Running in Canada

There is a host of running events, races, marathons, organizations, and magazines in Canada. Some running events target professional athletes while others offer tons of fun and enjoyment.


The Canadian Running Magazine features race and gear reviews, training and nutrition tips and advice, and running news. Readers learn more about training plans, trails, destinations, and injuries. The running gear section offers information related to equipment, electronics, apparel, and running shoes. iRun has a web and print version and offers information on marathons and other racing events across Canada.


There are running clubs and organizations that offer information on running gatherings and events as well as support and training to members. Unfortunately, there are no running organizations to receive funding by Sports Canada like for example the Canada Soccer Association or the Shooting Federation of Canada - see here. Athletics Canada is a network of clubs across Canada which offers information on different programs, championships, and events. Featured disciplines include para-athletics, cross-country, walks, combined events, field, road racing, and track. Combined events include outdoor decathlon and indoor and outdoor heptathlon. The Athletics Canada Foundation offers scholarships to female and male high school athletes and annual awards such as the Myrtle Cook Trophy, Lyle Sanderson Award, F.N.A. Rowell Trophy, and many others. There are regional and local running clubs as well, for example, Forerunners Vancouver, Forerunners North Van, East Vancouver Run Crew, Longboat Roadrunners, and others.

Races and Other Running Events

There are many running events in Canada, both for pros and enthusiasts, for instance, Yukon Arctic Ultra, Around the Bay Road Races, Polar 5K Fun Run, and others. The Yukon Arctic Ultra takes place in Whitehorse, Yukon and combines different disciplines and events such as 300m, 100m, and marathon. Teams of athletes, women, and men are welcome to participate in the race. This is the world's toughest race mainly due to long distances, the trail itself, and severe weather conditions. The Around the Bay Road Races take place in Hamilton, Ontario and are organized by St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. Runners fall in four age categories, 10 - 14 years, 15 - 19 years, 20 - 24 years, and 25 and over. They can choose from different courses, including relay, 30K, and 5K. A total of 10,000 enthusiasts take part in the race.

There are other running events and races in Canada such as Hypothermic Half - Vancouver, Cedar 12K, the Chilly Half Marathon & Frosty 5K, and more. The Chilly Half Marathon is part of the Masters Road Race Series in Ontario. Ontario Masters Athletics features different events and disciplines such as race walking, cross country, outdoor and indoor track and field, road racing, and others. Participants compete in 5-age groups and in separate gender categories. Other races and marathons to look into are the Fredericton Beer Run, Staircase Challenge, Melissa's Road Race, Half Cooked Marathon, and others. Cape to Cabot is one of the toughest and challenging races in North America due to the trail and 20 km route. The route includes crosses and climbs in national historic parks, passing by Cabot Tower, Signal Hill, and St. John's. The starting point for Cape to Cabot is the Cape Spear National Historic Site. The 20km route includes a single 3km flat stretch, which makes it one of the toughest races.