Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

The 51st edition of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon will take place on May 31st, 2015 starting and finishing at iconic Stampede Park. 15,000 participants competing in everything from 5K to 50K will run and walk through some of Calgary, gateway to the Rockies, through vibrant neighbourhoods, along the Bow River and past Calgary’s more recognizable landmarks while enjoying the sights and sounds of 20+ local entertainers.
A race experience with a distance for every age and ability will include in 2015 a 21.1K National Championships where national age category awards will be given to those who place in their category!
Make your race more meaningful by choosing from 1 of the 100+ charities taking part in the Scotiabank Charity CHallenge. In 2014, a record $1.3 million was raised bringing the 5 year total in Calgary to $3.7 million.
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Scotiabank Calgary Marathon

Event Details

Location Stampede Park, Grandstand


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Race Details

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Discipline Expo/Seminar
Start Date/Time May 25, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
End Date/Time N/A
Address Calgary
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June 2nd, 2015 11:10 am

Loved, loved, loved the race!!
The race was very well organized! The route was gorgeous, very well marked and relatively flat. Police and volunteers at just about every intersection, controlling traffic. Aid stations either water, Gatorade, gels and sponges. They had posted there would be 6 aid stations durin the half, but there actually more than that!
The medals were really nice.. Only frustration was that we could not easily get back and watch other athletes finish, so I missed my dad finishing.

June 1st, 2015 7:09 pm

This is my hometown race, so I do the half every year and I really enjoy it. Package pick-up is easy and pretty well down. I really enjoy the energy on the Stampede grounds before and after the race, as well as the bands and 'spirit hubs' along the course. There is a fair amount of spectator support and very few areas along the course that are quiet or without cheering or clapping. The support along the course is fantastic and the course is well marked.

I have 2 complaints. One is the start line, which has SO many people that you can't see or hear what is going on pre-race. Having projection screens for the people further back would be a nice touch and very appreciated. I line up according to my time, which is further back in the pack. I'd still like to know what is going on.

My second complaint is the food. This year, the food was in pre-made bags - which is AWESOME. Last year, people were being greedy and stuffing bags full of fruits and treats, leaving little to nothing for the full marathoners and ultra marathoners who earned their after race snacks. However, the food selection inside the bags was pretty lame. A mushy banana, a bag of weird flavoured chips (smoked meat and mustard?!), two crushed Oreos and a juice box. Yuck. Better food selection would be much appreciated.

Caro Dyck
June 6th, 2014 5:11 pm

Last year I ran the 10K event, at the Calgary Marathon, and this year I ran the first HM! Everything, from the Expo (to pick up race kits) through to the refreshments, after the finish line, was well organized and easy to access. My only "complaint" was the volume of "watchers" by the start chute, standing in the way of the runners trying to get into or even near the start chute! Once the start gun went off, it took several minutes to get past all those people and finally get to the start line. My apologies to any of the supportive friends, spouses, and even grand-parents that I had to shoulder my way past! Perhaps a designated observation area and/or runners-only zone, by the start chute, would be something to consider for next year?!? But, despite the slow, congested start to the race, it was a great course...lots of volunteers and support along the way, easy to see km markers, etc.

June 1st, 2014 8:12 pm

This was a great race that was worth while running!! This was also my first marathon ever so I found it exhausting but I was glad I was able to finish the marathon. There were plenty of volunteers so I thank all the volunteers spending their time helping out with the races.

June 1st, 2014 7:41 pm

This year was supposed to be a big deal for the Calgary Marathon as it was the 50th year anniversary, but for some reason last year proved much better. Starting with the expo where the bag contents were minimal, the food for the runners after the run was limited to just a juice box and chips and people could not check their times as there wasn't a laptop booth for it, the technical shirt provided was not so technical.No division medals. No complaints about the track or volunteers.The best thing this year was just the medals. They could have done much better.

June 1st, 2014 2:10 pm

Very good race. I enjoyed it. I thought the course was very nice.

June 1st, 2014 2:47 pm

Good course, great fan support & happy volunteers

Sandra Escobedo
June 1st, 2014 1:22 pm

Great event, great support and organization!

June 1st, 2014 1:42 pm

I enjoyed the race. Good points - the finisher belt buckle is the biggest finisher medal I have ever won!!!! it almost weighs more than me. I would suggest some improvements though: longer water/gatorade stations as I could sometimes not get in to get any. and have the sponges spaced further after that - as hard to grab water and sponge at same time. But otherwise very good.

sunny sagittarius
June 1st, 2014 1:11 pm

I really enjoyed the part of the marathon that was along the riverfront. It was beautiful and lots of spectators were out to cheer you on. I didn't enjoy the amount of hills that are on this course, but that's only, because I don't live in an area that has hills to train on.
Swag is great, organization of marathon can't be beat. Kristen does a fabulous job!!!

June 1st, 2014 1:57 pm

The race is great! The course is fantastic and the atmosphere is very energetic! I highly recommend this race to everyone.

June 1st, 2014 1:03 pm

Great organization at the start, almost no lines,

June 1st, 2014 12:33 pm

Love the music, volunteers and others along the way. This s a great support.
This was my first 10K in AB. I enjoyed the team spirit and of course the beautiful sunshine made it awesome!

June 1st, 2014 12:36 pm

well organized. great volunteers. a race for all levels and abilities.

June 1st, 2014 12:18 pm

Great volunteers and race. Beautiful route

Mary Ellen
June 1st, 2014 12:14 pm

Great Race: Good set up - easy pick up
Fabulous course - good signage great aid stations and stops - execellent food at the end


June 1st, 2014 12:20 pm

It was a really good race ill race next year!

Kimberly Dyck
June 1st, 2014 12:20 pm

Run was great! Enjoyed the course. All the volunteers were amazing.

Shelley Waite
June 1st, 2014 12:36 pm

First time doing the half! It was great! The energy is unbelievable!!

June 1st, 2014 12:44 pm

This was my FIRST half marathon and this was the BEST race I could have picked. SO well organized and supported. The volunteers also rocked!! Thank you!!

June 1st, 2014 12:32 pm

Liked the course. Found it fun. .

Howard Tran
June 1st, 2014 12:28 pm

Great race day set up.

Only improvement would be a couple more washroom stops.

June 1st, 2014 12:32 pm

Good race, could have more washroom stations

June 1st, 2014 12:15 pm

Very well organized race expo. Really liked how transit could be used to get to race. Nice wide course. Great start time (7:30 for the 10K)

June 1st, 2014 11:05 am

Race was great, washroom and drink stations were spaced well, the route seemed pretty good and usually wide enough for all the runners. I found the start could use some improvement to get runners in the right order to minimize the requirement to pass so often.

Casey Chesney
June 1st, 2014 11:08 am

This was my first half marathon and everything was really great! I am going to sign up again next year for sure.

June 1st, 2014 11:36 am

Awesome race! Favourite race! The course was great and the cheering was awesome.

Nicola Pople
June 1st, 2014 11:11 am

Loved it!! Great atmosphere, fantastic supporters and a superb way to enjoy this lovely city!

Logan piggy
June 1st, 2014 11:37 am

i loved this course and the route it took i had lots of fun and the volunteers were fantastic.
Thank you and i hope you guys plan the race next year

Felix lafontant
June 1st, 2014 11:36 am

This race is incredibly quick and offers a awesome view of the city. There are a lot of fans and barely any hills! I'm doing it next year without a doubt!

June 1st, 2014 11:07 am

Great race again! Beautiful course. Volunteers are awesome. Only downside was the incredibly slow lines for the race package pick up on Friday! I will do it again.

June 1st, 2014 11:45 am

Super thanks to the organizers of the Calgary Half Marathon 50th!! Wow, everything was amazing. I highly recommend this race for all levels of runners, and I look forward to running the full in the future. I've been running for over 10 yrs in many cities, and this is world class. My friend first race loved it too!

krystal sininger
June 1st, 2014 11:59 am

What a great run! My first one and I'm hooked! Very well run event and will definitely be back to do it again.

