Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

The 53rd annual Scotiabank Calgary Marathon will stroll into Calgary on May 29, featuring six different races of varying difficulties, with the top-most being a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

“We always say there is a race for every age and ability,” said Kirsten-Ellen Fleming, executive director with the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon.

The six races in descending difficulty are: 50km Ultra, Scotiabank 42.2km, Centaur Subaru 21.1km, Jugo Juice 10K, GoodLife Fitness 5K Family Walk and Run, and the Scotiabank Kids Marathon.

There also other ways to get involved with the marathon aside from taking part in the races.

“If you aren’t into running or walking, that doesn’t mean you can’t participate,” Fleming said.

“There is plenty to do on the sidelines and certainly room to spectate.”

Calgary’s largest marathon can also be streamed online for those that want a digital tour of the sprawling 42.2km race, which takes viewers through some of Calgary’s most scenic areas.

There are also plenty of volunteer options.

“The Scotiabank Charity Challenge is the fundraiser arm of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon,” said Fleming.

“A lot of people use this to raise money for charities of their choice.

“You can sign up and register for the race fundraise or make a one-time donation to any of the 90 official charities. All of which are listed on the website.”

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon website also provides helpful nutritional tips for runners, as well as frequently asked questions and general information about the event.

Outside of Calgary, Scotiabank also hosts charity marathons all across Canada, from Vancouver to Toronto.

Ben McKay, a runner who participated in the Saskatchewan Marathon last year says he plans on participating in the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon this year.

“Last year, I did the half-marathon in Saskatoon and I am always looking to improve,” McKay said.

“Both the Saskatchewan and Calgary marathons are now qualifiers for the Boston Marathon, and that really interests me. Plus, it’s always good to get out and support charities.”

Fleming said, “we have hit the million dollar mark a number of years ago, so we are always looking to raise more.”

“Collectively, across the country we are aiming to hit the 50 million mark.”

SAIT students still have plenty of time to sign up for this spring event, whether it is through volunteering or actually participating in the races.

“There are lots of opportunities for people to come out on Sunday, May 29, to cheer or help with organized neighbourhood spirit hubs,” Fleming said.

“We require 1200 volunteers to make race week happen, everything from aid stations to the finish line, to race-package/t-shirt pick up. There are lots of ways to get involved.”

The Scotiabank Calgary Marathon is an excellent way to test your stamina or to simply volunteer for a good cause.

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