Calgary Women’s Run
Calgary Women’s Run
44th Annual Calgary Women’s Run
Sunday, August 21, 2022
Registration & Results
Calgary Roadrunners club members can use CRR2022 discount code for $5 off.
If you are not running, please consider volunteering at this historic event. You can see the still open volunteering positions at the link below
We would really appreciate if you could help the CWR team make the event memorable and smooth. THANK YOU!
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
- Prizes for the top 3 runners in each distance
- Age group awards
- Mother-Daughter Awards
Draw prizes will be pre-drawn and posted at the CRR tent. Check to see if your name is on the list and pick up your prizes. Draw prizes will not be mailed, winners must be present to win
Finisher’s Awards TBD
Watch this page for updated prizing!
All proceeds from the race go to Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth (Link to USAY).
The Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY) will enrich the lives of all urban Indigenous youth by nurturing self-empowerment and fostering healthy collaboration and communication to ensure healthy future generations.
- Race capped at 400 participants.
- Race packet pickup:
- 10K starts at 9:00 a.m.
- 5K Runs will start at 9:05 a.m.
- Awards at 11:00 a.m.
- 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 swag, choose this option during registration, as well as separately registering for the Moose Mountain Trail Race at this UltraSignup link.
1. We will have two waves, the 10 km will start at 9:00 a.m. and the 5 km at 9:05 a.m.
2. We will have two aid stations—at the 5 km turn-around and the 10 km turn-around, but they will be cup free and will only have bottled water
3. Race bibs must be pinned to the front of your shirt or shorts – this is your chip timing!
4. We will have an Awards ceremony starting at 11 a.m.! Please practice social distancing, and masks are welcome. The most up-to-date details will be on the race website here: https://www.calgaryroadrunners.com/calgary-womens-run/
5. Overall and age-group winners must be present to accept their awards, awards will not be mailed out.
6. 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.
7. Headphones are not permitted. Pathways are open to the public and participants need to be aware.
8. 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/)
9. Race rules are in place for safety and enjoyment of all competitors. Let’s have a safe and FUN day.
Download run courses
Our 2022 Sponsors – Thank You!
- The Calgary Roadrunners Club
- Lakeview Bakery
- Lakeview Gluten-Free Bakery
- Healthy Families YYC
- The Tech Shop
- The Apothecary
- Glenbow Museum
- Tri-It Multisports
- Willow Park Wines and Spirits
- Paw and Prairie
- Elizabeth Finkbiner, local artist
- Petland Bridgeland
- By Ollia
- Grandville Island Pet Treatery
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 21, 2022, for the 44th running of the Calgary Women’s Run!