It's the 50th anniversary of the Calgary Marathon and to celebrate a 50 km race will be added to the event this year. It's expected that 15,000 participants will be showing up to run in a variety of races and this year there's a lot of prize money up for grabs. The organizers have put together a prize money pool of $50,000.
This is expected to be the biggest marathon ever held in Calgary and with 15,000 expected to attend, it's a 30% increase over the amount of participants that showed up last year. The race has a lot of history to it. The event is the oldest Canadian marathon that has been continually run and organized by the same original group.
On August 10, 1963, the Calgary Marathon came to life. There were 19 participants that were running a 26 mile distance and of the 19 only 12 were able to finish the race. The winner was Doug Kyle, who finished the race with a time of 2:45:54. The racers ranged from 17 years old to 38 years old and there were 5 refreshment stands set up along the way that only offered water.
The marathon events this year include the following:
- Wild Rose Brewery 50k Ultra
- Scotiabank Kids Marathon
- AstraZeneca 5K
- Jugo Juice 10K
- Centaur Subaru Half Marathon
- Scotiabank Marathon
There are going to be road closures across the city on Sunday, June 1. If you're planning to participate in the marathon, give yourself plenty of time to get to your starting location.
It's the 50th anniversary, there's a 50 km race and there's $50,000 in prize money. This is definitely a marathon you won't want to miss! If you aren’t participating yourself, make sure that you find some time to go down to the event to help cheer others on!