Calgary Women’s Run 2021
Calgary Women’s Run 2021
43rd Annual Calgary Women’s Run
Sunday, August 22, 2021
Registration & Results
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!
Cash and prizes
Updated at a later date.
All proceeds from the race go to: Silver Linings Foundation http://www.silverliningsfoundation.ca
Calgary Silver Linings Foundation works collaboratively to create a world-class residential eating disorder treatment center in Alberta.
- Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, details are subject to change. The race will move to a virtual format if it is determined that it cannot safely proceed in person. These changes will be communicated via e-mail and on this website.
- Race capped at 400 participants.
- Race packet pickup to be announced at a later date.
- 10K & 5K Runs will have staggered start times beginning at 9:00 am to enable social distancing.
- Age Divisions: 10-year increments – 9 and under, 10 to 80+ years.
- Location: Edworthy North Parking Lot
- There will not be a Kids 1K Fun Run this year.
- No refunds since all proceeds are donated to charity. We are happy to swap your registration to another person.
- The Trail2Path Challenge is available again! To participate and get a special dual finishers medal, please choose that option during registration, as well as registering for the Moose Mountain Trail Race here:
- All Participants must adhere to all current Covid-19 public health guidelines, as well as respect volunteers on course enforcing these guidelines.
- Please do not show up early for the event. Race start times will be staggered and social distancing at the start line will be permitted 5 minutes before each wave.
- Please bring your own water and fuel for the runs.
- Race bibs must be pinned to the front of your shirt or shorts – this is your chip timing!
- Once racers have crossed the finish line, no congregation or awards ceremony will take place. However, there will still be swag bags, draw prizes and medals for all participants. The most up-to-date details will be on the race website here: https://www.calgaryroadrunners.com/calgary-womens-run/
- Overall and age-group winners will be notified following the event and will be able to collect their prizes.
- Please stay to the right side of the pathway and obey course marshals at all times. Be mindful of other pathway users.
This is not a closed course.
- Headphones are not permitted. Pathways are open to the public and participants need to be aware.
- Changes to these rules will be communicated to all participants via e-mail should circumstances change prior to the event, with details on the website also (https://www.calgaryroadrunners.com/calgary-womens-run/)
- Race rules are in place for safety and enjoyment of all competitors. Let’s have a safe and FUN day.
Download run courses
Our 2021 Sponsors – Thank You!
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 approach our 43rd anniversary, directorship has changed hands several times as has sponsorship and chosen charities. However, our partnership with Forzani Group (Tech Shop) and Calgary Roadrunners Club has been enduring and we thank them for this.
Join us on Sunday, August 22, 2021, for the 43rd running of the Calgary Women’s Run!