Calgary Runs You Might Like - May
Looking for a Calgary race to do this May 2018? You've come to the right place! We have put together a list of a few local road runs, trail runs, and obstacle course races happening in and around the city.
Date: May 6, 2018
Distance: As far as you can run before the finish line catches you
Run a race where the finish line chases you! The Wings For Life World Run is a unique concept in racing produced by Red Bull and held in partnership with the Wings For Life Foundation (a not for profit foundation dedicated to spinal cord research).
The event is made up of multiple simultaneous road running races that happen all over the world starting at the exact same time. Runners are chased by a physical or virtual pace car (catch car), once the car passes a runner their race is finished. The last male and female runners left running in each location are the local champions, the last male and female runner left running on Earth get the esteemed title of global champ.
The Calgary race is an organized app run meaning that you download the Wings for Life World Run App and join all the other people running until the virtual Catcher Car catches you of course. Get at it!
Date: Every Saturday
Tremendously popular in Europe, parkrun is a weekly, free, timed 5k run that has recently begun running Saturday's at Nose Hill. The runs are open to people of all ages and abilities and are timed with an individual barcode that tracks your stats online.
Date: Saturday May 12, 2018
X Warrior Challenge is a 5km sprint OCR event with 20+ race type specific obstacles. It's 80% pavement, stairs & cement and features several different race divisions. Participants can also opt in to the Titan multi lap challenge where they have 6 hours to complete as many laps as possible.
This OCR is open to athletes of all abilities, ages and backgrounds, no gimmicks here – just one challenging race. The good thing is, no one has ever drowned in their own sweat…yet!!!
Date: Saturday May 12, 2018
Distance: 6k, 11k & 3k timed kids race
The first 5 Peaks Central Alberta race of the season happens on the trails of Fish Creek Park starting at the Sikome Beach area. This trail race features a sport distance of about 6km, as well as an enduro course of about 11km. There is also a timed 3km kids race- so the whole family can get outside and run!
Date: Sunday May 13, 2018
Distance: 5k, 10k
Every year, the Forzani Foundation sponsors one of the largest running events in Calgary, the Sport Check Mother's Day Run Walk & Ride. The race features a 5k ride, 5k & 10k wheelchair courses, 5k walk, plus 5k and 10k Runs. Proceeds from the races support Jumpstart & Calgary Health Trust (Neonatal Intensive Care Units).
This run is one of the largest races in Calgary (10,000+ participants) and great for people of all ages and abilities, from more serious racers to families looking to get out and stay active!
Date: Saturday May 19, 2018
Distance: 5k, 10k & 15k
Well, the MEC Calgary Road Race THREE is already sold out BUT, the second MEC Trail Race of the season is NOT yet.... Yahooooo! This even features three fun distances (5k, 10k, or 15k) for a cool price. The courses are chip timed, and advance registration is less than $20.
Date: Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, 2018
Distance: 5k, 10k & half marathon
With soaring snowy peaks and never-ending valley vistas, Canmore is the ideal setting for many outdoor activities.
The Rocky Mountain Soap Women's Run & Walk was originally started in 2008 with 600 participants and has since grown to attract over 3,000 women for an active weekend getaway. A highlight of the season for many runners, this event has historically sold out within the first month of registration being opened!* With that being said...
*Editors Note: This event is sold out at the time of writing this article, but we thought we would tell you about it anyways, so you put it in your calendar for next year and get in early enough to sign-up! You're welcome :)
Date: Sunday May 27, 2018
Distance: kids 1.2k race, 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon, 50k ultra
The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is, not surprisingly, the crown jewel and main event of the Calgary Marathon Race Weekend. This race is western Canada's oldest official marathon, and has recently been gaining national recognition winning the title of "best road race in Alberta" a number of times in recent years.
This year the race is featuring a huge variety of distances; everything from a 5k, the Boston Qualifying marathon distance, right up to a 50k road race! This is not surprisingly one of our top picks for local/destination races and a must run race for all runners.
Looking For More Runs?
Already familiar with these? You can always head to www.runguides.com/calgary/runs to get a full calendar of upcoming local road runs, trail runs, and OCRs.