Drew Eaton
June 1st, 2014 11:22 am

It was awesome, the track was amazing, the volunteers were supportive. There are bands throughout the whole race to play music for you and people cheering you on the entire time. It was incredibly well organized. I highly recommend everyone to try it out! :)

June 1st, 2014 11:44 am

First time running in Calgary. Great route, but too crowded in spots. Running Room 10 and 1 pace bunnies should keep their groups to one side while walking, not taking up the whole course. Walkers to the right! But nice to see so many smiles and so much crowd support.

June 1st, 2014 11:48 am

Run was great, the course was awesome for a half/marathon. Weather was great too, though it was a little bit hot towards the end! :p

June 1st, 2014 11:48 am

Fun race! It would make it better if there were signs for each km

June 1st, 2014 11:54 am

Race was flat so it was easier than the prior two halfs that I did. It is a good run for beginners. Due to the lack of training I put into preparing for this run I felt it during the last 10kms.

Adam French
June 1st, 2014 11:08 am

Great race, last minute registration ie: day before should be more clearly marked and a little more flexible, the volunteers excuses were untrue so would have rather had honesty :)
Day of race amaaazzzinngg!!! Well organized happy and upbeat great work,,,

Rene Bourque
June 1st, 2014 11:46 am

This was a great race! Very well organized, lots of volunteers, the course was well marked. I will be coming back next year. Thank you!

June 1st, 2014 11:49 am

Very well organized. Great expo great energy. Glad to have been here!

Viv m
June 1st, 2014 11:23 am

Great race along river. One unfriendly volunteer but most of them are nice. Yay jugo juice!

June 1st, 2014 11:22 am

Super amazing experience! Ran with two daughters and one son-in-law. 17 in our family did three events. Absolutely incredible run with lots of supporters and volunteers. Weather couldn't have been any better.

Pink Shoes
June 1st, 2014 11:12 am

Great course. Loved going through the different communities in Calgary. It was visually stunning. Thanks Calgary.

June 1st, 2014 11:35 am

AMAZING RACE! Great weather, supporters, and race course. can't wait to run next year.

June 1st, 2014 11:24 am

great race! amazing weather, supporters, and race course. can't wait to run next year.

June 1st, 2014 11:44 am

Love the atmosphere and people. coming back next year for sure !!

June 1st, 2014 11:28 am

great race!!! i only whish there were spunges in the ten KM race i like those in 2013 exe

June 1st, 2014 10:08 am

Race was awesome. .

June 1st, 2014 10:51 am

today is one of the best day to run this even I hope it will be forever.

June 1st, 2014 10:20 am

Was a lot of fun ant very well managed the violenters were very nice and I would do this net year

June 1st, 2014 10:31 am

10K very well organized. Managed the large numbers well. A few bottlenecks, but largely due to runners not staying in their proper lane. Nice swag, good healthy post-race food.
Great support on the course especially through Bridgeland. Fast & flat.

June 1st, 2014 10:58 am

Great weather
Great volunteers
Great venue
Great City
Great people

June 1st, 2014 10:39 am

Great race,
Fun atmosphere . Well marked. Perfect water stations.

Lucia Parsons
June 1st, 2014 10:58 am

great race lots of fun to run through bridgeland and inglewood

June 1st, 2014 10:43 am

Good course. .

Andrew Giles
June 1st, 2014 10:31 am

It was a great race, I'm trying to fill out my character limit.

June 1st, 2014 10:19 am

Had a blast, the race was well organized, the course was nice - it takes you through some of Calgary premier neighborhoods and shows wonderful community spirit!

June 1st, 2014 10:04 am

Race was very well organized. Route was very easy to follow and went through some nice friendly communities. Finishing in the Grandstand was cool. Everyone involved with the race was great. Will definitely run again.

June 1st, 2014 10:01 am

My first experience at Calgary great. I love that I was surrounded by people of all ages who like to be outside and active!

Gino Bruni
June 1st, 2014 10:14 am

It was great. Would do it again. Loved the people on the course cheering especially the Bridgeland folks!

Michelle C. (@FineFettle)
January 1st, 2014 11:41 am

Beautiful course, great spectators, AWESOME belt buckle medal. Well stocked aid stations. Lots of portapotties. Timely and effective communication from the race organizers. More details and full race review is on my blog:

December 4th, 2013 9:35 pm

I've done this race twice. This year will be my third marathon, all in Calgary. It's an amazing race, with support throughout the entire 42.2k. I loved every minute of each one....ok, maybe that's a stretch ;). There were some pretty painful parts! But it was a pretty amazing experience.

Brandon Mader
December 4th, 2013 6:23 pm

I traveled to this race from the States in 2012 and I'm planning to return for 2014. Challenging course, great city.

Frank Pratt
December 4th, 2013 12:08 pm

Very well organized. Great t-shirt, best I've ever had. Excellent venue. The organization made good use of social media, adopting many improvements that were suggested after last year's event. Oh, and the belt buckle/medal was great as well.

Marathon Martin
December 4th, 2013 11:10 am

I love the Calgary Marathon.It was my first marathon in 2003 and I've run it 7 times in the last 10 years. The best thing is the belt buckle medals. Awesome.

December 4th, 2013 10:15 am

This was my first Marathon, I did the half and 10k in previous years. It's always well organized and I love the new venue at the Stampede. They do a great job of making sure there are enough aid station and I love the cheer hubs! All in all the best races I have done. And the medals are always fabulous no matter which distance you race!

December 4th, 2013 10:10 am

Amazing course and finish area! Super well organized and the event staff keep you updated! Will be doing the marathon again in 2014!!!

Dave B
December 4th, 2013 10:42 am

I have run the 10x2, halfx2, and fullx2 and really enjoy the event. It is well run and the volunteers are excellent.

I look forward to running it in 2014

October 3rd, 2013 10:30 am

Spend hours outside on a fun course & raise money for a foundation that I care about? Oui, svp! I would definitely recommend this race to anyone due to the ease of registration. Plus, if one is an athlete, take on the challenge of running at Calgary's altitude: if one can run there, he/she can run ANYWHERE ; ).

September 30th, 2013 6:09 pm

This was my second half marathon with the Scotiabank sponsor - my first was in Toronto in October 2012, which was excellent - so I had high expectations! I was let down big time!! The expo in YYC was not good - embarrassing actually compared to Toronto. The whole event seemed focused on the full marathoners and everyone else were just there for the hell of it. The start was brutal - we signed up for chutes but there were none to be found; I would have loved to hear Nenshi speak (was in the program!) but who knows if he took a stage or not b/c we couldn't see it. At some point everyone started moving so I guess that's how the race started! Didn't hear a gun, just went with the crowd! The course itself is amazing - YYC is a gorgeous city - the cheering sections were great, as was the course entertainment. Awesome volunteers/marshalls - all that was great! I didn't realize we were finishing in the grand-stand area - that was super special, but then to wander around trying to find post race nutrition - gong show! Brutal actually.
I am doing the half again in Toronto on October 20, and I want to do the YYC race again in 2014 and will even recommend it b/c I'm an Albertan and love the local races and hope that YYC can learn from Toronto who puts on a first class event. I hope this year's organizing committee can put together something awesome for their 50th anniversary!!

September 30th, 2013 12:53 pm

The medals for this race are gaudy and tacky as hell, so if that's a big issue for you, avoid Calgary. The two Calgary medals I have overshadow all the others I have because of their enormous, ridiculous size.

The course is the same every year and it is BORING. Nothing to look at, except you can compare construction in the seedier areas of the city from year to year.

The race desginates 'Spirit Hubs' along the course and encourages spectators to meet there to cheer people on. Those spots are AMAZING and such a great boost - but that leaves looooooong sections of the course without spectator support, so you get to just stare at construction fences as you run.

Lots of the runners in this race lack runner etiquette and will stop in the middle of the road to tie a shoe, fix a fuelbelt or to start their walk break. Few people have the courtesy to move to the side, so be prepared to make quick 'lane changes'.

It's an okay race, definitely not worth the price tag!!

September 30th, 2013 11:01 am

This was my first destination race. I was impressed with the volunteers, the course support and the party atmosphere. Having someone go over the course with neon paint for the rough spots and pot holes would have been great. On the bridge it was dark and I nearly took my ankle out in a pot hole. Really looking forward to next year!

September 30th, 2013 11:09 am

I ran the half and had a blast. Volunteers, course and other runners were fantastic. I had so much fun and set a PB. I'll be back in 2014 for sure.

