Run for
L’Arche

Rogers Insurance Run for L’Arche

The Run for L’Arche began in 2011 by a Rogers Insurance and L’Arche employees after they travelled to France to participate in a marathon. Their visit inspired them to organize a half-marathon to raise funds in support of the L’Arche Calgary community. This event is now one of the most popular events on the Calgary race calendar and has raised over $460,000 for L’Arche Calgary’s homes and programs for adults with developmental disabilities. This wouldn’t be possible without our participants and volunteers!

Rogers Insurance has supported the Run for L’Arche and Economical Insurance has been the presenting sponsor since 2011. To promote the race within the insurance industry, awards are given out annually to insurance participants, including the fastest broker, fastest underwriter, and much more!

Run for L’Arche Race Information

There are four events for participants in the Rogers Run for L’Arche:

  • Half Marathon Course
  • 10k Course
  • 5k Course
  • 1k Fun Run, Walk & Obstacle Course

We welcome all levels of runners, walkers and rollers (wheelchairs). No pets allowed. Although the half marathon, 10k and 5k events are competitive and chip timed, walkers are allowed for all events. Our goal is to offer a fun and well-organized race every year. The event will take place regardless of the weather so come prepared!

Gun Time is the OFFICIAL time. All awards and finishing positions are based on the time from the start of the race ”gun” to when you cross the finish line as per IAAF, Athletics Alberta and Athletics Canada standards.

The half marathon, 10k and 5k courses are certified by Athletics Alberta. In 2020, we announced 3 new courses for these events which will be run on the Bow River, Bow Valley, Riverwalk and Nosehill pathways:

Please Note: The race is not on a closed course so please watch out for other path users. We ask that anyone running with a jogging stroller to start at the back to avoid impeding other participants. We also recommend that all runners or walkers do not wear headphones as they may inhibit your ability to hear course marshals and other racers.

All races begin at Fort Calgary. Paid parking is available at Fort Calgary as is paid street parking and nearby overflow parking.

If you have any questions, please email runforlarche@rogersinsurance.ca.

Water Stations and First Aid

There are 3 water stations along our routes, each outfitted with a port-a-pottie and staffed by an EMR. There are also more staffers at Fort Calgary with a Medical Standby Coordinator and emergency response vehicle. There are full washrooms available at Fort Calgary.

Team Registrations

We have team categories for the half marathon, 10k and 5k events! Anyone can enter a group of four or more participants as a team.

We also offer team registration for our 1k Fun Run & Obstacle Course for family and friends.

There are a range of insurance industry corporate team categories. The corporate teams will compete separately from other teams – get your office mates motivated to come out and compete this year!

Your Team Captain should register first and set your team name. When other members of the team register online, they can select that team name. You must register under the same team name to be part of a team.

Race Kit Pickups

We’re so grateful for our volunteers who help pack the race kits and make sure our participants are ready to run on race day.

Race kits include bib, tech shirt, race day information, timing chip and kit bag.

Race Awards and Medals

Top Finisher Medals

We’re proud to offer top three finisher medals and cash prizes overall and for each age category:

  • 19 and under
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70 and up

Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded and presented on race day to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female winners in the half marathon, 10k, and 5k events. Medals for age category winners will be mailed following race day. Winners’ cheques will also all be mailed.

Finishing Medals

Everyone who completes the half marathon, 10k, 5k or 1k Fun Run will receive a finishing Run for L’Arche medal at the finish line.

If you complete the course after 1:30pm, the Race Manager will mail your medal.

Insurance Industry Awards

We have the following special awards for insurance industry participants, available at each course level:

  • Fastest broker
  • Fastest underwriter
  • Fastest claims vendor
  • Fastest adjuster
  • Fastest marketer

Race Volunteers

Volunteers are the core of the Rogers Run for L’Arche. It takes over 200 people to ensure the success of this event, including:

  • Course Marshalls
  • Course Cyclists
  • Greeters

If you’d like to volunteer or learn more, please email runforlarche@rogersinsurance.ca

Donations

If you’re not a runner and can’t make it to volunteer, you can help by donating! Every dollar counts and makes a difference in someone’s life.

You can donate to a race participant or team or donate directly to the L’Arche organization.

Sponsors of the Rogers Run for L’Arche

Without our generous sponsors, the Rogers Run for L’Arche would not have been as successful as it has been. We thank our sponsors for making this race possible and helping us fundraise over $460,000 for L’Arche Calgary.

Our presenting sponsor, Economical Insurance, has supported the Run for L’Arche since its inception in 2011. A group of Economical employees also volunteer every year to help organize and run the event.

There are many opportunities to support the run via sponsorship levels from $250 to $3,500 and up. Please contact runforlarche@rogersinsurance.ca to get more information about sponsoring the race.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the Run for L’Arche, please contact:

Lesley Kelly
Race Manager
Run for L’Arche Planning Committee
runforlarche@rogersinsurance.ca
403-476-4450

Nicole Talbot
Runners Experience Coordinator
Run for L’Arche Planning Committee
nicktalb@shaw.ca
403-441-1441

Robyn Jackson
Community Leader/Executive Director L’Arche Calgary
Media, Fundraising & Sponsorship
Run for L’Arche Planning Committee
rjackson@larchecalgary.org
403-930-2260

L’Arche Calgary

L’Arche Calgary was founded in 1973 as a member of L’arche Canada and part of the International Federation of L’Arche Communities. There are 5 homes in Calgary as well as a supported independent living program and a day program, creating a community and place of belonging for over 90 people.

For more information about L’Arche Calgary, you can: