Lace up your trainers, East Villagers. The Calgary Marathon comes to EV for the first time in 2012.
When thousands of runners hit the streets Sunday, May 27 for the 2012 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, each one will huff and puff their way through our neighbourhood – undoubtedly noticing all the improvements along the way. For the first time in more than three years, all the race routes – full and half marathon, 10 and 5 km – will pass through East Village. "We deliberately wanted to go through East Village because it's such an up and coming neighbourhood," states Lynn Cox, the marathon's marketing director.
The new route for the 48th annual Calgary marathon starts and finishes at Stampede Park, a quick sprint down the road through the new 4th Street Underpass. When all those road warriors sweep through our spacious streets, East Village will be there to cheer them on.
RiverWalk is the place to be on race day. That's where the East Village Spirit Hub – an official cheering section – will be offering a final push of encouragement to the many kinds of runners in this race. We’ll marvel at the elite athletes finishing up their 50th marathon; we'll celebrate the healthy commitment of families pushing strollers in their first 5K Walk and Run; we’ll cheer loud and long. With luck and healthy lungs, we’ll win ‘most dynamic hub’ in the Marathon Neighbourhood Spirit Challenge. With $2,000 in prize money to be donated to charity on behalf of the winning Spirit Hub, it's a feel-good challenge we can all cheer about.
We’ll be providing updates about how you can get involved in the Spirit Hub as the date gets closer. In the meantime, check out the new route...and start training.