to vote for Alberta’s Best Road Race for 2015. Many runners have cast their ballot already for which we truly appreciate. If you took part in this year’s race and have not yet voted please take just a few moments to do so via the link below in support of Calgary Marathon in the race for the province’s best road race as we aim to achieve this accolade for the second consecutive year. We appreciate your time and support as we always endeavor to improve the experience of race weekend for our loyal runners. Click HERE to vote!

October 2nd


18 Days until the Dash of Doom! 

Register now for the Dash of Doom happening on October 24th at 5pm! Get dressed up and bring the whole family, even the dog! 

Join us for an evening of running, candy, prizes and all round family/pet fun with a medal to top it all off!

Don't forget to stop by the photo booth to commemorate the occasion! 


Fall in love with Autumn Training ... & Save

Don’t even dream of packing away your running shoes just because winter is around the corner! The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is gearing up for the 52nd edition of Canada’s longest running marathon on May 29th, 2016 and we hope you are too!

Registration  is open for the 50KM Ultra, Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, the Centaur Subaru 21.1KM National Championships, the Jugo Juice 10KM, the GoodLife Fitness 5KM Walk and Run and the Scotiabank Kid’s Marathon. We are working on some fun new additions to enhance your training and race experience - more details coming soon! Be amongst the first 1000 people to commit to training through the winter and save 10% by registering HERE with the code AUTUMNSAVE15 - be quick on your feet friends this deal is good for only 48 hours. 

Get out the extra layers and fall in love with winter training!

Happy Running the Calgary Marathon Organizing Committee 

September 15th

Vote Alberta’s Best Road Race 2015!

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Society – including staff, committee, vendors and especially volunteers do our best every year to create a safe, fun and memorable experience for the thousands of people who come out to participate in the race weekend! Be it the 5K or 50K we hope you get to the start line feeling inspired and energized, run or walk through some of Calgary’s most spectacular neighborhoods rediscovering communities, meeting new friends and being entertained by local talent, finally crossing an epic finish line inside Stampede Park to thousands of people celebrating your achievement!

Athletics Alberta wants to know what about your best road race experiences in 2015 and we hope you consider The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon as Alberta’ Best Road Race – VOTE HERE.


Thank you to those who came out for the 2015 Dino Dash!

The U of C Dino track and field and cross-country clubs get a bump each year from the funds raised at the annual Dino Dash. In its 12th year, we expect more than $10,000 was raised bringing the total to more than $50,000. Funds go to help student athletes with scholarships, attend competition and pay for new uniforms and equipment, all with the intention of putting more Canadian runners on podiums and attracting runners from all over the country to be a Dino! GO DINOS!

If you need to pick up an age category medal or prize – please visit the Calgary Marathon Society office at Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW) east side main floor during business hours Tuesday to Thursday. To make arrangements outside of office hours – contact info@calgarymarathon.com

2015 Results HERE

Read the Calgary Sun article HERE

Find us on social media and see 2015 pictures HERE and HERE.

The 2016 Dino Dash 5K and 10K Road Race takes place Saturday September 10th  at Foothills Stadium– Registration is available for a discount when you register for 2016 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend


Register for The Dash of Doom – Calgary’s only Halloween EVENING race on October 24th, 2015!

The Dash of Doom proudly supports the charity Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS). AARCS is a non-profit animal charity with a mission “Changing Lives Through Kindness”. They do this by rescuing and providing sanctuary to abandoned, surrendered or abused animals, as well as providing numerous community programs to help people and their animals.

Meet some animals ready for adoption and AARCS ambassadors on race day. You and your furry friend can make a one-time donation or raise funds for AARCS HERE.

Events

1 km Kids Run (12 years and under)
5 km Fun Run/Walk
10 km Competitive Run

Location

Eau Claire Market’s Festival Place

Schedule of Events

Package Pick-up at The Calgary Marathon Society, Eau Claire Market at 200 Barclay Parade (East side, main floor, Unit B7) 

Thursday October 22 from Noon to 5:00 PM
Friday October 23 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 PM 
Check In & Registration on Race Day begins at 4:00 PM

Race Times:

1KM  -  4:45 PM
5KM  -  5:00 PM
10KM  -  5:00 PM
Awards 5KM - 5:45 PM 
Awards 10KM - 6:00 PM

Prizes and Awards!

REGISTER HERE!

Everyone gets a medal with "Doom" dashing from volcanic danger!

Get your creative cap on because the committee will be awarding best costume prizes in the following categories:

Best Pet Costume
Best Family Costumes (including kids) 
Best Group Costumes
Best Overall Individual Costume 
Runner Up on Best Overall Individual Costume
Top awards for timing will be awarded to both the top male and female in both the 5KM and 10KM races. 

There may or may not be a prize for dead last


Registration for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon 2016 is OPEN!

 

Don't forget to download your badges HERE once you have registered!

 

 

September 4th

Dear Participant, 

As a participant in Canadian road running events, you have expectations about the level of event organization you would like to see at those events. Athletics Canada, in collaboration with leading road running event organizations in Canada and provincial/territorial athletics association would like your feedback on what elements of race organization are most important to you. 

Please take 15 minutes of your time to answer the survey here. Your answers will provide valuable feedback to us as we undertake a process to develop an accreditation system that will assist the running public to able to identify quality events, as well as to inform best practices and minimum standards for event organizers.

Upon completing the survey, you will receive a coupon for 15% off the Athletics Canada store where you can buy replicate Team Canada gear and other running apparel.


Dino Dash Online Registration Closing soon... 

Online registration for this year's Dino Dash event closes on Wednesday, September 9th at 11:59PM. Don't miss out, Register Now!


Pssst....

Did you hear The Calgary Marathon Society's Dash of Doom is happening on Saturday, October 24th! 

?Register here and let the costume planning begin! 

 

July 16th

Sign up for the 2015 Dino Dash

The Dino Dash was conceived in 2004 by two University of Calgary Students as a way to increase funding for the University of Calgary's Dinos cross-country and track & field teams. $40,000 has been contributed to help provide scholarships, competition opportunities and uniforms. It is a great success, back to school community event and it continues to grow under the Calgary Marathon Society. 

Register HERE for the 5K or 10K before September 9th, 2015 at midnight before prices increase. 

Race date: September 12th, 2015 (see website for start times)

Participate this year and get your very own Dino Dash T-shirt & Medal! You won't want to miss out!

Check out more information HERE!

    

Go Dinos!

June 5th

THANK YOU! VOLUNTEERS ... YOU ARE SIMPLY THE BEST!

We say it a lot - thank you - because we understand you are sacrificing your time, energy and enthusiasm to create a safe and memorable race weekend for our participants, so THANK YOU!

From the moment Mayor Nenshi proclaimed May 24th to May 31st "Marathon Week" to the last volunteer leaving Stampede Park, it was an epic week that created many smiles, PBs and memories. 

While thank you really doesn't cut it, we appreciate so much seeing so many of you year after year and take notice of your loyalty, dedication and spirit of giving. 

You're a part of the family and we hope to see you in September for the Dino Dash, register today, it's on us. Details below. 


Take a Quick Survey...

Please take this short survey so we can enhance the volunteer experience for next year! You will be entered to win a $200 gift certificate to The Running Room. 

CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY


Register for the Dino Dash...

It's on us!

As a way to thank you our beloved volunteers, to give back to the U of C running program and to grow the sport, the Calgary Marathon Society pays the entry fee for any volunteer who wants to participate in the 5K or 10K Dino Dash. 

Please REGISTER here and choose either Calgary Marathon Volunteer 5K or Calgary Marathon Volunteer 10K and use the code: CMSvol2015

​The discount code above is only good for those that showed up for volunteer shifts during race week. 

Participate this year and get your very own Dino Dash Medal! You won't want to miss out!

June 1st

[fname] [lname],

Congratulations!

We hope you’re basking in a beautiful post-race glow; you accomplished greatness yesterday!

Whether it was your first or 101st race, the dedication and sacrifice that goes in to getting to the start line are to be celebrated. You and 11,896 others pushed your limits and finished strong; we are so proud to be a part of that journey.

From all of us at the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, thank you for celebrating the 51st Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend as we ushered in a new era, including a National Championships and the first live broadcast of the event. You can relive the magic by watching it HERE

Congratulations to Kip Kangogo of Lethbridge and Lanni Marchant of London, Ontario for breaking the course records and becoming the 21.1K Canadian Champs with times of 1:06:39 and 1:12:17. World-class athletes gave it their all and records fell – it was running at its best, all in the spirit of healthy competition. We look forward to 2016 when athletes will face off in year two of the National 21.1K Championships, again here in Calgary.

The last finish was as glorious as the first and we continue to be energized by your stories of motivation and the fierceness of your finish.

We are proud to live in a city that believes so strongly in community, giving and active living. $1 million was raised in the Scotiabank  Charity Challlenge for 90 official charities. If you were inspired on race day, it’s not too late to make a one-time donation to any of the charities by clicking HERE. Every dollar counts! 

We want to thank every one of you. We applaud the communities that have embraced us so warmly, we salute every single volunteer, and we thank the CPS, all of our city agencies, our dedicated partners, and our committed staff.

You're an official 2015 [event_distance] finisher with a time of [ftime]. Avoid the stairs, indulge in your favourite food and relish the moment – it won’t be back for 364 days. Secure your sequel by registering for May 28, 2016 OPEN NOW.

Download your post-race digital badges HERE to share your accomplishments with friends and family.

 

The Calgary Marathon Organizing Team

Pictured above: Olympian and 2015 Honorary Chair for Calgary Marathon Society, Chandra Crawford jumps for joy at the finish line yesterday.

May 12th

Remember to SMILE on race day!

You will be pleased you did when you receive your FREE professional race day photo of you in action on the race route, courtesy of our friends at East Village.

To celebrate three consecutive years as the winner of the Neighbourhood Spirit Challenge, East Village is celebrating your 2015 race day achievements by sending you a complimentary photo taken in East Village by the professional on course photographers. The Calgary Marathon is proud to partner with East Village and MarathonFoto to be the first race in Canada to provide a free photo to participants after their big win.

We are even making it easy to share! Opt in to the Facebook app  and we will share it right to your Facebook when it's available! Otherwise it will be emailed direct to your inbox in the days after the race. You can still purchase all your race day photos from MarathonFoto following the race, including your finish line photos.

Happy Running!

Your Free Race Day Photo Brought to You by:

 

May 8th

VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION AND APPRECIATION EVENT

Volunteers are the heart of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

As part of our effort to thank our volunteers for their tremendous contributions to the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon and to ensure you have the information you need to fulfill the requirements of your role, we will be hosting a Volunteer Orientation and Appreciation on Thursday, May 14th!

Please join us for some pizza and refreshments, meet your committee lead and fellow volunteers, pick up your volunteer package and t-shirt and join in on some of the volunteer training breakout groups.

Event Details

When: Thursday, May 14th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Chinese Cultural Centre at 197 1 Street, SW.

**All volunteers that attend will receive a little something extra as a thank you gift on us! **


Schedule

5:00 p.m. Doors open and registration

5:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m. T-shirt pick-up

6:00 p.m. Pizza and drinks are served

6:30 p.m. Welcome from the organizing committee

6:45 p.m. What to expect on race weekend 

7:00 p.m. Race day safety briefing by the medical director

7:10 p.m. Q&A and draw prize

7:20 p.m. Break out groups

7:30 p.m. Group Hug...kidding! But seriously we love our volunteers! 

We hope to see you there!

April 28th

Be the first to see the *Bling* & 2015 Technical T-shirt!

What better way to mark one month until the 2015 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend than by unveiling the finisher’s medal and participant t-shirt?!

ALSO Join us and receive a 2 for 1 Smoothie Coupon from Jugo Juice!

Attending? Join the Facebook Event 

What – 1-month until race day medal and t-shirt reveal
When – Wednesday, April 29th, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (5:45 reveal)
Where – Eau Claire Market Centre Court
Who – YOU! Bring your friends and family, it’s free and open to the public!

If you can’t make it  - check us out on FacebookTwitterInstagram for pictures and race weekend updates.

April 16th

 

April 10th

Please join us on Friday May 29th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at National on 8th on the 3rd floor of Scotia Centre at 225 7th Ave SW for a VIP kick off cocktail event for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend.

This is an invite only event. Dress code is casual. 

Please RSVP HERE to confirm your attendance. Please scroll down if you can't view on your screen the RSVP button.

Cocktails and appetizers will be served at 6 p.m. with a short program at 7 p.m to thank our generous sponsors, salute our elite athletes, including Canadians from all over the country competing in the 21.1K National Championships, and honor some outstanding contributors to the running community for the 2015 Hall of Fame.


Race Weekend Schedule of Events

Friday May 29th - 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - VIP Event at National on 8th

Saturday May 30th - 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Health & Wellness Expo & Speaker Series

Sunday May 31st – Race Day begins at 6:30 a.m.

  • Marathon/21.1K/50K Ultra                                  6:30 a.m.
  • 10K                                                                         7:00 a.m.
  • 5K Family Walk & Run                                         11:30 a.m.
  • Beer garden, food truck festival & kids’ zone   10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Elite Awards                                                          10 a.m. onwards
March 31st

Don't Miss Out...

Registration Prices Increase at Midnight Tonight

March 31st, 2015! 

Register Now To Take Advantage Of
 'EARLY BIRD' Pricing!

 

 

March 20th


February 25th

Media Running Showdown - Back in 2015!  

Get off the sidelines and participate!

YOU are invited to participate in the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend in the 5K, 10K, 21.1K or Marathon.

Participate in a community event
Celebrate a Calgary tradition 51 Years Strong
Compete for media glory and cash for your charity of choice!

Which newspaper employs the fastest reporters? What station will take to the airwaves on June 1st with bragging rights for quickest runner? There are 90+ local charities participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge and the Media Running Showdown is a great way to raise money for a cause close to your heart!

 

What you need to know!

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon takes place on May 31, 2015

Complimentary entries are open to journalists, photographers, videographers, producers and editors in each of the four distances: Scotiabank Marathon, Centaur Subaru 21.1K, Jugo Juice 10K, 5K walk and Run.

Prizing for the top man and woman in each distance category to an official charity of choice:

Marathon — $700
21.1K — $300
10K - $200
5K — $100

 

 

2014 Centaur Subaru Half Marathon Media Showdown champion

Kristen Odland Calgary Herald

 

Here is a complete list of 2015 official charities in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

Media outlets are limited to 5 free entries per outlet in a combination of any or all four race categories.

Winners will be announced the day of the race and prize money allocated directly to the charity of choice.

A work email address must be provided as proof of employment when registering for the Media Running Showdown.

In addition to competing for the top Media Running Showdown prize, raise money for a charity of choice when you register online and recruit your non-running colleagues to sponsor you!

To register, please email info@calgarymarathon.com by Friday, April 24, 2015 with Media Running Showdown in the Subject Line and we will send you a unique-one time only code to register in the 2015 MEDIA RUNNING SHOWDOWN!

When tweeting and providing training updates in advance and on race day use #RunYYC and @CalgaryMarathon for your followers and friends to cheer you on!

February 19th

Looking for Home Stay Families to Host Elite Athletes

Thank you to the Calgary families who opened their homes to visiting elite athletes from around the country and all around the globe in 2014. As hosts of the 21.1K National Championships, The Calgary Marathon is seeking more families who are willing to take in athletes and share in the magic of race weekend.

Please email with all the relevant information required below, if you are willing to meet the following requirements:

  • Return airport shuttle where applicable between May 28 and May 31
  • Attending with your athlete the VIP event (Friday night) Expo (Saturday) and Race (Sunday)
  • Feeding and providing a bed for your athlete.
  • House must be non-smoking.

Please apply with the following information to: info@calgarymarathon.com with “Host Family Application” in the subject line.

  • Name:
  • Phone Number:
  • Accommodation you are able to provide (ie. Single bed, pull out couch in spare room etc):
  • Address:
  • Tell us about your family including any pets:
  • Why do you want to host an elite runner?

 


Volunteer Registration NOW OPEN!

Whether you’re running or sitting this one out, you can still be a part of a Calgary Tradition 51 Years Strong by giving us your time and energy. It takes more than 1200 volunteers to make race weekend a success and we couldn’t do it without the dedication of runners, their friends and families and Calgarians who love this city and love giving back.

Check out pre-race day opportunities if you’re running 

Race Day opportunities if you’re not running

And group/team opportunities 

As well as year round volunteer roles if you want to be more involved! 

 

Thank you for being a part of the Calgary Marathon family!


Freebe Fridays is back for the 3rd Year!

“Like” Calgary Marathon on Facebook and follow @CalgaryMarathon on Twitter and Instagram to take part in Jugo Juice Freebie Fridays! Each Friday a question will be posted online and a random winner will be chosen. Tell us what you’re listening to during your tempo runs, where you go to pound the pavement, how you cross train and all sorts of other inside information that makes a runner tick… and you could win a FREE Jugo Juice Smoothie or Fresh Pressed Juice. Thanks Jugo Juice!

 

February 5th

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Honours Rightful Top Marathon Female Finisher of 2014 After 1st Place Winner Disqualified by IAAF

 The Calgary Marathon Society is celebrating three local running heroes who didn’t stand in their rightful podium place in 2014. A ruling by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), disqualified the results of the top finisher, Emily Chepkorir. Chepkorir previously tested positive for Nandrolone (anabolic steroid) at races in Guatemala on January 26 and Mexico on March 2; all subsequent results are disqualified and she is ineligible to compete until April 5, 2016.

1st place Maria Zambrano, 2nd place Nadine Mueller and 3rd place Andrea Glover

The top three women have been alerted and are being properly compensated for their outstanding race day efforts with the rightful prize money. Maria Zambrano, of Calgary, is awarded 1st place in the woman’s marathon, Nadine Mueller, of Canmore, placing second and Andrea Glover, of Nanton, Alberta, placing third.

1st place Maria Zambrano

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon has already adjusted the 2014 marathon results. “We can change the results and award prize money, but the athletes never get that day back,” says Calgary Marathon Society Chair, Dan Ouimet. “On behalf of the Calgary Marathon Society we acknowledge their winning performances and congratulate their efforts and invite them to return to compete in the 51st Scotiabank Calgary Marathon.”

2nd place Nadine Mueller

To ensure excellence of future championship races, including the 21.1K National Championships being hosted in conjunction with the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend, elite runners may be subject to drug testing in 2015. Athletes having positive drug test results will have their cases investigated and The CMS reserves the right to withhold any and all prize money until any such investigation has been completed.

3rd place Andrea Glover

For a complete list of athletes currently serving a period of ineligibility as a result of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under IAAF Rules visit: http://www.iaaf.org/about-iaaf/documents/anti-doping#sanctioned-athletes

January 26th

Howdy 50K Ultra 2014 Finisher!

Excitement for the 2015 Race Weekend is building! After reviewing survey feedback and your online posts, we have tweaked plans and expect your race experience to be exceptional this year!

Have you registered? 

Some changes on deck for 2015!

  • Hosting 21.1K National Championships with
  • National Age Category awards in the 21.1K
  • Phone charging stations at Stampede Park
  • 3D *bling* for all races, unique 50K Ultra Medal
  • Bagged runner food at the finish line
  • Top male and female prize packages of “Beef, Beer ‘N Boots” for the 50K Finishers
  • “It’s a Runner Thing” Event Participant Technical T-shirt

What’s back…. but BETTER?

  • The 50K Ultra
  • Complimentary Bike Lock Up at Stampede Park
  • Bands, DJs and Entertainment on course
  • Free Parking at The Health & Wellness Expo
  • Post-race party zone with Beer gardens and food trucks
  • Start and finish in iconic Stampede Park with thousands to cheer you on and help you celebrate another running achievement

We are looking forward to seeing how your training has progressed over the last year at the 51st Scotiabank Calgary Marathon on May 31.

Sign up before registration prices increase on March 31st.

Not racing this year? Give back to the running community and volunteer

Whatever you are training for - We wish you well!

Thank you for voting The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Alberta’s Best Road Race in 2014!

 

Happy Running, 

The Calgary Marathon Organizing Committee :)

 

January 26th

Howdy 10K 2014 Finisher!

Excitement for the 2015 Race Weekend is building! After reviewing survey feedback and your online posts, we have tweaked plans and expect your race experience to be exceptional this year!

Have you registered?

Some changes on deck for 2015!

  • Hosting 21.1K National Championships with
  • National Age Category awards in the 21.1K
  • Phone charging stations at Stampede Park
  • 3D *bling* for all races, unique 50K Ultra Medal
  • Bagged runner food at the finish line
  • Top male and female prize packages of “Beef, Beer ‘N Boots” for the 50K Finishers
  • “It’s a Runner Thing” Event Participant Technical T-shirt

What’s back…. but BETTER?

  • The 50K Ultra
  • Complimentary Bike Lock Up at Stampede Park
  • Bands, DJs and Entertainment on course
  • Free Parking at The Health & Wellness Expo
  • Post-race party zone with Beer gardens and food trucks
  • Start and finish in Iconic Stampede Park with thousands to cheer you on and help you celebrate another running achievement

 

We are looking forward to seeing how your training has progressed over the last year at the 51st Scotiabank Calgary Marathon on May 31.

Sign up before registration prices increase on March 31st.

Not racing this year? Give back to the running community and volunteer

Whatever you are training for - We wish you well!

Thank you for voting The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Alberta’s Best Road Race in 2014!

 

Happy Running, 

The Calgary Marathon Organizing Committee :)

 

January 21st

Howdy Marathon 2014 Finisher!

Excitement for the 2015 Race Weekend is building! After reviewing survey feedback and your online posts, we have tweaked plans and expect your race experience to be exceptional this year!

Have you registered? 

Some changes on deck for 2015!

  • Hosting 21.1K National Championships
  • Phone charging stations at Stampede Park
  • 3D *bling* for all races, unique 50K Ultra Medal
  • Bagged runner food at the finish line
  • Top male and female prize packages of “Beef, Beer ‘N Boots” for the 50K Finishers
  • “It’s a Runner Thing” Event Participant Technical T-shirt

What’s back…. but BETTER?

  • The 50K Ultra
  • Complimentary Bike Lock Up at Stampede Park
  • Bands, DJs and Entertainment on course
  • Free Parking at The Health & Wellness Expo
  • Post-race party zone with Beer gardens and food trucks
  • Start and finish in Iconic Stampede Park with thousands to cheer you on and help you celebrate another running achievement

We are looking forward to seeing how your training has progressed over the last year at the 51st Scotiabank Calgary Marathon on May 31.

Sign up before registration prices increase on March 31st.

Not racing this year? Give back to the running community and volunteer

Whatever you are training for - We wish you well!

 

Thank you for voting The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Alberta’s Best Road Race in 2014!

Happy Running, 

The Calgary Marathon Organizing Committee :)

January 6th

Beginning at 5 p.m. show your 2015 Registration (on your phone!) for a free tee cotton t-shirt at the 2015 Kick off Event.

Limited sizes and colors available to the first 500 so come early to not be disappointed.

WHEN:

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

“Doors” Open at 5:00 p.m.

Short Program at 5:45 p.m.

Please note the Running Room Eau Claire has an open, free club run night that begins at 6 p.m. running various speeds and distances. All welcome.

Wrap at 7 p.m.

WHERE:

Eau Claire Market outside Running Room at Centre Court

200 Barclay Parade SW

WHO/WHAT:

Lace up, grab your favorite running buddy and join the Calgary Marathon Organizing Team to celebrate the 2015 training season.

  • See the 2015 Maps
  • Hear about what’s new
  • Taste the 2015 Official Calgary Marathon Smoothie from Jugo Juice and enter your best smoothie name for a chance to win a great prize package
  • Hear Martin Parnell speak to his Quests coming to an end
  • Learn of the Scotiabank Charity Challenge Feature Charities
  • Meet the 2015 ForeRunners, Calgary Marathon’s Digital Ambassadors.

The 2015 Race Weekend is only 144 days away! Let’s celebrate together next week!

 

 

2014
December 31st

Register Today & Save 20.15%

2014 is wrapping up and the holidays are coming to a close. We hope you enjoyed every minute with friends and family!

Whether you ran diligently through snow, wind (and a turkey hangover) or you stayed close to the hearth and home, now it’s time to resolve to run in 2015.

Set your 2015 Race Weekend Goal and register in the next 24 hours for any race from the Family 5k, Jugo Juice 10K, Centaur Subaru 21.1K National Championships, Scotiabank Marathon or 50K Ultra and save 20.15% just for resolving to run!

Use the code RUN2015 in the Discount Code (case-sensitive)

Ready, Set, Register. 

Then get out there, and run your last run of 2014. Just because you can.

Happy New Years & Happy Running

From the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon 

 

December 5th

Vote NOW! Alberta’s Best Road Race Closes TODAY!

It’s your last chance runners! Choose your most favorite and memorable road race of 2014!

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Organizing Committee is inviting you to vote for the 50th Anniversary Race Weekend as Alberta’s Best Road Race!


It takes less than 30 seconds and can be done right NOW even on your mobile device!

VOTE 

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend was voted by Runners Alberta’s Best Road Race in 2013, 2012, 2010 and 2009!


Registration for 2015 is OPEN

Get a head start on your new year’s resolutions by registering today for any of the 2015 Race Weekend events!

There is a race for every age and ability – including a Kids Marathon, 5K Walk and Run, Jugo Juice 10K, Centaur Subaru 21.1K National Championships, Scotiabank Marathon and BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…The 50K Ultra!

First Male Finisher - 50K Ultra Marathon- Justin Kurek

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give the gift of health and wellness for Christmas and register as a family, it’s never been easier with the family registration function! 

Click HERE to register!

September 2nd

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR THE DINO DASH, SATURDAY! 

September is here and school is in session but before you run out the door - be sure to take advantage of complimentary registration for the Dino Dash, which is happening this Saturday. Online registration closes Wednesday at midnight.

REGISTER here and choose either Calgary Marathon Volunteer 5K or Calgary Marathon Volunteer 10K and use the code: DinoCMV2014

Saturday, September 6, 2014 – Foothills Track

Race Start Times:

  • 10K Run - 11:00 am
  • 5K Run/Walk - 11:00 am
  • 10K stroller - 10:55 am
  • 5K stroller - 10:55 am

Mini-dinos can play too… there is a Free Dino kids triathlon (long jump, ball throw, 50m sprint)

Don't feel like running? VOLUNTEER - click here or contact Volunteer Coordinator: Sam Dorosz at 1-403-470-3949 or samdorosz@gmail.com

Shirt & Medal Sneak Peek!

 

After you have worked up a dino-sized appetite make sure you hit up the Tao-Rex food truck that will be on site in the Wild Rose beer gardens following the race serving up t-rex bones and fossil fries!

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June 26th

The Calgary Marathon Society (CMS) aims to provide you with information that is relevant and of value to your training and race experience.

CASL Update

We require your consent to continue to send you updates under Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL), which comes into effect on July 1.

You may unsubscribe from CMS’s e-communications at any time by using the unsubscribe buttons included in each of our messages.

To continue to receive updates from The Calgary Marathon Society, Please click here to update your information

Please note that if you do not confirm your email contact by following the link above, you will be unsubscribed from our mailing lists. By unsubscribing, it means we can’t contact you for race weekend updates, registration transfers, or Calgary Marathon exclusive invites and promotions in the future.

If you have additional questions regarding this email, please contact our office at info@calgarymarathon.com

To learn more about CASL compliance, please visit this page

Mailing address:
Box 296, Station M, Calgary, Alberta 
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www.calgarymarathon.com

June 17th

Last Chance!!!!!!

50% off 50th Anniversary official race merchandise.

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend, The Calgary Marathon Society had a limited amount of official race merchanside for sale on Race Weekend. In case you missed it or didn't get a chance to buy a special commemorative item, we are opening up the doors for three days only to blow out all leftover merchandize at 50% off!

*Sorry, online orders can no longer be placed and we are not able to ship.

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This is the last day to come see us at the Marathon office located in Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade) on the main floor, straight ahead when you enter through the east doors across from Royal Rugs and beside Power in Mortion Bike Shop. Merchandise will be sold at the following times:

June 21st - 10am-2pm

We will be accepting Cash and Credit Cards only. (There is a bank machine located just down the hall.)

*Sorry, online orders can no longer be placed and we are not able to ship.

Men's Shirts

Women's Shirts

 

 

Singlets

Sweater's & Jackets

 

 

Hats & Socks

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

June 9th

THANK YOU!

VOLUNTEERS ... YOU ARE SIMPLY THE BEST!

We say it a lot - thank you - because we understand you're sacrificing your time and giving of your energy and enthusiasm to create a safe and memorable race weekend for our participants, so THANK YOU. 

It certainly takes an army to execute an event of this size but to put on a world-class destination 50th Anniversary party that was overwhelmingly a smashing success... it took each one of you showing up and fulfilling your volunteer position whole heartedly.

From the moment Mayor Nenshi proclaimed May 26th to June 1 "Marathon Week" to the last volunteer leaving Stampede Park after being drenched in a post-race down pour, it was an epic week that created many smiles, PBs and memories. 

While thank you really doesn't cut it, we appreciate so much seeing so many of you year after year and take notice of your loyalty, dedication and spirit of giving. 

You're a part of the family and we hope to see you in September for the Dino Dash, register today, it's on us. Details below. 

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Survey to Win!

Please take this short survey so we can enhance the volunteer experience for next year! You will be entered to win a $200 gift certificate to The Running Room. Draw will be made June 18th and winner contacted and announced. 

CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY

As a way to thank you our beloved volunteers, to give back to the U of C running program and to grow the sport, the Calgary Marathon Society pays the entry fee for any volunteer who wants to participate in the 5K or 10K Dino Dash. 

Please REGISTER here and choose either Calgary Marathon Volunteer 5K or Calgary Marathon Volunteer 10K and use the code: DinoCMV2014

Participate this year and get your first ever Dino Dash Medal! You won't want to miss out!

 

June 1st

[fname] [lname],

YOU DID IT! Congratulations! Your hard work and training paid off and we couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate your accomplishment. Your spirit inspired throughout the day, and your 15,000 smiles lit up the entire city of Calgary.

From all of us at the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, thank you for celebrating 50 Years Running with us.

We are proud to live in a city that believes so strongly in community, giving and active living.

As we congratulate our flagship race winners and new course record holders in both the men's and women's Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, Kip Kangogo from Lethbridge with a time of 2:19:47 and Emily Chepkorir from Halifax with a time of 2:46:21, we also celebrate each of you as a champion.

From Mayor Nenshi proclaiming it “Marathon Week” in Calgary on May 26th to the Health and Wellness Expo and keynote speakers that lasted 3 days and saw 20,000 visitors at The Big Four, to the Finish Line Sunday when the last runner Kimberly Schultz crossed as magnificently as the first, and everything in between, the weekend was a beautiful blur of inspiration. Congratulations to the newly engaged half-marathoners Jeff and Amy after a spectacular surprise proposal at the Finish Line.

