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A Canadian race a week for all of 2018

Looking to race in 2018? See our picks for an event for each of the 52 weeks including trail, road and ultra races

Ottawa Marathon
BMO Vancouver Marathon
Photo: Christopher Morris / RUNVAN.

For runners, planning out their 2018 race calendar is an important early-year task.

Generally, planning early has benefits including reduced registration fees (early-bird registration) and allows adequate time to commit to a race and train specifically for it. And while winter is quieter time in Canadian road and trail racing, there are still options before the spring, summer and fall seasons pick up.

We compiled one race for every week in 2018, all of them in Canada. Consider this one option for your 2018 race planner. A best effort was made to include races from across the country, from British Columbia to the Maritimes to the territories.

Week 1: Jan. 1-7 – Pioneer 8K, Saanichton, B.C.

Week 2: Jan. 8-14 – Richmond Road Races, Richmond, Ont.

Week 3: Jan. 15-21 – Canadian Winter Revenge, Edmonton

Week 4: Jan. 22-28 – Robbie Burns 8K, Burlington, Ont.

Week 5: Jan. 29-Feb. 4 – Yukon Arctic Ultra, Whitehorse

An ultramarathon in the winter? In the Yukon? You bet this is one of the coldest races in the world.

Week 6: Feb. 5-11 – ‘First Half’ Half-Marathon, Vancouver

Week 7: Feb. 12-18 – Winterman, Ottawa

Week 8: Feb. 19-25 – Freeze Your Gizzard, Montague, P.E.I.

Week 9: Feb. 26-March 4 – Chilly Half-Marathon, Burlington, Ont.

Week 10: March 5-11 – The Original St. Patrick’s Day Road Race, Calgary

What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with a race? The same can be said for the St. Patrick’s Day 5K in Vancouver the following week.

Week 11: March 12-18 – St. Patrick’s Day 5K, Vancouver

Week 12: March 19-25 – Around the Bay 30K, Hamilton

Around the Bay
Photo: Kevin Mackinnon.

Hamilton’s Around the Bay is the oldest road race in North America, first run three years before the Boston Marathon in 1984.

Week 13: March 26-April 1 – Gopher Attack Marathon, Regina

Week 14: April 2-8 – BMO Sunshine Coast April Fool’s Run, Gibsons, B.C.

Week 15: April 9-15 – Course Saint-Laurent, Montreal

Week 16: April 16-22 – Vancouver Sun Run

The Vancouver Sun Run is the largest race in Canada.

Week 17: April 23-29 – Calgary Police Half-Marathon

Week 18 April 30-May 6 – Vancouver Marathon

Week 19: May 7-13 – Fredericton Marathon

Week 20: May 14-20 – Blue Nose Marathon, Halifax

Week 21: May 21-27 – Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend

Ottawa Marathon
Photo: Matt Stetson.

Included in the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, the largest marathon by finishers in Canada.

Week 22: May 28-June 3 – Whistler Half-Marathon, Whistler, B.C.

Week 23: June 4-10 – Sole Sisters Women’s Race Series June 5K, Dartmouth, N.S.

Week 24: June 11-17 – Sporting Life 10K, Calgary

Week 25: June 18-24 – Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon

Week 26: June 25-July 1 – Canada Day Road Races, Ottawa

Canada Day in the nation’s capital? Yes, please.

Week 27: July 2-8 – Sinister 7, Crowsnest Pass, Alta.

Week 28: July 9-15 – Not Since Moses, Five Islands, N.S.

Not Since Moses is perhaps one of the most intriguing races in the country. Participants run across the ocean floor as the Bay of Fundy tides are low enough to allow for runnable terrain, albeit wet and very muddy.

Week 29: July 16-22 – Tely 10-Miler, Paradise, N.L.

The Paradise to St. John’s Newfoundland race celebrates its 91st year in 2018 and is one of the most famous races in the country, let alone Atlantic Canada.

Week 30: July 23-29 – Beaches Jazz Run, Toronto

Week 31: July 30-Aug. 5 – Canadian Death Race, Grande Cache, Alta.

Week 32: Aug. 6-12 – Natal Day Road Race, Dartmouth, N.S.

Week 33: Aug. 13-19 – Squamish 50, Squamish, B.C.

The ever-growing trail race seems to breaks its sell-out record each passing year.

Week 34: Aug. 20-26 – Ragnar Trail Cottage Country, Oro Station, Ont.

Week 35: Aug. 27-Sept. 2 – 30K Des Rives de Boucherville, Boucherville, Que.

Week 36: Sept. 3-9 – Dino Dash, Calgary

Week 37: Sept. 10-16 – Maritime Race Weekend, Eastern Passage, N.S.

Maritime Race Weekend
Photo: Tim Huebsch.

The Canadian Running staff were in Eastern Passage, N.S. for the 2017 edition of the race and saw what the Maritimes have to offer first-hand.

Week 38: Sept. 17-23 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Montréal Marathon

Week 39: Sept. 24-30 – Rum Runners Relay, Halifax

Week 40: Oct. 1-7 – GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon

Week 41: Oct. 8-14 – SSQ Quebec City Marathon

Week 42: Oct. 15-21 – Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Photo: Tim Huebsch.

Week 43: Oct. 22-28 – MEC Gatineau Park Marathon, Gatineau, Que.

Week 44: Oct. 29-Nov. 4 – Hamilton Marathon Road2Hope

Week 45: Nov. 5-11 – Fall Classic, Vancouver

Week 46: Nov. 12-18 – The Phantom Run, North Vancouver, B.C.

Week 47: Nov. 19-25 – Canadian Cross-Country Championships, Kingston, Ont.

Canadian Cross-Country Championships
Photo: Tim Huebsch.

The Canadian Cross-Country Championships host races for all age groups including youth, junior, senior, masters and an open division.

Week 48: Nov. 26-Dec. 2 – Tannebaum 10K, Toronto

Week 49: Dec. 3-9 – Santa Burlington 5K, Burlington, Ont.

Week 50: Dec. 10-16 – Egg Nog Jog, Georgetown, Ont.

Week 51: Dec. 17-23 – Rest week

Week 52: Dec. 24-Dec. 30 – Boxing Day 10-Miler, Hamilton

Some dates are subject to change as some 2018 event schedules are tentative. Note that this list be change.