out of the city
Alberta is a big, diverse province with a bunch of great places to run. All of them usually involve a drive to a nearby city, the mountains, or one of the great natural areas a long or short drive away.
April 25, 2022
There is an interesting phenomenon that happens during shoulder season races here in the Canadian Prairies. Four days ago we had a blizzard, and the streets were covered with five centimeters of snow, and a biting cold wind reminded us that any kind of weather was never a guarantee around here. As I woke up at 6am on Sunday morning, race day, there were traces of that cold lingering in the air, tho nearly all the snow had melted again. I stepped out my back door and I could see my breath and the chill was obvious.
April 1, 2022
Sometime in late 2019, almost three years ago, I put my name on the list to run the Blackfoot Ultra 25k for the third time.
The race was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID concerns.
The race was cancelled again in 2021 due to COVID restrictions.
But as of April 2022, it looks like the 2022 return of this race is set to race forward.
March 28, 2020
Blackfoot Ultra 2020 Cancelled
Received via email:
Slogging through mud and rough terrain, no wonder this race took us over three and a half hours for a short 25 klicks.
May 28, 2018
It wasn’t actually supposed to happen. While everyone else was signing up for the annual Blackfoot Ultra race back in January, I was contemplating just getting through a tough winter of training. A mini-ultra was not on my radar.
The Banff-Jasper Relay is an annual run through the 260 km stretch of mountain highway stretching between Banff, Alberta & Jasper, Alberta where 15 runners tag along and each travel a bit of the distance on foot over the span of a single day. There are amazing views, wildlife encounters, epic challenges of endurance, absolutely no cell phone coverage, and opportunities to take selfies while hot, sweaty, and staring down a fifty-thousand year old mountain glacier.