This was an important year in the organization’s history, as we honoured our humble beginnings and brought together the many people who have shaped this organization, it was an opportunity to reflect and collaborate on where to go next. We look forward to ushering in a new era in 2015 and hope we see you cross the finish line again.

We want to thank every one of you. We applaud the communities that have embraced us so warmly, we salute every single volunteer and commend those who raised a record-breaking $1,150,000 in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge for 91 official charities. If you were inspired on race day, it’s not too late to make a one-time donation to any of the charities by clicking here. We thank the CPS, all of our city agencies, our dedicated partners, and our committed staff.

Check our website for full race coverage.

You're an official 2014 [event_distance] finisher with a time of [ftime]. We hope the joy of June 1 will stay with you forever.

The Calgary Marathon Organizing Team

May 31st

ATHLETE ALERT

Runners Please be Aware of these Critical Points:

Start Time:

Start time for the Wild Rose Brewery 50K, Scotiabank Marathon and Centaur Subaru 21.1K is at 7:00 AM SHARP!

Access to the start line will open at 6:00 AM.

Participants will self-seed using the Corral flags (shown below) and the letter on their bib (A,B, or nothing) according to your estimated finish time at registration. If you don’t have a letter on your bib, please seed in the OPEN corral.

ELITE Corral - Must have ELITE bib

Corral A

Marathon: Sub 3:30

½ Marathon: Sub 1:40

Corral B

Marathon: Sub 4:30

½ Marathon: Sub 2:10

Open Corral

Current forecast for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon:

High of 21 degrees. Increasing cloudiness. 40 percent chance of showers in the afternoon and early in the evening with risk of a thunderstorm.

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ATTENTION ALL RUNNERS

Please watch your step and your surroundings while you participate in the Wild Rose Brewery 50K Ultra, Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, Centaur Subaru Half Marathon and Jugo Juice 10k and AstraZeneca 5K Walk and Run on June 1, 2014.

There will be several areas of the course where the street becomes narrow and will be tough for large packs to run through. Be careful and think of your fellow runners. Below is a list of areas to watch for:

Marathon, 50K and 21.1K runners follow the same route until the 9.5km point where marathon and 50K runners turn left to take a scenic trip through some of southwest Calgary's most iconic neighbourhoods.

Marathon and 50K will be on the same route as 21.1K runners when turning back onto 17th Ave.

Runners will be separated again shortly before the 21.1km turn around point where Marathon and 50K runners will continue straight and 21.1K runners will make a u-turn onto the south side of Memorial Drive.

Marathon and 50K runners will transition to the south side of Memorial Drive just west of Crowchild Trail and will complete an out and back section on the south side of Memorial.

The turn around point for 50K and marathon is not at the same location. Please be conscious of signage and marshal instructions. The 50K turn around is FIRST followed by the marathon turn 80m later.

When Marathon and 50K runners return to the 21.1km turn-around, the Marathon and 50K runners will be asked to transition to the left lane; 21.1K runners will stay in the right lane.

50K runners will be asked to stay to the far left lane as they approach the 50K only turn on Memorial and 10A Street for the first time.

50K runners will make this turn once to complete a second loop of the Memorial Drive section making up the additional distance.

Where the road is coned in the middle, 21.1K runners always stay right; 50k and Marathon runners always stay left.

10K runners will be in the left lane when turning on to Centre Street Lower Deck Bridge from Memorial Drive and will remain in the left lane for the duration of the race.

Please be sure you can always hear the directions of course marshals. Why is it important to be in the correct lane?

* We have planned the course for optimal enjoyment of all of our runners and you are in that lane for a reason!

* You won’t butt up against other runners who may be further or less far in to their race and going a different pace.

* You will finish under the right clock!

Getting to and from the Race

We strongly encourage participants and spectators to take Calgary public transit to Stampede Park or to a nearby Park and Ride station. The Erlton LRT Station is the closest stop to the Grandstand (start/finish). Please check with Calgary Transit for start times and bus routes.

Road Closures

Allow yourself ample time to make it to the start area of the race. Please check the Closures section of our website for important road closure information.

Note: 12th Ave between 3rd St and 5th St SE will be closed starting at 6:00 a.m. Please refer to the parking map for access to the park.

Parking on Race Day

Standard Stampede Park parking rates apply for all runners.

ATTENTION: There will be NO parking access from the south end of the park. Motorists will be re-routed to the NORTH side so please plan ahead.

Critical Bib Info

ALL participants MUST wear their race number (bib) visibly in order to access the start line, be officially timed, receive race photos and receive a finisher's medal. This policy is enforced for safety and well being of our participants as per the guidelines set forth by public officials.

Timing Tag Instructions

Your timing device for the 2014 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is the Chronotrack B-Tag. It is a single-use, disposable chip that is applied to the back of your race number. In order to receive an accurate time, please ensure your race number is:

* Clearly worn on the front of your torso

* Unaltered, and unmodified

* Pinned in all 4 corners

* Not covered by your jacket, water bottle, another shirt/sweater

* Visible as you cross the start and finish lines

Late Packet Pick Up

We will be offering late packet pick-up at The Grandstand on race morning as well as t-shirt exchange, please bring your t-shirt if you didn't get the size you wanted or you registered at late registration, it’s first come first serve.

HAVE A GREAT RUN, enjoy the race and remember to say thank-you to your race crew volunteers in GOLDEN Anniversary yellow!

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Organizing Committee

 

HASH TAGS:

#runcalgary

#YYCCharityChallenge

#racegreenyyc

May 28th

How to be an AWESOME spectator on Sunday!

So someone you know and love probably forwarded you this inviting you to come watch them run. Boring? Think again!! Calgary is hosting a 50th birthday bash and everyone’s invited. Canada’s Longest Running Marathon is celebrating a Golden Anniversary on Sunday June 1. From humble beginnings with 19 men lining up to run out and back in the 60’s to more than 15,000 runners and walkers participating from every province and territory and 21 countries, Calgary Marathon is now a world-class destination race. But you don’t have to lace up to be a part of the fun. Grab your to-go mug, a whistle, a cowboy bell, create a fun sign, hoot and holler to be a part of a Calgary tradition 50 years strong! 

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Finding your Runner!

 

Best Viewing Spots in the City!

Join a Neighbourhood Spirit Hub 

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon route meanders through some of Calgary’s finest communities. In an effort to give back to the communities we travel through, the Neighbourbood Spirit Challenge lets communities showcase the flavor of their community and raise money for their community association or charity. On June 2nd we will ask the runners which neighborhood lifted their spirits and neighbourhoods will be crowned!

Prizing: 

1st Place - $2,000 in cold hard cash for neighbourhood improvements or to donate to one of our 80 official charities.

2nd Place - $1,000 in cold hard cash for neighbourhood improvements or to donate to one of our 80 official charities.

3rd Place - $500 in cold hard cash for neighbourhood improvements or to donate to one of our 80 official charities.

The East Village Neighbourhood Spirit Hub - Two-time reigning champs!

Location: 533 Riverfront Avenue SE (in front of the East Village Experience sales Centre)


Time: 7am – 12:30pm

East Village is teaming up once more with Lululemon and Beakerhead for some retro throwback cheering a la 1983. Bring your spandex and neon! There will be food trucks!

Bridgeland Neighbourhood Spirit Hub - 2013 Runner Up 

Location: 1st Avenue NE between 8 St. and 9 St. (General Ave)


Time:  7:15am to 1 pm

1st Avenue will be a hub of activity! There will be musicians, DJs, muffins, coffee, noisemakers, runner ‘support’ posters and balloons.

Victoria Park Neighbourhood Spirit Hub - Back in the game after a year off!

Where: Grumans Delicatessen & Catering Parking Lot (230 11th Ave SE)

 When: 7am – 1pm

Join the Victoria Park BRZ and local businesses for a breakfast catered by Grumans, live music, and a fundraising competition. Bring your appetite and spirit to help Victoria Park cheer on the runners and raise money for Inn from the Cold, a local Victoria Park and official marathon charity.

Kensington Neighbourhood Spirit Hub: FREE community BBQ

 

Location: Kensington Road and 12th St. NW

Time:  8:30am to Noon


Come out for a FREE community BBQ! Hot dogs, coleslaw and potato salad will be served up by The Rotary Club to fuel residents and visitors for a whole lot of cheering! Everyone welcome! 

Altadore Neighbourhood Spirit Hub

Location: Riverfront Park â€¨Time:  8am – 10:30am


Bring your lawn chair and come down to support the runners as they make their way to the most Southern part of the route. There will be hula hoopers, belly dancers and a pipe band. 

17th Avenue Neighbourhood Spirit Hub

Location: Tompkins Park in front of Mount Royal Village

Time: 8am – noon 

Power the EarthTones, Calgary’s beloved boy band of the 90’s. The EarthTones are teaming up with Arusha Centre and Open Streets Calgary. Hop on a stationary bike to power the generators for The EarthTones to perform.  Now that’s being a fan! 17th Avenue BRZ, the beltline community association and local businesses will be out supporting the runners…join in on the fun and remember parking is free on Sundays!

May 26th

Fuel smart and hydrate before Race day! 

SPUD.ca is your nutrition specialist! 

May 25th

Greetings Visiting Runners!
 

Thank you for joining us next week for a Calgary tradition 50 years strong and Canada’s Longest Running Marathon!

 

Here is some important information regarding your stay at The Westin!

Our Host Hotel, The Westin, is only 2.0 km from Stampede Park. Attached is a map showing the best way to walk, drive and take transit to Stampede Park, host of both the Health & Wellness Expo and Package Pick Up and staging area for the start/finish of Race Day as well as post-race festivities. 

Race Morning:

  • Three complimentary buses will leave from The Westin to Stampede Park at 5:45am SHARP. This is the only arranged transportation as road closures begin at 6:30am. There will be no buses returning to the hotel so please don’t leave anything on the bus. There is a complimentary bag check on site.
  • Priority is given to runners over friends and family however if there is room, friends and family can also take the bus.
  • Checkout is noon. The Westin is happy to accommodate checkouts as late as 3 pm on Sunday June 1, however this must be pre-arranged when you check-in.
  • There will be no late checkouts on Monday June 2.
  • Brunch buffet is available in Essence inside the Hotel between 6am and Noon. A La carte is offered until 3pm.
  • Starbucks opens at 6 am. However there will be complimentary coffee in the lobby starting at 5am.
  • Tell your loved ones to grab a noisemaker! There will be cowbells and thundersticks in the lobby!

We look forward to celebrating 50 years running and YOUR race day accomplishments on Sunday June 1. Enjoy your stay in Calgary.

May 14th

SHOWING YOU SOME 5K LOVE TO SHARE WITH SOMEONE YOU LOVE!

You have been training long and hard prepaing for running a marathon or the 50K on Race Day. While you're giving yourself the gift of health and well-being we know it takes time away from your friends and family. As a special thank you to our marathoners and 50kers we invite you to share your love of running, life and vitality with someone who doesn't get "that whole running marathons thing." 

Just because they haven't caught the bug yet, doesn't mean given the opportunity they won't jump at the chance for a Sunday LSD with you! 

Exclusive 5K Offer for Marathoners/50Kers

The Calgary Marathon Society invites you to share the discount code: 5KFORLIFE (case-sensitive) with someone you love and they will receive $15 off when they REGISTER for the AstraZeneca Family 5K Walk and Run.

This offer expires on May 20th.

This offer is only valid for the 5K. 

Happy Running,
The Calgary Marathon Society

May 12th

Run, Walk, Cheer or Volunteer During Marathon Week!

We already knew this was Calgary's Race. From a Stampede start....

to a meandering Bow River middle... 

and the Grand finale!

A race for every age and ability from the kids marathon, 5K, 10K, 21.1K, Marathon and sold out 50K, everyone is invited to RUN, WALK, CHEER or VOLUNTEER during Calgary's "Marathon Week" May 26th to June 1st!

Spread the word and line the course June 1!

May 5th

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Celebrate 50 Years Running at the 2014 VIP Event

Honourary Chair & Olympian Cheryl Bernard invites you to the 2014 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend on behalf of the Calgary Marathon Society. 


Voted the 2013 2012 2010 & 2009 Best Road Race in Alberta, the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is Canada's longest running marathon. Please join us as our special guest for any or all of the following race weekend events.

As space is limited we require an RSVP for the VIP event only. 

 

VIP Cocktail Reception at The Calgary Tower at 101 9th Ave S.W.

Friday, May 30th 6:00 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Join the Calgary Marathon Society board and committee members, event sponsors, VIPs, special guests and elite athletes for a casual cocktail reception. There will be live jazz music, host bar & appetizers catered by Sky 360, a White Hat Ceremony for special guests in partnership with Tourism Calgary and the announcement of 2014 Calgary Marathon Society Hall of Fame Inductees.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Check in at The Calgary Tower

7:30 p.m. White Hat and Hall of Fame Ceremony

6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Appetizers, Dessert and Drinks are served

Limited spaces are available for this invite only event.

To secure your name on the Guest List please RSVP no later than Monday May 12th. We hope to see you there!

Attire is business casual/cocktail 

RSVP HERE

 

Health & Wellness Expo at The Big Four at Stampede Park

Saturday, May 31st 10:15 a.m. – noon

Join Chief Running Officer of Runners World, Bart Yasso and Ultra Marathon Man Dean Karnazes at the 2014 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Health & Wellness Expo and hear their training tips and running tales. Join anytime Friday or Saturday for a stellar line-up of local speakers, elite athletes and accomplished adventurers at the health and wellness expo that celebrates running and community. More information HERE regarding the Speaker Series and Health and Wellness Expo, free and open to the public.

Race Day 

Sunday, June 1st 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
Join us at the VIP finish line area and enjoy a breakfast provided by Jugo Juice while celebrating first-time runners to record-breaking athletes as they achieve their goals. The 50th Anniversary of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon includes a race day beer gardens by Wild Rose Brewery, Food Trucks and Family Zone. 

Check in Race Day inside The Grandstand at the VIP and Elite Check in. 

May 4th

1 WEEK LEFT! RECRUIT FOR YOUR SCHOOL TEAM TO WIN $$$$

The School Contest closes on Thursday May 15th. Everyone registered for your school team before then will be counted towards your final numbers!

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So What Do You Get?

Everyone who registers for your team will get the student rate of $30! 

                             

Every Participant will Receive this 2014 Finishers Medal and Event T-shirt!

In case you need a reminder! The 5K for $6G Contest is a school-based program, sponsored by AstraZeneca. Students, Grades 4 to 12, educators and their families and friends challenge themselves and have fun by participating in the Calgary Marathon AstraZeneca Family 5K, a race within the Calgary Marathon event on June 1st. 

What do you win? 

$6,000 in prize money to provide fitness equipment and wellness learning programs in their schools.

  • $3,000 to one junior/middle school and one high school with the highest number of participants, based on the percentage of their total school population.
  • $500 gift certificates to The Running Room for the Team Captain at the winning schools.

Who can win?

Schools with the highest number of participants (based on the percentage of their total school population). 

School teams are made up of students, teachers, administrative staff, or friends and family. In other words, just about anybody who wants to run or walk and be a part of a school event that brings everyone together.

NEW for 2014:  Participants must walk/run the 5KM distance to be entered as part of the school team. If you want to run another distance as well, you must register for that race separately. Due to staggered starts, you are able to run multiple races.

Here is How to Register!

You're registered now it's time to enlist your teachers, friends, grandma and grandpa, neighbours ... everyone is invited!

STEP 1 - go to CALGARYMARATHON.COM

Step 2 - Choose Register

Step 3 - Choose AstraZeneca School Contest 5K for $6G

Step 4 - Pick Your School From the Drop Down

EMAIL schoolcontest@calgarymarathon.com with any questions.

Package Pick Up

More information coming soon on Package Pick Up!

 

May 1st

Win a juicy prize package from SPUD.ca!

SPUD is showing you the love as you strive towards the start line of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon 50th Anniversary Race.

We have learned a lot in the last 50 years about nutrition and its connection to performance. No one knows better than our nutrition specialist, Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD), the importance of fueling your body and brain for physical and mental toughness.

That’s why SPUD.com is giving you the chance to do right by your body and please your taste buds long after your blisters heal.

For your chance to win email: info@calgarymarathon.com with your best juicing recipe and how it fuels you to run faster!

 

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Prize includes:

·         One Breville Juice Fountain Elite

·         One Juicing Recipe Book by Dr. Michael Murray

·         Three months of fresh organic produce delivered right to your door

*A random draw will be made and the winner will be contacted and announced in the May 13th Scotiabank Calgary Marathon E-news.

Before you jet off to get in your intervals… here’s something fresh! SPUD knows your training is well underway for June 1 so visit spud.ca/CalgaryMarathon and receive $20 off your next purchase with SPUD.

Happy Training from the SPUD team!

*Only one entry per person will be included in draw.

April 22nd

You are invited: 2014 Finishers Medal, 50K Beer Stein and Event T-Shirt Reveal Party!

It’s one month until Race Day and the 50th Anniversary of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon: Canada’s Longest Running Marathon!

View the bling, hear the latest race day news and be entered in a draw to win a $100 gift certificate when you drop your card in the bucket. 

2013 Reveal Party with Race Director Cheryl Lowery, Exexcutive Director Kirsten Fleming and The Running Room's John Stanton.

JOIN US WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30th

WHEN:

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 (One month until Race Weekend!)

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:

Eau Claire Running Room at Centre Court 200 Barclay Parade Southwest

WHO:

John Stanton of The Running Room, Guinness World Record attempters, Media, Runners, Walkers, Sponsors, Charity Partners, Volunteers...Everyone ...it's FREE!

WHAT:

John Stanton: Talk and Q&A: 5:45 p.m.

2014 Finisher Medals and Technical Tee Reveal: 6:00 p.m.

Media Announcement/Photo Op of the runners attempting a Guinness World Record on Race Day: 6:15 p.m.

Draw Prize for $100 GC for The Runing Room: 6:30 p.m.

Charities, Sponsors & Partners Mini-Expo with cool samples, give-aways & contests and Calgary Marathon playlist booming: 5 - 7 p.m.

 

April 16th

Win WIN WIN WITH THE SCOTIABANK CALGARY MARATHON!

We know usually when it's your birthday, you're the one who gets presents but we are teaming up with our partners and sponsors to spoil YOU our runners! 

The Calgary Marathon turns 50 on June 1 and to celebrate we are giving you all sorts of chances to take home 

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Win a JUICER from SPUD

 

Show your body some love this Valentine’s Day with a juicy prize package from SPUD.ca. Prize includes a brand new Breville Juice Fountain Elite, 3 months of organic juicing produce delivered to your door, and a copy of Dr. Michael Murray’s Complete Book of Juicing.

For your chance to win, email: info@calgarymarathon.com with your favourite juicing recipe and how it fuels you to run faster.
Looking for some inspiration? Try this Better Red Than Dead juice- a heart-healthy combination that will provide instant energy!

Instagram Contest with Wild Rose

 

We are less than 50 days away from the 50th Anniversary of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend and whether you’re training for the 5K or the 50K Wild Rose Brewery wants to toast how far you have come. 

 

Snap it

Snap a training selfie, show off where you train!

Tag it

Shout out with #runCalgary #TrainingToast

Share it

Upload to Instagram and Facebook tagging @CalgaryMarathon @WildRoseBrewery and your friends

Win it

WOW us with your training beauty shots for a weekly prize package courtesy of Wild Rose Brewery a little something to celebrate your success for making it to the start line. 

Have you taken the TOTAL Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Pledge?

Meet us on Facebook and Twitter for Freebe Fridays with Jugo Juice!

 

April 11th

Update from The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon 

It's 40 days to Race Day and the 50th Anniversary of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon. We are already celebrating so many great things and in case you missed all the great recent news... here is an update from the Calgary Marathon Society.

Calgary Marathon is the longest running marathon in Canada and June 1 is the most anticipated in running event in the country this year!

Mayor Nenshi has proclaimed May 26 - June 1 "Marathon Week" inviting every citizen to celebrate the Calgary tradition by running, walking, volunteering or cheering on their fellow citizens!

Read about the history of the race in the last issue of Canadian Running.

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$1.1 million dollars will be raised in 2014 for 80+ Alberta charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. This takes the total to more than $4 million dollars since the inception of the Charity Challenge in 2009.

 

The 2014 Feature Charities are KidSport, The Women's Centre of Calgary and Right to Play. All 80+ official charities can be viewed here.

 

The organizing team expects to welcome 17,500 participants in 2014 for the 50th Anniversary.

 

There are visitors joining us from every province and territory and 21 countries travelling to Calgary for the Race Weekend. Our host hotel the Westin is already sold out!

 

The Calgary Marathon Society welcomed Olympian Cheryl Bernard as the 2014  Honourary Chair. Cheryl is running her first marathon on June 1 and hosting the VIP event on Friday, May 30th at The Calgary Tower. We hope to see you there!

 

The Calgary Marathon Society created a special 50K ultra to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the organization which sold out not once but twice and has since been awarded the National 50K Road Race Championships drawing ultra runners from all over the country for race weekend. 

 

Speaking of National Championships... Athletics Canada has awarded the Calgary Marathon Society the 21.1K National Championships from 2015 to 2018 as announced by Tourism Calgary CEO Cindy Ady at a March news conference. 

 

The Calgary Marathon has increased the purse for the high performance program to more than $52,000 making it the largest elite pot for road races west of Toronto!

April 7th

Change your Race with Race Transfer Tool: OPEN NOW!

Until April 18th registered runners are able to change races with this Race Transfer Tool.  Suffering from injury or lack of training? Downgrade! Rocking the long runs and want to Go The Distance?  Upgrade!

You require:

  • Your JME number from when you registered
  • Date of Birth
  • The email you used at registration.

Please note the following:

  1. The most common reason for an error message is the WRONG email address. Please confirm you are entering the same email you used at registration, as the tool won’t work otherwise.
  2. If you registered through the Running Room, this transfer tool won't work. Please email info@calgarymarathon.com
  3. All runners using the Race Transfer tool pay a $10 administrative fee and the relevant Events Online fee.
  4. No refunds when downgrading.
  5. Runners who are upgrading pay the difference to the current price in addition to the fee, both outlined in a chart at the time of transfer.
  6. Races cannot be transferred from one runner to another. All entries are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  7. No races can be transferred after April 18th until late registration in races that are not sold out.
  8. Email info@calgarymarathon.com with any questions.
March 27th

Win up to $6,000 for your school ! 5K for $6G is BACK

Whether you're a teacher, parent, student or admin, it's never been easier to win $$$ for a school as 5K for $6G is ALL ONLINE in 2014!

Win $6,000 in prize money for your school!! Participate in the AstraZeneca 5K for $6G Contest and have a chance at buying fitness equipment and wellness learning programs for your school! All you need is a team captain to help organize a team of walkers/runners to be part of the Calgary Marathon AstraZeneca Family 5K, a race within the Calgary Marathon event on June 1, 2014. ANYONE can be a team captain—teachers, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents—just someone to keep your school organized!

REGISTER YOUR SCHOOL TODAY!

Team participants register individually online at calgarymarathon.com and each week Team Captains will receive a listing of their school’s participants.

Schools with the highest number of participants win! School teams are made up of students, teachers, administrative staff, or friends and family. In other words, just about anybody who wants to walk or run and be a part of a school event that brings everyone together.

What do you win?
$3,000 to one junior/middle school and one high school with the highest number of participants, based on the percentage of their total school population.

$500 gift certificates to The Running Room for each Team Captain at the winning schools.

So get your school involved! For more information, go HERE

To receive a registration package or get your school team on the list of participants email schoolcontest@calgarymarathon.com.

March 21st

MEDIA RUNNING SHOWDOWN-New in 2014!  

GET OFF THE SIDELINES AND PARTICIPATE!

YOU are invited to participate in the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend in any of the race distances: 5K, 10K, 21.1K or Marathon.

  • Participate in a community event
  • Celebrate a Calgary tradition 50 Years Strong
  • Compete for media glory and cash for your charity of choice!

Which newspaper employs the fastest reporters? What station will take to the airwaves on June 2nd with bragging rights for quickest runner? There are 80+ local charities participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge and the Media Running Showdown is a great way to raise money for a cause close to your heart!

What you need to know!

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon takes place on June 1, 2014

Complimentary entries are open to journalists, photographers, videographers, producers and editors in each of the four distances: Scotiabank Marathon, Centaur Subaru 21.1K, Jugo Juice 10K, AstraZeneca 5K walk and Run.

Prizing for the top finisher in each distance category to an official charity of choice:

Top marathon — $1250

Top 21.1K — $1000

Top 10K - $500

Top 5K — $250

Here is a complete list of 2014 official charities in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

Media outlets are limited to 5 free entries per outlet in a combination of any or all four race categories.

Winners will be announced the day of the race and prize money allocated directly to the charity of choice.

A work email address must be provided as proof of employment when registering for the Media Running Showdown.

In addition to competing for the top Media Running Showdown prize, raise money for a charity of choice when you register online and recruit your non-running colleagues to sponsor you!

To register, please email info@calgarymarathon.com by Friday, April 25, 2014 with Media Running Showdown in the Subject Line and we will send you a unique-one time only code to register in the inaugural MEDIA RUNNING SHOWDOWN!

When tweeting and providing training updates in advance and on race day use #runCalgary and @CalgaryMarathon for your followers and friends to cheer you on!

Hope to see you on race day!

March 14th

Calgary to host 2015 – 2018 Canadian 21.1K Road Race Championships 

CEO of Tourism Calgary, Cindy Ady, making the joint announcement with Calgary Marathon Society at Friday's media conference

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is pleased to announce Athletics Canada (AC) has awarded National 21.1K Road Race Championships to Calgary for for the years of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

“This honour should come as no surprise,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “I know Calgarians look forward to welcoming racers from across the country who will come here to compete in the championships.”

Partnering with Athletics Canada to host a national Championship, in conjunction with the race weekend will help connect high performance athletes and recreational running communities, which elevates the sport and creates awareness of road racing achievements for Canadians.

Already the largest race on the prairies, the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon has become a draw for elite athletes to compete with the best. To recognize the high performance athletes, organizers now offer the top prize purse west of Toronto with more than $52,000 up for grabs.

“As Canada’s longest running marathon, we see our event being the logical host for convening the best in our sport,” says Calgary Marathon Society (CMS) Chair, Dan Ouimet. “We’re proud to partner with Athletics Canada to build this platform to support high performance in Canada.”

Calgary Marathon Society's President, Dan Ouimet, at Friday's media announcement at The Westin.

Following the 50th Anniversary of the Calgary Marathon on June 1, event organizers will work with Athletics Canada to bring the best in the country to compete in the Canadian 21.1 Championship race in Calgary on June 7, 2015.

“Athletics Canada is excited to begin work with the Calgary Marathon Society and their awesome team in developing a world class event. Athletics Canada is committed to being increasingly involved in the road running community, creating a great experience for runners of all abilities,” said Rob Guy, Chief Executive Officer.

Organizers teamed up with the Calgary Sport Tourism Authority and Tourism Calgary for the successful bid, which will bring runners from coast to coast to experience the race weekend and Calgary’s renowned western hospitality. “The important connection between high performance and recreational sport has long been recognized and celebrated in Calgary,” said Cindy Ady, Tourism Calgary CEO. “We are excited that Athletics Canada has recognized the strength of the supporting partnerships and organization behind Canada’s longest running marathon, and entrusted Calgary with the National 21.1K Road Race Championship.”

Elite runner and past Calgary Marathon winner, Melissa Kendrick, speaking to the media about what this means for the level of competition.

We look forward to sharing more news on the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon National 21.1K Championships later this summer!

March 5th

We Heart Volunteers!

February 26th

THE SCOTIABANK KIDS MARATHON: INSTILL A LIFE-LONG PASSION FOR RUNNING! 

 

 

 

The Calgary Marathon Society is dedicated to sharing running with people of all ages and abilities, including children as young as 4.

The Scotiabank Kids Marathon is our way of fostering a life-long love of running and including children in our very special community!

Good News

There is room in The Scotiabank Kids Marathon for 1000 mini-marathoners in 2014!

Better News

Registration remains $20 for The Scotiabank Kids Marathon!

What does energetic Henry and sweet wee McKenzie get for $20?

  • Print out the Kids Kilo-clocker so your child can track their progress kilometer by kilometer in advance of race day.
  • Registered kids get a goody bag just like mom and dad, including a bib!
  • Race day the wee runners will line up at a secure start line and run 1.2 (ish) kilometers out and back, all within Stampede Park. They will go in 3 waves, managed by volunteers.
  • Harvey the Hound and Carey the Bear will be there to cheer them on!
  • Each mini-marathoner will receive a technical Scotiabank Kids Marathon t-shirt, a real medal and post-race snacks.
  • There is a family-friendly beer garden and food trucks, as well as complimentary bouncey castle and face painters on park to make it a special day for the whole family.

Register your child today so as not to be disappointed!

For more information and FAQs visit Here

See the whole family June 1!

February 10th

Exclusive Invitation

Wild Rose Brewery 50K Ultra Participants and Friends of the Calgary Marathon Society.

Please join us for this VIP Event at Canada's Sports Hall of Fame featuring a welcome from Honourary Chair Cheryl Bernard and a Ultra Runner Q&A moderated by Jill Belland.

Wednesday February 26th, 2014
Doors Open at 6 pm
Snacks and Open Bar
Business Casual Attire

Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
169 Canada Olympic Rd S.W.
Map and directions

 

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RSVP Online by February 20th, 2014

ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT FOR THIS EXCLUSIVE EVENT!

To secure your name on the Guest List please RSVP online by February 20th, 2014.

As this is an invitation only Guest List to Wild Rose Brewery 50K Ultra Participants and Friends of the Calgary Marathon Society, you may RSVP for yourself and one guest.

RSVP: Click Here to RSVP Online.

Introducing your hosts for the evening:


Calgary Marathon Society
Honourary Chair, Cheryl Bernard

Evening Emcee,
Jill Belland

 

Bring your burning questions for three experienced ultra runners from the Calgary community. Meet self-proclaimed endurance junkie and Guinness World Record holder, Blaine Penny, two-time Canadian Ultrarunner of the Year, Adam Campbell and run coach and ultra runner Georgie Islip as they bare their souls on what it's like to go the extra miles. 

A special thank you for making this evening possible:

 

January 21st

Named Alberta's Best Road Race 2013

Third Place – Edmonton Marathon
Second Place – Melissa’s Road Race
First Place – Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

If you need one more reason to register for the 50th Anniversary of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, here it is:

Voted by the running community, The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon was named Alberta's Best Road Race in 2013!

