This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Harvest Half Marathon! The race started with humble beginnings and only a few dozen participants in 2000. Since then the race has grown and become a staple in many runners fall racing plans.
Weaving its way through beautiful Fish Creek Park, the Harvest Half Marathon checks all the boxes. It has a Beautiful course, awesome volunteers, is well organized and has great prizes. Join hundreds of other runners on September 26th, 2020 for a run through the park!
The Harvest Half Marathon has supported the Calgary running community and local Alberta based charities for the past 19 years. We have raised over $ 700 000 to help our beneficiaries manage their programs and we look forward to helping you enjoy a premier half marathon race this fall !
We are runners ourselves and run this event first and foremost for the local running community. We know many runners including ourselves who have had events cancelled or postponed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. With that said we are committed to giving full refunds, less our registration processing fee of $6.00, to all participants if the race is cancelled. We are lucky in the fact that our event is a fall race and we continue to push forward with the City of Calgary and Alberta Parks to make this race happen. As of right now we are completely on track and looking forward to another fantastic event!
We are excited to launch our 2020 race registration on April 1st. Just prior to the 2019 Harvest Half Marathon our race director, Nolan Tudor, was diagnosed with Epilepsy at the age of 34. In light of this the Harvest Half Marathon has decided to work with the Epilepsy Association of Calgary this year. All proceeds from this years event will be donated to this cause that has now become near and dear to us.
The Epilepsy Association of Calgary is a local, charitable organization that has served the community for nearly 65 years. We are the only local organization that addresses the impact of epilepsy. Approximately 2% of the population has epilepsy – 20,000 Calgarians – enough to fill the Saddledome! Many others are affected however, such as family, friends, peers, employers, teachers and others. Anyone, of any age, gender, background, and race can develop epilepsy at any time during their life. The Epilepsy Association of Calgary is 100% self-funded, through donations, small grants, and fund-raising activities.
Epilepsy is “hidden” unless or until a seizure occurs. A seizure can be extremely frightening to witness, and many people don’t know what is happening or how to help. As a result, the stigma surrounding epilepsy persists. Even in situations where the person has achieved good seizure control, barriers can be difficult to overcome. For example: peer rejection, social isolation, underemployment, lack of career advancement and job loss. In some situations, serious injury and even death can occur as a result of seizure related events.
Together we can make a difference. Whether you’re simply helping to get the word out or you’re able to donate, we can crush the stigma of epilepsy once and for all!
Not a runner? No problem! We have lots of volunteer positions to fill each year, especially Course Marshall positions. Sign up as a Course Marshall and you can even bring your own cheering section to keep our runners motivated! Please check out our Volunteers page for more information on available volunteer positions and how to register.