Wilco Contractors Southwest

Calgary Run for Water

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Envision Financial Run for Water

5k walk/run


The 5K Run is a family friendly course. The waters of the Bow River are a significant feature of this course.

10K run


This 10K course starts and finishes from Confluence Plaza at St. Patrick’s Island.



Naked of technology, not naked of clothing!! Runners have the option to shed technology during this year’s 10k Race! Predict your finish time during registration and then run the race without a phone, watch, or any device with time tracking ability. The runner who finishes the race closest to their predicted finish time wins! *Predicted times cannot be changed after registration.




All Run for Water distances take place at Confluence Plaza, on St. Patrick’s Island in Calgary.  


Package pickup

Time and location to be determined

Yes, you may pick up for family or a friend. Or have someone pickup for you. 

NOTE: For Out-of-Towners ONLY… Race day pickup available at 7:30-9:15am at St. Patrick’s Island Plaza


The race day schedule:

Time Event
7:30 – 9:15 am              Late Package Pick-Up and Race Registration (on site)
9:00 am Kids’ 500m Race Starts
9:15 am Warm-Up
9:30 am 10K Race Starts
9:35 am 5K Race Starts
10:45 am Post-Race Program (awards, kids activities, dancing)


Pay parking is available on the east side of St. Patrick’s Island off 12th Street and Zoo Road NE. Please car pool and allow extra time for walking to the race start.

Bag Check

Bag check is available at the start/finish area. Please label all items and allow extra time to check bags prior to race start.

Course Markers, Aid Stations, & Services

  • Course markers are at every kilometre along the race courses.
  • All aid stations provide water.
  • Washroom facilities are available at the start/finish line.
  • Please refer to course maps for further details.

Race Timing

All events will be timed using a Chronotrak technology system integrated into participants’ race bibs. Chronotrack technology is the timing choice for 25 of the Top 26 running events in North America and also the timing solution for the largest running event on the planet – the 85,000 person City to Surf in Sydney, Australia.


Complete race day results will be posted on the Run for Water website on race day at or available on the Startline Timing website (www.startlinetiming.com).

Participant Shirts

Participants in the 5K, 5K Youth, 10K, and Naked 10K events will receive a short-sleeved race shirt, if they have chosen the race shirt option. If you registered after the Guaranteed Shirt Deadline of May 18, you will not receive a race shirt. For anyone who registered on May 19th or after, race shirts can be purchased on a first-come first-serve basis on race day.

At your point of registration, you can opt out of your race shirt if you so choose. Opting out allows Run for Water to donate more money to water projects in Ethiopia. Thanks for your consideration!


Official Run for Water merchandise (race shirts, bracelets, etc.) will be available for sale on Race Day.

Kids Activities

Kids activities include tattoo station, face-painting, stickers, etc. Bring your family and enjoy the fun!


Funds raised for the Run for Water Foundation can be delivered to the Run for Water event team during Race Package Pickup, or on Race Day.


Over 40 volunteers help make Calgary Run for Water a success. We thank all those who have given their time to this great event, as it would not be possible without them!


Route Maps



10K Run


Race Fees

  • Kids’ 500m Fun Run (5 and under):


  • 5K Walk/Run Youth (5-12 years):


  • 5K Walk/Run:

    $30 until March 1

    $35 until May 18

    $45 until June 11

    $50 race day registration 

  • 10K Run/ 10K Naked Run:

    $40 until March 1

    $45 until May 18

    $55 until June 11

    $60 race day registration


Race Fees are non-refundable & non-transferable and are subject to GST and processing fees.

Register by May 18 to receive a personalized race bib and a race shirt.

Race Fees cover the following:

  • Entry to the selected race events
  • Official race shirts for all finishers
  • Post-race snacks and beverages
  • Post-race awards ceremony


Here are some training tips to help you get the most out of race day

    1. Good shoes are everything
      Spend some time at a running store working with someone who knows running shoes. Everyone has a different foot type, and you need the one right for you. Ask the experts!
    2. Hydrate.
      Increase your water consumption as you increase the length of your runs. Make sure you’re well hydrated starting three days before the big run.
    3. Avoid foot blisters.
      Before you put on your socks and shoes, squish vaseline between your toes and all over your foot.
    4. Wear clothes that breathe.
      A technical garment designed for running will feel a lot better than your old cotton T.
    5. Don’t forget to eat.
      As you get into longer runs, think about bringing some nutrition along such as power gels or even jelly beans.
  • 6. Protect from chafing.
    Use a lubricant such as Body Glide. You can buy it at your local running retailer.

    7. Be prepared.
    Before race day, think through everything you need. Lay out your clothes, bottles, watch, etc. Look through your race packet. Arrive early.

    8. Visualize success.
    Visualize the day and every motion to ensure you are mentally prepared. Think about how you’ll overcome pain or fatigue. Imagine your sense of accomplishment when you finish.

    9. Always have 3 goals.
    Goal #1 should be finishing the race. Goal #2 should be finishing it in a very reasonable time. Goal #3 is a best case scenario time. NEVER SET YOURSELF UP FOR FAILURE.

    10. Have fun!

This year, we are
running for

Fresiweat &

Clean water is key to securing health, education and economic wellbeing, especially for girls and women who carry the burden of collecting water daily for their families.



 In this community, the population is 4,750 and there are 432 school age children and youth. Currently in Fresiweat, there is no functional water point at the existing school. There is an unprotected water source 2.5 km from the school that is commonly used by the community. However, the school children are in the habit of collecting dirty water from a local dam which is only 1 km from the school. As well, with no functional latrines, 50% of the students are going to the bathroom wherever they can outside, leading to a number of health problems. Our partnership with the community of Fresiweat will bring clean water, latrines, and wash materials to the school and the surrounding community. More importantly, these things will bring safety, health and improved attendance rates at school as well as countless other benefits that sanitation, schooling and access to clean water brings. 


This summer and fall, our team on the ground, together with community members, installed 3 separate water points as well as the creation of an irrigation system. This irrigation system will be life changing for the farmers in the community as the region is incredibly dry for 10 months of the year. With their need for clean water met, community elders shared their desperate need for a school for the 452 students in the community. Their current “school” is 4 open air classrooms made up of stones and sticks. I’m sure you can imagine the challenges learning and teaching in such an environment. The Calgary Run for Water is excited to announce that we will continue our partnership with the community of Zeneshka through 2020 to help bring a new school building as well as teaching supplies and training to the village. 

We will update you on Elibat as details come in! 
Go an extra mile? Partner with Zeneshka by donating or fundraising with them! 100% of donations go directly to the project on the ground. 


Africa’s women are rising to challenge gender discrimination

Change is sweeping Africa. Systemic barriers to gender equity are falling and a growing number of women leaders are reshaping the continent.

Across the continent, women are increasingly challenging traditional norms by claiming positions of power and influence in our public arenas. Rwanda, Seychelles and my own country of Ethiopia now have cabinets split evenly along gender lines, with some of the most powerful posts occupied by women…”





Thank you to all of our sponsors. We couldn’t do this without your generous support!

Contact us today for your chance to partner with the Calgary Run For Water at calgary@runforwater.ca


TITLE SPONSOR: Wilco Contractors Southwest





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