The Edmonton Pride Run, which first began in 2015, had a record year nearly doubling its participation from the inaugural event.
The June 11 sold-out event featured 600 participants, up from 366 in 2015, with two added distances for 2017, a 3K walk to make racing “more accessible” and a 10K for an added “challenge,” according to race organizers. Joshua Bergman and Kent Akgungor co-founded the event in 2015 to “promote diversity of the Lesbian—Gay—Bisexual—Trans-identified—Two-spirit—Queer (LGBTQ) community and its allies.”
Interview with the race co-founders
— Randy Boissonnault (@R_Boissonnault) June 13, 2017
The Edmonton Pride Run took place during the Edmonton Pride Festival, which includes the parade. Rachel Notley, the Premier of Alberta, and Randy Boissonnault, the MP for Edmonton Centre, were among the names in attendance for the Pride Festival. This year, the run, which included 3K, 5K and 10K distances, moved to a new location at Argyll Park and ran through Mill Creek Ravine.
Annually, cities across the country host Pride Runs, with varying distances.
Edmonton’s Pride Run raises funds for the Edmonton Pride Run Endowment at the University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services.
Photo albums from the 2017 Edmonton Pride Run
Photos by Sithara Fernando Photography
Photos by Jeffrey Kelly (www.archive444.com)
Results from the race can be found here.