By Tori Taylor, April 25 2019 —
This summer, grab a group of friends, a buddy or run solo in any of YYC’s many fun runs. Entering these runs will give you an opportunity to keep your cardio up without getting bored — double win. Calgary has several options varying in length and competitive energy. Some races even have the added benefit of supporting a good cause. Here are a few of the runs taking place this summer.
MEC Calgary Road Race Series:
MEC holds five annual road runs. These offer distances ranging from five kilometres to full marathon. At $20, the entry fee is one of the most affordable in town. While MEC’s races don’t feature any of the kitschy add-ons that some fun runs do, they’re a great way to train for a larger run. Signing up for a race adds a bit of accountability to that 10-kilometre push that you might not otherwise follow through with on a Saturday morning. Races take place in June, July, September and October. More information is available at events.mec.ca.
Stampede Road Race:
This is probably not how you typically think of enjoying the Stampede, but for all you athletic enthusiasts out there, try starting your cowboy shenanigans with a healthy heart-rate rush. There’s even a pancake breakfast included at the end of your run. This race offers five-kilometre, 10-kilometre and half marathon distances. Running for 30–60 minutes and then eating a deep-fried chocolate bar gives you the best of both worlds — fitness and fried food. The race takes place on July 7 and requires registration at stampederoadrace.ca.
The 5km Foam Fest:
This race takes it down a notch and focuses more on the fun that the run. You’ll find unique obstacles like lily pads, a foam chamber, a log roll in foam, a tube crawl through foam — common theme, a lot of foam and you will be doing fun stuff surrounded by it. This race is actually located in Red Deer on June 22, but if you are a passionate bubble bath aficionado this summer road trip will be well worth it. More information is available at the5kfoamfest.com.
At the end of July, Spruce Meadows redecorates and turns itself into an obstacle course. It features 25 obstacles spread out over three miles. Rugged Maniac includes a three-storey water slide, towers, fire jumps, a mud tunnel and monkey-bars. If you’d like to take it seriously, you can enter to compete in the morning, but if you just want to burn some calories while having a blast, then get a team together and run in the afternoon for fun. All the information for registration is online at ruggedmaniac.com.
Mega Bounce Run:
Think bouncy castle. Enough said. This five-kilometre race features nine inflatable obstacles. It doesn’t require anything other than a taste for adventure and fun. It’s suitable for all levels of fitness. It will be held on July 29 in Stanley Park. If you are a human that enjoys joy, sign up at megabouncerun.ca.
ULTRA Night Run:
In September, South Glenmore Park will light up for a night run. Participants wear bright costumes, neon face paint and as many glow-in-the-dark things as they can. After the race, there is a celebration in the beer gardens. Your race registration includes an LED headland, an ULTRA Night Run t-shirt, a beer ticket and a post-race snack. All around, this is a sweet way to get sweaty and then smashed — responsibly, of course. Register online at ultranightrun.ca.