Get To Know Your Running Clubs - Calgary Road Runners
It’s another edition of Get to Know Your Running Clubs! This time we chatted with Kim with the Calgary Road Runners.
Want to learn more about them? Read on!
Tell us a bit about the group history.
The club was founded in 1976 with the intent to facilitate, foster and promote distance running for pleasure, fitness, competition and sportsmanship. We are a diverse group, from casual, social runners to elite athletes. The club has members of all ages, from the teenagers who get hooked on our cross-country races, to the septuagenerians still running marathons, and the octogenarians, who continue to hold national speed records for various distances!
Nice! Tell us a bit about your members.
We cater to all levels of runners. We offer 10K and Half/Marathon training groups that meet weekly. These groups complete structured workouts to prepare for upcoming races.
We also have monthly club nights for socialising. On these nights members (and non-members!) go for an easy run together and then meet at a local pub for food and refreshments. This is a great way to meet new runners and try out new running routes as each month we go to a different area of the city.
The club also caters to trail runners with the winter Cross Country Grand Prix series, which involves 10 trail races on local trails all over the city. These races become quite competitive as racers compete for year end awards of hand painted pottery, which are awarded to those that place in their age group and participants that complete all 10 races to become an "Iron Person".
Any cost to be a member/join?
We have an annual membership is only $35 for an adult, $50 for a family, and $5 for seniors.
Are you affiliated with any events?
Our club sponsored races include: the St. Patrick's Day Road Race, the Calgary Women's Run, the Robert Hamilton Memorial Road Race, and the XC Grand Prix Series.
Where are your favourite spots to run in/around the city?
Edworthy Park is a great place to start any run. On the North side of the river you can find very flat pavement that follows the river and is great for speed sessions or time trials. If you prefer the trails you can cross to the south side of the river and find numerous dirt trails with plenty of elevation gain. Once you are finished your run head to the Extreme Bean or Lazy Loaf and Kettle to get a cup of coffee and refuel.
Do you have any favourite local races? Outside of anything that you’re affiliated with :)
Iron Legs 50 Miler in the Bragg Creek area is a great race for those looking for a long race. It follows a beautiful and challenging route through the mountains of our extraordinary backyard playground.
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Looking for More Runs?
Looking for runs in and around Calgary? Head over to www.runguides.com/calgary/runs for a list of all upcoming runs in the area.