Calgary Runs You Might Like - May

Calgary Runs You Might Like - May

Looking for a Calgary race to do this May? 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 aroudn the city.

Already familiar with these? You can always head to to get a full calendar of upcoming local road runs, trail runs, and OCRs.

MEC Calgary Road Race THREE

MEC Calgary Race TWO

Date: May 6, 2017
Distance: 1k kids race, 5k, 10k, half marathon

The third MEC road race of the season features three fun distances (5k, 10k, or half marathon) plus a 1km race for the kids! The courses are chip timed, and advance registration is less than $20.

Wings For Life World Run

Date: May 7, 2017
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 that starts at 5am. Get at it!


parkrun 5k calgary

Date: Every Saturday
Distance: 5k

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. 

5 Peaks Central Alberta Race 1

Date: May 13, 2017
Distance: 1k/3k children's race, 6k, 11k

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 are also two races for the kids; a timed 3km kids race, and a 1km untimed children's challenge.

*Editors Note: This event is sold out at the time of writing this article, 5 Peaks does have spaces in some of their remaining Calgary area races, check them out at

X Warrior Challenge

Date: May 13, 2017
Distance: OCR

X Warrior Challenge is a 5km sprint OCR event with 20+ race type specific obstacles. It's 80% pavement, stairs & cement and features a number of different race divisions. Participants can also opt in to the Titan multi lap challenge where they have 6 hour 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.

Sport Chek Mother's Day Run

Date: May 14, 2017
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 Cagary and great for people of all ages and abilities, from more serious racers to famillies looking to get out and stay active! 


Date: May 27, 2017
Distance: OCR

Woman2Warrior is a non-timed run covering about 5km of trails, track, and grass. The course features obstacles to test your strength, agility, balance, and sense of adventure. Participants can enter as an individual or as a team with each person must raising a minimum $300 to participate. There are awards & prizes for the top overall fundraisers and finishers. 

Calgary Marathon Race Weekend

Calgary marathon race weekend

Date: May 27 - 28, 2017
Distance: 5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon, 50k, 150k (solo or relay)

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 right up to a 150k road race! This is not surpirsingly one of our top picks for local/destination races and a must run race for all runners.

Published on Apr 26, 2017