2015 Calgary Police Half Marathon and 5K Run & Walk
The running of the 35th Annual Calgary Police Half Marathon and 5K Run & Walk kicks off tomorrow Sunday, April 26, 2015.
Viewed by many as the first major run of the season, this race has a following like few others. Often the race becomes a true test of character with the ever-changing weather conditions in Calgary. However, this run has only been cancelled once in its history due to deep snow.
Plans to make this run bigger and better began last year. Aside from commemorative race shirts, participants will be getting a different perspective by running the standard half marathon route in reverse – running the opposite direction to the usual course.
Participants in the 5K Run & Walk – Cops & Joggers – are encouraged to wear costumes and prizes will be handed out for best getup.
This year’s race starts and finishes on the west side of Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate S.W. The Half Marathon will start at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K at 8:30 a.m.
The first police half marathon in 1980 started and finished at the Calgary Zoo parking lot with about 250 runners taking part. This year, about 2,000 half marathoners and 5K runners and walkers will participate in the event.
Due to a number of road closures for the race, residents who live in the areas of Lakeview, Garrison Woods, Lincoln Park and North Glenmore, will likely be impacted by temporary traffic delays between 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Vehicles wanting to enter and exit the community during that time will be directed by police and course marshals when it is safe to proceed.
Spectators are welcome to come out and support the runners. For more information about the race go to http://www.calgarypolicehalf.ca or follow us on Twitter @YYCPoliceHalf.
Race-Related Road Closures: 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- The exit ramp from northbound Crowchild Trail to Mount Royal Gate (50 Avenue S.W.) will be closed between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
- Mount Royal Gate (50 Avenue S.W.) will be reduced to one lane in each direction between Richard Road S.W. and 16 Street S.W.
- The south side parking lane of 66 Avenue S.W. between Crowchild Trail S.W. and 37 Street S.W. will be restricted for runners/walkers during these hours.