2016 Edmonton Road & Trail Race Series Guide

2016 Edmonton Road & Trail Race Series Guide

Run Fact! Edmonton boasts 275 kilometers of paths and sidewalks for cyclists – though they have to be shared with those pesky runners! Also noteworthy are the 460 kilometers of unpaved single track and unimproved trails.

Edmonton also offers the local running community an eclectic mix of race series. There are classic road races, challenging trail runs, obstacle course events designed to muddy things up, and a cross country running series to cleanse the pallet. Here’s our guide to the best race series Edmonton has to offer.

 

MEC Edmonton Race Series

This outstanding series of races around Edmonton gives you the chance to test your mettle over distances from 5K to the full marathon over the parks and trails of Edmonton. Each race in the series offers choices of race distances.

MEC Edmonton Race Series

Number of runs in the series: 7

What are the races?

Total distance if you run all the events: 35 km - 163.3 km (21.7 - 101.5 miles)

How many guilt free donuts do I earn if I run all the races?

Donuts!

That depends. Are you a 5K run and gun type, or are you given to the longer races? You 5K types go ahead and eat 4 donuts. The hard core distance types can settle in with an even dozen.

Do you get anything cool for racing the entire series?

When you pick up your race packet at a MEC store, you can get a 10% discount on anything you buy. Just present your race bib at checkout.

 

Frank McNamara Spring X-Country Series

Go for an adventurous run as Frank McNamara races you through Edmonton's beautiful river valley on his popular Wednesday Night Spring Cross Country Running Series! Look for the Fall Series to be posted before long too.

Frank McNamara Spring X-Country Series

How many runs are in the X-Country series? 5

What are the races?

Total distance if you run all the events: 24.6 km (15.2 miles)

How many guilt free donuts does running the whole series justify?

Guilty Free Donuts!

You may eat three donuts if you must, but let’s face it, you should really knock down a cold beer after running a Wednesday night cross country race.

Do you get anything amazing for completing the entire series?

There’s something about cross country racing; you make a bunch of friends and have a ton of fun! You are responsible for rounding up your own cold beer, however.

 

5 Peaks Northern Alberta Trail Race Series

5 Peaks trail races are known for their incredible staff and volunteers, abundant food, custom hand-made pottery medals, and much more. It’s like a big family reunion, and then suddenly everyone breaks into a run!

5 Peaks Northern Alberta Trail Race Series

How many runs are in the 5 Peaks series? 5

What are the races?

Total distance if you run all the events: 36.4 - 75.2 km (22.6 - 46.7 miles)

How many donuts can I gobble up after completing this race series?

Enjoy a donut (or nine)

These are tough courses! Surely you’ve earned a good 9 donuts. Get to it.

Do I get anything cool for completing the entire series?

How about too much food, draw prizes and music at each event? There are awards for top individuals and teams also.

 

Alberta Ultra Series

This series of ultra trail races is for those hearty souls who want to cover a lot of ground, and throw in a good bit of altitude gain too. Although Edmonton area races are included, you’ll also be traveling Alberta to compete in this series.

Alberta Ultra Series

How many runs are in the Alberta Ultra Series? 10

What are the runs?

Total distance if you run all the events: 729 - 998 km (453 - 620.1 miles) + 6, 12 or 24 hours. Whew!

How many donuts does it merit if you run all the events?

Eat some donuts!

Oh, you’ll be eating plenty of donuts. But wait a minute! Let’s be clear that runners can qualify for series awards by running as few as two races. Take it one race at a time, and eat a good 3 - 4 donuts per race!

Do you get anything cool for completing the series?

Really, if you complete this series you’ll become a light-filled, Buddha-like exemplar for your fellow man. For you faster runners, series points are calculated on both total distance covered, as well as placing in the races.

Did we miss an important series? Let us know through the comments below! Or, if you’re looking for more races, check out the full RunGuides calendar of Edmonton Runs.

Published on Apr 28, 2016

Steve Lafler is a RunGuides staff writer. He is currently enthused with mountain running to the rare and different tune of screaming cicadas, but understands he only gets a few weeks of it.