39th Annual Calgary Police Half Marathon set to run this weekend
Come out and support participants of the Calgary Police Half Marathon, 10K, 5K Run & Walk and 1K Rookies & Legends
Sunday, April 28 marks the 39th annual running of the Calgary Police Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K Run & Walk, and 1K Rookies & Legends (kids and seniors) event.
The iconic race has been a staple in the Calgary running community for decades and is continually evolving to ensure there is something for everyone.
Once again, the Calgary Police Half Marathon has partnered with the Calgary Police Foundation to raise funds for six youth-based programs the Foundation funds. All programs work exclusively with the CPS in helping youth stay out of a life of crime or becoming a victim of it. To date, more than $100,000 has been raised thanks to the many Calgarians and organizations supporting this highly anticipated event.
The race will now start and finish on the south side of Mount Royal University Recreation, located at 4825 Mount Royal Gate S.W. The Half Marathon will start at 8 a.m., followed by the 10K at 8:15 a.m. and the 5K at 8:30 a.m. The indoor 1 K race starts at 8:30 a.m.
This year, we are excited to welcome Cindy Klassen, six-time Winter Olympic medalist for long track speed skating. Cindy will be interacting with participants, handing out medals, signing autographs and posing for photos.
The first police half marathon in 1980 started and finished at the Calgary Zoo with 250 participants. This year an estimated 1,450 supporters and enthusiasts will be participating in the various categories.
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 may be impacted by temporary traffic delays from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. Vehicles wishing 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, visit www.CalgaryPoliceHalf.ca or follow us on Twitter @YYCPoliceHalf.
Severe Weather: In the event of severe weather affecting the race route, the Calgary Police Half Marathon Committee will decide whether or not this year’s race will proceed. We will distribute a media advisory on the evening of Saturday, April 27 should the race be cancelled.
Race-Related Road Closures for Sunday, April 28, 7 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 7 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.
· There will be additional traffic disruptions along 21 Street between 50 Avenue to Glenmore Trail during this time.