This yearly award is tabulated from a Provincial-wide survey conducted by Athletics Alberta, the organization that made the announcement this week. This award is based on direct participant feedback from the road running community at-large in which each participant was allowed to evaluate each race they competed within and provide critical feedback on their experience.

Thank you for all the love! We will return the favour June 1, 2014!

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Routes Revealed & Runners Rejoice at the Addition of 17th Ave

A few hundred registered runners showed up Wednesday evening to witness the unveiling of the 2014 routes and collect their complimentary "In Training" toque. 

The biggest change? The Marathon, 21.1K and 50K routes include running along 17th Ave!

A special thanks to the sponsors, organizing committee, charity partners and the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon #SCM #ForeRUNNERS for helping make the launch a success.

Check out all the routes online HERE. Interactive Online Maps and PDF Map downloads are available for each Race distance.

The Wild Rose Brewery 50K Ultra is SOLD OUT!

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is at 50% capacity.

The Centaur Subaru 21.1K is at 35% capacity.

Register now to not be disappointed. Registration increase on March 31. 

Cheryl Bernard Named Honourary Chair

The Calgary Marathon Society is pleased to welcome Olympian, Cheryl Bernard, as the newest member to the organizing team.

Cheryl Bernard is best known for her long list of curling accomplishments and awards. She is a four time Alberta women’s champion, Canadian Runner-up, TSN Skins finalist  and has maintained a top 5 status on the World Curling Tour for the past 8 years and a silver Olympic medal earned at the Vancouver Winter Games, where Cheryl was nominated by her peers as the 2010 Most Valuable Player in Women’s curling.

The Olympian recently missed out qualifying to represent Canada in Sochi but that hasn’t stymied her motivation for competition.  Cheryl has registered for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon in support of one of the official charities in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, World Vision. She is building a team of runners to race for Team World Vision in support of child health projects around the globe. "This might be my biggest mental challenge yet, says the Canadian Skip.The 43 year old is known for her avid fitness, but hasn’t run in 10 years and never a marathon. "Go big or go home”, says Bernard.

Cheryl has started a 26 week fitness-training regime and is being mentored and trained by a team of marathon experts including Calgary Marathon Society Hall of Fame member, Dr. Peter Nieman.

Cheryl has co-authored and published “Between the Sheets Creating Curling Champions” in 2005, which describes the mental side of the game of curling. She has volunteered on a variety of boards, as well for the Canadian Curling Association and the World Curling Tour. She was the spokesperson for the 2010 Terry Fox Run and has done promotional work for the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Children’s Miracle Network, Dairy Queen Miracle Treat Day, Microsoft, Toronto Children’s Hospital and is currently the spokesperson for The Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada. Cheryl spends much of her time doing motivational speaking for corporations and schools sharing the lessons learned from sport and life. Cheryl also attends adult and junior curling clinics in Canada and the US and continues to compete in the game she loves….curling.

Track Cheryl's progress: 

www.cherylbernard.com

@teambernard

World Vision Website

January 2nd

150 Additional Spots in the Wild Rose Brewery 50K Ultra

As we welcome a New Year and gear up for the Golden Anniversary of The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, the organizing committee is pleased to welcome Wild Rose Brewery to the family as the presenting sponsor of the Wild Rose Brewery 50K Ultra.

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As if a 42.2K road race isn’t tough enough, 350 participants resolved to tackle the special 50K for 50 Years since it was announced mid-September. Despite tough registration criteria, the 50K Ultra sold out in less than three months; we didn’t know so many of you would be up for the challenge!

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon and Wild Rose Brewery are pleased to announce there are an additional 150 spots for participants who meet the registration criteria set out HERE and on the registration page.

“Wild Rose Brewery is a Calgary institution and they certainly know how to throw a good ol’ Alberta party,” says Executive Director, Kirsten Fleming, adding “Wild Rose is a welcome addition to our 50th Anniversary celebration and we are excited to share a unique Calgary craft beer with visitors as well as locals.”

All Wild Rose Brewery 50K Ultra finishers will receive a custom co-branded 50K Ultra beer stein following the race. 

Check out all the FAQs about the Wild Rose Brewery 50K Ultra HERE.

If 50K feels a bit ambitious for a 2014 resolution, there is a race for every age and ability including the Scotiabank Kids Marathon, the AstraZeneca 5K Walk and Run, The Jugo Juice 10K, The Centaur Subaru 21.1K and the Scotiabank Marathon.

New in 2014, all participants, volunteers, spectators and friends of the marathon (who are of the age of majority, which is 18 in Alberta) are invited to the Wild Rose Brewery beer gardens which will be situated outside of the Grandstand in the centre court on Race Day.

Let's all celebrate 50 years running of Canada's Longest Running Marathon May 29 - June 1.

Happy New Years from the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

Join us for the Route Reveal: January 15

The 2014 kick off event and route reveal is less than two weeks away! 

Wednesday January 15, 2014
Eau Claire Market Centre Court in front of the Running Room
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Route Reveal at 5:45 p.m.

We are kicking off the Golden Anniversary year of The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon by revealing the the routes (including the Wild Rose Brewery 50K Ultra route) and some groovy additions to the Race Weekend.

Buy your Scotiabank Calgary Marathon retro and commemorative gear: compression socks, t-shirts, hoodies and jackets! Learn about the feature charities and much more!

See you in 2014!

2013
December 31st

Take the TOTAL Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Challenge

Resolutions come in all shapes, sizes and colours.

When setting your 2014 fitness goals, incorporate green choices into your regular running routine and on Race Day, June 1, 2014! Reducing, Reusing and Recycling are three easy ways to help limit our environmental impact.

New in 2014, take the “TOTAL Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Challenge” when you register for any Scotiabank Calgary Marathon 50th Anniversary race. Committing to be a green participant when you register online automatically enters you in a random draw for 1,000 CAR2GO Minutes + a lifetime membership!

Before you accept the challenge you will be asked to commit to adopting the 3Rs on Race Day:

Reduce your carbon footprint by using green transportation to get to the race (walking, biking, carpooling, public transit).

We are supporting your choice to Reduce your carbon footprint by providing a secure bike valet on Race Day and by being accessible by transit with two C-train platforms that service Stampede Park.

Reuse your water bottle and forgo paper cups.

We are supporting your choice to Reuse your water bottle and forgo paper cups by introducing new hydration jugs with quick pour valves and by dedicating “TOTAL Race Recycler” volunteers, visible in their green shirts, at aid stations to assist runners.

Recycle all that you can and leave nothing behind.

We are supporting your choice to Recycle all that you can by providing solar-powered compost, recycle and waste bins and to leave nothing behind by providing clear bags and a secure bag check so you take out what you take in.

Visit calgarymarathon.com to learn how TOTAL E&P Canada and the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon are making this year’s race as green as possible. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for weekly Green Athlete tips and giveaways.

Good Luck on Race Day!

 

November 19th

Vote Scotiabank Calgary Marathon: Alberta's Best Road Race

 

We laughed.

We cried.

We hugged...

and we high-fived.

It takes less than 30 seconds to VOTE for The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon to be Alberta’s Best Road Race in 2013.

On May 26th at the 49th Scotiabank Calgary Marathon we came together as a community to raise over $1 million dollars for 76 official charities in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge and celebrated 12,000 personal race achievements. Thank you for being a part of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon family. If you enjoyed race weekend as much as we did, we hope you vote Scotiabank Calgary Marathon for Alberta’s Best Road Race 2013!

Voted Alberta’s Best Road Race in 2012, 2010, 2009, the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend is up against some steep competition in 2013 and we need your vote.

In January 2014, Athletics Alberta will announce the Top 10 Road Races in Alberta with the winning race crowned the “Alberta’s Best Road Race in 2013” – based on the results from this survey.

Thank you for taking the time to vote and if you have more than one favourite, vote more than once.

 

September 19th

Register for a Groovy Golden Anniversary

Celebrate 50 years of running with 15,000 running buddies as you "run through the decades" on June 1, 2014 at the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon. Experience the sights and sounds of the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and beyond as you walk and run from the early years to present day in five distinct legs of the 2014 marathon course. Dress up in vintage costumes from your favourite decade for a chance to win one of five grand prizes that could have you running in a marathon in any corner of the continent. A panel of judges will be ready to crown five participants the “best dressed of their decade” in the courtyard following the races.

Some groovy 80's wear at the Sept 18th launch earned these 3 runners FREE entry in the 2014 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon race weekend.

PHOTO: COURTESY NEIL ZELLER

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Run 50K for 50 Years!

Ultra-marathon man, Dean Karnazes, ran 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states; surely you are up for one 50K?!

Dean Karnazes will be the Race Weekend keynote speaker and will lead the charge on the exclusive one-time only 50K ultra-marathon. Finishers will receive a custom finishers’ beer stein as well as a marathon belt buckle medal. The 50K race is limited and runners must meet criteria* outlined in registration.

Registration for the 50K is now OPEN!

Dean at Boston Marathon in his Tourism Calgary Cowboy Hat!

   

Golden Anniversary Gong

Whether you are running 5K or 42.2K, runners will want to train hard and run a personal best (P.B.) at this race! Go on and bang the giant golden gong when you P.B. at the Golden Anniversary of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon. A custom Calgary Marathon Society golden gong awaits returning runners who earn the right to have a go at the gong!

 

 

Scotiabank Increases Prize $$ for Charity Challenge

Beyond reaching your P.B., all runners will have the opportunity to run for the sake of others by taking part in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. In 2013, the Scotiabank Charity Challenge raised $1 million, 27 thousand for 76 charities and aims to break another fundraising record in 2014. 

Scotiabank will also increase the prize money for top fundraising charities to $25,000 in 2014. Prizes of $4,000 for 1st place and $2,000 for 2nd place and $1,500 for third place will be awarded to the leading charities in each of three categories – the charity with the most runners; with the largest amount of pledges raised; and with the most pledges raised per runner. The prize money for the charity of the highest individual fundraising runner will be increased to $2,500.

Congratulations to our 2013 Charity Challenge winners! 

The charity with the largest total dollars fundraised, winning $3,000 is MitoCanada.  The second place winner is the PREP Program, who wins $1,500.  In our second category, the charity with the largest number of fundraising runners, winning $3,000, is Foothills Academy.  With the second largest amount of fundraising runners, the winner of the $1,500 prize is the Alberta Cancer Foundation.  Next up, we have the charity with the largest average amount raised per fundraising runner, winning $3,000, is the Dogs with Wings Assistance Society.  In second place, $1,500 is awarded to the Breast Cancer Supportive Care Foundation.  And lasty, but certainly not least, the individual runner with the largest dollars fundraised, winning $2,000 for his charity, is Kenneth Furdal for the Dogs with Wings Assistance Society.

    

    

 

Team MitoCanada crossing the finish line this May in 2:55:22 earning them a Guinness World Record for fastest linked marathon. GO TEAM MITO

PHOTO: COURTESY NEIL ZELLER

Let's Party!! June 1, 2014

Throughout race day, some of the city’s finest food trucks will be offering up all sorts of sweet and savoury treats for post-race meals for participants as well as grub for spectators and a beer garden for grown ups will be set up in the courtyard on the opposite side from the kids’ area, which is complete with bouncy castle and kids’ entertainers.

Calgary Marathon Society wants you to remember being a part of such a special celebration. Cool commemorative gear and retro accessories will soon be available for sale on www.calgarymarathon.com and at CMS events, including Race Weekend. A limited number of retro jersey cotton tee’s, hoodies, running jackets, fanny packs, to-go mugs, compression socks and much more will be available by Christmas.

Calgary Marathon Society committee, board members, sponsors, staff and friends of the marathon showing off retro Calgary Marathon jersey t-shirts, FREE for all who attended the September 18 launch party!

PHOTO: COURTESY NEIL ZELLER

July 17th

Register for the 10th Anniversary of The Dino Dash

The 10th Anniversary of The Dino Dash is happening September 7, 2013 at The University of Calgary. All proceeds from the Dino Dash go to the University of Calgary’s Track and Field and Cross Country programs, which provides training and development for high performance athletes. Some of those athletes will go on to compete at provincials, nationals and even the Olympics promoting the sport of running and representing the city of Calgary. The Calgary Marathon Society believes in promotes running, active, healthy living and community making our partnership with The Dino Dash a natural fit. GO DINOS!

Can’t run? Why not volunteer?
Email: samdorosz@gmail.com

Register Today!

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Main Race Information

Date: Saturday, September 7th 2013


Time: 11:00AM (5km and 10km), 10:55AM for stroller category


Start Location: Northbound University Drive, by McMahon Stadium.

Finish Location: Foothills Track.

Features:
The Dinos Kid’s Triathlon, which includes long jump, ball throw, and 50m sprint
A 5km and 10km stroller category. We are one of the first races around to offer a dedicated category for those of you wishing to push your child around the course. Start time is 5 minutes before the main races, at 10:55AM.

Kid’s face painting


As always, our race has:
A flat, fast, certified course, great for setting new personal best times
A technical t-shirt for all participants
Great race prizes and draw prizes
Post-race food and beverages
A great summer morning to spend with family, friends, and the Calgary running community!

The U of C Track & Field and Cross Country Teams

The U of C Dinos Women’s track and field team are the reigning 2013 Canada West conference and CIS National Champions!

The University of Calgary track and field team boasts many accomplished athletes both academically and athletically.  It has the highest number of Academic All-Canadians of any varsity team.  Recent accomplishments include winning the 2007 and 2013 CIS Women’s national track and field championship, and numerous Canada West conference championships. A recent grad is Jessica Zelinka, who broke numerous records in leading her team to the title, and earned CIS MVP honours, and the BLG award as the best university athlete in the country, from any sport.  More recent stars of the team include Sam Effah and Amonn Nelson, both multiple national champion sprinters and national team members.

This program has seen both current and past athletes and coaches represent Canada at the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, World Cross-Country Championships, Pan-American Games, and the World Track and Field Championships.  The Dino Dash ensures the continued success of these athletes, and allows them to give back to the community.

June 26th

The City of Calgary Needs YOU!

Canada Dayyc Events are a Go 

Calgary is home to the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon and The City of Calgary is one of our biggest supporters. We couldn't have put on a world-class race May 26th that started and finished at iconic Stampede Park for 12,000 runners and walkers without City of Calgary support.

  • Calgary Police Service provide security and road closure assistance
  • City workers manage road detours
  • EMS provides medical support
  • Politicians champion the race and what it does for the community... like raise $1 million dollars and counting through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. 

Now the City of Calgary needs support from the running community and we are asking our valued volunteers to help us return the favour.

All Canada Dayyc course marshal volunteers will recieve a 25% discount* code for races on June 1, 2014, the 50th Anniversary of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, as a thank-you from Calgary Marathon Society for giving of your time and talents. 

*a unique one-use only discount code will be emailed to all volunteers following the Canada Dayyc Celebrations during the first week of July.

Volunteer and show your Canadian & Calgary Pride

Calling all course marshals!

You may have heard the great news that The City is going ahead with its Canada Dayyc celebration on Monday, July 1, 2013. The challenge now, of course, is securing the resources necessary to make this happen...and that's where you come in.

In proactive response to some critical traffic challenges last year, and to reduce the strain on Calgary Police Service and other support agencies, The City is in need of 110 - 120 course marshals to provide volunteer support at the road closures necessary to facilitate the fireworks and 8th Ave. programming.

The hours required will range from 5am on Monday, July 1st, to 1am on Tuesday, July 2nd. Shifts will range from three to six hours, with marshals located in the community of Crescent Heights and along 8th Ave. south in the downtown core.

As you can imagine, the effort to ‘get on with the show’ requires significant re-shaping of events, venues and scheduling. As such, not all details are finalized at this time. The City asks that anyone willing to help out on the 1st sign up and contact by email Carolina Piedrahita (Carolina.piedrahita@calgary.ca). Please write ROAD MARSHALL in the subject line and identify your hours of availability. The City will get back to you with more details as soon as they come available.

The City would also appreciate your support in passing this opportunity along to any other trained course marshals - as you can see, Calgary needs all the help it can get.

Thank you in advance for your support of this important, community-building event, and we look forward to seeing you on Canada’s birthday!

 

May 28th

Congratulations Runners & Mad Love to all 1200 Volunteers

Team Mito celebrating a Guinness World record at the finish line after completing a linked together marathon in 2:55.

You did it! Congratulations to all the runners and walkers who participated in the 2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend. What a beautiful day to go for a run or walk with 12,000 of your friends. A whopping $930,000 has been raised to date through the Scotitbank Charity Challenge, surpassing the $800,000 target… way to go! That’s money raised and stays in the province and helps 76 official charities provide services for Albertans. We can’t say enough how much we love our dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers, the event would be nothing without their investment of time and energy. Take a load off, enjoy the post-race glow and wear your medal and finishers t-shirt proudly! Way to Go The Distance!

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Register for The 50th Anniversary: June 1, 2014

Celebrate 50 years running on June 1, 2014 with Canada’s oldest Marathon.  Registration is now open for The 50th Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend and you can expect one heck of a party. Road racing was a much different sport in 1963 when 19 men ran 42.2k up and down what is now MacLeod Trail. Join 30,000 runners, walkers, volunteers, charity participants and spectators in 2014 to celebrate our grassroots heritage and our community evolution. See you June 1, 2014!

2013 Elite Results

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Male

1. Benard Onsare  (Calgary, AB)             2:28:53

2. Gilbert Kiptoo  (Toronto, ON)                2:42:06

3. Devin Woodland  (Three Hills, AB)       2:43:39

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Female

1. Nadyia Fry (Invermere, BC)              2:51:36

2. Alice Ndirangu  (Calgary, AB)           2:54:20

3. Andrea Glover (Nanton, AB)             3:02:07

Centaur Subaru Half Marathon:

Half-Marathon Male

1. Kip Kangogo  (Lethbridge, AB)           1:07:36

2. Paul Kimugul (Eldoret, AB)                 1:08:30

3. Patrick Cote  (Calgary, AB)                 1:14:53

Half-Marathon Female

1. Lucy Njeri Muhami  (Toronto, ON)       1:16:24

2. Danelle Kabush (Calgary, AB)             1:21:35

3. Pauline McLean  (Calgary, AB)            1:23:24

JUGO JUICE 10K

10K Male

1. Willy Kimosop (Lethbridge, AB)           30:44.36

2. Jason Jama  (Edmonton, AB)              32:44.26

3. Kristopher Swanson (Victoria, BC)       33:05.45

10K Female

1. Lisa Harvey  (Calgary, AB)                 36:22.42

2. Chantell Widney  (Edmonton, AB)      36:31.48

3. Alison Jackson (Vermillion, AB)          37:10.96
 

Free iRun Magazine Subscription for 2013 Finishers

Congratulations on completing your race! We want to reward your efforts with a free subscription to iRun, a national magazine dedicated to sharing, educating and inspiring the ordinary and extraordinary Canadian runner. Visit iRun.ca to claim your subscription now!

 

Free Recovery Groceries from SPUD.ca

Congratulations on completing your run on Sunday! We hope you had a chance to stop by and say hello to the SPUD team, and grab a healthy snack to aid in your body’s recovery.

Don’t forget- there’s still time to save $25 on local, organic groceries delivered to your door! Sign up for SPUD with promo code MARATHON25 before June 30, 2013, and you’ll receive $25 off your first order. Visit www.spud.ca today to enjoy the healthy convenience of groceries delivered to your door!

*Limit one per household. Offer available to residents living within SPUD.ca delivery areas. Offer applies to orders of $50 or more.

Personalize your 2013 Finishers Medal

Congratulations...now that your hard work is done, celebrate an amazing achievement and personalize your fantastic 2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Finisher Medal with an iTaB. The iTaB is a small plate engraved with your Name, Place and Finish Time which fits neatly in to the back of the medal; simply click here to confirm your details and your iTaB will be engraved and sent to you for just $10.00.
 

May 21st

Register in Person at The Health & Wellness Expo

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is still open for registration for all races including the Scotiabank Marathon, Centaur Subaru 21.1K, Jugo Juice 10K, AstraZeneca 5K Family Walk and Run and the Scotiabank Kids Marathon. Join us at The Health & Wellness Expo - free and open to the public from Thursday May 23rd (4pm to 8pm) Friday May 24th (11am to 7pm) and Saturday May 25th (10am to 5pm). Late Registration is open during all hours of the expo and The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon will be signing up runners and walkers for every distance as no race is sold out. Cash, major credit cards and debit accepted.

Upgrade/Downgrade your Race Distance

Runners are able to downgrade or upgrade from one race to another for a $10 fee at Late Registration. Runners pay the difference between the race if upgrading. No refunds when downgrading. Races are non-transferable from one runner to another. T-shirts size is never guarenteed. 

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Bib Look-Up & Package Pick-Up


Thank you for registering for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, Centaur Subaru 21.1K, Jugo Juice 10K, AstraZeneca 5K Walk and Run or Kids Marathon on Sunday, May 26, 2013.

Please note that you MUST know your bib number to pick up your race package at the Health and Wellness Expo and Race Package Pickup.

You will also need to show it to the parking attendant at Stampede Park in order to gain limited complimentary parking for the expo NEW IN 2013 (regular Stampede rates apply on race day).

NOTE: If more than one member of your family is registered, please visit the confirmation page to confirm their registration and bib numbers. 
*In an effort to decrease wait times at the Health and Wellness Expo and Package Pickup; all participants will pick up their packages according to bib number. Please read the instructions for Package Pickup below carefully:



1. All registered participants will receive an individual email by May 17, with your bib number. Please save this information and bring it with you to the Package Pickup.



2. Participants that register after May 17 and by midnight on May 20 (online registration closes) will receive an individual email by May 23 with their bib number.



3. Print out, or record your bib number BEFORE going to the Package Pickup.



4. This link www.startlinetiming.com/calgarymarathon will be available on the Scotiabank Marathon website by May 17. In the event that you do not receive an email prior to the Package Pickup, please search this database for your bib number BEFORE going to Package Pickup. You can search your name in this database.



5. Lists will be available at Package Pick up where you can look up your bib number by name and volunteers will be available to assist you.



6. All participants MUST show identification at Package Pickup in order to get your bib.

If you are unable to pick up your package during Package Pickup, you may nominate someone to pick up your package on your behalf and the following process MUST be followed:



1. Nominee will need to show volunteers photo identification.



2. They need to know what your Bib # is.



3. They must have email or written permission from you to pick up your package (can be shown to volunteers from a smart phone).



4. They must have a printout of your registration email confirmation (or have it on their smart phone to show volunteers).




Package Pickup Information:



The Big Four, Stampede Park



Thursday, May 23: 4-8 p.m. 



Friday, May 24: 11 a.m. -7 p.m.



Saturday, May 25 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.



The Scotiabank Marathon is offering LIMITED COMPLIMENTARY PARKING to runners who have their bib# confirmation page to show the attendant. Parking is also available at Stampede Park for $15. We encourage participants to take public transit to the Health and Wellness Expo and Race Package Pickup. Bring your friends and family members with you as there will be plenty to see and admission is FREE!

Race Day Traffic Closures & Parking

Transportation/Parking

We strongly encourage participants and spectators to take Calgary public transit to Stampede Park. The Erlton LRT Station is the closest stop to the Grandstand (start/finish). Please check with Calgary Transit for start times and bus routes.

Limited parking is available for a fee at Stampede Park. Please consult the PARKING MAP for access instructions.

NEW IN 2013: Pre-purchase your parking at the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Health and Wellness Expo to help keep traffic moving on Race Day. Drivers are still responsible for arriving in plenty of time before road closures apply.

ATTENTION: There will be NO parking access from the south end of the park. Motorists will be re-routed to the NORTH side so please plan ahead.

Road Closures

Allow yourself ample time to make it to the start area of the race. Please check the Closures section of our website for important road closure information.

Note: 12th Ave between 3rd St and 5th St SE will be closed starting at 6:00 a.m. Please refer to the parking map for access to the park.

Race Week Tip#1 - Stay (the right amount) Hydrated

Much has been made about the need to drink plenty of fluids when running, as dehydration is very stressful to the body. When your body temperature rises, your heart beats faster, and you have trouble concentrating. Losing as little as 1 percent of your body weight through fluid loss can have an effect on your performance.

It's also possible to drink too much water or other fluids. Overhydrating, can dilute your body fluids and create a dangerous imbalance in sodium levels that can be deadly. Marathoners out on the course for several hours and drinking large amounts of water can be at risk. Not only will chugging too much water before a race leave you feeling bloated, but it will also dilute your electrolytes —minerals responsible for optimum muscle contraction. Diluted electrolyte levels can cause muscle weakness or cramping and, in extreme cases, can lead to hyponatremia, a life-threatening condition triggered by abnormally low sodium levels.

In the days leading up to The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon drink fluids as you normally would to stay hydrated. This can include water, sports drink, juice, even coffee and tea. On the morning of the race experts recommend drinking 16 ounces of water two to three hours before the start, giving your body time to process extra fluid; drink another one to two cups right before the race starts.

On the racecourse, drink about every 20 minutes. And stop drinking if your stomach is sloshing, that’s a sign that you’re probably plenty hydrated. Happy Running!

May 7th

Race Day Stampede Parking Information

We strongly encourage participants and spectators to take Calgary public transit to Stampede Park. The Erlton LRT Station is the closest stop to the Grandstand (start/finish).

Limited parking is available for a fee at Stampede Park.  Please consult the parking map for access instructions. Allow yourself ample time to make it to the start area of the race. Please check the Closures section of our website for important road closure information. 12th Ave between 3rd St and 5th St SE will be closed starting at 6:00 a.m.

NEW THIS YEAR: Pre-purchase your parking at the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Health and Wellness Expo to help keep traffic moving on Race Day.

ATTENTION: There will be NO parking access from the South end of the park. Motorists will be re-routed to the NORTH side to park on Race Day so please plan ahead. 

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Repurpose your old running shoes at the Health & Wellness Expo for a good cause

Before you throw away those ol’ running shoes that got you through an entire season of pounding pavement, think twice! Long after the recommended 600km of running use, that faithful pair of runners could go to someone who needs them.


978 pairs collected in Houston diverting 1,123lbs from the landfill.

New this year at the Health & Wellness Expo, the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Sustainability partner, Total E&P Canada (Total) is collecting running shoes and giving them a new life.

Donate any pair of runners at the Total booth at the Health & Wellness Expo and they will go to someone who needs them in Kisii, the village of Calgary Marathon Course Record holder Benard Onsare. Benard didn't receive his first pair of shoes until he was 17, a key turning point in the racer's life. With your help, Total and Benard will pay it forward when he returns to Kenya later this year with shoes collected at the Expo. Not only will the shoes to go someone who needs them, we will also divert landfill waste. A win-win!



Total E&P Canada is the proud Sustainability Partner of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon. Every action, big or small, makes a difference. Together we can make this year’s race even more sustainable than last year. Read what Total is doing up to reduce the carbon footprint of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon.

Powerbar: Your tip for Carbohydrate Loading

The term carbohydrate loading is used to describe everything from the pasta feed the night before a fun run to the overindulgence in foods of dubious athletic value usually associated with some celebratory event. In reality, carbohydrate loading is a research-proven fueling strategy designed to extend endurance in athletes. This article will help you understand how carbohydrate loading works, when to use it and when not to, where athletes typically go wrong, and practical strategies for how to best make it work for you.

Communities where we Run

 

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is a Family. Made up of runners, volunteers, sponsors, charities, spectators and pledgers. The communities where we run is home and we couldn’t be more proud to share those neighbourhoods with people who visit our great city. Over the coming weeks, learn about the communities that make up our 42.2k route and then get ready to explore the legs of the route again May 26th!

LEG 4

Enter Bridgeland, voted one of Calgary’s most livable communities in FFWRD 2010. Formerly two separate villages known as Riverside, an area along the north side of the Bow River known as the “working man’s district”, and Bridgeland, the terrace directly north and named from the nearby operating Dominion Bridge Company, the area was once the site of the staging area to the Calgary Marathon.


Riverside was first settled by Russian-German immigrants during Calgary’s first population boom in the 1880s, and soon became known as Germantown. By 1882 the area was connected to Calgary by the Foggs Ferry, which traversed the Bow River at what is now Centre Street, and made commuting into Calgary a possibility. Eight years later a wooden Langevin Bridge was built, further connecting the communities to the city. Along with this came one of Calgary's original red-light districts and home to several brothels, until they were forced out to the edges of the city years later.

At the beginning of the 20th century, large numbers of Italian immigrants came to share the land in search of inexpensive places to live, and has resulted in some of the best Italian food still found here. Fast forward to 1908, right after Calgary’s annexation of Bridgeland the previous year and two years prior to the annexation of Riverside, the cornerstone for the city’s third hospital was laid. Serving a city population of over 40,000, the Calgary General hospital was Alberta's best medical facility in its time. Until its demolition in 1959, the beautiful four-storey brick building with sandstone trim was state of the art and held 160 beds. Today, the site remains empty, but with a plan for extensive transformation that will see an additional 2,500 residents move into the neighbourhood.

One of Calgary’s oldest inner-city neighbourhoods, Bridgeland today is home to a unique mixture of a variety of recreational facilities including a soccer pitch, tennis court, community garden, baseball field, off-leash dog park, disc golf course, children's playground and toboggan run. In addition, its natural protected parks, historic old homes, and European shops and restaurants are all bordered by the magnificent Bow River, and offer stunning views of the Downtown, the Bow River Valley and the Rocky Mountains. For all of this, Bridgeland naturally lives up to its reputation of one of the most livable communities today.

Drugs, Alcohol and a Dream

We all have a dream. It may take years to discover it. It may take even longer to find the courage to achieve it. But no matter our circumstances, no matter our challenges, we all deserve to have our dreams come true.

This year, at 45 years of age, while living at the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre’s emergency shelter, Fabian discovered his dream. He is going to run the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon’s marathon. After 30 years of alcohol and drug abuse and a successful recovery, it’s a dream that deserves to come true.

“I am sick and tired of being sick and tired,” says Fabian. And so he runs.

Every morning, seven days a week, he leaves his shelter bed. He takes his Pure North S’Energy Foundation vitamins and synergy power. He enjoys a nutritious and delicious breakfast at the Drop-In. And he goes to the Calgary Eau Claire YMCA gym where he runs two full hours.

 “This is my first marathon,” says Fabian. “Running is a habit. I am trying to develop some new habits.”

“I am racing against time. I am getting older. As I am getting older, I am looking at my life to see what I’ve accomplished.”

On May 26, 2013 Fabian will be able to look back on his life with pride, knowing that he overcame enormous challenges to make his dream came true. He ran a marathon.

