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Here are some in-person races happening in Canada this summer and fall

Most races are still virtual, but a few are tentatively going ahead this fall

Photo by: Matt Cecill

Canadian runners have been starved for races for so long, many of us may not realize that racing has resumed in some parts, albeit with limited fields and COVID protocols, such as physical distancing, staggered race starts and masking at start and finish lines. Here are some road and trail races that are (hopefully, fingers crossed) going ahead this summer and fall. Click on the links for more information. If you know of others, let us know by emailing us at info@runningmagazine.ca.

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Scotiabank Calgary Marathon. Photo: Dave Holland

Eastern Canada

Nova Scotia Marathon – Barrington Passage, N.S. (July 25)

Demi-marathon de l’Acadie – Tracadie, NB (first Sunday of every month) *Note: Participation is open to all residents of NB, PEI, NS, NL, Avignon and Témiscouata; others are welcome provided they have pre-registered to enter the province (according to GNB provincial regulations) and they have received at least one vaccine dose.

Fredericton Marathon – Fredericton, NB (Sept. 3-5)

Valley Harvest Marathon – Wolfville, NS (Oct. 9-10)

Cape to Cabot 20K Road Race — Cape Spear, NL (Oct. 17)

Prince Edward Island Marathon — Brackley Beach, PEI National Park (Oct. 17)

Tely 10 – St. John’s, NL (Oct. 31)

Scotiabank Bluenose Marathon — Halifax, NS (Nov. 6-7)


Mont Tremblant Half-Marathon – Mt. Tremblant (Aug. 8)

Demi-Marathon de Lévis – Levis (Aug. 28)

Ultra-Trail Harricana – La Malbaie (Sept. 10-11)

Marathon du P’tit Train du Nord – St-Jerome (Oct. 2-3)

Bromont Ultra – Bromont (Oct. 9-10)


Kakabeca Falls Half-Marathon and 8K — Oliver Paipoonge (Aug. 15)

First Race Back – Barrie (Sept. 12)

Ultra Trail Stokely Creek – Sault Ste. Marie (Sept. 17-18)

Muskoka Marathon and Half-Marathon — Bracebridge (Oct. 2-3)

Oakville Half-Marathon – Oakville (Oct. 2-3) [cancelled in-person] – Virtual

3 Days in the Park — Elmira (Oct. 14-17)

Toronto Women’s Run Series 5K — Toronto (Oct.23)

Bromont Ultra
Bromont Ultra. Photo: Julien Hebert

Manitoba & Saskatchewan

Manitoba Marathon – Winnipega (Sept. 4, 5)

GMS Queen City Marathon – Regina (Sept. 10-12)


Spring Trio Run the Bridges — Stanley Park, Calgary, Alta. (July 25)

Canadian Death Race – Grande Cache, Alta. (July 31-Aug. 1)

Spring Trio Trail — Sandy Beach, Calgary, Alta. (Aug. 3)

Diversified Transportation Ltd. 5K/10K — Fort McMurry, Alta. (Aug. 8)

Kananaskis 100 Mile Relay – Kananaskis, Alta. (Aug. 28)

Beat Beethoven – Calgary (Sept. 9)

Run the Rocks – Crowsnest Pass, Alta. (Sept. 11)

Dinosaur Half Marathon, 10K, 5K – Drumheller, Alta. (Sept. 12)

Banff Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10K — Banff, Alta. (Sept.12)

Scotiabank Calgary Marathon – Calgary (Sept. 19)

Harvest Half Marathon – Calgary (Sept. 19)

Edmonton Heartbeat Run — Edmonton (Sept.19)

Lone Wolf – Crowsnest Pass, Alta. (Sept. 21)

Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park Trail Race – Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park (Sept. 25)

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Reid Coolsaet at the Victoria Marathon. Photo: Matt Cecill

Castle Alpine Trail Race – Pincher Creek, Alta. (Sept. 25)

Melissa’s Park Road Race — Banff, Alta. (Sept.25)

Fort McMurry Marathon — Fort McMurry, Alta. (Sept. 26)

Tsuut’ina Trail Run – Tsuut’ina Nation (Oct. 2)

First Responders Half-Marathon – Edmonton (Oct. 3)

Calgary Police Half-Marathon — Calgary (Oct. 3)

Hook or Crook Ultra – Crowsnest Pass, Alta. (Oct. 16)

Wintergreen Ekiden Relay – Bragg Creek, Alta. (Oct. 16)

British Columbia

Black Spur Ultra – Kimberley (Aug. 21-22)

Survival of the Fittest — Squamish (Sept. 4-5)

VFAC Summerfast 5K Road Race — University of British Columbia (Sept. 19)

Rainforest Trail Run – Burnaby (Sept. 26)

Victoria Half-Marathon and 8K – Victoria, B.C. (Oct. 10)

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