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Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
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(2 Ratings)  (2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.5
SCENERY
2
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
3
Run through the heart of Calgary and experience the city’s breathtaking views, vibrant neighbourhoods and western hospitality when you run, walk or wheel in the Calgary Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K or 50K – all part of Canada’s Marathon weekend. This event is an official Boston Qualifier and Abbott World Marathon … MORE
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    RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '18

    Calgary Marathon was my 59th marathon and first Canadian race. I have positive associations because I snagged a PR there but here are the pros and cons: Con: It feels … MORE

    Calgary Marathon was my 59th marathon and first Canadian race. I have positive associations because I snagged a PR there but here are the pros and cons:

    Con:
    It feels like any other Midwest city, and the course is not particularly scenic.

    There are some lonely stretches in the residential areas and elsewhere; I don’t care too much about on-course entertainment but there’s not much in the way of crowds either.

    It was a fairly warm sunny day and there’s not much shade in the second half.

    Everyone starts together: 50k, Marathon, Half, and 10k, and runners are on their honor to position themselves by pace. It was a bit crowded until the different distances split.

    I had a friend who finished later and she said the 5k runners dumped in near the finish, crowding the finish line.

    Nuun served on course. I think it’s kinda gross.

    Pro:
    Well organized event and well marked course.

    Good communication leading up to the race.

    Not too many out and backs.

    There are some hills which can be viewed as good or bad but overall the terrain and elevation mixed it up a bit.

    Good amount of aid stations. I didn’t carry my own water because they had plenty.

    Popsicles offered at least twice. It was a warm day so this was nice.

    Cold sponges – I took one every chance I got, at least three or four. Also some people had hoses set up and sprayed people which was nice.

    Good medal and shirt.

    Easy expo – some vendors if you wanted but quick to get bib and shirt.

    Good finish area food – a bag with chips, a Kind bar, Stinger wafer, fruit, and a couple other things, plus you could get bananas and delicious recovery smoothies too.

    Plenty of portajohns at the start.

    Overall, it was a good event. Not particularly exciting or scenic but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It’s a decent sized event, maybe 8,000 total runners but I think only 500 or so in the marathon. Once the half splits off you have a lot more room to maneuver. Again, I was happy with my performance so I will always think of Calgary fondly.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    4

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    M_Sohaskey May 29, 2018 at 11:00pm

    Congrats on the PR, Meg! A PR is always something to celebrate, but when it comes in marathon #59, that's a rare and beautiful thing. As is a day when… MORE

    Congrats on the PR, Meg! A PR is always something to celebrate, but when it comes in marathon #59, that's a rare and beautiful thing. As is a day when everything falls into place — maybe it was good that the course wasn't particularly scenic, so you were able to zone out and find your flow? In any case, great job on the PR (and BQ!) and always appreciate your excellent reviews — one Canadian province down, 9 to go! :) LESS

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    ShawnBeazy FIRST-TIMER '16

    I live in Calgary, so it makes me sad to give this race a mediocre review. The course is a beautiful tour of downtown and inner southwest Calgary for the … MORE

    I live in Calgary, so it makes me sad to give this race a mediocre review. The course is a beautiful tour of downtown and inner southwest Calgary for the first 30km, then it becomes a hellish slog along Memorial Drive for the next 10km. Despite the road following the picturesque Bow River, there’s NO tree cover on the asphalt of the road. A sunny and hot day like 2016 meant a a great race turned into a tough day. Crowd support is quite weak and the number of porta potties seemed to be inadequate. Somehow, I earned a personal best at this race, but it didn’t feel like it (probably because I vomited right after finishing). The theme of the 2016 race was “superheroes,” leading to literally cartoon-inspired medal and shirt. That was a disappointing end to a disappointing race.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    2

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