Who knew there were such sketchy spots along Calgary parks pathway system?
I’ve joined the Calgary Trail Runners a bunch of times and they are an awesome group. Lots of crazy people, lots of varied trails, and definitely hard core when it comes to trails. Kananaskis, Canmore, Banff trails mostly, but some trails in the city. They are all-weather folks who can’t get enough of the trails. Not all the trails are really hard or long, but you can’t see the city or highway from most of them.
Check ’em out.
XC Race Series in Calgary (Warning, this is October to March, i.e. WINTER!!, but these hard core runners rarely cancel due to weather)
This is an awesome race series of 4 km and 8 km through the city’s parks. There is usually great conditions for cross-country – mud, snow, ice, wind, river crossings.
Makes for a great start to a weekend.
Every 2 or 3 Saturdays, at noon.
$12 (“cheap like borscht”) – includes potluck lunch
NEXT UP: November 8th in Okotoks (the only one outside city limits)
Organizer: Calgary Road Runners Club
The tunnels can get a little spooky at dusk with the dim lights but good thing they are no more than 50 strides long.
Confederation Park is a very popular paved pathway heading along the creek. My route starts at the highschool near the university, goes under 14th and 10th Street, and then loops back on the other side of the creek once you get to the cemetery.
At least you get to run from the graves for half the run.
I got out to Nose Hill in the morning just before before it started snowing. So my pics show the fall weather, not the wet winter weather we are experiencing now.
Nosehill is mostly what you’d expect. It is a big open park with few trees, lots of trails, and mostly just open prairie.
But there are a few happy surprises involving trees, hills and single-track.
Endless loops of paved, gravel, single track, and if you want, you can run mostly hill-less.
Kensington is quite urban, but there are some trails. Especially along the adjacent hill called McHugh Bluff, but that means there are hills there too. You can always see the downtown skyline.