Get to Know Your Running Clubs - Calgary Trail Runners
In this edition of Get to Know Your Running Clubs we chatted with Leo Fung about the Calgary Trail Runners. You’ll often find them running all over the Greater Calgary area, including Bragg Creek, Kananaskis Country, Banff National Park and Canmore.
Want to learn more about them? Read on!
Hi Leo! Who are you? Give us your one line bio
I’m currently the Calgary Road Runners Chief Bedlam Coordinator and Payer of Bills!
Tell us a bit about the club’s history and your members
The group started in 2009, things have gone uphill and downhill since then.
Our usual group ranges from those comfortable and enjoying running for 1 hour on trails to those contemplating and competing 100m+ ultras. Runs are not "led"; we discover together as a group of friends based on someone's idea. We will do our ultimate best to create the safest environment, but ultimately expect members to be responsible for themselves.
Where/when do you usually meet and run?
Everywhere! Most of our runs are out of the West Bragg Creek area or Elbow Valley sector of Kananaskis.
Any cost to be a member/join?
Membership is only a voluntary minimum $5 a year to cover website costs; any monies remaining after website and very basic admin costs end up getting donated to the Greater Bragg Creek Trail Association who do a wonderful job of building and maintaining the trails we spend so much time on.
Is the group affiliated with any events?
None, but our members are active among the Alberta Ultra Series circuit, both from a racing standpoint and volunteering aspect. We will occasionally run aid stations in local races such as the 5 Peaks series, Powderface, or the Calgary Marathon as well.
Where are your favourite spots to run in/around the city?
In the South side of the city, Fish Creek Provincial Park is pretty awesome since it's an urban park you can seriously get lost in. Nestled in a river valley with a healthy mix of pavement, single track and really-unofficial trails, this is a piece of transit-accessible bona-fide trail running ground Calgary is truly blessed with.
On the North side of the city, Nose Hill Park is one of North America's largest urban parks with more than 50k of official trail and nearly 250k more of unofficial shortcuts. A retreat from the noise of the city, it's quite possible to be escorted on your run by coyotes and deer in this slice of heaven.
Do you have any favourite races? Outside of anything that you’re affiliated with
Nosehill Parkrun is a great way to get started, it's a weekly free 5K timed race on a mix of tarmac, gravel and trail open to all abilities and ages.
5 Peaks puts on various family-friendly trail races in the greater Calgary area, with trails ranging from pavement to single track and distances from 7k to 44k. Practical SWAG is included with your entry fee.
Anything else that we should know?
We're cheaper than a therapist!
Want to learn more?
Want to connect with the Calgary Trail Runners, or just learn a bit more about them? Check out their information below:
Find more runs around Calgary
Looking for runs in and around Calgary? The RunGuides Calgary race calendar can help you find upcoming runs and running races in the area - www.runguides.com/calgary/runs