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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, May 27, 2018
2017: Sunday, May 28, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 57°F (13°C)
Average High: 69°F (20°C)
Average Low: 45° F (7°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 96.83
Course Score: 96.83

Race Size

2017: 967 Finishers
2016: 807 Finishers
2015: 883 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 11.7%
2016: 9.2%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Calgary Marathon loop course starts and ends at the Calgary Stampede with the finish in front of the grandstand. The course rises gradually from approximately mile 7 to 12 and then back down (with a few small rolling hills) from there to approximately mile 16. From mile 19 to the finish at the grandstand, it is mostly a gradual downhill or flat.

Marathon Rankings

The Calgary Marathon was the 7th largest marathon in Canada last year and was the 10th largest in 2016.

Last year 11.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 9.2% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Calgary Marathon the 29th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in Canada last year and the 37th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 96.83 ranks it as the 31st fastest marathon course in Canada and the 2nd fastest course in Alberta.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Calgary Marathon a PR Score of 96.83. This PR Score ranks it as the 27th fastest marathon in Canada and the 2nd fastest in Alberta.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 3704 feet (1129m)
Min Elevation: 3410 feet (1039m)


Recent Calgary Marathon Reviews

3 Stars from 1 Reviews
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review of 2014 Calgary Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


The course was fairly fast and hit a lot of the areas in Calgary. Was very disappointed with the very low numbers of Calgarians out to cheer the runners on.

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