40 years ago my mom was at Spruce Meadows as a groom for Michel Vaillancourt.
Spruce Meadows is celebrating 40 years of excellence in 2015: from a feedlot to arguably the number one show jumping facility in the world.
This history of Spruce Meadows shows how perseverance and a dream can result in greatness. Ron Southern built the facility for his daughters Linda and Nancy and it is now the pinnacle of North American show jumping.
Since moving to Calgary, I’ve driven down to sit on the grass and watch the tournaments. Sure, I could pay more and sit on bleachers, but part of the fun of going to Spruce Meadows is getting back to the roots of it all, and that’s what sitting on the grass is all about.
To celebrate turning 40, Spruce Meadows is hosting a race series. But this series is of the two-footed variety.
What I’m trying to say is I get to combine my love of horses and my love of running together in one place!
Spruce Meadows has teamed up with the Running Room (where I got my start on this crazy running adventure!) to host six races this year.
Spruce Meadows Run Series presented by JLT & Cunningham Lindsey kicks off on June 21 with the Pawsitively Fun Run, a 2km walk, 5km run/walk, or, if you don’t want to go it alone, you can sign up as part of a team of 5. And? You can bring your dog! If someone can bring a dog for me, that would be fabulous!
Starting July 1 the 40km for 40 years kicks off with the Heroes Behind the Horses (2km walk, 5km obstacle course (!!!), 10km run – you can run as an individual or a team of 5 for any of the above events).
August 16 is the Run Through the Meadows (5km run/walk, 10km run – you can run as an individual or a team of 5 for any of the above events). Sadly, I won’t be at this run, but it sounds so fun, so please go and tell me all about it!
All too true for Calgary, September 6 is the Summer’s Gone – Run On! event (5km run/walk, 10km run – you can run as an individual or a team of 5 for any of the above events).
The final event in the 40km for 40 years series is the Oktoberfest Run, which, of course, features beer! (5km run/walk, 10km run – you can run as an individual or a team of 5 for any of the above events). I’m extra excited about this event because I’m pretty sure my mom will be driving up to Calgary for it!
Finally, in December the race series closes with the Dashing Through The Glow night run (2km walk, 5km run/walk), where I’m told there will also be coffee and Bailey’s and wine at the end (don’t forget your ID!).
Signing up for the 40km for 40 years series will enter you in all the 10km runs and get you into the Dashing Through The Glow night run for free. Registration charge for each individual race is priced at $45 Early-Bird, $55 Regular and $65 Late Registry, so get registered early! You’ll receive a t-shirt, finishers medal and SWAG bag with your entry in each race as well.
Throughout the series, I’ll be introducing you to Spruce Meadows and sharing more about each of the six charities being supported by each of the runs and recapping all the fun had on the grounds.
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If you’re in the Calgary area, will I see you on June 21?
Disclaimer: I was provided with an entry into some events in the 40km for 40 years series; however, all opinions are my own and I was planning on attending the events regardless.
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