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“There is no comparable race around that takes you to wide open spaces with such awesome scenery for an early morning run.” – Melissa Kendrick, winner of the Calgary Half Marathon, the Calgary Marathon Race Day 10 KM and Millarville Half Marathon.
“I loved the Millarville course. A beautiful sunny day, nice country roads with no traffic, no pollution. It’s nice and clean and just beautiful.” – Lisa Harvey, former Canadian Olympian and three time winner, women’s side, of the Millarville Farmers’ Market Half Marathon
Join us Saturday, June 16, 2018 for one of our beautiful point-to-point Run to the Millarville Farmer’s Market events.
We start in nearby Black Diamond, run/walk through spectacular countryside in the Foothills of the Rockies and finally finish at the 37th season-opening day of southern Alberta’s largest outdoor Market.
Our race menu consists of three different point-to-point events:
1) a 21.1 KM Half Marathon
2) a two-person Half Marathon Relay, presented by OK Tire Black Diamond (legs of 9 KM and 12.1 KM)
3) the fun, gastronomically intriguing, COBS Cinnamon Bun Run 8-Miler (12.8 KM)
4) A 3 KM Family Cross-Country Fun Run/Walk – forest and open areas of Millarville Racetrack
Have friends and family meet you for a morning of shopping, music and food at the Farmers Market finish line!!!
RACE DATE: Saturday, June 16, 2018
RACE START TIMES: 7:30 a.m Half Marathon & Relay (7 a.m. early walker start)
8:05 a.m. COBS Cinnamon Bun Run 8-Miler (12.8 KM, no early walker start), 8:30 a.m. 3 KM Family Cross-Country Fun Run/Walk
START LINE: Half Marathon, Relay & 8-Miler – Oilfields Arena, 3rd St. SW, Black Diamond (MAP OF BLACK DIAMOND)
FINISH LINE: Half Marathon, Relay & 8-Miler – Millarville Racetrack – (map to the Millarville Farmers’ Market/Racetrack)
Bus service for Half Marathon, Relay and 8-Mile participants pre-race and post-race from Millarville Racetrack to Black Diamond. Click on our Race Info page for details.
Following our now established tradition, every Half Marathon, Relay & 8-Miler participant in 2018 will receive a unique, hand-crafted, Finishers Medal fashioned by a Millarville Farmers’ Market artisan. Cross-Country Fun Run participants will receive a crafted metal medal.
3 KM Family Cross-Country Fun Run/Walk participants will receive a commemorative metallic medal.
All participants will also receive a dynamic, commemorative tech shirt.
The event has raised more than $100,000 so far to benefit the century-old, community focussed, non-profit Millarville Racing & Agricultural Society.
Through our Run 4 A Cause program, our event has also been used by our local, partner charities to raise tens of thousands of dollars for those worthwhile causes as well. Make a difference in your community by choosing to join the teams of of one of our partnering registered charities, raising pledges to support their worthwhile causes. See our “Run 4 A Cause” page for more details.
“This race needs to be shared with everyone. The farmer’s market afterwards is the best post race food supply I’ve ever seen. I got a delicious Saskatoon pie.”
“The race was fabulous, thank you so much! You had enough signage, cheerful volunteers, varied countryside, and an awesome place to finish!! The medals are so cool . . . . I feel extremely lucky.” – Nadyia Fry, second place 2013 woman at Millarville and 2013 winner of the Calgary Marathon.
“Can I just say again what a great race you put on. It really is fun.” – Duncan Marsden, 2012 and 2017 Millarville overall winner.
“Just wanted to congratulate you on an awesome race. The pickup at Eau Claire went really smoothly, the bags were well organized and the volunteers were great. The shuttle buses to the start were great too ….and the location of the start was good, tho it might be a bit small when your race grows as we know it will. The course was MAGNIFICENT and the km markers were nice and accurately placed. The water stations were also well placed and the volunteers were great. The finish was awesome…the medals neat. What more can I say…all in all a great event and well run and I will defiinitely be running it again next year and bringing extra running buddies with me! Great job.”
“I would like to thank and congratulate the Organizing Committee for the excellent half marathon event. I have run many half marathons in Alberta, through Canada and in the Unitied States and would categorize this half marathon as one of the best. The volunteers were so helpful and friendly, the route was well-marked and so scenic, the presence of the first aid personnel was very reassuring, the t-shirts are very colorful, finishers medals are unique and food after the run was plentiful.“
“The Millarville Half Marathon has the best volunteers ever! The genuine excitement and energy from each and every one is uncomparable. This has to be my favorite half marathon. The breathtaking scenery is the icing on the cake. You’ll see me again next year!!!!”
“THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! WHAT AN AMAZING RACE! I appreciate all the hard work that went into this day. I can’t wait for next year!!”
“The volunteers were the best!!! Our best cheerleaders along the way.. 🙂 thanks for an excellent well-organized race.. My first half marathon is in the books and I wouldn’t have wanted to be running anywhere else this morning than through that beautiful countryside! Cheers!”
“A superbly well organized race from every aspect, kudos to you guys! I absolutely loved having the chance to get out of the city and run in the fresh country air! Can’t wait to do it again next year!”
“The volunteers were definitely enthusiastic and offered encouragement wherever possible! I’d like to say thank you from the bottom of my heart because without the volunteers I wouldn’t have been able to run my first half… So thank you for making my crazy dream a reality by giving your time!! And encouragement!”
“Great event! The volunteers were amazing! The best energy and support I’ve seen. Outstanding!”
“Fabulous race yesterday! Good job, abundance of wonderful happy volunteers and great support! Lots of water stations too… Beautiful scenery and very well organized (buses, etc…) So nice to go back to the market ! I had not been in a couple of years. Love the clay medal too.”
“Many thanks to the organizors and volunteers. The course is terrific and the event was very well run. I’ll definitely come back next year. After 40 plus years in Calgary, that was my first time to Millarville.”
“Congratulations on a wonderful race! I thought everything was very well organized and ran very smoothly. The volunteers did a wonderful job of directing/encouraging and made it a fun race to run. I also thought it was great that everybody’s name was announced as they crossed the finish line. That doesn’t happen at every race, so it was nice to see.”
Net proceeds from the Half Marathon event benefit agricultural-related programming and facility improvements for the non-profit Millarville Racing & Agricultural Society. Current priorities for our century-old Society include flood mitigation and land reclamation efforts, along with facility improvements.
We operate the Millarville Farmers’ Market, every Saturday June 16 through Oct. 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Millarville Christmas Market in early November. In addition, our three large historic events, supported by over 100 members and more than 500 volunteers in our rural community, are the 112th Annual Millarville Races, Canada Day, July 1, 2018, the Millarville Rodeo in late July, 2016 and the 111h Annual Priddis & Millarville Fair in mid-August.
Go to www.millarvilleracetrack.com for more information about all our events and services.