Fabian is making his race more meaningful by fundraising for the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre. If you would like to support his fundraising efforts, please click this link.

April 30th

2013 Finisher Medals! WARNING: BLING!

2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Finisher Medals

Race Director Cheryl Lowery, Executive Director Kirsten Fleming and John Stanton of the Running Room show off the 2013 Finisher medals at the Medal Reveal event.

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Out of Town Runner? Stay at the Host Hotel!

We love welcoming runners from Red Deer to New Zealand for Race Weekend and can’t wait to say HOWDY to ALL of our of out of town guests! Stay at The Westin, the official host hotel, and soak up Scotiabank Calgary Marathon spirit from check-in to check out. Only blocks to the C-train, there are two stops at Stampede Park where the race begins and ends and it’s home of the Health and Wellness Expo. Stay in the heart of downtown, a short walk to the running paths and minutes from plenty of Italian restaurants… who doesn’t want to carb load?!

Two Wacky Marathon Guinness World Record Attempts

Watch for a Lacrosse-wearing Marathoner on May 26th as Martin Parnell aims for a sub four-hour marathon raising money for Right to Play and potentially earning him his 5th Guinness World Record! GO MARTIN!

You won’t be able to miss members of Team Mito linked together as one “cell” raising awareness and funds to fight mitochondrial disease. If founder and CEO Blaine Penny and his mighty Mito teammates come across the finish line under 3 hours they will find themselves in the Guinness book for the first time… GO MITOCANADA!

Thank-you Founder of Running Room, John Stanton, for helping us make the announcement Wednesday at our Medal Reveal!

Leighann Poitras is ready to Go The Distance… are you?


Congratulations to Leighann Poitras of Lethbridge for winning a $650 prize in the Centaur Subaru Contest: Get Sirius & Go The Distance. Leighann won a Garmin 610 Forerunner, Sirius XM Starmate 8 with boom box and 3 months of service for submitting her awesome 2013 training playlist – listen for it when you are coming through 14 aid stations all rocking to Leighann’s fave tunes! Good luck in your first full marathon Leighann … rock and run on!

School Winners Announced in the 
AstraZeneca 5K for 6G’s

On May 26, 2013, ten schools from across Calgary will run and walk 5K towards a healthier active lifestyle and in the process have contributed to healthier school by having competed in the AstraZeneca 5K for $6G’s contest.

This year, AstraZeneca is excited to announce the winners were École St. Pius (Middle School category) and St. Matthew (Senior School category), each earning $2,000 in cash towards fitness and wellness initiatives for their schools.

This is the first win for both schools, and is St. Matthew’s first year participating in the event. Glenmore Christian Academy also won the early bird contest of $1,000 and Team Captains at the winning schools were awarded $500 gift certificates to The Running Room.

The prizes were up for grabs for the middle school (Grades 5 to 8) and senior school (grades 9 to 12) with the highest number of participants, based on the percentage of runners running for the team in relation to their school’s population. School teams are made up of students, teachers, administrative staff, or friends and family. In other words, just about anybody who wants to run or walk and be a part of a school event that brings everyone together.

Thank-you to all the school teams participating on May 26, and keep your eyes open for the winning schools as well as teams from École Madeleine D’Houet, Foothills Academy, Glamorgan Elementary, Millarville School, Rosemont Elementary, St. Michael, and Western Canada.

The 5K for $6G Contest is a school-based program, sponsored by AstraZeneca developed to encourage students, educators and their families to have fun, get active and challenge themselves by participating in the Calgary Marathon AstraZeneca Family 5K, a race within the Calgary Marathon event on May 26. To receive information on the contest and how you can get your team involved in 2014 please email schoolcontest@calgarymarathon.com

Canadian's in the IAAF World Top 10 Rankings

Matthew Hughes of Oshawa, Ont., registered a World leading performance in the men's 3000-metres steeplechase this past weekend at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Standford, California. At the same meet Alex Genest of Lac-aux-Sables, Que., registered a World Championship A standard and is ranked third in the World. Chris Winter of Vancouver, B.C., is in 6th. Derek Drouin of Corunna, Ont., and Mike Mason of Nanoose Bay, B.C., are leading the men's high jump with second and third world rankings respectively; both World Championship A standards. Derek registered his 2.33 metres performance this past weekend in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Mike registered 2.31 metres April 20 in Walnut, California. Justin Rodhe of Kamloops, B.C., is in third in the World with a personal best throw of 21.29 metres in the men's shot put. This World Championship A standard was registered over the weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. Brockville, Ont.'s Tim Nedow is in seventh with 20.35 metres from April 20. Still a junior, Shawnacy Barber of Kingwood, TX., bettered the Canadian senior outdoor record earlier this season registering 5.71 metres in the pole vault; also a World Championship A standard. He sits on the World top lists senior ranking in third. Surrey, B.C.'s Christabel Nettey sits in fifth place after registering a long jump of 6.75 metres and World Championship A standard earlier this month.

For World Rankings click here. 

For more information on World Championship standards click here.

April 22nd

Honourary Chair & MLA for Calgary-Currie Christine Cusanelli invites you to the 2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend on behalf of the Calgary Marathon Society.

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is Canada’s longest running marathon. Please join us as our special guest for any or all of the following race weekend events (click here to View Inviation as PDF).

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VIP Cocktail Reception at the Westin Calgary

Friday, May 24th 7:00 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Join Honourary Chair MLA Christine Cusanelli, the Calgary Marathon Society Board Members, event sponsors, VIPs, organizing committee and elite athletes for a casual cocktail reception which includes a host bar & appetizers, a salute to elite athletes including Olympian Simon Whitfield in partnership with Impact Magazine and announcement of 2013 Calgary Marathon Society Hall of Fame Inductees.

Health & Wellness Expo at The Big Four at Stampede Park

Saturday, May 25th 11 a.m. – noon

Come for a Q & A with ten-time World Triathlon Champion Simon Whitfield and stay for a stellar line-up of local speakers, fitness demos and a health and wellness expo that celebrates running and community.

Race Day

Sunday, May 26th 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Join us at the VIP finish line area and enjoy a breakfast provided by Jugo Juice while witnessing first-time runners to record-breaking athletes achieve their goals.

Please RSVP by Tuesday May 7, 2013

Please RSVP online or by email to info@calgarymarathon.com by Tuesday, May 7, 2013 indicating which events you can attend.

Visit www.calgarymarathon.com for more race weekend information.

April 19th

Run for Boston (Calgary)

The running community is still coming to terms with the horrific attack on Marathon Monday in Boston. This is a special e-newsletter to let you know about Run for Boston (Calgary) happening at 11am on Saturday, April 20th at Edworthy Park. Local organizer and member of our running community Trevor Hofbauer, invites you to run or walk from 1k to 40k beginning at Angels Ice Cream, the north side of the river in Edworthy Park. This is not a race but a community run. Tim Hortons coffee and water will be supplied as well as free t-shirts, sponsored by The Calgary RoadRunners, with a minimum donation that will go to One Fund, in support of the victims of Boston. 

Please check the Facebook page for more information from the organizers, including details on parking.

Change your Race with NEW Race Transfer Tool

Until April 28th registered runners are able to change races with this Race Transfer Tool.  Suffering from injury or lack of training? Downgrade! Rocking the long runs and want to Go The Distance?  Upgrade!

You require:

  • Your JME number from when you registered
  • Date of Birth
  • The email you used at registration.

Please note the following:

  1. The most common reason for an error message is the WRONG email address. Please confirm you are entering the same email you used at registration, as the tool won’t work otherwise.
  2. All runners using the Race Transfer tool pay a $10 administrative fee and the relevant Events Online fee.
  3. No refunds when downgrading.
  4. Runners who are upgrading pay the difference to the current price in addition to the fee, both outlined in a chart at the time of transfer.
  5. Races cannot be transferred from one runner to another. All entries are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  6. No races can be transferred after April 28th.
  7. Email info@calgarymarathon.com with any questions.
April 9th

You Are Invited: Guinness World Record Attempt Announcement & 2013 Medal Reveal Event

WHEN:
Wednesday, April 25, 2013 (One month until Race Weekend!)
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
WHERE:
Eau Claire Running Room at Centre Court 200 Barclay Parade Southwest
WHO:
Two Crazy Groups of Runners Attempting a Guinness World Record, Media, Runners, Walkers, Sponsors, Charity Partners, Volunteers...Everyone ...it's FREE!
WHAT:
2013 Finisher Medals and Technical Tee Reveal: 5:30 p.m.
Media Announcement/Photo Op of the runners attempting a Guinness World Record on Race Day: 5:45 p.m.
Charities, Sponsors & Partners Mini-Expo with cool samples, give-aways & contests and DJ Jay on Decks: 5 - 7 p.m.

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Scotiabank Calgary Marathon at The Boston Marathon

Watch for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon at The Boston Marathon from April 12 to 15. Follow social media updates live from the John Hynes Convention Centre where we will be sharing with the larger running community all the reasons to run the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon! And hey runners... if you are in Boston - come by booth #1422 and say Hello! at the Health & Fitness Expo.

Showing your Total “I Race Green” Pledge Pride

 

We’re just under 7 weeks away from the 49th Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend! Thankfully, Mother Nature is giving us a glimpse of spring, making PB training that much easier; every little bit helps. We know shaving those last few seconds off your PB is hard work. But pledging to Race Green is an easy win!

Many of you have already committed to taking the “I Race Green” Pledge, sponsored by Total E&P Canada (Total). Congratulations!

And if you haven’t, there’s still time! It’s easy! And it’ll be worth your while.

To win a $500 prize pack, all you have to do is:

- BYOB. Pledge to bring your own refillable water bottle & forgo paper cups on the route.

- Walk. Run. Carpool. Transit. Get to and from the race in a sustainable method.

- Leave Nothing Behind. Take out what you take in, this includes clothing, garbage & grab bag goodies.

"Green Silence" Running Shoes

$100 gift certificate to SPUD.ca

Reusable water belt and Gatorade from the Running Room

A box of Powerbars

The book "Born to Run"

The DVD "A Second Chance, The Janelle Morrison Story"

Two tickets to see "Endure, A Run Woman Show" on race weekend

Recognition in E-newsletter and on race day May 26th



Because you’re green, you know it, and you really want to show it… be sure to pick up your “I Race Green” sticker to wear on race day at the Total booth. Total is back at the Health & Wellness Expo from May 23-May 25 at The Big Four at Stampede Park to sign runners up in their quest for a green race and a chance to win! And, not to worry, the stickers are made from 100% FDA certified recycled material.

 

Q&A with Kids Cancer Care’s #1 pint-sized runner!

Coming to Kids Cancer Care for her very first interview, six-year old Noelle arrives in her best pink sparkly outfit with a basket of Easter candy to share! This little cutie is a total pro and knows how to ‘wow’ an office full of ladies!

 

Noelle is a perfect example of how kids can get involved and make a difference in their community. Last year, not only did she complete her second marathon as part of the Scotiabank Kids Marathon, she also raised more than $700 for Kids Cancer Care. Here’s what Noelle had to say about her experience.

Q: How did you train for the Scotiabank Kids Marathon?
A: My dad and I would run 1km and then walk a while. It was fun, but I was pooped!

Q: What was the best part about participating in the Scotiabank Kids Marathon?
A: Running with other kids on race day and crossing the finish line.

Q: Why did you decide to raise money for Kids Cancer Care?
A: I wanted to help little kids with cancer. I wanted to get money so the doctors could make the kids feel better.

Q: Are you running again this year?
A: Yes! And my goal is to raise $1000 for Kids Cancer Care!

Join Noelle by running for those who can’t. Register today here and choose Kids Cancer Care as your charity of choice.

The Communities Where We Run

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is a Family. Made up of runners, volunteers, sponsors, charities, spectators and pledgers. The communities where we run is home and we couldn’t be more proud to share those neighbourhoods with people who visit our great city. Over the coming weeks, learn about the communities that make up our 42.2k route and then get ready to explore the legs of the route again May 26th!

LEG 3

Pass through Fort Calgary, the symbolic heart of Calgary, and the birthplace of this great city – where it all began. Built at the confluence of the Bow and Elbow Rivers in 1875 with pine and spruce logs from upstream, Fort Calgary was established under federal orders primarily to put a stop to the whisky trade between Americans and the Natives that had already settled here. The North West Mounted Police made Fort Calgary their home to bring law and order to this growing community.

Walk around the backside of the Fort, and you’ll find the remarkable Historic Garden. Now called the Community Garden, it represents the original vegetable garden that the North West Mounted Police had on site from 1883 to 1914 and that provided much-needed produce for those living at the Fort at the time. The volunteers who work in the garden today continue to use only hand tools to cultivate and grow varieties of produce that would have been grown circa 1910.

Crossing the Elbow River, make a stop at The Deane House. Built in 1906 for the then Superintendent of Fort Calgary, Captain Richard Deane, The Deane House is possibly the only remaining building from the Fort Calgary site still intact (though moved twice before settling in its current location). The Superintendent built the house for his wife, Martha, but she unfortunately died before she could join her husband in Calgary. It now hosts the Calgary-famous Murder Mystery Dinner.

Into the city’s oldest community: Inglewood. Established in 1875, Inglewood was built on the other side of the Elbow River from the Fort to accommodate the new residents of Calgary. Originally known as East Calgary or Brewery Flats, it wasn’t until 1911 that the name was changed to Inglewood. Ninth Avenue (formerly Atlantic Avenue) was probably the first "main street" in the city, and is still the street to cruise any day of the week. Stop by the Hose and Hound, Calgary’s original fire hall built in 1907 and used as a fire hall from 1907 to 1952, the building was converted into a community center, a furniture store, a fine dining restaurant, and finally into a Pub in 1992.  With a plethora of local shopping, dining, attractions and events, Inglewood truly offers something for everyone.

Run right past the entrance to Canada’s second largest zoo, the Calgary Zoo. Located largely on St. George's Island in the Bow River, it is home to over a thousand animals, in addition to 290 species of individual insects and fishes. The largest seasonal light show in Western Canada, Zoolights is an animal themed show consisting of almost 3 million lights.

See you next weeks as we cross the Bow river to explore more of Calgary’s beauty and city splendor.

Race Transfer Tool Coming Soon

Beginning April 15th until April 25th registered runners will be able to log on and change races.  If your training isn’t going as you had hoped or you are suffering from injury simply log in and choose a race distance shorter than what you had previously registered for. If you are rocking the long runs and want to up the ante,  you can do that too. Log in and upgrade from one of the shorter distances to a longer race. There are no refunds on downgrading your race and runners are responsible for paying the difference if you move up to a longer distance and please note all runners using the Race Transfer tool will pay a $15 administrative fee. More details coming in the next e-news and watch our social media pages!

April 2nd

Speaker Series: May 24 & May 25

Olympian and ten-time Canadian triathlon champ, Simon Whitfield is headlining this year’s Speaker Series which is free and open to the public at The Big Four at Stampede Park on May 24 and May 25. In addition to running in the Jugo Juice 10k as part of his training leading up to this year’s racing season, the 2012 Olympic Games flagbearer will be taking questions, posing for pictures and selling his online training program at this year’s Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend. Check out Simon Whitfield Saturday morning when you pick up your race bib and goody bag. Also on the schedule for the 2013 Speaker Series: MitoCanada’s Blaine Penney, Marathon Quest Author Martin Parnell, Running Coach Llew Edwards, Triathlete Jon Bird and many more. Limited complimentary parking is available during the expo for runners who show their confirmation or bib number.

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The Communities Where We Run

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is a Family. Made up of runners, volunteers, sponsors, charities, spectators and pledgers. The communities where we run is home and we couldn’t be more proud to share those neighbourhoods with people who visit our great city. Over the coming weeks, learn about the communities that make up our 42.2k route and then get ready to explore the legs of the route again May 26th!

LEG 2

Pass through historic Victoria Park. Established in 1914 and named in honour of Queen Victoria, it is one of Calgary’s oldest communities with a modern flare. Part of the Rivers District, an area which includes Victoria Park, Downtown East Village, the Stampede Grounds, the Calgary Zoo and Fort Calgary, it is a hotbed for potential new and rejuvenated development. Soon to add to the charm of this neighbourhood will be East Victoria Park, a neighbourhood park for Calgarians who live and work in the community. In addition, a number of residential and office projects are planned as well as the Stampede's expansion, proposed extension of Olympic Way into East Village, and the redevelopment of CPR lands. Within a short stroll to the Saddledome and Round Up Centre, grabbing a bite before the game, a concert or event is a great way to experience the restaurants that call this area home. Not only home to amazing restaurants, along First Street you’ll encounter an energetic community of independent retailers tucked into historic buildings.

In the race for space in downtown and Beltline office properties, the Warehouse District has become Calgary’s trendiest office area. With some of the city’s oldest sandstone architecture and buildings, including the historic Customs House, the Ribtor Buildings, Cantos Foundation Music Museum and the old Victoria Sandstone School, juxtaposed between some of the newest state of the art high-rise condo developments, the Warehouse District is one of Calgary’s most evolving neighbourhoods.

A redevelopment plan for Victoria Park was formally established in 2003, and since then a considerable amount of the city’s development budget has gone into revitalizing this thriving district. This quickly growing neighbourhood has a little something for everyone: from the Kahanoff Conference Centre for the Calgary businessperson wanting convenience and proximity to downtown, to the multi-use Hotel Arts Centre for out-of-town visitor, to the National Music Centre for the music lover. In Victoria Park, the “new urban Calgary”, you can catch a glimpse of an area abundant in arts, entertainment, business, chic cafés and an energetic nightlife.

Neighbourhood Spirit Hubs: Cheer & Chomp

42.2km is a lot of real estate; lucky for Calgary Marathoners that this city is beautiful, energetic and full of cheerleaders. Lend your voice and spirit to one of 6 Neighbourhood Spirit hubs on the 2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon route. There will be music, costumes, signs and for the first time – food trucks with all sorts for treats for sale. Dig out your best cheerleader costume and rest your vocal chords to join us May 26th at any of the 6 official Neighbourhood Spirit hubs in Bridgeland, Sunnyside, Kensington, East Village, Victoria Park or Altadore and email info@calgarymarathon.com for more information.

Volunteer Spotlight: Expo Prep

Beginning on May 22nd we are setting up for the 2013 Health and Wellness Expo taking place at The Big Four at Stampede Park. We need YOU to get everything looking shiny and ready to welcome 20,000 runners and supporters when the doors open. Get behind the scenes to see how it all works and comes together and be a part of the team. Runners this is a great opportunity to get involved before the race starts and give back to the running community!

Benefits:

  • Receive a free technical t-shirt  
  • Receive a $10 coupon to The Running Room
  • Complimentary entry to the The Dino Dash
  • Invitation to May 16th Beer & Pizza Orientation Event
  • Be eligible for exclusive draw prizes
  • Volunteer food and refreshments are provided for your shift and training
  • Be part of a Calgary Tradition 49 years strong
  • Give back to the running community
  • Experience the fun and excitement of a marathon without the training, sweat or anxiety!

It takes 1200 volunteers to make the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend a success. Register to volunteer and help us make 2013 even bigger and better!

Last Chance Elites - Athletes watch your inbox April 10

Run alongside Simon Whitfield in the 10k or give Benard Onsare a run for his money in the Marathon. The stage has been set, the purse is announced and applications are being reviewe for the 2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon high performance races. Submit your application by April 7 to elites@calgarymarathon.com. Athletes will receive their acceptance and information by April 10.

Alexander's Quest: A Scotiabank Charity Challenge Particpant

March 25th

APPLY FOR ELITE STATUS TODAY!

ELITES WILL BE CONTACTED WITH CONFIRMATION OF ENTRY BY APRIL 10, 2013

Prize for Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Increased for 2013

Course Record Bonus:

The course record was set in 2012 by Bernard Onsare (Calgary, AB) with a time of 2:22:47.35. There is $1000 as a bonus prize for breaking that record in 2013.

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2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Awards & Prizes

Awards & Prizes*

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon overall fastest male and female
1st $3,000** 
2nd $2,000**
3rd $1,000**
Centaur Subaru Half Marathon overall fastest male and female
1st $1,500
2nd $750
3rd $500
Jugo Juice 10K overall fastest male and female
1st $750
2nd $500
3rd $250

*You must be present at the awards to be eligible for your prize money. 

**Male top finishers must finish under 2:30 to take full purse. 50% take for Male top finishers with times over 2:30 hours. Female top finishers must finish under 3:00. 50% take for Female top finishers over 3:00 hours.

Canadian Elite Athlete Program

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is a proud supporter of local, up and coming talent and has an Elite Athlete program available to assist with some of the travel and registration costs for Canadian elite athletes.

If you would like to apply to the elite athlete program, please email elites@calgarymarathon.com with your request and the following information:

  1. Full name
  2. Contact information (email, phone, mailing address)
  3. Citizenship
  4. Birthdate (month/day/year)
  5. Race completed within the past year (12 months) and qualifying time
  6. Brief personal biography (250 words max.)
  7. Running resume (include personal best times for relevant distances)
  8. Goal for 2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon race
  9. Image (jpeg, preferably a close up running image or head shot)
Elite Athlete Qualifying Standards for Assistance
Assistance Marathon Male Marathon Female Half Marathon Male Half Marathon Female 10K Male 10K Female
Travel Assistance and Complimentary Entry 2:30 3:05 1:10 1:24 0:31 0:37
Complimentary Entry 2:40 3:15 1:15 1:30 0:34 0:41

 

ELITES WILL BE CONTACTED WITH CONFIRMATION OF ENTRY BY APRIL 10, 2013

2012 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Top Finishers

 

Scotiabank Marathon
1st - Male Bernard Onsare (Calgary, AB) 2:22:47.35
2nd - Male Brendan Kenny (Dundas, ON) 2:28:57.59
3rd - Male Graeme Wilson (Vancouver, BC) 2:31:03.82
1st - Female

Tanaya Gallagher (Phoenix, AZ) 2:54:24.32

2nd - Female Ronke Babatunde (Edmonton, AB) 3:01:18.10
3rd - Female Stephanie Murphy (Calgary, AB) 3:07:26.83
Centaur Subaru Half Marathon
1st - Male Kip Kangogo (Lethbridge, AB) 1:07:16.62
2nd - Male Jeremy Deere (Calgary, AB) 1:09:58.13
3rd - Male Frank Woolstencroft (Calgary, AB) 1:12:35.89
1st - Female Grace Kary (Calgary, AB) 1:18:37.63
2nd - Female Danelle Kabush (Calgary, AB) 1:19:08.35
3rd - Female  Lisa Harvey (Calgary, AB) 1:21:04.13
Jugo Juice 10K
1st - Male Willy Kimosop (Lethbridge, AB) 31:12.7
2nd - Male Andrew Curruthers (Calgary, AB) 33:11.0
3rd - Male Sean Chester (Victoria, BC) 33:21.2
1st - Female Melissa Kendrick (Calgary, AB) 37:17.2
2nd - Female Shannon Maisano (St. Albert, AB) 38:14.7
3rd - Female

Claire Morgan (Victoria, BC) 38.19.0

 

2012 Female Winner
Tanaya Gallagher (Phoenix, AZ) 2:54:24.32

 

March 21st

Howdy Half-Marathoners... How's your training?

Looking forward to seeing how your training has progressed over the last year at the 49th Scotiabank Calgary Marathon on May 26th, 2013. 

Sign up before registration prices increase on March 31st. 

In 2012 we moved to Stampede Park, launched a new route & new venue and introduced some awesome, new elements. It was a great success thanks to runners like you. Momentum for the 2013 Race Weekend is building and because of your feedback, it will be bigger and better! We heard you loud and clear and are making some improvements. 

  • More porta-potties? Over double!

  • Free Parking at The Health & Wellness Expo? There sure is!

  • No stairs for bag check? No problem! 

  • Less congestion at the finish line? Wayyyyy less! 

  • More post-race nutrition choices? MMMmmmmm heck ya!

 

Here is the Centaur Subaru Half-Marathon Map ... you will also notice the finish is straight into The Grandstand so you can really enjoy your moment of glory!

Just a friendly reminder your registration gets you: 

  • Access to Health & Wellness Expo where 60+ exhibitors will be giving away swag & testing new products
  • Speaker Series featuring Olympian Simon Whitfield and other special invited guests, clinics on barefoot running and fitness demos on everything from Crossfit to Barre Class
  • Bib & timing chip
  • Goody bag at Package Pick-up
  • Aid stations including water, Gatorade and PowerBar gels
  • Pre-race warm up with local fitness celebrities
  • Duotech Go The Distance technical t-shirt (that we can’t wait to show you on April 24th!)
  • A bling-y medal you will most definitely want to keep
  • Post-race nutrition including a yummy flapjack breakfast made by pancake professionals: the Stampede Caravan
  • On course entertainment and up to 42.2km of fun
  • Start and finish in Iconic Stampede Park with thousands to cheer you on and help you celebrate another running achievement

You completed the Centaur Subaru Half-Marathon last year, let’s see you beat your time this year… or push your limits and GO THE DISTANCE taking on the full marathon in 2013!

Not racing this year? Give back to the running community... why not Volunteer?

Whatever you are training for - We wish you well!

Happy Running, The Calgary Marathon Organizing Committee :)

 

March 21st

Howdy Marathon 2012 Finishers... How's your training?

We are looking forward to seeing how your training has progressed over the last year at the 49th Scotiabank Calgary Marathon on May 26th, 2013. 

Sign up before registration prices increase on March 31st. 

In 2012 we moved to Stampede Park, launched a new route & new venue and introduced some awesome, new elements. It was a great success thanks to runners like you. Momentum for the 2013 Race Weekend is building and because of your feedback, it will be bigger and better! We heard you loud and clear and are making some improvements. 

  • More porta-potties? Over double!

  • Free Parking at The Health & Wellness Expo? There sure is!

  • No stairs for bag check? No problem! 

  • Less congestion at the finish line? Wayyyyy less! 

  • More post-race nutrition choices? MMMmmmmm heck ya!

Here is the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Map ... you will also notice the finish is straight into The Grandstand so you can really enjoy your moment of glory!

Just a friendly reminder your registration gets you: 

  • Access to Health & Wellness Expo where 60+ exhibitors will be giving away swag & testing new products
  • Speaker Series featuring Olympian Simon Whitfield and other special invited guests, clinics on barefoot running and fitness demos on everything from Crossfit to Barre Class
  • Bib & timing chip
  • Goody bag at Package Pick-up
  • Aid stations including water, Gatorade and PowerBar gels
  • Pre-race warm up with local fitness celebrities
  • Duotech Go The Distance technical t-shirt (that we can’t wait to show you on April 24th!)
  • A bling-y medal you will most definitely want to keep
  • Post-race nutrition including a yummy flapjack breakfast made by pancake professionals: the Stampede Caravan
  • On course entertainment and up to 42.2km of fun
  • Start and finish in Iconic Stampede Park with thousands to cheer you on and help you celebrate another running achievement

You completed the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon last year, let’s see you beat your time this year… push your limits & GO THE DISTANCE! Training for another marathon? Run in the 5k, compete in the 10k and see how you fare against 10-TIME TRIATHLON CHAMPION SIMON WHITFIELD WHO IS RUNNING IN THE 10K JUGO JUICE AS AN ELITE or use the half-marathon as a training run!

Not racing this year? Give back to the running community... why not Volunteer?

Whatever you are training for - We wish you well!

Happy Running, The Calgary Marathon Organizing Committee :)

 
March 12th

"Spring into Training" Event Invitation

WHEN:
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 (the first day of Spring!)
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
WHERE:
Eau Claire Running Room at Centre Court 200 Barclay Parade SW
WHO:
Runners, Walkers, Sponsors, Charity Partners, Volunteers...Everyone ...it's FREE!
WHAT:

Ultra-runner, adventure racer & star of reality show "Boundless" Simon Donato is the keynote speaker and...

  • See the AstraZeneca 5 km and Jugo Juice 10 km routes
  • Learn more about the Scotiabank Charity Challenge
  • For the first time ever...Buy Calgary Marathon technical toques ($15) & training tees ($10) (cash only, no exceptions)
  • Jugo Juice is sampling Stoked Oats (founded by Simon!)
  • Impact Magazine is handing out their FREE running issue
  • Powerbar and SPUD.ca are sampling product
  • Take the  Total “I Race Green” Pledge & get your "I Race Green" sticker to wear proudly on race day
  • Meet valued volunteers, committee members & new running buddies.
  • Be entered to win a Go The Distance *prize package worth $200 including 2 x tickets to "Endure a Run Woman Show" happening on race weekend; "A Second Chance - The Janelle Morrison Story" DVD, gift certificate to the Running Room and more...

*Must be present at event and registered in the 2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend to win the prize.



Meet Simon Donato: Adventure Racer, Star of Reality show "Boundless", co-founder of Stoked Oats and Keynote speaker of the event. Calgary transplant Simon Donato went the distance on the first season of his reality show "Boundless" airing Sunday nights on Travel & Escapes. Simon and his buddy Turbo competed in the Fire & Ice Ultra in Iceland, Paddleboard Championships in Oahu, ultra races in Kenya, Egypt and Cambodia, a bike race in Utah and Kayak challenge in South Africa. Hear about his experiences when Simon returns to Calgary fresh off another global adventure and you are bound to be inspired by Simon's stories to Go The Distance.

We believe this is your year to Go The Distance. Let’s Spring into the season in style.... See you March 20th!

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Registration Prices Increasing Soon!

Plan ahead this month and save on the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, Centaur Subaru Half-Marathon, Jugo Juice 10k and AstraZeneca Family 5k Walk and Run registration fees.  Prices increase on Sunday, March 31st.

REGISTER NOW

Get Sirius & Go The Distance: A Centaur Subaru Contest

So you have signed up for the Centaur Subaru Half-Marathon (and if you haven’t it’s time!!) and you are working your training program; hitting the hills and hammering out your LSDs in preparation for May 26th. Centaur Subaru wants to reward runners for all their hard work. By teaming up with Sirius XM and Speed Theory, Centaur Subaru is helping you Go The Distance with a contest that is a win for everyone. Beginning March 12th until Friday April 5th, registered runners for any of the Calgary Marathon race weekend events are eligible for a prize package worth $675 when you share your favourite songs to run to.

Submit your 2013 training playlist to info@calgarymarathon.com with “Get Sirius” in the subject line and share it on our Facebook page and you are entered to win! Be sure to include your registration number along with all your favourite tunes in your email. Rock on runners… !

Check out Contests & Promos for full contest details.

