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High River Half

High river Half takes place every year on July 1st – Canada Day. It’s Major fundraiser for the Foothills Advocacy In Motion Society: that supports adults with developmental disabilities in High River, Okotoks and Strathmore.

This year there were 3 events, the half marathon, 10km and 5km event. I completed the half marathon event as part of a team with my friends, Jen, Kath, Katt and Jess.


Package pickup was great because you had the option of picking up a few days leading up to the race or on race day. The t-shirts were stunning! They really represented High River with a picture of the Medicine Tree. You also received a buff, sunglasses and a pen. Quite great value. The medal was the same as last years, but you could tell the difference between them as they had the year on them.


Race Swag


This is the second time I have done this event. The course was different from last year. Although I much preferred last year’s course, I do have to say this years course was very organised. There were water stations approximately every two kilometers, along with porta potties at a lot of them.

This was not my best race as I was not feeling well, however despite that it was very enjoyable.  The views in high river are so beautiful and it is such a lovely area to run. All the volunteers were extremely friendly and supportive.

Post race we received the traditional pancake breakfast, Tim Horton’s coffee and timbits. A true representation of Canada!


If you are looking for something to do next year on Canada Day I would recommend that you check this race out. The 5km option is great for families to participate together. Post race there is always great entertainment to enjoy 🙂

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Hello, My name is Bre Gustafson and I have been living in Canada since December 2012. I was born in country Victoria, Australia and lived my entire life. I actually never imagined moving across to the other side of the world until I met my Husband Jacob. Coming from a background in finance I decided I wanted to make a change from the corporate world and pursue my passion in fitness. In 2014 Jacob and I moved to Calgary and I got a job with Spa Lady. I am currently their fitness manager at Westbrook Mall as well as a personal trainer and soon to be a group fitness instructor. I specialise in re-hab clients, but I also get really excited to help clients looking to increase their strength or start or improve their running. My passion is running. I have completed 1 marathon, so many half marathons I can’t keep count as well as 30km, 10km and 5km races. I think the best way to view Calgary is through walking or running, we are very lucky here to have some many running and biking paths. Some of my favourite areas to go are Fish Creek Park, Edworthy Park and Glenmore Reservoir. I look forward to sharing my journey as a runner and trainer with you 🙂

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