Robert Hamilton Memorial
Robert Hamilton Memorial
44th Annual Robert Hamilton Memorial Race
With regret, the Calgary Roadrunners have made a decision to cancel the 2017 Robert Hamilton Memorial 5 and 10 Mile Race. A proliferation of other race options has resulted in a low turnout combined with a lack of available and willing volunteers.
All registrants will be reimbursed their entrance fees.
While it’s sad to see the Robert Hamilton Memorial race cease to continue, it’s had a great 43 year span.
Robert Hamilton (1941 – 1974)
This race is proudly presented by the Calgary Road Runners in the memory of one of Calgary’s great runners.
About the Race
This race was founded in 1974 by the Calgary Roadrunners Club (CRR).
The course has changed over the past 40 years. Recently it’s been a flat and fast course along the scenic Bow River pathway.
The race has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and is a bit “retro” in its feel. We honour the distances run at the time the race was established (5 and 10 miles). Runners should be aware that there is no chip timing at this race. Results are meticulously calculated by experienced and dedicated volunteers using a timing clock.
Traditionally, we award runners with a delicious gingerbread cookie runner medal.
This race is about honouring a great Calgarian and celebrating running in our great city. Volunteers spend hundreds of hours every year to put this race together. This race is run by and for Calgarians who love running and all that it stands for.
Run the 5 mile or 10 mile race
Why 10 Miles and 5 Miles? In the 1970s when Robert Hamilton was winning cross country races, 10 Mile was a distance he did well in. Also, there has been a long history of 10 Mile races (plus a 10 Mile trophy). 10 Miles is approximately 16 kilometres, which is less than a half marathon, but more than a 10k. The shorter course is about 8 kilometres, which is a good distance if you’ve done a 5k race before. It might even be fine for a first race.
NOTE: Course maps will be updated closer to race day.
About the Calgary Road Runners
The CRR is a not-for-profit group that provides training, support and other membership benefits. The CRR hosts numerous races throughout the year, including the outstanding winter 8k cross-country series, and the St. Patrick’s Day Race.
Race Location and Info
The race starts and finishes at Shouldice Park, at the intersection of Home Road and Montgomery Blvd NW. The entire race is run along Calgary’s beautiful river pathways.
Start time is 10:00 AM sharp.
There are washrooms a short jog away plus porta-potties on site. Just to make sure you’re not left standing with your legs crossed.
This is one of the best races in the city for parking. There’s lots of free parking just meters from the start line.
Registration is limited to 350 entries.
Regular online entry until Oct. 4, 2017: $35.00 – closes at midnight.
Late entry on Oct 5. 2017: $45.00 – at package pick-up, cash or cheque only.No registration on race day. All registrants will receive a pair of commemorative socks.
Package pick-up is Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, from 4-7 PM at Gords Running Store – 919 Center Street NW
Race morning from 8:30-9:30 AM at the Start/Finish area (this may change if the weather is nasty)
All registrants receive a pair of commemorative running socks.
Race Distances & Age Divisions
The race consists of two distances: 5 and 10 miles.
The age groups for both men and women are:
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each distance: $150 for first place; $100 for second place; $50 for third place. All finishers will receive a hand-made delicious finishing medal.
This race has traditionally had lots of draw prizes at the end (thanks to Gord’s Running Store!) but you have to be there to win!
Race timing is done “old school” with timing clocks and expert volunteers to run the equipment.
Please pin your race bib to the front of your shirt or shorts.
All distances start at the same time. When lining up for the start please place yourself according to your projected finishing time. Remember, allow faster competitors to pass freely at all times.
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
Everybody uses the same finish line.
The 5-mile route will have one water station (near the 2.5-mile mark) and the 10-mile route will have two water stations (near the 2.5-mile mark and one near the 7.5-mile mark).
Water will also be available at the finish.
Please bring your own bottles to re-fill to reduce waste on the pathway and at the venue.
Stick around after the race for some refreshments (courtesy of Lakeview Bakery!), the awards ceremony and the draw prizes!
We will be collecting shoes to donate to the Mustard Seed. Please bring any gently used shoes you no longer need for the shoe drop.
If you are interested in volunteering e-mail Emm at firstname.lastname@example.org, we would love to have you help out!
All volunteers receive a pair of commemorative running socks, refreshments at the finish, and qualify for draw prizes.
Robert Hamilton (1941 – 1974)
This race is proudly presented by the Calgary Road Runners in the memory of one of Calgary’s great runners
Robert Hamilton was born in Calgary on March 22, 1941 and lived here all his life. He attended Crescent Heights High School and won his first race in 1956, the 1 Mile at the Army Cadets Championships. This was followed by various wins in the 1, 3 and 6 mile distances. In 1966 he broke the record for the 10-mile at the Edmonton Highland Games, and broke it again in 1967.
His opportunities to compete nationally and internationally were hampered by a lack of travel money and sponsorship, but his contributions to running in Calgary went beyond his own accomplishments: he coached high school middle distance runners and encouraged others to exercise.
Robert competed in the first Calgary Marathon in 1963, and from 1968 to 1971 he won the Alberta Cross Country Championships. In 1966 he was selected for the Alberta Team to go to the Canadian Cross Country Championships where the team placed first.
The day before he died Robert was second in a 6-mile race, and on his birthday the next day he and a couple friends jogged to Prince’s Island Park to work out. At the intersection of Memorial Drive and 10th Street, a vehicle struck the three friends; two were badly hurt but Robert died from his injuries.
The grief in the Calgary running community was expressed in a legacy run in Robert’s name. In September of 1974 the fledgling Calgary Roadrunners Club ran their first 10-mile Robert Hamilton Memorial Road Race in Bowmont Park.
Robert’s brother Lloyd Hamilton has been working to get the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame to induct Robert Hamilton; we haven’t heard any updates regarding his efforts. Each year Lloyd (if he can keep up with the date and venue changes!) says a few words before the presentation of the trophy to express his family’s gratitude to the Calgary Roadrunners and all those present that we’re all running a race in his brother’s name.
(The trophy, by the way, was purchased by the Calgary Roadrunners with money they collected by passing a hat at the funeral)