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Calgary Roadrunners - Crossroads

Even though temperatures are still spring-like, fall is definitely upon is. The first cross country race of the season is history already and we are looking forward to the other 9 instances! This is your monthly newsletter of the Calgary Roadrunners, with information about races, club events and race reports. We welcome input from club members, so if you have any relevant information to share in Crossroads or on the website, you can let us know by sending an email to the editors

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In this newsletter

Confederation Park XC Relay

On October 18, the annual CRR Confederation Park Relay will take place. Due to COVID restrictions, the race will be different from other years and the total number of teams is limited. Teams are three persons each, and all team members finish the ~3.2 km course. Registration for this race on groomed grass with some shallow creek crossings is quickly filling up. More information and the registration form are available through the Roadrunners website

October Club Night: Bottomlands Park

by Jackson Frantz
For Club Night this month we’ll meet at the Bottomlands Park parking lot just north of the Telus Spark (220 St Georges Dr NE) at 6:30 pm on Thursday Oct 22. We’ll go on an easy run along the Nose Creek pathway and trails next to the Fox Hollow Golf Course before looping back around to Tom Campbell’s Hill.

More information and the link to the registration form for this evening can be found on the website

CRR Volunteer Recognition

by Oleg Tabelev
Earlier this year we asked club members to nominate your favorite volunteers to be acknowledged for their selfless work for CRR - thank you to those who found time to recognize the work club’s volunteers do for the club, and your warm words for them. We thought we would present the volunteers with a nice souvenir at the Awards Night - which event did not happen in March. Better late than never, and we announced the nominees before the River Park xc race, and presented some of the volunteers with a token of our appreciation at the event on October 3rd. Here are our heroes - thank you all.

14th Annual Roger and Helly's Fun Track Triathlon

by Anne Benneker
Traditions are there to be kept, so in September our club night revolved around track running. Deprived of racing, quite a few club members came out to the Foothills Athletic Park track to run subsequent races of 2000, 1000 and 600 meters. This year, self-timing was required and we ran in staggered starts as prescribed by GoA's and the city's health regulations, but this gave a good opportunity to chase the runner in front of you. Erwin (12:27 combined time) and Nola (13:25) won the series – congratulations to the champs, well done! You can find this and past years’ results and other event info here

XC season started with River Park Cross Country

by Erwin Zeekant
The first cross country event of the season traditionally is the River Park race. Things were a little different this year as a result of health regulations, but 90 of us were able to run this race with staggered starts. This was not the only thing that was different, because with a temperature of 22 degrees, this felt balmy in comparison to the snow-trodden race of last year. Based on the turn-out, it seems like we all missed running an in-person race and were happy to get out. The overall winners were Evan Bayer and Agatha Bayer, well done! Let's hope we can keep running our races for the rest of the season. Results are here

Apart from the race, the awards from last year were available for pick-up for all persons that placed in their categories or were brave enough to become Iron Persons. A colourful palette of Canadian Wildlife was exhibited at the finish line. Thanks to all the volunteers that painted one!

The new CRR cross-country Grand Prix season 

by Oleg Tabelev

We had a very well-organized and successful opening of the 2020/21 CRR xc Grand Prix season at River Park on October 3rd - the first event of the series with a significantly modified format. We really have to thank Derek Wilkinson for his effort in having the CRR xc season approved by the Alberta Health Services, documenting, and enforcing, the new rules he negotiated with the AHS. Also big thanks to Don Lee for assisting Derek with organizing the series, and Kim Jones for stepping in to quickly and professionally replace our somewhat last-century payment/registration process with an on-line registration tool. I believe everyone found the new registration system efficient and stress-free - well, except for those who were not able to register once we reached the limit of 90 runners and 10 volunteers. The 100 limit on an outdoor sports event is brought to us by the AHS. 

We hope to be able to continue with the series through the winter months, if we can be disciplined about meeting the AHS and City’s requirements. The city of Okotoks has also given out the permit for the November race over there. Please continue wearing masks before and after the race, avoid close contacts with people outside your cohort, consider not attending a race if you are not feeling well, and we just may be able to pull it off together.

The organizing committee decided to reduce the race entry price as the club will not be spending funds on post-race community halls this season. Of course, there are still expenses on City park permits, awards pottery, and online registration processing fees.

We have two new trophies in the series this year - the Order of the Golden Shoe Award, and the mini-Grand Prix for the young runners (under 13) competing in the 4K category. The rules for the latter change are similar to the big Grand Prix - best six out of nine 4K races will see a girl and a boy crowned as the season champions. The Order of the Golden Shoe trophy is a brainchild of Ken Park, and is meant to celebrate achievements of Club’s most experienced runners, aged 70 and above, who complete at least six of the series’ ten events.

With that - good luck to all runners, old and new, in their pursuit of happiness and joy found in running, volunteering, being fit and healthy.

Isabelle Pageau, Philippe Lagace run Iron Horse Ultra

Earlier this month, Isabelle and Philippe competed in one of the few foot races not cancelled this year - The Iron Horse Ultra up in St. Paul, AB. It may have been an easy task for the Race Director Monique to have seventy racers and two teams physically isolated over the 100K and 100M distances. Results are posted on Zone4.

Congratulations to Isabelle on her first 100K ultra!

Open volunteer positions

We are looking for a few volunteers to help the club with various tasks. If you are interested, please send an email to the board

  • Club Historian /Archivist

    • Collect, organize, and publish information about the club's current and past events and people.

  • Social Media Handler

    • Post via the club's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram accounts. Sense of humour is an asset! 

  • Webmaster

    • Keep our WordPress-based website and civiCRM database running.

  • Calgary Women’s Run Co-Race Director

    • Assist Joanne Schmidt in organizing and continuing this 40+ year long tradition. We plan to hold the race in August 2021, so the RD(s) will have to start planning the event soon.

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