Caro Dyck
September 7th, 2013 1:41 pm

The 2013 'Jugo Juice 10km' race, at the Calgary Marathon, was my first race EVER (at age 45!). I'd only been running for 5 months, training by myself; so, I really didn't know what to expect on race day. I was a bit surprised by the "mob" of runners, especially at the beginning of the race, when we were all pressed together in the start area (it was my first time ever running with another person...let alone a few thousand of them!), but I soon got used to running with the herd! Overall, I was pleased with the organization and course layout (except for the steep hill - railway underpass - at the start/end of the loop/ old knees do NOT like hills!).

The race site was easy to get to, using the public transportation (and I'm not from Calgary) and the race itself was easy to navigate as there were volunteers everywhere, pointing out race course directional changes, as well as clearly visible kilometer markers (so you could pace yourself and determine when to push harder to the finish line).

There was plenty of water available at every KM (though I packed my own, in my hydration belt) and lots of refreshments at the finish line...though, as another review mentioned, I too found it weird that there were a mountain of bags of potato chips available, as well as bananas, etc. But I assume the salty snack is for quick consumption of sodium? Personally, I just tossed back a couple glasses of the Gatoraid.

I liked the hefty medal and design of the technical T-shirt (though I would have preferred a white shirt vs. the black...I just found it too hot to wear, when running this summer).

Would I participate in this event again? Absolutely! Though next year, for the 50th anniversary of the Calgary Marathon, I've got my heart set on the Half-Marathon event ;-)

August 11th, 2013 10:35 pm

Did the 5k this year and my thoughts about the race is meh....out of all the races I've done this year this one is easily forgotten.

Other than getting a finishers medal nothing really stands out about this race for me. Nothing really negative to say about it but nothing makes me say "wow that was a good race".

Course was basic, not much scenery & tons of people cutting right in front of others when there was no need to.

Not much directions and felt a bit lost trying to exit.

I'll give a 3 because there just wasn't anything about it that really impressed me.

July 25th, 2013 6:36 pm

This was my first half in Calgary. I was registered for the same event last year, but due to unexpected surgery, could not attend. I'm so glad I returned to run it this year and was very impressed with the course and the friendliness of the city. I will be back to run the 50th!!

June 26th, 2013 2:06 pm

This was my second career half but my first Calgary Marathon Opportunity. The weather was great, the road conditions were very great and the race volunteers and coordinators did an amazing job!

The course had a few hills but was mostly flat. Ran a PB so I'm pretty pumped about it. I'll be back next year!!!

May 31st, 2013 8:13 pm

This was my first half marathon and it was overall a good experience. There was a great energy on race day, likely in part due to the fantastic weather we had. I thought the course was beautiful, there was a lot to see. It was nice to cross the river so much for a cool down. I thought there was a lack of bathrooms. Also, the finish line is not visible for a good amount of time... it was really difficult to gauge when to sprint. The medals were quite nice.

May 27th, 2013 1:24 pm

Normally I do the half marathon but this year I did the 10k due to training restrictions. The race is well organized and the route is relatively flat. The only think I thought was weird was the abundant presence of greasy potato chips in the food tent. The options were juice, water, apples, bananas and CHIPS! Weird.

May 27th, 2013 12:44 pm

This was my first year running the Calgary 5k. I've finished twelve 5k races in the past 5 years, and this was definitely not my favourite.

The 5k race seems like the dorky younger brother of the marathon at this event. I normally don't mind that - I get it, 5k is not a marathon - but I felt that I took the race more seriously than the organizers did. For example, it is a 5k Run/Walk, but the race isn't corralled, so there are families and children and walkers right at the front. The road isn't particularly wide - split the road in half, since the course is an in-and-back - so passing slower runners and walkers became an issue. This is a shame, since the course is so flat that it could easily become a PB course, if it weren't for the large groups of walkers all over the place.

peter nieman
July 18th, 2012 3:12 pm

I have done this marathon every year since 1992. It is the toughest course---between 10km and 30 km get ready for rolling hills; up and down and up and down for 1/2 the race. This is not a PB course like the old course which was mostly along Memorial Drive

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