Calgary Marathon presents patriotic weekend of special events for Canada 150

May 25th, 2017 by | Posted in Runs & Races | Tags: , ,

The 53rd running of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon race weekend kicks off on Thursday, May 25, 2017 with the opening of the annual Health and Wellness Expo and Race Package Pickup at The Big Four in Stampede Park.

On Sunday, May 28, 2017 11,000 are expected to participate in the 50K, Marathon, 21.1K, 10K and 5K while raising money for local charities through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge.

A special 150K in honour of Canada’s 150th, called the Altra Confederation 150KM, begins at Festival Plaza on Saturday May 27th at 6:00 p.m. Witness 75 solo runners and 350 relay runners begin a journey that will last through the night as they do 10 loops from Crowchild to Langevin before peeling off to be at the start line of the 50K in advance of the 7:00 a.m. start to complete the last 50K.

Schedule of events:

What: Health and Wellness Expo and Race Package Pick-up

This is the last chance to register for the 50KM, Marathon, 21.1KM or 10KM, 5KM or Kids Marathon. The Altra Confederation 150KM is SOLD OUT.

Visit over 60 exhibitors featuring sponsors, souvenirs, running apparel and accessories, nutritional and fitness products, samples, interactive displays, Marathon memorabilia museum and much more while runners pick up race packages. It is free and open to the public.

When: Thursday, May 25, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 26, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday, May 27, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where: The Big Four, Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2W1

 

What: Guinness World Record Attempt Photo Op

MitoCanada Linked Runners for Canada’s 150, PRACTICE for a special Guinness World Record Attempt (www.mitolinked150.run/) MitoCanada’s largest team will be attempting to smash the record of most linked runners to complete a marathon in honor of Canada’s 150th and as a creative way to raise awareness and funding for an important cause. The runners, some for the first time will be getting together for a special practice on Saturday, May 27, 1pm at the Stampede Grounds.  This Guinness World Record attempt will require running an entire race at a common pace, the ability to adapt to varying road conditions and the need to react to any unexpected circumstances on race day. The length of this human train will be approximately 60-70 metres or between three to four average rail cars requiring communication across the human train before coming to a full stop, for example.

When: Saturday, May 27, 1 p.m.

Where: The Big Four, Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE

 

What: Elite Interview Opportunity

Elites from across the country and around the globe will be available for interviews following a technical briefing which is at noon.

When: Saturday, May 27, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Where: The Grandstand, Second Level, North Side, Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE

 

What: Fastest Cowboy – Guinness World Record Attempt

Two-time 50K Ultra champion, Justin Kurek, is attempting to run the fastest marathon in a cowboy outfit. That’s 42.2K running in jeans, hat and chaps – no boots required – finishing in under 3:09 if he wants to be successful. The current record is held by Rik Bercoe and was set at the London Marathon in 2014. Justin’s PB is 2:32 which he ran in Chicago in 2015. Giddy-up!

When: Sunday, May 28, 7 a.m. – EST finish time is 9:45 a.m.                       

Where: Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE

 

What: Fastest Linked Women’s Marathon – Guinness World Record Attempt

Attempting to set a new record: The women of MitoCanada (#tenfastwomen) are back this time trying to run a sub 3:30 for the fastest linked together marathon. They will be tied together by medical tubing and because there is no record, anything under 4 hours will be accepted by Guinness.

When: Sunday, May 28, 7 a.m. – EST finish time is 10:30 a.m.                     

Where: Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE

 

WHAT: Largest Linked Marathon – Guinness World Record Attempt

150 runners are attempting to run a marathon in celebration of Canada 150 and to raise awareness for MitoCanada. The catch is they are tied together with medical tubing. The group will have to finish together to be successful and complete the marathon in less than 7 hours. The current record is held by a group of 73 runners in Germany and was set in 2012.

When: Sunday, May 28, 7 a.m. – EST finish time is 12:30 p.m.                     

Where: Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE

 

What: Calgary Marathon 50K Ultra National Championships

When: Start time 7:00 a.m.

Where: Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE

Who: Elite Athletes: Jacob Puzey (2016 Male Winner) Ryan Kershaw, Meggan Franks, Ailsa MacDonald,

 

What: Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

When: Start time 7:00 a.m.

Where: Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE

Who: Elite Athletes: Jonathon Chessoo (2015/16 Male Winner) Jessica Mueller (2015/16 50KM female winner) Gladys Tarus, Daniel Kipkoech, Amy Puzey, Tommy Puzey, James Aori,

 

What: Centaur Subaru Half Marathon and National Championships

When: Start time 7:00 a.m.

Where: Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE

Who: Elite Athletes: Dylan Wykes, Rachel Hannah, Maria Zambrano, Patrick Cote, Brad Bickley, Kip Kangogo, Sami Jabril, Colleen Wilson,

 

What: Jugo Juice 10K

When: Start time 11:00 a.m.

Where: Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE

 

What: Scotiabank Kids Marathon

When: Start time 9:00 a.m.

Where: Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE

 

What: Goodlife Fitness 5K Run & Walk

When: Start time 1:00 p.m.

Where: Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE

Who: 80+ Official Charity partner teams