MEC Calgary Race FIVE 2016

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  • Date: Saturday, 16 July, 2016
  • Time: From 09:00 am to 01:00 pm MDT
  • Organizer: MEC Calgary
  • Price: 15.00

NOTE Online registration is now closed. You can still register at Fort Calgary on race day for $25 ($30 for half marathon), cash only.

 5km / 10km / 21.1km

NOTE Race start now at Fort Calgary

Sign up and invite your friends to the fifth MEC Race of 2016. Whether you are training to reach your goal or keeping your cardio up over the summer, the super affordable CHIP-TIMED race is a great fit! There are a total of SEVEN races in the 2016 MEC Calgary Road Race Series from 5km to a full marathon!

This race will start at the historic Fort Calgary and run along the river through downtown Calgary.



Registration: Online Registration will close on Thursday July 14 at 9am.

Package Pickup:

Stop by MEC (830 10th ave SW) on Thursday July 14 from 4pm to 9pm to pick up your race bib and to receive a 10% discount on anything in the store, enabling you to stock up on gels and hydration for the race!

If unable to collect bib during package pickup, a friend can pick up your bib on your behalf or you can pick up your bib at the race site starting at 7:30am on race day.



Getting there:

Parking: Limited parking will be available at Fort Calgary.

Cycle: Bike racks will be provided and all participants are encouraged to cycle the Bow river pathway system to get to the start line. We also provide a bag check at all our running events so you can stash your gear while you run!

Transit: The closest bus stops are along 9th Avenue near fort calgary for the following buses 1, 103, 302, 305, 411. The closest train station is about a 10 minute walk away at the City Hall Station.



Race Route







Bag Check

We will have a bag check on the race site. Feel free leave a small bag there while you run. Bag check opens with the race site at 730am.


About your Bib

Your bib comes complete with a timing chip to help give you an accurate race time. These chips are single use and can be disposed of after the event. Please make sure the bib is worn on your front and is visible at the start and end of the race. Also please don’t alter or fold the bib as this has the potential to damage the chip.


Water stations

The 5k will have one water station, the 10km will have 3 water stations, and the 10mi distance with have 5 water stations.


Race Day Schedule




Race Site opens


Onsite registration / Package pickup closes


Warm up for 21.1km


START for 21.1km


Warmup for 10 km


START for 10km


Warmup for 5km


START for 5km


Awards for top overall placers in 5km


Awards for top overall placers in 10km


Awards for top overall placers in 21.1km


Site Closes

 NOTE: Awards are given for the top three men and women overall in each distance.



MEC strives to make great products and great events that lessen our impact on the environment and improve the lives of people we touch. With every part of MEC business, we look at the People, Planet and Product involved. For more information on Sustainability at MEC, take a look around

Here is what we are doing to make our events sustainability

·         Participants of MEC event are encouraged to Bike, Transit, Walk and car pool to the events

·         Bike racks are provided at MEC events to accommodate those who choose to ride to the event.

·         Transit friendly venues where possible

·         All of the cups used at events are 100% compostable

·         Multi-bin waste stations at races to help separate garbage from recyclable and compostable materials. After the event we sort event waste and compost, recycle and reuse what we can.

·         Over all, MEC Calgary store and office has over 95% waste diversion.

·         We choose minimal race packages and email communicate to our participants to help limit paper consumption.

How to lower your event impact

·         Transit, bike and car pool to events.

·         BYOB: Bring Your Own water Bottle.

·         Put your waste in the appropriate bins provided: Recycle, compost, waste

·         Reuse your own water bottle or the compostable cups provided.



We offer unique, community venues for our events. Remember that we are guests in these parks and the pathways are still open to the public. Please respect and accommodate other pathways users.

Music players: Although music players aren’t banned, we encourage you to use them wisely. If you are listening to music, we suggest running with only one earbud to help you be aware of your surroundings.

Strollers: We do allow people to run with strollers. We encourage people with strollers to start near the back to prevent injuring other runners with the stroller.

Dogs: We do not allow participants to run with dogs. We ask that spectators who bring their dogs to the race area keep them on a leash at all times.


Athletics Canada provides the following recommendations for maximum running distances for youth:

Age 13 14 15 16 17 18
Maximum Distance 8km 10km 10km 21.1km 21.1km 42.2km



We always need volunteers and we really appreciate all their help. Please visit for more information on how you can be involved with the MEC Events Team and to register to volunteer at the MEC Calgary Race Five.

If you would like more information or have any questions regarding this event, please email or call 403-269-2420.

  • Type: Race, Series
  • Proficiency: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Audience: All
  • Activity: Running and Fitness
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Fort Calgary 750 9 ave SE Calgary, AB