Woohoo! Let’s Race. (Upcoming Calgary Races)

There’s lots of amazing races in Calgary and throughout Alberta. Even in the cold winter months there are some hard core runners who can’t get enough and race directors who want to oblige this passion. Most races in December are pretty easy going, especially when you are encouraged to dress up like Santa or wear antlers or something. It’s a great season to jump in to keep your running energized.

Check out the races in my calendar below, or Google it yourself. Other good listings can be found at Running Room, and Impact Magazine.

(Full Google Calendar version here)

If your race is missing, let me know.

Have fun out there!

Treacherous and unforgiving but totally awesome

Pre-race jitters
Pre-race jitters

Winter cross country can be unforgiving but I definitely wouldn’t replace it with easy runs, even on these miserable days.

The Edworthy Cross Country race is put on by the Calgary Road Runners, and includes a potluck lunch with lots of soup and of course chocolate and sweets.

This 7km trail race is never a walk in the park. Spikes are pretty much mandatory and so is the waiver. Running on icy trails next to cliffs caused my heart to skip a couple beats whenever I slipped.

The two big downhills required hanging onto trees several times to keep from sliding, and the uphills definitely resorted us to the slower side of speed-hiking. But there was a short flat section, which as you can see below, provided an opportunity for photos.

No passing on these trails


Short flat section. Where’d that come from?


I paced my 12 year old these year, so we didn’t see the winners but we had fun, didn’t we? The wheezing, side pains, and blood are just a sign of how much fun we had. Right?


edworthy race
7 km in 2 loops. 165m elevation. That’s enough for me today.


If you google it, all the pictures of Edworthy Park are beautiful summer pictures. See here. But the reality is snow and ice at this time of year. Makes for a fun time for sure. Gotta love Canada! And the Alberta weather.

Too chicken to pick my 2015 races already?


Isn’t it a bit early to be planning our races for next year. I’m right in the middle of recuperating from early fall races and Christmas isn’t even on us yet (well I did see lights up already but that doesn’t necessarily count, does it).

So I’ve started the research but the decisions won’t be easy. I discovered that 2 races I want to do are on the same May weekend this year and both are likely to fill up before February. So I have to choose pretty soon. Bummer.

And there are 4 amazing races in August that are on my list but I can only do one. And they all fill up too. And they are all within a couple hours of home.

The enticing emails from the race directors keep on coming and they are not likely to stop (even after I sign up).

Why does there have to be so many great races? Am I too chicken to sign up for too many, or afraid I will pick the wrong weekends for a perfect training plan?


Blackfoot ultra
Calgary 50km
Lost soul ultra
Moose mountain
Iron legs
Canadian death race
Sinister 7


The Next Big One: Calgary Marathon

I’m ready to sign up for the Calgary Marathon again. It’s 6 months away but I need a big race for some motivation this winter to keep running. So this is it.

It will be my 6th time at it. It is definitely home soil but they are known for drastically changing the route every year, so it is a fresh race every year.

Lots of fun!

Calgary marathon this is it!

Hard Core XC Winter Race Series

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

More info: http://www.calgaryroadrunners.com/grand-prix-series-cross-country-races

Calgary Trail Running

Calgary Trail Running

Calgary Trail Running
It’s not pretty, but you got to get across somehow!

Calgary Trail Running

Calgary Trail Running

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