Prize:

  • SiriusXM Starmate 8 and boom box with 3-month subscription
  • Garmin Forerunner 610 with Heart Rate Monitor
  • Name printed in Race Guide along with your playlist

LIMITED Free Parking at Calgary Marathon Health & Wellness Expo

Picking up your race package at the Health & Wellness Expo is a wonderful opportunity to get in the spirit of the race weekend. Join us at The Big Four building at Stampede Park beginning Thursday May 23rd until Saturday May 25th and runners will enjoy (limited) free parking by showing your registration at the entrance. In addition to door prizes, 60 exhibitors and hourly fitness demos, the Speaker Series is not to be missed. See keynote speaker, Olympian Simon Whitfield on Saturday May 25th. Hear from MitoCanada’s Blaine Penny, Marathon Quest Author Martin Parnell, learn about barefoot running, hear from the race director about the course and take part in round tables with Calgary’s leading health, nutrition and fitness coaches and experts.

Of course we hope you still consider taking transit as we are located at Stampede Park with easy access to the city's c-train! 

See you at the Expo!

Endure: A Run Woman Show at The Calgary Marathon Expo

After enjoying international acclaim in 2012 in London, Edinburgh, and New York City, Calgary playwright Melanie Jones is brining her award-winning production of Endure: A Run Woman Show back to Calgary for a limited engagement leading up to and following the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon. Using the marathon as a metaphor, the nameless central character uses running to pick up the pieces of her broken life, capturing the peaceful and obsessive-compulsive nature of sport. The soundtrack, a dreamlike and cinematic collection of songs written and performed by Scandinavian singer-songwriter Christine Owman underscores the play’s script: a runner’s inner monologue set to motion exploring the thousands of thoughts that rush through a runner’s head as she trains for and runs 26.2 miles.

It’s the perfect way to get psyched up for your run or to celebrate your accomplishment afterwards.

Limited tickets are available HERE.
 

Top Finishers to earn up to $24,500 in the 2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

More than $24,000 will be up for grabs for high performance athletes racing in the 10k, half-marathon and full marathon on May 26th. There is special prize money allocated for top Canadian elites to finish in all three distances. Breaking the course record set in 2012 by Benard Onsare with a time of 2:22:47 could earn the top marathon finisher a course bonus.

Olympic triathlon champion Simon Whitfield will be vying for some of that prize money. Whitfield will be competing in the Jugo Juice 10k as part of his training for the upcoming season. Additionally, Whitfield will be making several media appearances and is holding a Q&A at the Speaker Series on Saturday May 25th at the Calgary Marathon Health & Wellness free and open to the public at the Big Four Building.

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is accepting applications from elites and full details on the purse can be found under Awards & Prizes.

March 5th

Run Responsibly… Take the Total “I Race Green” Pledge

You can run but you can't hide... your carbon footprint. Total E&P Canada (Total), the official Sustainability Sponsor of the 2013 Calgary Marathon, is once again asking participants to help make Canada's oldest race a greener event. Take the Total “I Race Green" Pledge and become a partner in making the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon a Green race. Pick up your “I Race Green” Sticker at the Health & Wellness Expo from May 23 to May 25 and wear it with pride on race day…not to worry, it’s made from recycled material.

THE PLEDGE:

BYOB. Pledge to bring your own refillable water bottle & forgo paper
cups on the route.
Walk. Run. Carpool. Transit. Get to and from the race in a
sustainable method.
Leave Nothing Behind. Take out what you take in, this includes
clothing, garbage & grab bag goodies.
• Each Pledge is an entry into our random draw for the grand prize!

By pledging to "Race Green" on Sunday, May 26 you could WIN a $500 Sustainable Running Prize Pack like Tanya Malakoff, the 2012 winner.

THE CHALLENGE:

So, you’re committing to making your run more green, now let’s put our collective brain power together to make the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon more green. Get creative and send us either an original idea or a new twist on a green race practice that is sure to get better results. Take the Total "Green My Race" Challenge by submitting your best sustainable race idea to info@calgarymarathon.com and you could win:

  • 1-year membership to Car2Go
  • 1000 minutes of drive time
  • Your contribution could be implemented at the 2014 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

For full pledge & challenge details check out Contests & Promos.
And be sure to tune in to Breakfast Television on City on March 20th to learn how you can be a part of Total’s pledge to green the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon.

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Save the Date: Spring into Training March 20th

WHO: YOU – runners, charities, volunteers, sponsors, elites, everyone is invited!
WHAT: “Spring into Training” event.

  • See the maps for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, Centaur Subaru Half-Marathon, Jugo Juice 10k, AstraZeneca 5k Walk and Run.
  • Hear Reality Star, Adventure Racer and owner of Stoked Oats, Simon Donato, talk about his racing show “Boundless”
  • Meet Charity partners from the Scotiabank Charity Challenge
  • Sample free products
  • Meet other runners and more...

WHEN: 5:30pm to 7:30pm on Wednesday March 20th
WHERE: Eau Claire Market Centre Court in front of Running Room
WHY: To kick off the first day of Spring and your training for the Jugo Juice 10k and  AstraZeneca Family 5k Walk and Run

See you March 20th!

Planning Your Race Day Nutrition with Powerbar

Powerbar is once again supplying gels for runners on race day. To help with your race plan you can count on Powerbar Gels at the following aid stations:

Marathon:
12k
24k
29.8k

Half-Marathon:
11.8k

PowerBar Sports Nutrition Running Playbook provides in-depth nutrition research, recommendations, and tips, including sample meal plans and nutrition worksheets to get the most out of your nutrition before, during, and after your training and racing. Learn more here.

Cold Weather Running

The ABCs (and D) of suiting up for winter running.

By John Stanton


The bonus of winter running is a double up on the calorie burn—we burn calories to run and we also burn calories to stay warm. Plus, there is a special joy in being the first to make fresh footsteps in the snow; don’t pass up the excitement of a crisp sunny run through the early morning or the delight of an evening run through the darkness as large snow flakes float through the stillness of the evening.
These cold winter days build character—the kind you can use in the late stages of a long run. Think back to the challenges you overcame during those long winter runs. So here are some tips to get you ready for this year’s Running Room Resolution Run.
 
Winter Running Tips:




The following are some cold-weather running tips. Most of the tips involve some good common sense in the severe conditions.


1. Adjust the intensity of your workout.
2. Keep your head covered and your hands and feet warm as a significant amount of our heat loss comes from our extremities. (read more….)

February 19th

Meet 2012 Winner & Course Record Holder Benard Onsare in this Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Minute

Over the course of 49 years runners have shared a lot of stories about the Calgary Marathon. We love hearing about your special memories, accomplished dreams and inspiring efforts. While the worthy tales are endless, the organizing committee chose 8 in particular that lifted us up. Here is the 1st of the 2013 Marathon Minutes. We hope you enjoy their stories and connections to the race as much we do. Thank-you to City TV for producing these little gems. Click here to check out our YouTube page.

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"Like" us on Facebook & Leave a Comment to Win!

It’s pretty easy. Go to Calgary Marathon : “LIKE” us, tell us something about your last run - how you felt, where you ran, what you ate afterwards, who was with you or what was the hot topic of conversation – and you will be entered in a random draw. What’s on the line?

2 pairs of tickets to a VIP Screening on Monday, February 25th at 6:45pm of “A Second Chance – The Janelle Morrison Story”

This is a Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Feature Presentation in Partnership with Kelly Brothers Productions. In the spirit of the 2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, the organizing committee and Kelly Brothers Productions extend an invitation to two special winners and their guests to witness the inspiring, true story of a local athlete who shows how to Go The Distance. Janelle Morrison's story will energize and move you and help you keep on trucking next time that LSD seems grueling.

AstraZeneca School Contest $5K for 6G is Open.

The 5K for $6G Contest is a school-based program, sponsored by AstraZeneca. Students, Grades 4 to 12, educators and their families and friends challenge themselves and have fun and win for their school by participating in the Calgary Marathon AstraZeneca Family 5K, a race within the Calgary Marathon event on May 26th.


What do you win?
$6,000 in prize money to provide fitness equipment and wellness learning programs in their schools.


For more information to get your school involved email: schoolcontest@calgarymarathon.com

Volunteer Spotlight: Package Assembly

Long before the horn goes off and even before the start line is up, there are volunteers tirelessly working behind the scenes! Barb Cooper has been a long time coordinator of package assembly and runs a tight ship. That’s what it takes to ensure 13,000 runners get a goody bag when the Health & Wellness expo opens on Thursday May 23th. This is a great volunteer position for people who want to run in the race and also want to contribute in shaping it. "I like the comraderie and the atmosphere leading up to the race," says Barb, "I have ran many races of all distances and the whole experience is fun - sometimes a lot of work, but always worth it." Without the 75 volunteers who last year packed bags of hemp seeds, teeny tiny bottles of shampoo, race guide and other treats, there would be a lot of disappointed runners at package pick-up! Help Barb and her crew beginning Wednesday May 22nd for Package Assembly. Thank-you to ALL our volunteers, we couldn’t do it without you!

Benefits of Volunteering:
    •            Receive a free technical t-shirt  
    •            Receive a $10 coupon to The Running Room
    •            Entry to the The Dino Dash
    •            Invitation to our Volunteer event prior to the Marathon
    •            Be eligible for exclusive draw prizes
    •            Volunteer food and refreshments are provided for your shift and training
    •            Experience the fun and excitement of a marathon without the training, sweat or anxiety

To see current volunteer opportunities, click here.

Apply for your Elite Status

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is a proud supporter of local, up and coming talent and has an Elite Athlete program available to assist with some of the travel and registration costs for Canadian elite athletes.

If you would like to apply to the elite athlete program, please email elites@calgarymarathon.com with your request and the following information:

    Full name
    Contact information (email, phone, mailing address)
    Citizenship
    Birthdate (month/day/year)
    Race completed within the past year (12 months) and qualifying time
    Brief personal biography (250 words max.)
    Running resume (include personal best times for relevant distances)
    Goal for 2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon race
    Image (jpeg, preferably a close up running image or head shot

For more information about our Elite Program click here.

Your Running Room Training Tip

Building the Base
By John Stanton

My marathon and half marathon programs become progressively more difficult each week. Successful adaptation comes as a result of intelligent progressive overload. This progressive overload combined with rest days improves your muscular skeletal and cardiovascular systems as you become a marathoner. The hard days challenge you, the easy days provide you rest and allows for regeneration. Hard days are the hill runs, tempo runs, and speed and long run days. The balance of the schedule is either an off day or recovery run day. Recovery runs are completed with a relaxed recovery pace. The long run is run about a 1 – 1 ½ per mile slower than your planned marathon goal pace. Scheduling in rest days is every bit as important as the tougher stuff.
Specificity, the principle that permits the adaptations your body makes is based on the nature of the exercise you do. My program specifically trains you for running endurance, strength and speed.
Periodization is a build up in total mileage and in the long run distance, followed by a cutback week. Following this easy week, we build up the long run and the total distance. These periods of build up in mileage followed by a recovery week, rejuvenate you and prepare you for the next build up.

February 5th

Jugo Juice Freebie Fridays

“Like” Calgary Marathon on Facebook and follow @CalgaryMarathon on Twitter to take part in Jugo Juice Freebie Fridays! Each Friday a question will be posted online and a random winner will be chosen. Tell us what you’re listening to during your tempo runs, where you go to pound the pavement, how you cross train and all sorts of other inside information that makes a runner tick..and you could win a FREE Jugo Juice Smoothie or Fresh Pressed Juice. Thanks Jugo Juice!

Congratulations to Tiara Folkes and Simon Ong - Our first two winners. See you online!

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Register Now to Guarantee your T-shirt Size

Training had begun and the countdown is on. Aside from memories and a shiny medal we want to ensure you have something to remember your 2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon experience. Register now to guarantee your technical t-shirt size at package pick-up. A tee is included in the price of your entry into all races. Participants who register after March 1st can request their shirt size but it will not be guaranteed.

A race day t-shirt exchange will be on site so bring your technical tee and trade it for another size if you don’t get the one you want.

Foothills Academy: A 2013 Feature Charity

Foothills Academy was named the Exemplar School Program in Alberta for children with learning disabilities by the Department of Education and the University of Alberta. For over three decades Foothills Academy has led the way to success for children and families impacted by learning disabilities. We rely on substantial community support and this event goes a long way to helping countless families that otherwise would not be able to attend the school. We specifically raise money for our school bursary fund. Children that go to this school do so because they NEED to, not WANT. They can come to Foothills Academy and cover the same curriculum as the regular school systems, but it’s taught by teachers that are specifically trained for this, in an environment that is best suited for these students.

The upcoming Scotiabank Calgary Marathon will be the third year for Foothills Academy as a participant in the Charity Challenge. Last year, our group rose over $85,000 and we are aiming for $100,000 in 2013! We’re going to show up in droves, bringing great spirit, and whether running the full marathon or walking the 5 k at a leisurely pace, we’ll be sure to have fun! We can’t wait for May 26th!

Volunteer Spotlight: Course Marshals

“Course Marshal volunteer with the last runner and it is all smiles!”

It takes 1200 volunteers to make the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon a success. Without volunteers to stuff bags, hand out bananas, put up signs, direct traffic and man water stations, Alberta’s best road race in 2012 would not be much of a race at all.

Calling: Course Marshals
By donating 4 hours of your time on May 26th you’re ensuring the safety and success of some 13,000 runners. Adventure racer and mountain biker Matthew Perry volunteered as a course marshal for the first time in 2012 and remembers it being very rewarding. “I jogged along with the last lady to come through my intersection and it was her first race,” says Perry, “it was a big moment for her and I was happy to be a part of it. “ Aside from ensuring runner safety, course marshals, in their visible vests, direct traffic to keep it flowing between runners.

See a complete list of jobs here.

Volunteer Benefits:

• Receive a free technical t-shirt
• Invitation to our Volunteer event prior to the Marathon
• Be eligible for exclusive draw prizes
• Volunteer food and refreshments are provided for your shift and training
• Experience the fun and excitement of a marathon without the training, sweat or anxiety

January 21st

Marathon Route Revealed!

It's the time you've all been waiting for- our marathon route was finally revealed last Wednesday at our Route Reveal party.

2012 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Winner Bernard Onsare & CMS Executive Director Kirsten Fleming get ready to show the crowd the brand new route.

Click here for pdf version.

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Route Reveal Party At Eau Clair

Our route reveal party at Eau Clair was a HUGE success thanks to you!

A special thank you goes out to: The Running Room, Jugo Juice, Spud, Kerby Centre, Mito Canada, Right To Play, Kidsport, Rethink Breast Cancer, Impact Magazine, Martin Parnell, and Bernard Onsare.

To see all the photos from our event, check out our Facebook page.

Martin Parnell gives an inspiring speech.

Our "So You Think You Can Run" contest winner Jenn McCrea stops by with her husband. To read Jenn's latest blog, click here.

 

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon welcomes Minister Christine Cusanelli as Honourary Chair

The Calgary Marathon Society is thrilled to welcome a new member to the organizing team. Christine Cusanelli, MLA for Calgary-Currie and Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation accepted an invitation to sit as the organization’s first Honourary Chair. Minister Cusanelli’s passion for running, dedication to fundraising and love of community make her a natural fit. Over the coming months, Minister Cusanelli will be issuing some ambitious challenges to her colleagues to participate in the race weekend, promoting the Scotiabank Charity Challenge and of course finding time to train! Watch for Minister Cusanelli on May 26th when she starts the marathon off with a bang before lacing up and going for a PB.

Thank-you Minister Christine Cusanelli for joining the Calgary Marathon organizing team.

What Are You Running For?

So many of us are running for the sense of accomplishment, to achieve personal goal, the Scotiabank Charity Challenge give us an opportunity to make our run about something more.  To be able to give a little or a lot back to our city, our province our country or our world.  There are 60 organizations participating so far in the 2013 Scotiabank Charity Challenge, some new as well as some of our amazing returning charities.  I am sure there is an organization participating that touches each and everyone one of us in some way.  January 23, 2013 marks the first day to sign up and here are just a few fun ways to get involved!

  1. Sign up to fundraise and have a competition with your friends on who can raise the most.
  2. Sign up for a charity and create a team, come up with outrageous costumes! Don’t forget to get your cheering section on the side lines! Make some posters.
  3. Sign up to fundraise, have a party and charge a cover with all funds going to the charity you choose.
  4. Don’t want to fundraise, that is ok too, you can still make a direct donation to a charity of your choice.  Just go to our website, click on the Charity you would like to support, and then the Donate button. Every dollar counts!

On January 23, 2013 the first round of charities will be added to the list, with more coming each week.  If you haven’t registered to run yet please choose the charity from the drop down in the Events Online registration form.  If you have already registered for a race click here and choose a charity from the side and click Fundraise.

The Scotiabank Charity Challenge allows registered charities to participate with out the worry of the expense or planning, giving them more time to focus on their mission. 100% of all funds raised go to the charity it was raised for.  Scotiabank gives prizes to our top fundraisers in different categories.  For more information or if your organization would like to join the Challenge please click here or contact Jennifer Ashley at charitychallenge@calgarymarathon.com

Volunteer Callout

Volunteers are the heart of this event and over 1,000 volunteers are needed for the 49th annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend. Volunteering for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is a great way to give back to the community, support healthy lifestyles and active living and be part of Canada's longest running marathon.

Register today to be a volunteer!

January 4th

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Launch Event Invitation

 

WHEN:

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

WHERE:

Eau Claire Running Room at Centre Court 200 Barclay Parade Southwest

WHO/WHAT:

Route reveal: 5 p.m.

Presentation by Martin Parnell: 5:45 p.m.

Early bird registration: 5 – 7 p.m.

Kick-off a new training season at our Marathon Launch Event

Going the Distance begins with a commitment! On January 16th, commit to run in the 49th annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon race weekend May 26th, 2013.

Runners and walkers will be treated to early bird pricing for the 5km, 10km, half-marathon and full marathon at the FREE launch event.

The first 49 to register for the Marathon distance will receive a coupon for a FREE Jugo Juice Freshly Pressed Juice or Smoothie. SPUD and Jugo Juice will be handing out nutritional treats and fresh pressed juice samples.

You will get your first look at the 2013 Calgary Marathon route, followed by a presentation from Martin Parnell, author of “Marathon Quest”.

We believe this is your year to Go The Distance. Signing up early not only guarantees your shirt size but sets you on the right track for training success!

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December 25th

 

It has finally arrived! As part of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon family we couldn’t let the day pass without wishing you a Merry Christmas. We hope it is filled with love and laughter and special traditions that warm the heart and fill the belly. Before you know it 2013 will be upon us. Don’t toil over what resolutions to make,  join us for a tradition 49 years strong.

Register now for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon on May 26th to be part of an inclusive, family-friendly race-weekend with a kids’ marathon, 5k, 10k, half-marathon and 42.2k. Then, indulge and enjoy the holidays, knowing you have already made a commitment to health for 2013.

SAVE THE DATE: January 16th

 

There is plenty to celebrate following the festive season. You are invited to kick off the training season on Wednesday January 16th outside the Eau Claire Running Room at Centre Court where you will be treated:
 

  • Early-bird pricing
  • Tasty goodies from Jugo Juice
  • Nutritional Treats from SPUD
  • The adventures of Martin Parnell, author of “Marathon Quest”

This FREE event is a wonderful to dust off the post-holiday funk, set some goals for the year, meet some new running friends and hear all about the cool, new developments with The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon. See you January 16th!

 

December 5th

"So You Think You Can Run" Contest

Are you considering signing up for your FIRST marathon?

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon wants to hear from Rookie Marathoners!

Send us an email or a video from your smartphone to info@calgarymarathon.com and tell us why you want to run the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon on May 26th.

You could win:

  • Entry to the 2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon
  • A Running Room Marathon Clinic
  • Support from trainers & nutritionists
  • New Running Shoes
  • $100 Gift Certificate to the Running Room
  • Swag from the Running Room
  • Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Gear
  • And more...

We will follow the lucky winner of ‘SO YOU THINK YOU CAN RUN? CONTEST’ through blog updates, on morning television appearances and live on Twitter on race weekend!

Be creative and show us in a one-minute video (or with an email and a picture) why you want to run 42.2k on May 26th or nominate a runner to be our Rookie Runner for the "So You Think You Can Run" Contest.

November 14th

 

Register Now and Fall in Love with Training

 

 

Don’t even dream of packing away your running shoes just because winter has arrived.The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is gearing up for the 49th edition of Canada’s longest running marathon on May 26th, 2013 and we hope you are too!

 

Registration is open for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, the Centaur Subaru Half , the Jugo Juice 10k, the AstraZeneca 5k Walk and Run and the Scotiabank Kid’s Marathon. Signing up now for the full 42.2km gets you a special gift to help keep you warm during those long winter runs!

Get out the extra layers and fall in love with winter training.

 
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A Whopping $738,226,90 Raised through the 2012 Charity Challenge

 

 

 

We thought you might be up for the challenge and boy, were you ever!

51 charities benefited from your generosity during the 2012 Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

The 2013 Charity Challenge is set to spread even more love around as more charities join to benefit from this collective fundraising endeavor. It feels good to give and have fun doing it. Learn more about The Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

 

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We (heart) Volunteers!

So running isn’t your thing, we get it, it’s not for everybody. Before you book your holiday for the Calgary Marathon weekend consider volunteering. Aside from a pretty awesome run, The Calgary Marathon is a four-day celebration of our city, Western hospitality and health and fitness. Last year more than 1000 volunteers directed traffic, distributed race packages and handed-out water,  and we couldn't have done it without them. We love our volunteers and aren’t afraid to show it, with swag, volunteer appreciation events and a whole lot of THANK-YOUS! Email info@calgarymarathon.com for more information.

 

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Run Local

 

 

Did you know the Calgary Marathon teamed up with The Dino Dash to help raise $6000 for the University of Calgary Dinos Athletics Track & Field Team? Building healthy communities goes beyond one weekend a year, The Calgary Marathon is proud to partner with local organizations to help grow healthy habits and build the sport in our community – GO DINOS!

 

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We Go Back, Way Back.

 

With the 50th anniversary of The Calgary Marathon approaching in 2014, we can’t help but reminisce about our running past. We are seeking stories from the early days of The Calgary Marathon and we are searching for pictures or perhaps ol' film reels tucked away in attics and basements. We are asking you to dig out Uncle Doug's old Calgary Marathon t-shirts and Grandma Gloria's prized medals so we can share our history. We are proud of our longstanding roots in this City and can't wait to share stories with a whole new generation. Email info@calgarymarathon.com to share trinkets and tales and help bring our 50th anniversary to life.

 

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Seasonal Tip by John StantonGetting the Right Shoes
 
Motion control, Cushioning and Stability Running Shoes
 
Motion control shoes, for runners whose feet roll in, with low arches, knees move
towards each other in a bending position. Foot strikes on the outside of the heel and rolls
inward excessively. This runner needs a firm midsole and a sturdy heel counter.
 
Cushioning shoes are for runners whose feet roll to the outside, arches are high or rigid,
and knees stay neutral or move outwards through foot strike. They wear their shoes on
the outside of the sole. This runner should wear a cushioning shoe with a flexible forefoot
and no motion control features.
 
Stability shoes are for runners with a normal sized arch, lands on the outside of the heel
and then moderately rolls inward. They have a semi- flexible arch and their knees roll in
slightly when bent. Require extra cushioning and some degree of stability no excessive
pronation.
 
The fit of your shoe is most important it should fit snugly particularly in the heel cup if
you want to avoid ankle and knee problems. You should be able to wiggle your toes at
the front of the shoe.

 

July 23rd

 

DinoDashRegister for the 2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon and receive a discounted entry into the Dino Dash

The Calgary Marathon Society has partnered with the University of Calgary Track and Field team to support and promote the Dino Dash Road Race, a Dinos Athletics fund raiser.

The Dino Dash is great event that both raises funds for the University of Calgary Track and Field and Cross Country programs and also provides a season ending Road Race for Calgarians on Saturday, September 1st, 2012. The Dino Dash is a unique event that covers the roads around the University campus with a finish on the Foothills Athletics Park Track, site of this summer's Olympic Track and Field trials. The Dash has both a 5km and 10km event and is open to participants of all levels.

Registration special for Scotiabank Calgary Marathon participants:

If you are looking for a fall road race, we encourage you to check out the Dino Dash. Register through the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon event website and you will receive a discount for the Dash if you register at the same time! Or, visit the Dino Dash website (www.dinodash.ca) for more information.

Click here to register for the 2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

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Canadian Derby Edmonton Marathon, August 18 – 19, 2012

CDEM

Join us August 18-19, 2012 for this world class event! This flat and fast course is a perfect event to qualify you for the Boston and New York Marathons. It’s your turn to show the world how crazy fast you are. Register today!

June 11th

Thank you for participating in the 2012 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Health and Wellness Expo

Thank you for joining us for the 2012 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon. It was a record-breaking year with over 11,200 participants, $700,000 and counting raised for 51 Calgary charities and a record-smashing win by Bernard Onsare with a finish time of 2:22:47.35.

Please give us your feedback

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon organizing team is asking for your valuable input so that we can make the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Canada’s best road race.

Please click on this link to take the survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WGBQ6SX

This survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete and will be open from 9 a.m. MST Monday, June 11, 2012 until 9 a.m. MST Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Thank you for your time and valuable input and stay tuned for Early bird Exhibitor Registration launching in fall 2012.

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May 29th

Congratulations to all of our 2012 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon participants!

And a very special thanks to our dedicated volunteers, official charities, sponsors, spectators and communities.

Thank you for joining us for the 2012 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon. It was a record-breaking year with over 11,200 participants, $700,000 and counting raised for 51 Calgary charities and a record-smashing win by Bernard Onsare with a finish time of 2:22:47.35.

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Commemorate your race

Race results and finisher certificates:

Be sure to visit our website to view results. Finisher certificates will be available to download soon.

Finisher Medal with an iTaB:   

Commemorate your race and celebrate an amazing achievement and personalize your hard earned Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Finisher Medal with an iTaB.  The iTaB is a small plate engraved with your Name and Finish Time which fits neatly in to the back of the medal; simply click here to confirm your details and your iTaB will be engraved and sent to you for just $10.00.

Official photos and video:

Click on the ASI photos link on our home page to order photos and video from race day.

www.calgarymarathon.com

2013 Registration is open, register today for early bird specials

Early bird promotions

20131st 49 who sign up for the Scotiabank Marathon - $49
1st 49 who sign up for the Centaur Subaru half marathon - $49
1st 49 who sign up for the Jugo Juice10K – $20 (50% discount)
1st 49 who sign up for the AstraZeneca 5K – $17.50 (50% discount)

 

Announcing East Village as the 1st place winner in the Neighbourhood Spirit Challenge

And thank you and congratulations to Victoria Park, our 2nd place winner

 

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Neighbourhood Spirit Challenge is an opportunity to celebrate, showcase and fundraise for your community


EVThe Scotiabank Calgary Marathon route meanders through some of Calgary’s finest communities including Victoria Park and East Village. In an effort to give back to the communities we travel through, the Neighbourhood Spirit Challenge lets communities showcase the flavor of their community and raise money for charity.

East Village: 1st place: $2,000 to be donated to the Drop In Centre

Victoria Park: 2nd place - $1,000 to be donated to the Mustard Seed

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CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 2012 CALGARY MARATHON

Stay healthy after the Marathon and receive $25 of FREE local and organic groceries delivered to your door, when your order $50 or more.  Sign up now at SPUD.CA and use promo code RUN12. Offer expires July 15th, 2012

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SPUD.CA is a grocery delivery service dedicated to providing a full selection of the freshest, most local and natural foods to residents and offices throughout Calgary and surrounding areas. Our prices are competitive with local organic retailers and delivery is free on most orders over $35 (depending on your neighbourhood).

Enjoy:

  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee – No worries!
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  • Easy to Order with No Contracts

 

For more information

Visit SPUD.CA to learn more about our incredible and tasty selection of organic groceries, our delivery schedule, and our cool involvement in the local community.   Feel free to contact our friendly customer service team at 403-215-3663 or by email Calgary@spud.ca

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May 23rd

Four days and counting until the 48th annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

It is hard to believe that the big day is almost here. You have trained hard, made your race day plan and are ready to Run Calgary on Sunday, May 27. We look forward to seeing you at the Health and Wellness Expo and Package Pickup this week and at the start line on Sunday May 27.

In this edition:

  1. Important race information
  • Bib number
  • Last chance to register
  • Expo and speaker series
  • Bag check
  • Race day transit & map
  1. Race day pancake breakfast
  2. 2012 Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge cut off dates
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Important race information

BibAs of today, all participants who registered by midnight, Monday, May 21 should receive an email with your bib number. If you do not receive an email, please click HERE and press “Ctrl+F” to find your number. You must know your bib number to pick up your race package at the Health and Wellness Expo and Race Package Pickup.

 

Register in person at the Health and Wellness Expo - May 24th - May 26th  

This is a record-breaking year for participation with 10,400 signed up to date.  You can still sign up for one of the five races in person at Health and Wellness Expo at the Big Four, Stampede Park from Thursday, May 24 – Saturday, May 26. Click HERE for details.

 

Speaker Series: presenting Frank Shorter, Brendan Brazier and other great speaker at the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Expo

 

Frank Shorter
Saturday, May 26 at noon and 1:30 p.m.
The Big Four, Stampede Park

Get a former Olympian's perspective on distance running today and tips on how to watch our athletes at the Summer Olympic Games

BrendanBrendan Brazier
Friday, May 25 at noon and 5 p.m.
The Big Four, Stampede Park
Plant-Based Performance Nutrition: How To Unlock Your Mental And Physical Potential Through Food

Click HERE for the complete Speaker Series schedule

 

BagCheckBag Check - Opens at 5:30 a.m.

A secure bag check is available. You can only check the green reusable bag provided to you in your race kit. Please note this is the ONLY bag that will be accepted at bag check. Please adhere the coloured sticker with your bib number to the bag. This is required to check and pick up the bag. Allow a minimum of 30 minutes to check your bag.

 

Race day transit & maps

Plan your route to the race
Please review important road closure information by clicking on the icon below. We recommend participants and spectators take public transit to the race start and finish venue and plan for plenty of time to get to the site and check your bag. The Erlton C-train stop is the closest to the venue.

Link to start/finish venue map

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Race day pancake breakfast

pancakebreakfastTraining for the upcoming race has not always been easy: early morning runs and late night hill sessions, blisters and blizzards and even losing out a little on your social life. Congratulations on making it to the start line runners, you’re almost there! On the other side of the new route is the finish line, and beyond that – breakfast!


In true Calgary tradition, participants will be treated to a pancake breakfast, thanks to partners such as The Stampede Caravan and Total E&P Canada (Total). As the Official Sustainability Sponsor of the 2012 Calgary Marathon, Total is dedicated to greening Canada’s oldest race. As part of this commitment, we’ve done away with plastic and styrofoam at the annual pancake breakfast. The utensils are 100% biodegradable and your plates are recyclable which means all of the waste from the pancake breakfast will be disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way. Watch for the Total Race Recyclers (they are the ones in the green shirts!) who will be directing you to dispose of your plates and cups in the recycling bins and your forks and knives in the compost bins.

