Calgary Women’s Run
Calgary Women’s Run
45th Annual Calgary Women’s Run
Sunday, August 20, 2023
Edworthy Park / 5km & 10km
Registration – opens April 1, 2023!
Check back soon for more details!
Calgary Roadrunners club members can use CRR2023 discount code for $5 off.
2023 Calgary Women’s Run Participant Guide – coming soon!
Package Pick Up
Friday August 18th, 4pm-6pm, The Tech Shop Northwest
Saturday August 19th, 10am-4pm, The Tech Shop Northwest
Sunday August 20th, 8am-8:45am, Edworthy North Parking Lot
If you are not running, please consider volunteering at this historic event. The location in Edworthy and sponsors (below) makes for a fun summer Sunday whether you are running or not! To sign up, please view opening volunteering positions at the link below.
Charity – USAY
All proceeds from the race go to the Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY). USAY is an Indigenous-led organization that supports urban Indigenous youth ages 12 to 29 years that live in the City of Calgary. USAY aims to support Indigenous youth with opportunities so they can find their own versions of success. You can learn more about their programming by heading over to the website: USAY
For many years, the Calgary Women’s Run and USAY have partnered to make positive change in the community through various programs. Our aim is to tackle ‘period poverty’ in the City by providing ‘Moon Time Kits’. Each kit contains menstrual, hygiene and comfort items to support those who menstruate but are experiencing financial constraints. The kits focus on wellness, health and hygiene, by providing pads, tampons, wipes, deodorant, soothing tea and other items. Donations from the Calgary Women’s Run go toward purchasing items for the kits, and USAY’s Indigenous young women assemble them and distribute to those who need them, including those that are houseless or at-risk of houselessness.
NEW THIS YEAR: There will be a donation bin for menstrual products on race day. Please bring products to donate to help build the Moon Time Kits and support our fight to tackle period poverty in Calgary. What helps you get through your time of the month? Bring it! …Unless it’s ice cream… the donation bin will not be refrigerated 😉
The Calgary Women’s Run is one of the oldest women’s runs in Canada. Organized by a volunteer committee, the run is made possible by our valuable sponsors and volunteers! We are super excited to partner with all the sponsors listed below. We are working hard to grow our sponsorship pool; check back frequently for updates!
History of the Calgary Women’s Run
The Calgary Women’s Run is one of the oldest women’s runs in Canada, and an historically important event for women in sports.
In 1979, Calgary Roadrunners Club was contacted by Bonnie Bell Canada (a cosmetics company in Canada and United States) regarding a new series of 10 kilometer runs for women. Bonnie Bell Cosmetics and Avon were leaders in the push to get long distance running (marathon) into the Olympics.
Calgary Roadrunners Club, a progressive group of runners, who were always on the look out for ways to encourage distance running among men and women in the community decided to add the event to their schedule. Marg Carleton was asked to take on the Race Director position.
The Bonnie Bell series was held in seven cities across the country during the summer. The first place winners were sent to Boston for a 10K Championship that included Canadian and American winners. That first year, Jacqueline Gaureau of Montreal (winner of the Boston Marathon in 1980) and Shauna Miller (a top Canadian middle distance runner from Edmonton and the winner in Calgary) represented Canada in the championships.
The first race in 1979 was a huge success with women of all ages participating. The philosophy of the run from its inception has been to encourage women, young and old, to be physically active all their lives. It was seen as a non-threatening way for women to join in the running boom, a stepping stone to mixed races. For the competitive runner, the run provided a chance to test oneself against other women.
The first years of the run, brought out all the great runners of the day including Shauna Miller, cross country skiers Joan Gouthyson and Shirley Firth, Donna Dixon, Janice McCaffrey, Beth Elana Evanoff, Val Chauski. Over the years there have been many great battles waged and many women ran their first race with us.
In 1984, the series changed hands and RMP Athletic Locker (Brooks Running) took over the series. At that same time, we forged a partnership with The Forzani Group. Another partnership was formed in 1990 with the YWCA of Calgary. We started donating a portion of the proceeds to the YWCA for programs to support disadvantaged women and girls in the community.
In 2001, when Mary Ann Clark assumed the job of race director, a concerted effort was made to encourage the participation of young women runners, to introduce them to road racing in a fun and supportive environment.
In 2003, our 25th anniversary, J.Vair Anderson, Jewellers joined us as a major sponsor of the 5.5K run and Susan Mullie joined the race direction team.
Now, as we work on another installment of the race, directorship has changed hands several times as has sponsorship and chosen charities. However, our partnership with Tech Shop and Calgary Roadrunners Club has been enduring and we thank them for this.
Join us on Sunday, August 20, 2023, for the 45th running of the Calgary Women’s Run!