Top 10 Canadian Summer Fun Runs
Planning to explore this great land of ours this summer? A fun run is a great way to meet the locals and raise funds for important causes while having a fitness-fuelled blast on vacation. On your mark… get set…let’s go!
1. Fun Run: Color Me Rad, Calgary
Yee-hah! Visit the land of stampede fame to paint the town and paint yourselves in this trendy new way to have a blast while raising funds for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Start in a stark white t-shirt and goggles and proceed to get blasted in vibrant neon paint every five minutes along this crazy 5K fun run until you’re a living work of art by the finish line. The Calgary Color Me Rad race takes place in June. For more color blast races around the country visit Color Me Rad.
2. Fun Runs: Night Race, Ottawa
Enjoy all the great attractions of the nation’s capital city during the day, and then run in a unique after dark course at night. The Ottawa Night Race is a 5K and 10K fun run that begins when the sun sets on July 13th, 2013 All participants are given a special LED headlight and a glow-in-the-dark tee to light up the night while they run for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. For similar night races in other Canadian cities, visit Night Race.
3. Fun Run: Mud Hero, Winnipeg
Just outside of Winnipeg you’ll find Grand Banks, full of beautiful boreal forests and abundant marshlands. It’s the perfect spot to host Mud Hero a 6K race that includes water obstacles, slippery climbs, and of course, lots of mud! There’s camping on-site and rocking music is the soundtrack throughout. Run takes place July 27th, 2013 with a portion of the proceeds going to the Manitoba Cancer Foundation. For more “Mud Hero” fun runs across Canada, visit Mud Hero.
4. Fun Run: Pets in the Park, Edmonton
If you’re planning on visiting the famous West Edmonton Mall this summer, why not combine it with a fun run to help animals? As part of Edmonton’s annual Official Pet Festival, William Hawrelak Park will be open to animals for one day only as locals bring along their furry friends to participate in Pets in the Park with proceeds going to the Edmonton Humane Society. The “Petsecure” 2.5K walk and the “Tail Blazers” 5K fun run usually take place in July.
(Photo: Edmonton Humane Society)
5. Fun Run: Not Since Moses, Nova Scotia
In biblical times the sea did part for the good of heart, and in the Bay of Fundy’s Five Islands it still does, especially when the cause is to help finance community projects. The 5K, and 10K walk/fun run called Not Since Moses takes place in August and traverses the ocean floor at low tide. It even passes Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a UNESCO site worth visiting in its own right, typically only viewable by boat. Prepare to get your feet wet as much of the run goes through shallow waters!
6. Fun Run: Prison Break, Bromont
Quebec’s picturesque Eastern Townships are well worth exploring on holiday but this arresting race might keep you there even longer! The 5K fun run and obstacle course called Prison Break takes place in August and entails that you break out of the confines set up in Bromont’s Olympic Equestrial Park by climbing up and over challenges. Prepare to get very dirty and hope the prison guards don’t confiscate your flags before the finish line. Finish without a flag and it’s the mud pit for you!
7. Fun Run: A Midsummer Night’s Run, Toronto
You need not travel to Stratford this summer for a taste of Shakespeare, as Toronto’s A Midsummer Night’s Run brings the spirit of the “Bard of Avon” to the beaches in August. With proceeds going to the SickKids Foundation, this sporty spectacle of merriment has participants dressing up like characters from the famous play (faerie wings are very popular) with a 5K fun run that begins at sunset and travels along the waterfront.
8. Fun Run: The Rush, Vancouver
If you’re travelling to explore the glorious west coast of this country in June, go for Vancouver’s The Rush fun run, a rare combination of urban scavenger hunt and running race that challenges both brains and brawn. With proceeds going to the B.C. Lung Association, teams of two are required to follow clues and complete physical tests to get to the finish line. First prize? A trip around the world!
9. Fun Run: Beat the Tide Run, New Brunswick
Stunningly beautiful St. Andrews by the Sea is one of New Brunswick’s most popular summer holiday destinations, and that’s where the annual Beat the Tide fun run takes place in July. The 8K race circles historic Minister Island, accessible by car only at low tide, and follows the shoreline on restored carriage trails that offer dramatic views. The race is part of the TRI St. Andrews by the Sea, a weekend-long multi-sport festival.
10. Fun Run: The Banff Marathon, Banff
A wonderful way to see some of the Canada’s most spectacular rocky mountain scenery, this marathon and half-marathon winds through the national park, the Bow Valley and the new Legacy Trail with 16 interpretative experiences en route to enlighten participants about the nature and the history of this scenic region. Organized by LifeSport Coaching, this new fun run takes place in June and is bound to become a popular annual event.