All you need is your bib and an appetite; volunteers will be flipping flapjacks from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. outside the Grandstand so be sure to fuel up after getting that PB.

Spectators need not go hungry; pay $5 cash at the ticket booth to get in on the breakfast action. In addition to griddled grub, Van Houtte will be pouring coffee, Jugo Juice will be serving up smoothies and SPUDS is carving fresh fruit. So grab your ‘green’ plates, let the kids loose on the bouncy castle, check out the Outrider Cheerleaders, listen to live music and head inside the Grandstand to cheer on the other runners as they cross the finish line.

As the official 2012 Sustainability Sponsor, Total is also asking participants to do their part by taking the Total Zero Footprint Pledge: BYOB, plan a ‘green’ ride and act as a Green Ambassador for the race. By pledging to Race Green, you could win $500 Sustainable Running Pack!

Feel great about participating in an event which is good for your health and the health of the planet.

See you on May 27th!

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2012 Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge cut off dates

Walk or run to support and honour a loved one or give something back to your community through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. You can sponsor a team or an individual participating in any of the weekend’s race. All 51 participating charities have the chance to win cash prizes through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge Awards. The Scotiabank Charity Challenge also offers another opportunity for the local charity to raise funds: Scotiabank is awarding three $3,000 prizes to the charity with the highest overall fundraising total, the charity with the largest fundraising team, and the charity with the highest amount of money raised per runner.

Key dates:

May 28 – Fundraiser registration closes (donations still accepted)

June 21 – Last day for online donations

August 3 – Winners Announced

May 16th

News from the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

In this edition:

  • Course marshal shout out
  • Speaker Series: presenting Frank Shorter and Brendan Brazier at the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Expo
  • SPUD special offer
  • Make your race more meaningful with the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge
  • Capture the Spirit Photo Contest
  • Elites to watch
  • The Calgary Zoo teams up with the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon
  • Nutrition tips – courtesy of Jugo Juice
  • Scotiabank Calgary Marathon partners with the Dino Dash
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Course marshal shout out

CMThanks to those of you who have signed up for this very important volunteer job, but we still need a few more of you out there on the course making sure our participants are safe. Register today.

Speaker Series: presenting Frank Shorter and Brendan Brazier at the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Expo

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Frank Shorter
Saturday, May 26 at noon and 1:30 p.m.
The Big Four, Stampede Park

Get a former Olympian's perspective on distance running today and tips on how to watch our athletes at the Summer Olympic Games

Frank Shorter was the 1972 Olympic gold medalist and 1976 Olympic silver medalist in the marathon and the first chairman of the United States Anti-Doping Agency. He won his first major championship, the NCAA six-mile title, in 1969, followed by the 10,000 meters in the USA-USSR dual meet, both the 10,000 meters and the marathon at the Pan American Games, and the first of four successive victories in Japan's prestigious Fukuoka Marathon. At the 1972 Olympics in Munich, he finished fifth in the 10,000 meters before his victory in the marathon. A 24-time national champion, his Olympic win earned him the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete.

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Brendan Brazier

Friday, May 25 at noon and 5 p.m.
The Big Four, Stampede Park

Plant-Based Performance Nutrition: How To Unlock Your Mental And Physical Potential Through Food

Brendan is a former professional Ironman triathlete, a two-time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion, the creator of an award-winning line of whole food nutritional products called VEGA, and the bestselling author of Thrive.
Recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities on plant-based nutrition, Brendan is a guest lecturer at Cornell University and presents an eCornell module entitled "The Plant-Based Diet and Elite Athleticism."

Click HERE for the complete Speaker Series schedule

Free $25 of Fresh, Local, and Organic Groceries from SPUD.CA Delivered right to your door

SPUDSPUD.CA is proud to sponsor the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon for a second consecutive year. Our team has been training hard to help re-energize you once you cross the finish line and provide you with a healthy snack.

Make sure you stop by our booth at the Health and Wellness Expo before the race, as well as at the finish area. We will be drawing for great prizes, and handing out juice and fresh organic fruit.

Train hard, eat healthy and see you at the finish line!

To get and stay healthy and fit for your race, sign up today and enter promo code: RUN12 to receive $25 off your first grocery order and enjoy the convenience of having your local organic groceries delivered, right to your door.

Offer valid between until July 22, 2012. SPUD.CA reserves the right to cancel this promotion at any time. One promotion per household. This promotion may not be combined with any other offers. Delivery fees may apply. Void where prohibited.

SPUD

Make your race more meaningful with the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge

SGCCIt is Not Too Late to Support the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge  - You Can Make a Direct Donation

Race day is just around the corner and you have heard about the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge but have not gotten involved?  You can still make a direct donation to any one of the 51 Official Charities.  Every dollar counts and we want to ensure we do everything we can to help our charities reach their fundraising goal of $600,000.  You will also receive a tax receipt.  It is quick and easy, follow these three steps.

How to make a direct donation:

1. Select a charity from the list of charities on the left that you wish to support.
LINK TO LIST

2. Click on the "Donate" button.

3. Click on “Give Now”.

Capture The Spirit Photo Contest

 

Think you have the best lens in town? Capture the spirit of the marathon on May 27, 2012 to WIN $300 Running Room gift certificate! It doesn’t matter if you’re a pro, amateur or student - we welcome everyone who is up for the challenge. Bring your camera & snap away on race day!

Capture psyching up, getting in the groove, moving past the wall and finding victory! Winner will be announced June 7, 2012.

Details...

Elites to watch

Jason

 Elites to Watch:

Jason Loutitt, Squamish, BC: Three-time Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Winner Jason Loutitt placed first in the 2011 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon and finished second in the 2011 World Ultra Trail. 

 

Brendan Kenny, Dundas, ON: The 26-year-old placed second in the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, won the 2011 GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon with a time of 2:27:20 and finished first in the Niagara Falls International Marathon in 2011 with a time of 2:28:47. Brendan aims to establish a new course record at the 2012 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon.

Kip Kangogo, Lethbridge, AB: Recently featured on the cover of IMPACT Magazine’s running issue, Kangago is a fan favourite and first place finisher in the 2011 men’s 10k race with a time of 30:07.66, Kip will compete in the Centaur Subaru Half Marathon this year and with a personal best of 1:03:22 in the 2011 Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon, Kip is the favourite in this event.

Adela Salt, Calgary, AB: Hailing from the UK, this will be Adela’s first Canadian marathon. She has represented Great Britain in Ultra Distance Running over 100km on the roads and on the trail and won several marathons in the UK  including Blackpool, Lochaber and Snowdonia Marathons. In 2007 and 2008 Adela was the British 100km champion and the 50km champion and is currently the silver medalist over 55km on the trails in the UK. Adela is hoping to run close to 2.50 - 2.55 in Calgary, and to lay her  mark on her new home marathon.

Click HERE to see all registered elite athletes

The Calgary Zoo teams up with the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

CalgaryZooCome show your support for the amazing runners participating in the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon. The Calgary Zoo thought it would be nice to decorate Zoo Road so that runners passing by on May 27th between 7 AM and 9 AM will feel the support Zoo guests have for their efforts and community spirit.

 

DETAILS:
 

Day One:
When: Saturday May 26th
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: Destination Africa.
What: Help us create a fun and supportive banner for Zoo Road. Zoo Volunteers will have lots of banner paper, markers and crayons for guests to write or draw messages of support and best wishes. We will then take the banner and post it along Zoo Road so all Scotiabank Calgary marathon runners can see how much our guests support their efforts.

Day Two:
When: Sunday May 27th
7:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Where: Zoo Road – West end of the Calgary Zoo.
What: Before spending your day at the Zoo, come down early to show your support for the Scotia Bank Calgary Marathon runners! Guests can position themselves outside the west gate or on the west parking lot to cheer on runners as they race each other in support of over 50 Calgary based charities.

Nutrition tips – courtesy of Jugo Juice

Healthy Lunches for Runners with Busy Schedules

Quick lunch packing ideas and eating out solutions

By Andrea Holwegner BSc, RD "The Chocoholic Dietitian"

Often runners focus their attention on the meal immediately before a run or the few days leading up to a race. While this is important, prioritizing your daily meal and snack choices in the months and weeks leading up to the event is critical to optimize your running performance, recovery and ability to keep your immune system strong. Lunch is often a meal that is poorly planned for busy people and can result in quick fix meals that are not ideal to meet your nutrition needs. To structure a healthy lunch, think about planning three things. Include starches/grains with fruits and/or vegetables and a source of protein.

Here are a few lunch ideas to get you started:

Packed lunches for the office

  • Leftover chilli or hearty soup from supper last night or your freezer. Whole grain bun. Tomato juice. Fresh kiwi or strawberries.
  • Vegetable soup with whole grain crackers and pre-flavored mini tin of tuna. Cantaloupe or melon wedges.
  • Whole grain wrap with hot or cold refried beans, sliced avocado, grated cheddar or crumbled feta cheese and salsa. (assemble at work)

Read more.... Jugo

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon partners with the Dino Dash

DinoDashThe Calgary Marathon Society is pleased to announce a new partnership with the University of Calgary Track and Field team to support and promote the Dino Dash Road Race, a Dinos Athletics fund raiser.


We are please to support a great event that both raises funds for the University of Calgary Track and Field and Cross Country programs and also provides a season ending Road Race for Calgarians on Saturday, September 1st, 2012. The Dino Dash is a unique event that covers the roads around the University campus and has a unique finish on the Foothills Athletics Park Track, site of this summer's Olympic Track and Field trials. The Dash has both a 5km and 10km event and is open to participants of all levels.


If you are looking for a fall road race, we encourage you to check out the Dino Dash. Register through the Calgary Marathon event website and you will receive a discount for the Dash if you register at the same time! Or, visit the Dino Dash website (www.dinodash.ca) for more information.

May 9th

How to reduce your carbon footprint on race day 

Total_transitYou’ve been training diligently, clocking mad distance and fine-tuning your race plan. Now it’s time to plot your commute to and from the new venue at Stampede Park. The 48th annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is mere weeks away and the official Sustainability Sponsor, Total E&P Canada (Total) is challenging participants to take the Total Zero Footprint Pledge. Promising to reduce your race footprint requires a certain level of commitment; but we know you are up to the challenge. There are several ways to minimize your carbon footprint when traveling to and from the start and finish line.

Two feet and a heartbeat: If you live near Stampede Park, walk or run and consider it your warm-up. This ZERO emissions method of transport will leave you limber and ready to tackle any distance, be it the AstraZeneca Family 5k Walk and Run or the Scotiabank 42.2k Marathon. Bonus, you don’t have to pay for gas, transit or parking!

All aboard the C-train: Regular service and two Stampede Park platforms make city transit a great option for race day. Get in the spirit of the event with other participants while drastically reducing emissions on the way to the start line. Just imagine the support you will enjoy after crossing the finish when you are celebrating your running achievement with other participants on the way home.

Create a Neighborhood Carpool: Cut down on the number of vehicles commuting from the ‘burbs to the heart of the city by packing the car with friends, family, and neighbours who all need to hitch a ride.

Be sure to take the Total Zero Footprint Pledge and do your part to make the 48th annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon a greener and more sustainable event.

Sign up here to volunteer as a Total Race Recycler.

Total

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Featured charity - USC Canada

Richard_CollierHe ran for the legislature in April –
Now he’s Running for Biodiversity in May!

“The planet is exhausted and will die if we do not reverse our exploitation of its biomass and resources very quickly.”

His name is Richard Collier – a 70-something retired English prof and enthusiastic long-distance runner – and he recently ran for election as an MLA in the Calgary riding of Glenmore.

It was a grueling campaign, as Rick relates, yet somehow he managed to get in all his training runs:

“While walking on cement sidewalks delivering campaign literature and knocking on doors, I covered about 10-12 km each day . . . and then went for my training runs (or cycles or swims).  I ran close to 200 miles for the month of April.”

Rick wears many hats besides his running cap. He is an avid outdoorsman and an active member of “The Old Goats” climbing and outdoor club. He is also a dedicated environmentalist, which led him to participate in the Castle logging project protests in southwest Alberta earlier this year.

Rick’s commitment to the environment runs deep, and so when he heard about USC Canada’s Run for Biodiversity, one of the charities supported by the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, he jumped at the chance to participate. When asked why he was running for biodiversity, he replied, “The planet is exhausted and will die if we do not reverse our exploitation of its biomass and resources very quickly.”

Recently Rick entered Calgary’s Police Half Marathon, and he broke two hours once again, which was good for first place in the 70+ category! He’s hoping for a similar time when he enters the Calgary half marathon on May 27.

If you’d like to support Rick and his Run for Biodiversity – or are a runner or walker yourself and would like to sign up – we invite you to visit our website for more information:  http://usc-canada.org/run-for-biodiversity/calgary/.

David Rain
Run for Biodiversity Coordinator
USC Canada

Nutrition tips courtesy of Jugo Juice

Building a Healthy Breakfast
Runners need to start the day off right for the best results

By Andrea Holwegner BSc, RD "The Chocoholic Dietitian"

Breakfast means "break the fast" and is certainly one of the most important meals of the day to elevate your energy for the day ahead. Choosing to eat a balanced breakfast is one of the most important ways to help you reduce overeating later in the day and manage a healthy weight.

To help you simplify meal planning and improve your nutrition, think about building a breakfast that contains three things. First, include some grains or starchy foods such as toast or cereal which provide carbohydrates, fibre and other nutrients such as B-vitamins. These foods are high sources of carbohydrates to top up your blood sugars and give your brain energy. Carbohydrates are also important to provide your muscles with energy for your running training. Second, add fruits such as fresh/frozen/dried/canned fruit, unsweetened juice or vegetables. Fruits and veggies are top sources of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that protect your body from injury, reduce illness and improve running recovery. Lastly, choose a source of protein to repair damaged muscle tissue from running workouts and to boost immune function. Protein is found in foods such as meat, poultry, fish, cheese, yogurt, milk, soy milk, eggs, nuts, seeds and legumes.

Looking for some ideas? Try these 10 healthy breakfast choices:

  1. Oatmeal with dried fruit, nuts and milk or soy milk.
  2. Whole grain tortilla wrap with nut butter rolled around a banana.
  3. Reduced-fat bran muffin with cheese or cottage cheese and an apple.
  4. Granola bar and a smoothie with fruit, yogurt and unsweetened juice.
  5. Whole grain toast with scrambled eggs mixed with ham, red peppers and green onions.
  6. High-fibre breakfast cereal with milk or soy milk and a grapefruit or orange.
  7. Leftover pasta with tomato meat sauce and a glass of unsweetened juice.
  8. Yogurt parfait with yogurt, fresh or frozen berries and granola.
  9. Latte or tea latte and a snack bag of dried cereal, dried fruit and nuts.
  10. Unsweetened applesauce as well as a toasted open faced cheese bun with sliced tomatoes.

 JugoJuice

RSVP for the Volunteer Orientation and Appreciation event on May 17

As part of our effort to thank our volunteers for their tremendous contributions to the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon and to ensure you have the information you need to fulfill the requirements of your role, we will be hosting a Volunteer Orientation and Appreciation event on Thursday, May 17.

Please join us for some pizza and refreshments, meet your committee lead and other volunteers, pick up your volunteer package and t-shirt and join in on some of the volunteer training breakout groups.

Click for details

Share your spirit

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon wants to know what brings out your marathon spirit? Motivates you to cross the finish line? To win one of 3 prize packs share your 500 (max) word story of what helps you psyche up, groove, move past the wall, and find victory!

Top spirit story wins a $200 Runner Prize Pack (Running Room $100 GC, Jugo Juice $50 GC & Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery $50 GC & Calgary Marathon Swag). More details

Important race weekend information - new for 2012

 

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Race package pickup by bib number

The Big Four, Stampede Park

Thursday, May 24: 4-8 p.m.
Friday, May 25: 11 a.m. -7 p.m.
Saturday, May 26 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

*In an effort to decrease wait times at the Health and Wellness Expo and Package Pickup; all participants will now pick up their packages according to bib number. Click HERE for details.


 

New route, new venue, new experience

The new start and finish venue for the 2012 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is Stampede Park, there are new routes for every race and the Health and Wellness Expo and Package Pickup will be at the Big Four, Stampede Park. Visit www.calgarymarathon.com to see course maps and details.

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Free pancake breakfast for participants on race day

We know you will work up an appetite on race day, so the Stampede Caravan committee will be onsite, serving up pancakes and sausage for participants and spectators. Breakfast will be free for participants with a bib and friends and family can purchase for $5 cash onsite.

 

April 26th

Make your race more meaningful with the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge

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Featured charity - Youth Central

Don’t let Kevin Yoo’s age fool you; this 17 year-old is planning to conquer the full Scotiabank Calgary Marathon this spring.  When Kevin isn’t in school where he is involved in many clubs such as Leadership and Science Olympics, he is training and avidly volunteering. Kevin dedicates the majority of his volunteer work to Youth Central. Youth Central is a non-profit organization that focuses on youth getting involved in the community. He has been with this non-profit organization for just over a year, and is extremely involved. He is currently on their Youth Week Committee and Youth of Distinction Committee and makes an effort to take part in every activity the organization has to offer. He thoroughly enjoys the chance to help others while doing his part to serve the community. “Just seeing the appreciation from others, it is such a great feeling and I wanted to get fully involved,” is his explanation of how he felt when he decided to make Youth Central his primary volunteer commitment.     

KYAlthough Kevin has been committed to raising money via charity runs, this will be his first full marathon. When asked why he decided to challenge the 42.2 km marathon, Kevin replies, “the personal feeling of discovery and how much I can do, the feeling of accomplishment.” The high school student then humbly mentions that he has six other charity runs before the Scotiabank Marathon, which is on May 27. He has a goal of raising $200 to $300 for Youth Central.

As the only youth to sign up for the full marathon, he hopes he too raise the bar for his peers. “I think that every youth should take part in a marathon, or a similar type of activity, because we have the physical ability, you don’t necessarily have to be a great athlete, and ultimately it’s for a good cause.” Kevin trains almost every day, taking breaks when he needs them.

With this summer packed full of charity runs, and volunteering, Kevin hopes that when he moves to Edmonton in the fall to study microbiology at the University of Alberta, that he will be able to get involved in one of the youth councils. He will continue to volunteer although he wonders if he will find an organization that is as close to his heart as Youth Central.  “Youth Central is very unique to Calgary, it’s very special,” he says smiling.

This exceptional young man hopes to influence his peers and raise awareness, while showcasing the benefits of physical activity. His message is simply “Go out there and have fun, just go out there and challenge yourself.” Kevin truly proves that being young is no excuse to not to challenge yourself for a good cause.

If you would like to donate money to Youth Central, or participate in any of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon events, you can sign up at: http://calgarymarathon.com/charities/2012_official_charities/youth_central.html

AstraZeneca 5k for $6G School Contest

Well that’s a wrap for a second year on the AstraZeneca 5k for $6G School Contest! With a 63% increase over last year’s participation, you will surely be seeing a lot of enthusiastic students, teachers and their friends and families out running and walking together on May 27th.

The winning schools are taking home $6000 in fitness-related cash prizes. For the second year, Glenmore Christian Academy won the top prize for Earlybird and in the Junior High/Middle School category. There will be 222 participants from GCA out on the 5k route. Great Job!

A newcomer to the contest and winner of the High School category is the Calgary French and International School. They are “small but mighty” and had a major success in their first year with 113% participation.

Big SHOUT OUT to our runners up: Bob Edwards Junior High School, Louise Dean School, and Ecole Madeleine D’Houet.

AZ

 

Important Package Pickup information

bibIn an effort to decrease wait times at the Health and Wellness Expo and Package Pickup; all participants will now pick up their packages according to bib number. Please read the instructions for Package Pickup below carefully:

  1. All registered participants will receive an individual email by May 17, with your bib number. Please save this information and bring it with you to the Package Pickup.
  2. Participants that register after May 17 and by midnight on May 22 (online registration closes) will receive an individual email by May 23 with their bib number.
  3. Print out, or record your bib number BEFORE going to the Package Pickup.
  4. A searchable database will be available on the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon website by May 23. In the event that you do not receive an email prior to the Package Pickup, please search this database for your bib number BEFORE going to Package Pickup.
  5. Lists will be available at Package Pick up where you can look up your bib number by name and volunteers will be available to assist you.
  6. All participants MUST show identification at Package Pickup in order to get your bib.

Special Note:

If you are unable to pick you your package during Package Pickup, you may nominate someone to pick up your package on your behalf and the following process MUST be followed:

  1. Nominee will need to show volunteers photo identification.
  2. They need to know what your Bib # is.
  3. They must have email or written permission from you to pick up your package (can be shown to volunteers from a smart phone).
  4. They must have a printout of your registration email confirmation (or have it on their smart phone to show volunteers).

Nutrition tips courtesy of Jugo Juice

hydrationHydration During Training

By Andrea Holwegner BSc, RD "The Chocoholic Dietitian"

Keeping well hydrated while running and participating in other sports can help you perform at your best. Here are some of the key things you need to know to train at your best:

When you are dehydrated, you risk the following effects on sport and running performance:

  • Increased perceived effort (you "feel" like your workout is difficult).
  • Difficulty with mental focus, concentration and balance.
  • Increase in muscle cramps.
  • Impaired aerobic exercise performance.
  • Slower anaerobic power.

Read full story...

Andrea Holwegner is president of Health Stand Nutrition Consulting Inc., media expert for the Dietitians of Canada, professional speaker and independent consultant to Jugo Juice. To ask Andrea your personal nutrition question, visit the "Ask the Dietitian" section of the Jugo Juice website here: www.jugojuice.com.

JJ

Westin special rates for Scotiabank Calgary Marathon participants extended until Tuesday, May 8

Westin

"Share Your Spirit" contest

 

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon wants to know what brings out your marathon spirit? Motivates you to cross the finish line? To win one of 3 prize packs share your 500 (max) word story of what helps you psyche up, groove, move past the wall, and find victory!

Top spirit story wins a $200 Runner Prize Pack (Running Room $100 GC, Jugo Juice $50 GC & Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery $50 GC & Calgary Marathon Swag). More details

April 12th

"TOTAL ZERO FOOTPRINT CONTEST PLEDGE" CONTEST

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Runners, Walkers & Spectators! You can run but you can't hide... your carbon footprint.

Total E&P Canada (Total), the official Sustainability Sponsor of the 2012 Calgary Marathon, is asking participants to help make Canada's oldest race a greener event. Take the TOTAL ZERO FOOTPRINT PLEDGE and become a partner in making Scotiabank Calgary Marathon a Green race.

By pledging to "Race Green" on Sunday, May 27 you could WIN a $500 Sustainable Running Pack!

Pledge

THE PLEDGE:

BYOB. Pledge to bring your own refillable water bottle & forgo paper cups on the route.

Walk. Run. Carpool. Transit. Get to and from the race in a sustainable method

Leave Nothing Behind. Take out what you take in, this includes clothing, garbage & grab bag goodies.

Each Pledge is an entry into our random draw for the grand prize!
Click on the icon above for contest details and to enter THE PLEDGE.

We're also asking you to get creative and help to solve one of the biggest sustainable impacts a marathon has: the paper cups & garbage along a race route. Share your idea, image, or video to help Crack the Paper Cup Conundrum on the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon facebook page.

PCC

Volunteers - register now for the Volunteer Appreciation and Orientation on Thursday, May 17

PaceBunnyAs part of our effort to thank our volunteers for their tremendous contributions to the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon and to ensure you have the information you need to fulfill the requirements of your role, we will be hosting a Volunteer Orientation and Appreciation event on Thursday, May 17.

Please join us for some pizza and refreshments, meet your committee lead and other volunteers, pick up your volunteer package and t-shirt and join in on some of the volunteer training breakout groups.

Event Details
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Chinese Cultural Centre - 197 First Street, SW Calgary

Register
Please click HERE to register and confirm your participation in the Volunteer Orientation and Appreciation event by 5 p.m. MST on Friday, May 11, 2012.

Training for the Scotiabank Kids' Marathon starts on Monday, April 16

KMThis is a unique format that allows young people to participate in their first marathon. Kids start running or walking their marathon one KM at a time completing 41 KM by Sunday, May 27, 2012. On race day the kids will complete the last 1.2 KM of their marathon along with elite and citizen runners at the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon.

Why run the Scotiabank Kids Marathon?
1. It's a great way to have fun!
2. Running and walking makes you physically fit.
3. You can run or walk anytime and anywhere.
4. You don't need special equipment!
5. And you get to be part of Canada's oldest Marathon!

Visit calgarymarathon.com for race information and to register!

Training programs and tips

Only 6 weeks left to train for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

trainingThe Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is just around the corner and you should be well into your training programs for all distances. Be sure to visit the Training Programs and Tips section of our website where the Running Room training programs are available, along with other great nutrition, motivation and fitness tips.

Good luck with your training and see you on race day!

Make your race more meaningful with the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge

45 + charities aim to raise over $600,000

SGCCOver $100,000 has been raised by 45+ official charities to date through the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge! Make your race more meaningful and help these Calgary charities reach their fundraising goal of $600,000 this year.

Already registered for the run but want to support one of our charities? Not to worry you can still sign up in 3 easy steps.

 

 

1. Go to the following link http://www.calgarymarathon.com/scotiabank_group_charity_challenge.html

2. Pick a charity that you want to support.

3. Click on Fundraise and then Sign Up. All you need is your confirmation number that was sent to you when you registered with Events Online or Running Room.

That's it you are ready to set up your own fundraising page!

If you want to support a charity with a one-time donation you can do this too. Go to the link above choose a charity and click on Donate.

The AstraZeneca 5K Walk & Run is filling up

AZ5KThe family-friendly AstraZeneca 5K Walk & Run is filling up quickly and sold out in 2011. Register today to secure your space for 2012.

AstraZeneca 5K Walk & Run link

March 29th

"TOTAL ZERO FOOTPRINT PLEDGE" CONTEST

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Runners, Walkers & Spectators! You can run but you can't hide... your carbon footprint.

Total E&P Canada (Total), the official Sustainability Sponsor of the 2012 Calgary Marathon, is asking participants to help make Canada's oldest race a greener event. Take the TOTAL ZERO FOOTPRINT PLEDGE and become a partner in making Scotiabank Calgary Marathon a Green race.

By pledging to "Race Green" on Sunday, May 27 you could WIN a $500 Sustainable Running Pack!

Pledge

THE PLEDGE:

BYOB. Pledge to bring your own refillable water bottle & forgo paper cups on the route.

Walk. Run. Carpool. Transit. Get to and from the race in a sustainable method

Leave Nothing Behind. Take out what you take in, this includes clothing, garbage & grab bag goodies.

Each Pledge is an entry into our random draw for the grand prize!
Click on the icon above for contest details and to enter THE PLEDGE.

We're also asking you to get creative and help to solve one of the biggest sustainable impacts a marathon has: the paper cups & garbage along a race route. Share your idea, image, or video to help Crack the Paper Cup Conundrum on the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon facebook page.

PCC

Featured charity - MitoCanada

Running for those who can't

Blaine Penny may be superhuman. Elite athlete, businessman, family man, and perhaps the nicest guy you will ever meet. At 37 years old, he has accomplished more than most people would hope to accomplish in a lifetime - it is no wonder Avenue Magazine named him one of Calgary's top 40 under 40.

Just over three years ago, Penny and his wife, Sarah, took their four-year-old son Evan to the hospital to get his appendix removed. They expected routine surgery and their son to return home -instead Evan slipped in to a coma, which caused severe brain damage resulting in spastic quadriplegia and several months in the hospital. Evan can no longer walk or talk, and is tube fed. After months of rigorous testing, the doctors diagnosed Evan with a probable Mitochondrial disease.


"If you Google Mitochondrial Disease and read a bit about it, it is not a pretty picture," said Penny.

MitoCanadaInstead of letting sadness take over, Penny took action. He started up MitoCanada, an organization devoted to providing support and raising awareness about Mitochondrial Disease.

"Life is short, and there are so many things that I need to do to help make this better that, you know what, I just go to the limit. I literally push myself to the limit," said Penny.

Pushing himself to the limit is also Penny's approach to sport. He competes in marathons, ultramarathons and cross-country ski competitions, just to name a few of his athletic endeavors. Penny has even tied his love of sport into raising awareness for MitoCanada.

"There is this whole avenue of raising awareness just through sport," said Penny. The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon has provided an ideal platform for that.

Penny recently got Team MitoCanada involved as a charity participating in Calgary Marathon Society's Charity Challenge initiative. The Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge allows race participants to fundraise for a charity of choice, whether they are participating in the Kids Marathon, the 5KM, 10KM, 21.1KM half marathon, or the full 42.2KM marathon.

"The Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge has the infrastructure to make it easy to have a major fundraising and awareness event, so it takes the load off of us. If we get 200 people as part of our charity team, and they each raise 100 dollars, that's 20,000 dollars that we've raised for MitoCanada."

The 20,000 dollars would go a long way to helping people like Evan living with Mitochondrial Disease. However, reaching MitoCanada's fundraising goal of 15,000 dollars is not the only outcome Penny hopes to achieve. Awareness is a big priority.

"It's about spreading the numbers and the network of people who are helping raise awareness and funds for MitoCanada. I see the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon as a great avenue for that due to the exposure and sheer number of people that are going to be there. If they are going to be doing this run anyway, it's just one more easy step to be part of the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge and do it for a good cause."

Penny's goal is to have over 200 people toe the line in Calgary on the race weekend.

"Our motto is running for those who can't. People who have this disease can't do this. We're lucky. We're healthy. We have no excuses so let's just do it. That's how I see it."

If you would like to join Blaine Penny and Team MitoCanada at the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, you can register at www.calgarymarathon.com/scotiabank_group_charity_challenge.html.

Training starts on April 16th for the The Scotiabank Kids Marathon

SCMThe Scotiabank Kids' Marathon let's young people to participate in their first marathon! Kids start running or walking their marathon one KM at a time completing 41 KM by Sunday, May 27. On race day the kids will complete the last 1.2 KM of their marathon along with elite and citizen runners at the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon.


Training starts on April 16. Download the Kilo-clocker HERE to keep track of training and REGISTER soon for the Scotiabank Kids Marathon!

Volunteer orientation and appreciation event - May 17

As part of our effort to thank our volunteers for their tremendous contributions to the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon and to ensure you have the information you need to fulfill the requirements of your role, we will be hosting a Volunteer Orientation and Appreciation event on Thursday, May 17.

