MEC Calgary Race SEVEN 2016

  • Date: Saturday, 22 October, 2016
  • Time: From 09:00 am to 02:00 pm MDT
  • Organizer: MEC Calgary
  • Price: 15.00

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NEW: We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a 2km Kids' Fun Run at MEC Calgary Race Seven. This is for people under 12 years old and will start at 9:15am. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER FOR THE KIDS RACE!

5km / 10km / 21.1km / 42.2km

Sign up and invite your friends to the final MEC Race of 2016. This race is a great chance to achieve your 2016 running goal! Regardless of your reasoning, this SUPER affordable CHIP-TIMED race is right for you!

This race will start at Bottomlands Park, just north of the Calgary Zoo and TELUS Spark.


Registration: Online Registration will close on October 20 at 9am. Race day, walkup registration will be available for $5 more per distance.

Package Pickup:

Stop by MEC (830 10th ave SW) on Thursday October 20 9 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 your 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: Paid parking is available at the Zoo. There will be no parking available for racers at Telus Spark.

Cycling: Bike Racks will be provided and we encourage all participants to cycle along the Bow River Pathway system to the race start. We also provide a bag check at all our running races so you can stash your gear while you run!

Transit: The closest train station is the Calgary Zoo station and it is about a 10 minute walk from there. The number 19, 17 and 9 buses also stop nearby.

Race Route

Note: Due to a number of pathway closures by the city, all routes have needed to be modified from the routes originally advertised. 









Bag Check

We will have a bag check on the race site. Feel free leave a small bag or coat there while you run. Bag check opens with the race site at 7:00am.


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 race will have one water station, the 10km race will have 3 water stations, the 21.1km race will have 5 aid stations and the 21.1km distance will have 11 water stations.


After the race, organic Bananas will be available courtesy of SPUD (Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery)

Race Day Schedule




Race Site opens


Warm up for 42.2 km


START for 42.2 km


Warm up for 21.1 km


START for 21.1  km


Warmup for 10 km


START for 10 km


Warmup for 5 km


START for 5 km


Awards for top overall placers in 5km


Awards for top overall placers in 10km


Awards for top overall placers in 21.1km


Awards for top overall placers in 42.2km

4:00 pm

Race 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 Seven.

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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Bottomlands Park 415 St Georges Dr NE Calgary, AB