2016 Must Run Calgary OCR Races and Fun Runs
Put your fitness on the starting line of Calgary's excellent lineup of OCR races and fun runs. You'll get muddy, jump over large objects and pretty much be a super hero for a stretch. On the other hand, you can take part in a high-paced scavenger hunt, or color your world with a fun run. Here's the RunGuides picks for the best of the crop in 2016.
Rugged Maniac Canada comes to Spruce Meadows in Calgary, bringing 25 epic obstacles and one amazing party! Run the 5K course and find yourself jumping over fire, getting covered in mud, bouncing on trampolines and zooming down a giant water slide. Join the ongoing party with adult bounce houses, mechanical bulls and more as you boogie the day away to great music.
Embrace Canada's biggest urban adventure, testing your fitness while contending with brain-busting puzzles. Teams of two start with a clue sheet and work it to discover hidden ChasePoints around town. Yeah you can run, but public transit is legit in City Chase! Find ten ChasePoints and buzz your way back to the start/finish line. Hang out for the hopping after party.
The 5K OCR starts in waves of 250 athletes released at different times. Competitors are divided into heats over three groups: Elite, competitive and open. The open category welcomes everyone including first-timers. You can also enter as a team. Come early for Friday night, and take part in the Hurricane heat, running with Spartan staff and founders! Finishers earn a shirt, a badge and the coveted Hurricane Heat dog tags.
Get down with your warrior inside over a 5K OCR course. The non-timed event runs over track, trails and grass. Obstacles on the way challenge your overall strength, agility and determination. You emerge triumphant, as well as muddy and mildly soaked. Costumes are encouraged, and so are teams. There is a fundraising component to this event, via Easter Seals benefitting Children's Hospital & Society.
Ready to push yourself to your physical and mental limits? Become an X Warrior with this 5K OCR race. Challenge yourself over 20+ urban obstacles with stairs, pavement and cement to contend with. Be sure to throw some upper body reps into your workouts to make sure you're ready for this one, kids! The event is open to athletes of all ages and abilities.
This here 5K event runs you through RAD color stations, transforming you head-to-toe with powders and gels in blue, green, yellow, pink and violet. Have an awesome amount of fun and get a real workout along the way. Finish up to grab your T-shirt, RAD temporary tattoo and Goo Guard phone case. You'll want to wear your brightest white to this one, you're going to get covered in colors. Sunglasses recommended.
Looking to challenge yourself with more running events in Calgary? Be sure to check out the entire RunGuides Calgary race calendar, with a huge array of races over the range of distances up to marathons and beyond.
Steve Lafler is a staff writer for RunGuides.