VolunteerPlease join us for some pizza and refreshments, meet your committee lead and other volunteers, pick up your volunteer package and t-shirt and join in on some of the volunteer training breakout groups.

Event Details
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Chinese Cultural Centre - 197 First Street, SW Calgary

 

 

Schedule
5:30 p.m. - doors open
6 p.m. - presentations from the organizing team begin
6:30 p.m. - breakout training sessions
7 p.m. - package pickup

Register
Please click HERE to register and confirm your participation in the Volunteer Orientation and Appreciation event by 5 p.m. MST on Friday, May 11, 2012.

Calling local talent

Perform for an audience of 11,000 runners and walkers on Sunday, May 27 at the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

EntertainmentAttention local bands, musicians, jugglers, dancers, drummers, church choirs, school bands, cheer squads: The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is booking entertainment for the 48th Annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon on Sunday, May 27.

Motivate and inspire runners and walkers along 42.2 km of Calgary's roadways and be part of one of Canada's premiere running events. Please contact entertainment@calgarymarathon.com if you are interested in showcasing your talent.

Registration special ending on March 31

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March 13th

Forty-five+ reasons to make your 2012 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon race more meaningful

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CALGARY, Alberta (03/13/2012) - Self-improvement, making it to the Boston Marathon, losing weight or achieving a personal best; these are all compelling reasons to sign up for one of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon races taking place on Sunday, May 27, 2012. The Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge gives you forty-five+ more reasons to participate in the event. You can reach your personal goals and help participating charities raise over $600,000 in 2012.

"The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon has a rich history in our city, with thousands of people coming together to achieve personal and athletic goals," said George Marlatte, Scotiabank Senior Vice-President, Prairie Region. "Offering the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge to spectators, donors and participants is our way of helping build further richness into the Calgary community. This year the Charity Challenge hopes to raise over $600,000 for local organizations who make such a difference in the lives of Calgarians."

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Featured charity - The Mustard Seed

On May 27, dozens of runners will be lacing up and hitting the pavement in support of Calgarians in need.

As one of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon's Featured Charities, The Mustard Seed is assembling a team of as many runners as possible in order to raise $30,000 or more for the life-changing programs and services it offers to impoverished Calgarians.

ms1The Mustard Seed is a Christian non-profit organization that delivers basic services, housing and employment programs to those in need and partners with the community to address the root causes of poverty. Nearly three decades ago, The Mustard Seed began as a small coffeehouse ministry in the basement of downtown Calgary's First Baptist Church. Over the years, the organization has grown and adapted in order to better meet the needs of individuals trapped in the cycle of poverty and homelessness.

Today, The Mustard Seed is a provincial organization whose Calgary branch includes a 370-bed shelter, permanent supportive housing, an employment centre, health services and a community centre space. Its new 224-unit affordable housing building is under construction and is expected to welcome its first residents out of the shelter system and into homes of their own in Summer 2013.

Every year, more than 3000 vulnerable Calgarians access The Mustard Seed. The funds raised through the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge will help those individuals find housing, sustainable work and hope for a better future.

Whatever the distance, no matter the speed, those who participate in the 2012 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon in support of The Mustard Seed will make a real and lasting impact in their community.

For information on how to fundraise for or donate to the Mustard Seed, click HERE.

Volunteer spotlight – pace bunnies and course marshals needed

pbVolunteers are the heart of this event and over 1,000 volunteers are needed for the 48th annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend. Volunteering for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is a great way to give back to the community, support healthy lifestyles and active living and be part of Canada's longest running marathon. Various opportunities are available.


Pace Bunnies: Help our participants reach their race goal. We are seeking pace bunnies for the Scotiabank Marathon, Centaur Subaru Half Marathon and Jugo Juice 10K. If you are interested in being a pace bunny for the event, please email: BCevraini@runningroom.com.

cmCourse Marshals: Ensure that the course is clear and safe for participants, and cheer them on as they run by. This is an excellent opportunity for gaining volunteer hours needed for graduation and is one of the most important volunteer roles on race day.

To register to be a volunteer, visit http://calgarymarathon.com/volunteer.html.

February 21st

Make your race more meaningful with the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge

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41 charities aim to raise over $600,000

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The Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge is now in full swing with over 41 charities officially on board to raise funds through the 2012 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon on May 27.

In 2011, together we rose just over $500,000 for 30 charities and with our 41 registered charities so far for the 2012 race, we are optimistic we will surpass our goal of $600,000.

Already registered for the run but want to support one of our charities? Not to worry you can still sign up in 3 easy steps.

1. Go to the following link http://www.calgarymarathon.com/scotiabank_group_charity_challenge.html

2. Pick a charity that you want to support.

3. Click on Fundraise and then Sign Up. All you need is your confirmation number that was sent to you when you registered with Events Online or Running Room.

That's it you are ready to set up your own fundraising page!

If you want to support a charity with a one-time donation you can do this too. Go to the link above choose a charity and click on Donate.

Charities large and small are welcome to join us in raising money for their cause in a fun and encouraging environment. If your organization is interested in becoming a 2012 official charity please contact Jennifer Abel at charitychallenge@calgarymarathon.com.

Beat the late registration deadline for a chance to win!

RSSign up for any Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race by midnight on March 31 and be entered into a draw to win: The Ultimate Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend Package!

DETAILS

Hill training - John Stanton's weekly training tips

Hills add resistance and strength to your training. Runners have used hills for decades as a way to increase endurance, strength and speed.

HTFind a hill about 400 metres in length, with an incline of 8-10 percent. Prior to starting the hill session, include a warm up with of easy running and light stretching.

Maintain a consistent effort rather than pace on the hill. Shortening your stride, as the hill gets steeper. Keep your chest up and out, with your breathing relaxed. Your arm movements, in rhythm with that of your leg turnover rate. Keep your eyes focused on the top of the hill, just as they would be focused in front of you on a flat stretch.

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February 2nd

1,000 volunteers needed for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

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Online registration is now available

Volunteers are the heart of this event and over 1,000 volunteers are needed for the 48th annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend. Visit www.calagrymarathon.com to check out volunteer opportunities and to register today.

SCMVTop 5 Reasons to Volunteer:

1. Receive a free technical t-shirt

2. Receive a complimentary entry into a race

3. Be eligible for exclusive draw prizes

4. Great food and refreshments while you volunteer

5. Experience a marathon without the training, sweat or anxiety

Click here to register

2012 - New route, new venue and new experience

With a new route and new venue, significant event improvements and over 40 charities to support through the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge, the 48th annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon will be an experience not to be missed.

SCMrouteThe marathon route will travel through some of Calgary's finest inner city neighbourhoods including Victoria Park, the up and coming East Village, Bridgeland, Inglewood and Mount Royal. Event organizers are investing more entertainment than ever and a call out to communities to enter into the Neighbourhood Spirit Challenge in support of runners, walkers and charities. Detailed and interactive route maps and event information can be found online at www.calgarymarathon.com.

Let the training begin

Only 16 weeks to train for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

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The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is just around the corner and if you haven't signed up for a race or started your training program, now is the time to begin.

Here are some tips for getting started:

  1. DECIDE: What distance is your goal? We have a race for everyone of every skill level including a marathon, half-marathon, 10K and 5K.
  2. EVALUATE: Be realistic about your current fitness level, what you can accomplish over the next 16 weeks and be aware of your state of health. A consultation with your physician and/or physiotherapist is recommended.
  3. COMMIT: Sign up for the race! This step is proven to help people stay on track.
  4. PLAN - are you running solo or with a clinic or running group? What other cross-training will you integrate? How will you change your diet to accommodate for the increase in activity? As Tom Landry said, "Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan."
  5. LISTEN: Running is supposed to be an enjoyable, healthy activity. Stay in tune with how your body is responding.

Be sure to visit the Training Programs and Tips section of our website where the Running Room training programs will be available, along with other great nutrition, motivation and fitness tips.

Good luck with your training!

January 10th

Event reminder - The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon route reveal and training season kick off event is tomorrow

New route, new venue, new experience

nrWith a new route and new venue (and a few other tricks up our sleeve) the 2012 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon will be an experience not to be missed.

Join us for the unveiling of the 2012 course routes, an inspirational presentation by John Stanton, prizes, giveaways and more.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, January 11
Time: 5 - 7 p.m.
Location: Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade SW. Near the Running Room

*This event is free and open to the public

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John Stanton: 5:45 p.m.
Route Reveal: 6 p.m.

Specials and Promotions

1. Early bird registration price for any 2012 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon event

2. Enter into the Ultimate Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend draw when you register for an event.

Package includes:

  • Two (2) complimentary entries into any race distance (to be reimbursed or apply to 2013)
  • VIP access race weekend
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Westin Calgary (includes breakfast, parking)
  • Two complimentary in room massages
  • $200 gift card for the Running Room
  • $50 gift card Jugo Juice
  • $200 value of local and organic groceries from Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery ($50 per week for four weeks)

Estimated Package Value: $1,350
*If you have already signed up for a Scotiabank Calgary Marathon event, please bring a copy of your registration confirmation to be entered into the draw.

Sponsor Specials

  • $10 coupon for the Running Room
  • Jugo Juice samples
  • Power Bar samples and more...
2011
December 21st

Happy holidays from the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon team

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Wishing you all a safe, happy and fun holiday season.

 

See you on the paths in the New Year!

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Save the date - Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New route reveal and training season kick off

rsThe 48th Annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon has some new and exciting changes to celebrate. With a new route and new venue (and a few other tricks up our sleeve) the 2012 event will be an experience not to be missed.

Join us on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at Eau Claire Market for the unveiling of the 2012 course routes, an inspirational presentation by John Stanton, prizes, giveaways and more.

Visit www.calgarymarathon.com for event details to be released in the New Year.

 

How are we doing?

Please complete our website audit survey

questionWe want to make sure you are finding what you want and need on our website. If you have been a user of www.calgarymarathon.com please take 10 minutes and fill out our web audit survey, by clicking HERE.

Thank you, we appreciate your feedback.

August 25th

Please give us your feedback

Complete the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon survey and be entered to win a gift card package - $150 retail value

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon organizing team is asking for your valuable input so that we can make the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Canada's best road race.

All participants who complete the survey will be entered into a random draw for a Scotiabank Calgary Marathon gift card package which includes:

  • $50 gift card for the Running Room,
  • $50 gift card for Jugo Juice and
  • $50 gift card for Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery.

This survey will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete.

CLICK HERE FOR THE SURVEY LINK

The survey will be open from 6 a.m. MST Thursday, August 25 until 6 a.m. MST Thursday, September 1. Thank you for your time and valuable input.

Sincerely,


The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Organizing Team

June 27th

Focus Group Participants Needed

Help us make the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Canada's Premier Road Race

In an effort to improve the Scotibank Calgary Marathon and make this the premier road race in Canada, we need to talk to our participants to find out what you want in an event. We are recruiting participants in the 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon distances for focus group discussions next week.


Food and refreshments will be provided and all focus group participants will receive a $25 Gift Card for the Running Room.


Focus Group Schedule:

AstraZeneca 5K
Tuesday, July 5 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Jugo Juice 10K
Tuesday, July 5 from 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Centaur Subaru Half Marathon (21.1K)
Wednesday, July 6 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Scotiabank Full Marathon (42.2K)
Wednesday, July 6 from 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Location:
The focus groups will take place in Bridgeland and we will provide the address to confirmed focus group participants.

If you are interested in participating, you must click on the following link and take 5 minutes to provide us with some basic information:

FOCUS GROUP QUESTIONNAIRE LINK


If you are selected to participate in the focus group, we will be in touch with you via email and phone by Thursday, June 30 to confirm the details.

Thank you for participating in the 47th Annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon and we look forward to seeing you in 2012.

Sincerely,

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Team

 

June 2nd

Thank you for participating in the 2011 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon - please give us your feedback

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On behalf of the Calgary Marathon Society and organizing team, thank you for participating in the 47th Annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon. With close to 10,000 participants and nearly $500,000 raised through the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge, this was the most successful Scotiabank Calgary Marathon to date!

Please give us your feedback:

The organizing committee for the 2012 Calgary Marathon is planning for next year and we would like your feedback to help us improve the event. Please take a few moments of your time to complete our survey and share any thoughts you may have. All completed surveys become eligible to win a DIGITAL CAMERA (approximate retail value of $300).

Please click on the link below to complete the online survey:

2011 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Survey Link

Participant Notices

Results and Certificates are Available:

Click HERE to view results and to download your finishers' certificate.

T-Shirt Exchange - Tuesday, June 7:

We know that some of you are hoping to swap your shirt, so we are setting up a t-shirt exchange next Tuesday. Bring the t-shirt you received at the Health and Wellness Expo and we will do our best to get you the size that you want!

Details:
Date: Tuesday, June 7
Time: 4 - 7 p.m.
Location: Outside of the Eau Claire Running Room, 200 Barclay Parade S.W.

Once again, thank you for your support.

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Team

May 24th

Online registration for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon closes at midnight tonight!

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SCMFinal chance to register will be at the Health and Wellness Expo and Race Package Pick Up

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is only 5 days away so be sure to register online to secure your space in Canada's longest running marathon!

Register today!

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon offers 5 races:

We will see you at the Start line on Sunday, May 29!

Important Race Day Information

scmPlease visit www.calgarymarathon.com for important information on:

Coach Jenny's Race Day Checklist

JHRest up.

As the race draws close, it's normal to get caught up in wanting to run or walk more miles to make sure you can finish. But doing so can leave you tired and unable to perform at your best in the race. Get plenty of rest during race week. You'll show up ready to rumble race morning.

Plan ahead.

Read through the race day information and familiarize yourself with the race course. Put on your race day outfit, bib number, socks and shoes the night before the race and then put it out on a chair for the morning so you won't forget anything. Planning ahead and laying things out will make for a very pleasant journey to the race start line.

Rise and shine.

Plan to arrive at the race site at least one hour before the event. This will give you time to find the starting area, check in and use the bathroom before the race begins. Eat a light breakfast (toast and jam, banana) two hours before the start of the race. Topping off your fuel tank will give you power to run the race.

Have faith in your preparation.

We all experience a little nervousness before the race. In fact, nervousness can help you perform better because it teaches us to respect the race distance and prevents us from doing anything silly the night before (staying up all night for a girls sleep over for example). : Have faith in your training, it will carry you through to the finish line.

Ignore the Race Gremlin.

It's easy to be lured by the Race Gremlin to try something new (spicy food, new shoes, running more miles) right before the race because of nervousness but doing so can create problems on race day. Stick with what you've learned and practiced and avoid that Gremlin when it taps on your shoulder...

Think tortoise and hare.

Remember who won the famous running challenge between the tortoise and hare?
That's right, the tortoise out-witted and beat the hare because she paced herself from the beginning of the race.
It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of the race and take off too quickly. Remember, she who runs
comfortably early in the race, finishes strong and with a smile on her face. Run at a pace where you can talk and
hold a conversation for the first half of the race and you'll know you'll have plenty of energy left for the finish line,
not to mention a really cute photo too!

Be grateful.

It takes a lot of volunteers to make a race happen and it's always nice to thank them while you're out on the course. It not only makes them feel appreciated for their investment of time, you'll earn some good karma along the way as well.

Think your way through the race.

The distance can seem a little scary standing at the start line, especially if this is your first race. Running is as much a mental sport as it is physical, and a solid mental plan will help you think your way through to the finish. Break the distance up into smaller pieces, rather than thinking about the finish at the start, focus on reaching the first mile, or a location along the route. Before you know it, you'll be running across the finish line!

Celebrate good times.

Have fun and enjoy yourself on race day. You've trained all season and race day is all about celebrating your successful season. Finishing is winning, no matter how long it takes to reach the finish line.

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Jenny Hadfield is the co-author of the best-selling Marathoning for Mortals and Running for Mortals book series and a columnist for RunnersWorld.com and Women's Running Magazine. She has a Bachelor's and Masters Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion and she is known to spend countless hours on social media answering hundreds of training questions every week. You can meet Coach Jenny Hadfield on Saturday, May 28th at the Speaker Series at the Health and Wellness Expo.

Nutrition Strategies Leading Up to Race Day


By Andrea Holwegner BSc, RD "The Chocoholic Dietitian"

With race day approaching quickly, there are some important nutrition considerations to think about in the weeks and days leading up to the event.

HSNWhat should I eat before race day?
Your body needs enough rest and a good amount of carbohydrates to top up your muscle glycogen (the storage form of carbohydrate) in the muscle in the days leading up to the event. Carbohydrate is the energy source for your working muscles. Getting adequate protein and a balance of vitamins and minerals will also ensure your muscles are recovering properly. Be sure to have solid recovery meals after your workouts in the weeks leading up to the race. The recovery nutrition meal is the most important meal of the day for a runner. For more information on this read the article "Recovery nutrition after training" in the Nutrition Tips section of the website.

 

The night before race day, be sure to have a large meal with plenty of fluids, carbohydrates and a good source of protein. Popular choices are typically pasta with meat sauce and a salad or a stir-fry with rice, veggies and meat/chicken/tofu. An evening snack before bed with additional carbohydrates and some fluid is also a good idea.

 

What should I eat on race day?
Just like you wouldn't try out a new pair of runners on race day, you shouldn't try out new foods, bars or other sport products. If you don't have at least a couple of meals that you have tested in training before running, now is the time to do it. For ideas read the article "Nutrition before training" in the Nutrition Tips section of the website.
On race day choose the same foods in the same portion in the same advance amount of time that you know has worked for you in the past. Trying a new bar, sport drink or food on the day that it counts may result in stomach upset and could be detrimental both mentally and physically.

 

Should I drink coffee on race day?
The simple answer to this question is that you should do the same thing that you normally do. If you normally drink coffee in the morning your body will respond better carrying out your typical morning wake-up java routine. If your body is used to a morning jolt of caffeine which stimulates mental alertness and you don't have it on race day, you will risk feeling tired and sluggish. The other thing to consider is how your body responds to running with coffee consumed beforehand. If you normally don't run in the morning after a cup of coffee I would suggest testing out some of your training runs with coffee in your system and see how you feel. Some people find they experience stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, and increased heart rate or breathing rate. On the other hand research has shown that caffeine seems to increase physical endurance and may increase the time to exhaustion during running. Test it out and see for yourself how you respond.
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Andrea Holwegner is president of Health Stand Nutrition Consulting Inc., media expert for the Dietitians of Canada, professional speaker and independent consultant to Jugo Juice. To ask Andrea your personal nutrition question, visit the "Ask the Dietitian" section of the Jugo Juice website here: www.jugojuice.com.

May 18th

Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery

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Calgary's local food movement

Delivering local organic groceries to your home or office

Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery is very excited to be a part of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon and our team has been training extensively to help re-energize you once you cross the finish line.

Make sure you stop by our booth at the pre-race Health and Wellness Expo as well as the Breakfast Tent at the finish area, as we will be drawing prizes every 15 minutes and handing out juice and fresh organic fruit, provided courtesy of Spud.ca! See you at the finish line!

 

To stay healthy and fit for your race, check out Spud.ca for more organic groceries, delivered right to your door.

Special Offer for Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Participants

Sign up today using promo code Marathon to receive $70 worth of groceries for $35, delivered free to your door! Order $35 in produce items before June 25, 2011 on your first Spud.ca order, and get up to $35 in additional grocery items, on your same order, free. Offer valid on new accounts and orders placed between May 17, 2011 and June 25, 2011.

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May 4th

Notice to all Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Participants

 

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SCMDeadline to make changes to you race entry: midnight on Sunday, May 15

There will be no transfers or changes to race entries accepted after midnight on Sunday, May 15, 2011. If you need to change your race registration to a shorter distance, please Click Here and follow the directions.

If you would like to change your registration to a longer distance please contact Eventsonline directly.

Pasta for a Purpose - Limited Seating Available

JHFuel up for race day with delicious pasta dishes filled with complex carbohydrates alongside fellow participants family members and friends at Pasta for a Purpose. Hosted by Jill Belland from City TV, and featuring motivational speaker and endurance athlete Jenny Hadfield, Pasta for a Purpose will be a festive evening and memorable part your Scotiabank Calgary Marathon experience.

All proceeds will benefit the Inn from the Cold and Canadian Liver Foundation, Calgary Chapter the 2011 Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge Feature Charities.

Pasta for a Purpose Details

Saturday, May 28th
5 - 8 p.m. Buffet Open 6 p.m. Jenny Hadfield presentation
Tickets: $30 (PURCHASE) Includes buffet with 3 pasta options, 3 salad options, desert and non alcoholic beverages, cash bar.
Italian Kitchen/SpurGastropub
351 4th Avenue S.W. (across the street from the Westin Calgary)

Deadline to purchase seats online is midnight on May 24th, 2011.

Everyday Nutrition for Runners


5 nutrition principles to build a base

By Andrea Holwegner BSc, RD "The Chocoholic Dietitian"

HF1. Eat every 3-5 hours and avoid skipping meals.
While various books and so-called health experts have varying opinions on meal and snack timing, what you really need to do is tune in and listen to your body...it really does know best. If you listen hard, your body will give you signals of hunger every 3-5 hours. This means you will need to eat between three and six times per day. Look for signs of true biological hunger such as a dip in focus or concentration, grouchiness or the stomach rumbles.

2. Eat carbs and protein together
Carbohydrates (carbs) are found in grains/starches such as bread, pasta, and rice along with fruits and veggies. You can think of carbs like "gasoline" to fuel the brain and muscles. Carbs are also comfort foods - they boost serotonin in the brain which boosts mood. If you have missed sufficient carbs in your meals your brain will not have the needed energy it needs to get you through the day.

Protein is found in food such as meat, poultry, seafood, dairy foods, eggs, nuts/seeds, legumes such as lentils, chick peas or black beans as well as soy foods such as tofu and soy milk. Protein provides fullness and sustained energy simply because it is slow to digest. If you have missed a source of protein in your meals you will feel highs and lows in your energy.

When you choose meals that are just carbs - you will likely only be full for 1-2 hours and your energy will be sporadic like you are on a rollercoaster. When you choose meals that have protein added you should be full for the 3-5 hours you are looking for. Meals and snacks that have both carbs and protein will keep your energy consistent through the day and help you feel like you are riding a train rather than a rollercoaster. Don't believe me? Take a test. Tomorrow have breakfast with only carbs such as toast with a fruit. Then, the next day have the same breakfast but now this time add a protein such as a slice of cheese, peanut butter, or even a latte! Did you know that one cup of milk or soy milk has more protein than an egg?

Read Full Article...

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Andrea Holwegner is president of Health Stand Nutrition Consulting Inc., media expert for the Dietitians of Canada, professional speaker and independent consultant to Jugo Juice. To ask Andrea your personal nutrition question, visit the "Ask the Dietitian" section of the Jugo Juice website here: www.jugojuice.com.

Volunteers Make it Happen - Course Marshalls Needed

VCThe success of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is largely due to our volunteers who donate their time doing everything from handing out Gatorade to packing participant race kits. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available prior to the event and on race day and are ideal for:
- Families
- Corporate groups
- School and community groups
- Students needing to fulfill volunteer hour requirements
- Individuals

 

Benefits of Volunteering with the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon:

  • Receive a technical t-shirt
  • Food and refresments provided for all volunteers on shift
  • Eligible for exclusive volunteer draw prizes
  • Be part of Canada's longest running marathon, support participants and the charity groups raising funds through the event

Visit our website to see the list of volunteer opportunities and to register online as a volunteer.

Thanks to all of our volunteers from past years for making the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon a success!

April 25th

Pasta for a Purpose - Limited Seating Available

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JHFuel up for race day with delicious pasta dishes filled with complex carbohydrates alongside fellow participants family members and friends at Pasta for a Purpose. Hosted by Jill Belland from City TV, and featuring motivational speaker and endurance athlete Jenny Hadfield, Pasta for a Purpose will be a festive evening and memorable part your Scotiabank Calgary Marathon experience.

All proceeds will benefit the Inn from the Cold and Canadian Liver Foundation, Calgary Chapter the 2011 Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge Feature Charities.

Pasta for a Purpose Details

Saturday, May 28th
5 - 8 p.m. Buffet Open 6 p.m. Jenny Hadfield presentation
Tickets: $30 (purchase) Includes buffet with 3 pasta options, 3 salad options, desert and non alcoholic beverages, cash bar.
Italian Kitchen/SpurGastropub
351 4th Avenue S.W. (across the street from the Westin Calgary)
First come, first serve seating.

Share Your Spirit - What Moves You?

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The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon and Spirit go hand in hand. What brings out your marathon spirit? What motivates you to cross the finish line? Submit your written story of what spirit motivates you to race (walk, wheel or run) to win one of three prize packs.

WIN a PRIZE PACK:

Entry into any Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race (entry fee to be reimbursed if you have already registered)

  • $100 GC for the Running Room
  • $50 GC for Jugo Juice
  • $50 for Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery

Details and Entry

 

 

East Village Registration Special for Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Participants

EVEast Village is celebrating the first signs of spring and invites you to lace up your runners and discover RiverWalk. This innovative new pathway is now open along the banks of the Bow River in East Village and is the perfect addition to your spring training route.

 

To help you prepare for the upcoming Scotiabank Calgary Marathon races, visit www.evexperience.com to receive $10 off your race registration* and to learn more about RiverWalk.
*While quantities last.

Nutrition to give your training an edge


Get the best results - running alone isn't enough

By Andrea Holwegner BSc, RD "The Chocoholic Dietitian"

hsWhatever type of result you are looking for, nutrition can help you get there faster with more lasting results. In order to accomplish changes in your body composition, overall health, energy levels, and running performance, you need to exercise and eat well.

The best way to lose weight and change your body composition is by using a combination of nutrition and exercise. If you are trying to lose fat or gain muscle mass by exercising alone and neglecting your nutrition, you will find the process is very slow. Watch out for the common misconception that because you are exercising you can eat whatever you want. Often runners overestimate how many calories are burned during exercise and underestimate how many calories they consume. Keep in mind that it only takes you a few minutes to eat 500 calories, but a long time to burn them off.

Optimal nutrition can also help you to achieve better short-term health and immune function. By avoiding colds, flu's and other bugs you can keep your workout routine consistent and see the best results. Eating well directly influences your energy levels, motivation, and overall mood. This will help ensure you have the stamina to get to your workouts and do them with vigor.

Nutrition is also strongly related to the prevention of the leading causes of death and disability such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Sound nutrition also helps slow aging and ensures protection against other health concerns. Don't assume that if you are exercising and/or you are a healthy weight that you don't have to worry about what you eat. Your body is like a car, and nutrition is the gas, oil, and other components of your car that make it run properly. Neglecting to take care of your nutrition is the equivalent of forgetting to change the oil or failing to fill a high performance sports car with premium fuel.

Proper nutrition will improve your overall running performance (speed, strength, power, and endurance). Genetics and sport/exercise training will only take you so far; examining your nutrition will give you a leading edge. Proper nutrition will also greatly improve your recovery after hard workouts so you are fresh for your next workout.

Read more articles written by Andrea.

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Andrea Holwegner is president of Health Stand Nutrition Consulting Inc., media expert for the Dietitians of Canada, professional speaker and independent consultant to Jugo Juice. To ask Andrea your personal nutrition question, visit the "Ask the Dietitian" section of the Jugo Juice website here: www.jugojuice.com

 

 

The Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge - Make your Race More Meaningful

Over $100,000 Raised

The Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge let's you make your event more meaningful by raising money for one of the 30 official charities aiming to raise over $275,000 in 2011.

How to Participate:

1. Join a Charity Team and Raise Funds
Register for a race through Eventsonline and select the charity that you would like to fundraise for in the drop down menu. You will receive a discounted entry rate and commit to raising a minimum of $100 for the selected charity.

2. Make a Donation to a Charity or Sponsor a Runner
To make a one-time donation to a charity or to sponsor a runner or a team, click here. Be sure to enter either the first initial of your runner or charity.

More information

April 5th

East Village offers Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Registration Discount

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EVEast Village is celebrating the first signs of spring and invites you to lace up your runners and discover RiverWalk. This innovative new pathway is now open along the banks of the Bow River in East Village and is the perfect addition to your spring training route.

 

To help you prepare for the upcoming Scotiabank Calgary Marathon races, visit www.evexperience.com to receive $10 off your race registration* and to learn more about RiverWalk.
*While quantities last.

The Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge - Make Your Race Even More Meaningful

The Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge let's you make your event more meaningful by raising money for one of the 30 official charities aiming to raise over $275,000 in 2011.

How to Participate:

1. Join a Charity Team and Raise Funds
Register for a race through Eventsonline and select the charity that you would like to fundraise for in the drop down menu. You will receive a discounted entry rate and commit to raising a minimum of $100 for the selected charity.

2. Make a Donation to a Charity or Sponsor a Runner
To make a one-time donation to a charity or to sponsor a runner or a team, click here. Be sure to enter either the first initial of your runner or charity.

More information

Resistance Training for Endurance Athletics: Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement

Brought to you by ConocoPhillips: 2011 Health & Safety SponsorCP

Many musculoskeletal injuries occur because of muscular imbalances. When muscles working in opposition to each other across a joint develop an inappropriate balance of strength and endurance, both the resting posture of the joint and the dynamic movement pattern are affected. This produces small but meaningful negative changes in movement over time. These postural changes not only impair performance ability but also often lead to chronic pain or injury as the joint is used at the limits of its normal tolerance level.

For example, runners inevitably develop the muscles that externally rotate and abduct their hips (gluteus maximus) more so than those that internally rotate and adduct them because of its angular alignment. This leads to an external rotation in the hip that you can observe in your feet pointing out from the midline when standing and running. Poor hip alignment and muscular imbalances reduce running efficiency by directing forces laterally with each stride. An externally rotated hip creates a rotary movement in the knee, for which it is not designed and may extend to the ankle and foot. Your joints can initially tolerate undue rotations, but over time problems begin to appear, which you might recognize initially as ankle pain, foot pain, knee pain, or hip pain.

Read full article

1,000 Volunteers Needed

volunteerThe success of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is largely due to our volunteers who donate their time doing everything from handing out Gatorade to packing participant race kits. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available prior to the event and on race day and are ideal for:
- Families
- Corporate groups
- School and community groups
- Students needing to fulfill volunteer hour requirements
- Individuals

 

Benefits of Volunteering with the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon:

  • Receive a technical t-shirt
  • Food and refresments provided for all volunteers on shift
  • Eligible for exclusive volunteer draw prizes
  • Be part of Canada's longest running marathon, support participants and the charity groups raising funds through the event

Visit our website to see the list of volunteer opportunities and to register online as a volunteer.

Thanks to all of our volunteers from past years for making the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon a success!

Registration Special for Banff International Triathlon

BITThe second annual Banff International Triathlon is scheduled for September 10, 2011. Be part of what some consider the most beautiful race course on the planet. Swim in the pristine Two Jack Lake, then cycle around the breathtakingly beautiful Minnewanka Loop before the run delivers you into the center of Banff with a finish down famous Banff Avenue.

Last year the race sold out early and hundreds were turned away so please register soon to avoid disappointment! Olympic, Super Sprint (very short), and Relays offered. Pre and Post Race Expo, Festivals, Clinics, Socials, and much more also offered to make it a great weekend.

www.triseries.ca

Special discount for participants of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon:
Receive a $20 discount on any relay team registration. Hurry, this discount is only valid for the first 25 teams.
Discount code: 9128
http://triseries.ca/banff/index.php

5K for $6G

The name says it all, really. Participate on a school team in the 5K and help your school get access to $6G in prize money. Simple.

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The 5K for $6G Contest is a school-based program to encourage students in Grades 4 to 12, educators and their families to get active, challenge themselves and have fun together by participating in the Calgary Marathon AstraZeneca Family 5K, a race within the Calgary Marathon event on May 29th.

$6,000 in prizes are available for the schools with the highest number of participants (based on the percentage of the school's population - after all, we've got to be fair to schools of all sizes). The winning schools will receive prize money to provide fitness equipment or wellness learning programs in your school. It's pretty simple and it will be fun too, we promise!

More information

March 28th

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March 14th

The Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge - Make your Race More Meaningful

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The Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge let's you make your event more meaningful by raising money for one of the 30 official charities aiming to raise over $275,000 in 2011. The Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge was a tremendous success last year with 19 participating charities raising close to $250,000.

How to Participate:

1. Join a Charity Team and Raise Funds
Register for a race through Eventsonline and select the charity that you would like to fundraise for in the drop down menu. You will receive a discounted entry rate and commit to raising a minimum of $100 for the selected charity.

2. Make a Donation to a Charity or Sponsor a Runner
To make a one-time donation to a charity or to sponsor a runner or a team, click here. Be sure to enter either the first initial of your runner or charity.

2011 Local Feature Charity

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2011 Official Charities

1,000 Volunteers Needed

volunteerThe success of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is largely due to our volunteers who donate their time doing everything from handing out Gatorade to packing participant race kits. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available prior to the event and on race day and are ideal for:
- Families
- Corporate groups
- School and community groups
- Students needing to fulfill volunteer hour requirements
- Individuals

 

Benefits of Volunteering with the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon:

  • Receive a technical t-shirt
  • Food and refresments provided for all volunteers on shift
  • Eligible for exclusive volunteer draw prizes
  • Be part of Canada's longest running marathon, support participants and the charity groups raising funds through the event

Visit our website to see the list of volunteer opportunities and to register online as a volunteer.

Thanks to all of our volunteers from past years for making the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon a success!

Week 8 Training Tip

Threshold or Tempo Sessions

During tempo sessions are run at a steady pace, just hovering over your lactate threshold. About 85% of your maximum heart rate if you are wearing a monitor. If you are not wearing a monitor, it is the point at which speaking would become difficult. Do not be discouraged by these hard effort runs. Take a short break to get your breathing under control. These sessions increase your lactate tolerance, your capacity to exercise with high levels of lactate in your blood. These sessions also improve your ability to run faster with the same energy. Tempo training uses carbohydrates for energy rather than fat, we burn more calories with the higher intensity. You improve your ability to run under stress, build confidence and running economy. Tempo runs are an essential part of your running program. Try them with a buddy or in a group environment for some added fun.

Schedule and Training Tips provided by:
John Stanton
Founder
Running Room/Walking Room

Visit our website to follow the full and half marathon training schedule. The 10K and 5K training programs will be available on March 20.

Training Programs and Tips

 

5K for $6G

The name says it all, really. Participate on a school team in the 5K and help your school get access to $6G in prize money. Simple.

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The 5K for $6G Contest is a school-based program to encourage students in Grades 4 to 12, educators and their families to get active, challenge themselves and have fun together by participating in the Calgary Marathon AstraZeneca Family 5K, a race within the Calgary Marathon event on May 29th.

$6,000 in prizes are available for the schools with the highest number of participants (based on the percentage of the school's population - after all, we've got to be fair to schools of all sizes). The winning schools will receive prize money to provide fitness equipment or wellness learning programs in your school. It's pretty simple and it will be fun too, we promise!

Get Started
Request a 5K for $6G School Info Package by emailing schoolcontest@calgarymarathon.com

More Information...

Extended for 24 Hours - Register by Monday, March 14 and be Eligible to win Flames Tickets


Register for any Scotiabank Calgary Marathon event by 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 14 and be eligible to win a pair of tickets to see the Calgary Flames play the Avalanche on Thursday, March 17, 2011.

Tickets provided courtesy of Scotiabank, the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon proud title sponsor.

More information...

Yoga for Runners - Special for 2011 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Participants

yp"Yoga for Runners" is developed for both the avid runner & those just beginning. Rehab an injury, improve your strength, flexibility and breathing techniques (pranayama).

Special for Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Participants:
The first 25 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon participants who sign up will receive a $10 discount on the registration for 6 sessions.

 

When:
Sundays @ 2:15pm
March 6th & 20th, April 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

Cost:
All 6 sessions = $99+GST
Any 4 sessions = $75+GST
Drop-In: $20 +GST / Class

This workshop is an excellent complement to your training plan. For more information or to sign up online visit www.yogapassage.ca or call 403.277.3058.

March 3rd

5K for $6G Contest

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The name says it all, really. Participate on a school team in the 5K and help your school get access to $6G in prize money. Simple.

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The 5K for $6G Contest is a school-based program to encourage students in Grades 4 to 12, educators and their families to get active, challenge themselves and have fun together by participating in the Calgary Marathon AstraZeneca Family 5K, a race within the Calgary Marathon event on May 29th.

$6,000 in prizes are available for the schools with the highest number of participants (based on the percentage of the school's population - after all, we've got to be fair to schools of all sizes). The winning schools will receive prize money to provide fitness equipment or wellness learning programs in your school. It's pretty simple and it will be fun too, we promise!

More information

Style, Shoot and Run!

 

 

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WIN $100 Running Room gift certificate!

Do you have the flashiest runners in town? Surprise your neighbours with your wicked retro tracksuit? Wear your hair like you've been dragged through a hedge? Finish your run looking like you're fresh from the shower? Whatever your style, we want to see it in action!

How to enter STYLE, SHOOT AND RUN!:

From March 7 - April 3, 2011 - every week you can share your photo of your running gear. We'll have our four awesome judges review the photos each week and if you're that weeks' winner you'll get $100 to spend at the Running Room. Just submit your photo of your running gear into the Style Shoot Run Flickr Group by Sunday 11:59pm MST to qualify for that weeks contest.

More information

February 14th

Valentine's Week Registration Promotion

Register for any Scotiabank Calgary Marathon event this week and be eligible to win a $100 gift card for the Running Room.

Details
Promotion Duration:
12:01 a.m. Monday, February 14 to 11:59 p.m. Friday, February 18.
Winner will be randomly selected.
Must be 18 years of age or older to qualify.
Winner will be contacted by February 28, 2011.

Be sure to visit the Contests and Promos section of our website to find out about the latest and greatest opportunities to win.

 

January 30th

Running Room Weekly Training Schedules Now Available on the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Website

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The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon will feature weekly Running Room training schedules on our website for the:

  • Scotiabank Marathon
  • Centaur Subaru Half Marathon
  • Jugo Juice 10K
  • AstraZeneca 5K

Visit the Training Schedules and Tips section of our website to see Week 1 & 2 of the full marathon schedule and Week 1 of the half marathon schedule.

The 10K and 5K schedules will be available on March 20.

Check back often for more training and motivation tips, healthy recipes and inspiration.

Register by April 15 for Discounted Rates

You may have missed the Early Bird registration deadline of January 15, but you can still take advantage of discounted rates for entry into a Scotiabank Calgary Marathon race if you register by April 15.

Register today

January 13th

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon - 2 Days Left for Early Bird Pricing

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Calgary weather may be keeping you inside this week, but it is time to start planning for your Scotiabank Calgary Marathon race on Sunday, May 29, 2011.

RDRegister before midnight on Saturday, January 15 and take advantage of early bird pricing. We have a race for everyone of every skill level including the:

  • Scotiabank Marathon
  • Centaur Subaru Half Marathon
  • Jugo Juice 10K
  • AstraZeneca 5K Walk or Run
  • Scotiabank Kids Marathon

REGISTER

Dick Beardsley - At the Westin Calgary and Eau Claire Market

Thursday, January 20
DBRunning legend, international best-selling author, motivational speaker and philanthropist kicks off the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon training season.

NEW - Dick Beardsley Presentation at Eau Claire Market

Presented by the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, the Running Room and Jugo Juice

Due to an overwhelming interest in the lunch presentation at the Westin, we are pleased to announce a second opportunity for Scotiabank Calgary Marathon participants to meet Beardsley.
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Event Details:
Thursday, January 20
Presentation: 6 p.m.
Book signing, meet and greet: 6: 30 - 8 p.m.
Eau Claire Market, near the Running Room
Unit A01, 200 Barclay Parade SW
FREE, standing room only

Receive a $10 coupon for the Running Room with proof of your registration in a Scotiabank Calgary Marathon race.


Ticket Sales End on Monday, January 17
Lunch with Dick Beardsley at the Westin Hotel

Meet a legend over lunch! Only 100 seats are available for this lunch presentation and intimate opportunity to meet Dick on Thursday, January 20th.

PURCHASE SEATS

2010
December 29th

Reach Your 2011 Goals with the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

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2010This is the time when we make our resolutions and set new goals for 2011. Likely, those goals relate to our personal health and fitness, having more fun in life and contributing more to our communities.

When you sign up for any one of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon races - the full marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K or kids marathon, you will be well on your way to achieving three of the most common New Year's resolutions:

 

1. Improve Your Fitness Levels

Whether you are a seasoned marathon runner or a walker who is planning to participate in your first 5K event, when you make the commitment to enter a race and start a training program, you will improve your health and wellness.

2. Enjoy Life More

One of the best ways to boost your mood and to get your endorphins going is to be active and enjoy the outdoors. Join a running or walking clinic to make your training a social event, get out there and get moving and focus on your goal.

3. Help Others

The Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge lets you make your race more meaningful by raising money for charity. In 2010 close to $250,000 was raised for 19 charities and in 2011 our goal is to see over $275,000 raised for 30 official participating charities. The 2011 charities will be announced in January, so visit our website to select which charity you would like to support.

Some Expert Advice

Click HERE to read an interesting article from Active.com that offers expert advice on making the right New Year's resolutions for you.

Get Inspired - Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Training Season Kick Off with Dick Beardsley at the Westin

Thursday, January 20, 2011

dbKick off your 2011 training season and get motivated with an inspirational presentation by Dick Beardsley - running legend, international best-selling author, motivational speaker and philanthropist.

Click HERE to purchase your seat. Space is limited and we are selling out quickly.

Click HERE to read the Calgary Herald feature article on Dick Beardsley.

December 6th

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Training Season Kick Off with Dick Beardsley at the Westin - Online Registration is Now Open

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DBKick off your 2011 training season and get motivated with an inspirational presentation by Dick Beardsley - running legend, international best-selling author, motivational speaker and philanthropist.

Click HERE to purchase your seat. Space is limited.

Event Details:
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Doors Open: 11:30 a.m.
Lunch & Presentation: 12 p.m.
Seat Price (includes lunch): $65 + online registration fee
Table Price (10 seats): $750 + online registration fee

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon crowned Alberta's Best Road Race for 2010

ABRRFor the second year in a row, the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon has been selected as the "Top Road Race in Alberta". Thank you to all of our 2010 participants who voted the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Alberta's Best Road Race for 2010. We are honored to receive this award and recognition two years consecutively, and we would like to extend very special thanks to all of our valued sponsors and volunteers. Read more...

 

 

Register Early

SBCM2010Lace up your shoes and join thousands of other runners and walkers in the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K or Kids Marathon on Sunday, May 29th 2011. The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is a challenging, competitive and fun event with a race designed for everyone of any level.

Registration is open for 2011, so click here to register now and take advantage of early-bird discounted rates.

 

August 26th

Registration Special from the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon - September 26, 2010

STWM 2010 Logo

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (Sunday, September 26, 2010) is pleased to offer 2010 participants of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon a special offer.

Starting today, the first 500 2010 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon participants who register for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, Half Marathon or 5k will receive a free STWM Cap as a thank you!

Register at: www.eventsonline.ca/events/crs_scotia and in the discount code section type in: STWMCAP (all upper case).

The first 500 registered can pick up their cap at the Health and Fitness Expo in the packet pickup area during race weekend. The deadline to get your name in BIG LETTERS across your bib is midnight, September 4th so sign up now and you’ll have all our spectators cheering you on by name!

We hope to see you all out on Sunday September 26th at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon! Keep on Running from all of us at the Canada Running Series.

July 30th
Online Registration is Open for the 47th Annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend May 27-May 29, 2011

Online Registration is Open for the 47th Annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend May 27-May 29, 2011

Lace up your shoes and join thousands of other runners and walkers for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend. Voted the 2009 Best Road Race in Alberta, the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is a challenging, competitive and fun event with a race designed for everyone of any level. Events include the Scotiabank Marathon, Centaur Subaru Half Marathon, THE Downtown Sports Clinics 10K, AstraZeneca 5K Walk & Run and Timbits Kids Marathon.

Registration is open for 2011, so click here to register now to take advantage of early-bird discounted rates and to secure your space!

June 3rd

Thank You for Participating in the 2010 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Health and Wellness Expo!
Please Give Us Your Feedback

Thank you so much for participating in the 2010 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Health and Wellness Expo. We had very positive feedback from our participants about the wonderful exhibitors in the Expo and we hope that you enjoyed your time with us.

The organizing committee for the 2011 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is already busy planning for next year. We would like to receive your feedback to assist in the planning process. Please take a few moments of your time to complete our survey and share any thoughts you may have. Please click on the link below to complete the online survey:

Health and Wellness Expo Participant Survey

Feel free to contact us with any additional comments or questions.

June 1st

Thank you for Volunteering for the 2010 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

Thank you for so generously donating your time and effort to the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon - this event would not be possible without the support of our dedicated volunteers. Every job is crucial to the success of our event!

"I was very impressed by the organisation of the event and especially how super all the volunteers and course marshals were. Thank you!" Ellie Greenwood, 2010 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Champion.

Your feedback is important to us and we ask that you take five minutes to complete the following survey by clicking the link below.

Volunteer Survey

Again, thank you so much for your support and we hope to see you again in 2011!

Sincerely,

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Team

May 26th

VIP Invitation - Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend
Friday, May 28th - Sunday, May 30th

Voted the 2009 Best Road Race in Alberta, the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is Canada's longest running marathon and we would like you to join us as a VIP to celebrate our 46th year.

Please join us for the following Race Weekend events:

Friday, May 28th, 7:30 p.m.
VIP Cocktail Reception at the Westin Calgary

Friday, May 28th and Saturday, May 29th
Health and Wellness Expo and Race Package Pickup at the Max Bell Centre

Sunday, May 30th - Race Day
Complimentary entry into any Scotiabank Calgary Marathon race and access to the VIP Spectator Tent


Thank you to those of you who have already responded to this invitation. Please email info@calgarymarathon.com with any questions. We look forward to your participation in the 2010 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend.

May 18th

Only 7 Days Left to Register Online!

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The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is only 11 days away and if you haven't already registered online, what are you waiting for? The Centaur Subaru Half-Marathon is sold out, but there is still space available in the Scotiabank Marathon, THE Downtown Sports Clinics 10k, AstraZeneca 5K and the Timbits Kids Marathon.

Important Race Day Information

Race Package Pickup

You must pick up your race package at the Health and Wellness Expo. Bring your friends and family members with you as there will be plenty to see and admission is FREE! This is the last chance to register in person for a Scotiabank Calgary Marathon race.
Friday, May 28 4-8 p.m.
Saturday, May 29 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Max Bell Centre, 1001, Barlow Trail S.E.
*Printed confirmation or picture ID is required for package pick-up.
**If you cannot make it to pick up your package, you can have a friend or family member pick it up on your behalf with your printed confirmation.

Bag Check - Opens at 5:30 a.m.

A secure bag check will be available in Murdoch Park on the south side of the field. The ONLY bag that will be accepted is the plastic bag provided to you in your race kit. You must adhere the sticker provided to you with your bib number on the bag. Allow a minimum of 30 minutes to check your bag.

Transportation/Parking/Road Closures

There will be NO parking for participants in Bridgeland on race day. Please plan to take public transit. The Bridgeland/Memorial C-train station is 300m from the race start area.

Allow yourself ample time to make it to the start area of the race. Please check the Closures section of our website for important road closure information.

Visit us online

Visit www.calgarymarathon.com for race day information, the schedule of events, and rules and regulations. You will also receive a Race Guide at package pickup that will have all of the information you need for Race Day!

Make your Race more Meaningful with the Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge

The Scotiabank Group Charity Challenge lets you participate in the event while raising funds for one of our official charities. Click here for information on participating charities and information on how to start raising funds for one of these important causes.

Reward Yourself - Register for a Post Race Massage

THE Downtown Sports Clinics will be offering post-race massages for $15. If you are already registered in a race, click here to book your massage.

If you are registering for an event, you can select an option to book a massage on the registration page. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Diabetes Foundation, our 2010 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon feature charity. Availability is limited, so book your massage today. We will be accepting on site bookings for $20 and can accept Visa, Master Card and Debit.

At My Best Presents Suzie McNeil!

Bring your friends and family members down to the start/finish area at Murdoch Park in Bridgeland on Race Day for entertainment, food, vendors, the awards ceremonies and a performance by Suzie McNeil!

The At My Best children's wellness program is proud to present a special musical performance at the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon from rock superstar, Suzie McNeil.

The Ontario native followed her dreams and found herself a top contender on the hit show Rock Star: INXS. Suzie made it to the final four of the competition and was the last female singer to be eliminated. McNeil has since emerged with her own successful solo albums including Broken & Beautiful (2007), Rock-n-Roller (2008) and her recently released Live Acoustic (2010) available at www.suziemcneil.ca.

Don't miss Suzie McNeil as she performs a number of tracks including her smash hit, "Believe" on the main stage at approximately 12 noon. Release your inner rock god and celebrate healthy living with, At My Best, developed in partnership between AstraZeneca Canada and Physical and Health Education Canada (www.atmybest.ca)

Another Reason to Sign up for the Centaur Subaru Half Marathon



Centaur Subaru Special Half Marathon Offer

Recieve $500 of Genuine Subaru Accessories when you purchase or lease a new Subaru after completing the 2010 Centaur Half Marathon.

Limited time offer.
Valid from May 31 to December 31, 2010.

See dealer for details.

 

Timbits T-shirt Design Competition is Back by Popular Demand


Timbits Kids Marathon participants - send us your most creative and colourful design that expresses running, health and fitness and win an RESP and the chance to have your design on the 2011 Timbits Marathon shirt.


Prizes:

First Place
$1,000 RESP + Design to be featured on the 2011 Timbits Marathon Shirt

Second Place
$500 RESP

Entry Deadline:

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Email or Mail your Entry to:
Scotiabank Calgary Marathon
P.O. Box 296, Station M
Calgary, Alberta
T2P 2H9
info@calgarymarathon.com


Contest Winners to be announced on the Awards Stage on Race Day at the Timbits Kids Marathon, Sunday, May 30, 2010.

Say hello to the new East Village and enter-to-win a $250 gift certificate to Strides Running Store.

 Calgary's East Village is undergoing a transformation and we want to share our vision with you. East Village is pleased to be a sponsor of the 2010 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon and to ensure you have all you need for race day register at www.evexperience.com to win a $250 Strides Running Store gift certificate. Contest open from May 6 - May 21*

East Village is coming to life. Discover what the future holds at www.evexperience.com

East Village is being developed by Calgary Municipal Land Corporation - passionate experienced placemakers who inspire communities to build, grow and believe.

*Winners will be contacted directly and announced on the website.

May 10th

Thank you for signing up to be a volunteer for the 2010 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

Thank you for signing up as a volunteer for the 2010 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon! We rely on our dedicated volunteers to make the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon a fun, safe and excellent race. In 2009, close to 1,000 committed Calgarians volunteered for the event.

Volunteer Orientation and Scheduling

You will be contacted in the next two weeks by the Committee Lead managing the areas that you signed up to be involved with. They will give you all of the details that you require as well as the volunteer schedule.

Health and Wellness Expo, Race Package Pickup and Volunteer Sign In
The Max Bell Centre Friday, 1001 Barlow Trail SE
Friday, May 28 from 4 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 29 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

If you have registered to be a Course Marshal please pick up your package at the Health and Wellness Expo and Race Package Pickup. One of our Course Marshal Coordinators will let you know your position at that time.


Volunteers are encouraged to come down to the Expo and bring your friends and family members as it free and open to the public!

More Volunteers Needed
We are still recruiting volunteers for the 2010 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon. If you have friends or family members who are interested in volunteering, please pass this information on to them.

How to Register
1. Register Online using EventsOnline.ca
Online registration is the easiest, fastest, safest way to enter your volunteer information and you receive instant confirmation.

2. Download the Volunteer Registration Form (PDF) and fax it to 403-251-9070.

Thank you again for volunteering for the 2010 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon.

May 6th

22 Days Until the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon - Don't miss out on these contests and specials from our sponsors!

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Another Reason to Sign up for the Centaur Subaru Half Marathon

 Centaur Subaru Special Half Marathon Offer

Recieve $500 of Genuine Subaru Accessories when you purchase or lease a new Subaru after completing the 2010 Centaur Half Marathon.

Limited time offer.
Valid from May 31 to December 31, 2010.

See dealer for details.

Timbits T-shirt Design Competition is Back by Popular Demand


Timbits Kids Marathon participants - send us your most creative and colourful design that expresses running, health and fitness and win an RESP and the chance to have your design on the 2011 Timbits Marathon shirt.


Prizes:

First Place
$1,000 RESP + Design to be featured on the 2011 Timbits Marathon Shirt

Second Place
$500 RESP

Entry Deadline:

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Email or Mail your Entry to:
Scotiabank Calgary Marathon
P.O. Box 296, Station M
Calgary, Alberta
T2P 2H9
info@calgarymarathon.com


Contest Winners to be announced on the Awards Stage on Race Day at the Timbits Kids Marathon, Sunday, May 30, 2010.

Say hello to the new East Village and enter-to-win a $250 gift certificate to Strides Running Store.

 Calgary's East Village is undergoing a transformation and we want to share our vision with you. East Village is pleased to be a sponsor of the 2010 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon and to ensure you have all you need for race day register at www.evexperience.com to win a $250 Strides Running Store gift certificate. Contest open from May 6 - May 21*

East Village is coming to life. Discover what the future holds at www.evexperience.com

East Village is being developed by Calgary Municipal Land Corporation - passionate experienced placemakers who inspire communities to build, grow and believe.

*Winners will be contacted directly and announced on the website.

April 20th

Only 38 Days until the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is just around the corner and we hope that you are ready to Run Calgary on Sunday, May 30th 2010!

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Another Reason to Sign up for the Centaur Subaru Half Marathon

 Centaur Subaru Special Half Marathon Offer

Recieve $500 of Genuine Subaru Accessories when you purchase or lease a new Subaru after completing the 2010 Centaur Half Marathon.

Limited time offer.
Valid from May 31 to December 31, 2010.

See dealer for details.

GU - The Official Race Course Energy Drink & Gel

We are pleased to announce GU is the official on course energy drink and gel supplier! GU strives to deliver the best sports nutrition on the planet into the hands - and mouths - of deserving athletes everywhere!

 GU Electrolyte Brew, advanced nutrition, maximum hydration, 4 flavors designed to taste light and not too sweet.

 

 

GU Energy Gels, superior energy, maximum recovery, now in 10 flavors that all taste great.

GU products are available for purchase at Strides Running Store. Visit www.guenergy.com for more product information.

1,000 Volunteers Needed!

We rely on over 1,000 dedicated volunteers to make this a premier Canadian running event. There are a variety of exciting volunteer positions available leading up to the event and on race day. Please pass this request on to any family or friends who may be interested in helping out. Our volunteers are eligible for exclusive volunteer draw prizes, so click here to sign up today to get involved! Please visit our web site for more information. Thank you to those of you who have already registered to volunteer.

Help Set the Pace - Join the Strides Pace Team

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon and Centaur Subaru Half Marathon Pace Teams are quickly filling up; however, we still need a few more even-paced runners to help out at the events. There are spaces available in the following:

Marathon: 3:45 4:45 5:00
Half Marathon: 2:00 2:30

All Pace Team members will receive a complimentary entry into the race and pace team gear. Email Jeremy Deere if you are interested in being a part of our 2010 pace team!

 

Reward Yourself - Register Post Race Massage

THE Downtown Sports Clinics will be offering post-race massages for $15. If you are already registered in a race, click here to book your massage.

If you are registering for an event, you can select an option to book a massage on the registration page. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Diabetes Foundation, our 2010 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon feature charity. Availability is limited, so book your massage today.

Book Your Accommodation at The Westin by Friday, May 14

Located in the heart of Calgary, and in close proximity to the race start area, The Westin Calgary is located downtown where the major business centre meets the city's extraordinary outdoor activities and first-class dining and arts.

The Westin Calgary is the official hotel sponsor for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon and is offering special deals for participants. Make sure you book your room in advance and the cut-off date is May 14, 2010.

Click here to book your room.

Attention Ladies - Visit us at the Calgary Woman's Show and Get a Discount on Race Registration

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon will be at the Calgary Woman's Show this Saturday and Sunday at the Roundup Centre in Stampede Park.

If you want to sign up for one of our races taking place on Sunday, May 30th, then visit us and get a special discounted rate.

For more information on the Calgary Woman's Show click here.

April 5th

VIP Invitation - Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Race Weekend
Friday, May 28th - Sunday, May 30th

Voted the 2009 Best Road Race in Alberta, the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is Canada's longest running marathon and we would like you to join us as a VIP to celebrate our 46th year.

Please join us for the following Race Weekend events:

Friday, May 28th, 7:30 p.m.
Cocktail Reception at the Westin Calgary

Friday, May 28th and Saturday, May 29th
Health and Wellness Expo and Race Package Pickup at the Max Bell Centre

Sunday, May 30th - Race Day
Complimentary entry into any Scotiabank Calgary Marathon race and access to the VIP Spectator Tent

Please RSVP to info@calgarymarathon.com by Monday, May 3, 2010 indicating the events you will be joining us for and visit www.calgarymarathon.com for more information.

March 18th

72 Days until Race Day

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is quickly approaching and we hope that you are getting ready to Run Calgary on Sunday, May 30th 2010!

Voted the 2009 Best Road Race in Alberta, the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is a challenging, competitive and fun event with a race designed for everyone of any level. There is a full marathon, half-marathon, 10 km, 5 km family walk or run and kids' marathon.


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THE Downtown Sports Clinics – Proud 10K Presenting Sponsor

THE Downtown Sports Clinics

We are pleased to announce THE Downtown Sports Clinics as the presenting sponsor for the 10K event. Since 1985, THE Downtown Sports Clinics have been serving corporate Calgary with one goal in mind - to offer the optimal treatment you need to recover and return to your activities pain free. Their highly skilled team of professionals use the latest techniques and state of the art technology to deliver customized, proactive approaches for injury prevention and rehabilitation. They have 2 convenient locations to serve you better: +30 TD Square and +30 Bow Valley Sq. THE Downtown Sports Clinics are proud recipients of the 2010 Consumer's Choice award for Business Excellence.
THE Downtown Sports clinics will be providing physiotherapy and massage services on race day!

For more information, please visit www.thedowntownsportsclinics.com

Impact Magazine to Sponsor Top Canadian Prize!

IMPACT

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is pleased to announce that IMPACT Magazine, Western Canada's largest running and sports performance magazine has come on board as the sponsor of the Top Male and Female Canadian finishers of the 2010 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon. Each winner will be awarded with a $500.00 cash prize.
"IMPACT Magazine was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta so I am thrilled to be sponsoring not only this prize, but this excellent local event. We've both had our beginnings here, and with our ongoing passion to support athletes and events in our community it's all a great fit," says Publisher Elaine Kupser. "Go Canadians!"

Further information about IMPACT Magazine can be found at www.impactmagazine.ca.

Call out for Volunteers

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon relies on over 1,000 dedicated volunteers to make this a premier Canadian running event. There are a variety of exciting volunteer positions available leading up to the event and on race day. Our volunteers are eligible for exclusive volunteer draw prizes, so click here to sign up today to get involved!

Got Talent!

Are you an entertainer that is looking to participate in one of Calgary's largest and most popular events?

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is looking for musicians, bands, jugglers and various other entertainers to showcase their talents along the race course. Entertain close to 9,000 marathon participants and the crowds cheering them on. You will be positioned at select locations along the marathon route as it winds its way through Calgary's inner core and Northwest regions of the city doing what you do best and making this a fun and amazing day for both you, the participants and spectators.

If you would like to take advantage of this amazing opportunity, please contact info@calgarymarathon.com

Reward Yourself with a Post Race Massage


THE Downtown Sports Clinics will be offering post-race massages for $15. If you are already registered in a race, click here to book your massage.

If you are registering for an event, you can select an option to book a massage on the registration page. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Diabetes Foundation, our 2010 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon feature charity. Availability is limited, so book your massage today.

Coming from out of Town?


Book your Room at The Westin Calgary - Our Official Hotel Sponsor

Situated in the heart of one of Canada's most exciting cities, The Westin Calgary is located downtown where the major business centre meets the city's extraordinary outdoor activities and first-class dining and arts. The Westin Calgary is the official hotel sponsor for the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon and is offering special deals for participants. Make sure you book your room in advance and the cut-off date is May 14, 2010. Click here to book your room.

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon training experts have teamed up with the Calgary Herald to develop a user-friendly, easy-to-follow 18-week beginner marathon and half-marathon training program. Go the Calgary Herald on-line
to follow the program.

Become a fan of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon on facebook and get the latest updates! Click here to see our Facebook page.

February 1st

Attention 2009 Participants - Run for Free - February Special!

For the month of February, 2009 participants who register 3 friends or family members will run for Free. Or, register 2 friends or family members and run for 50% off the regular registration fee.

Details:
1. All participants must be registered at the same time, in the form provided.
2. Only one payment for all registrations will be accepted.
3. Valid for the marathon, half-marathon, 10km and 5km. Participants do NOT have to be running in the same event.
4. Valid only for 2009 participants. Friends and family members registered must not have participated in 2009.
5. Register online here.