Running Calgary’s bridges

21 Oct

We love Calgary, our western city. Why? The reasons are many, but here are a few: It’s filled with amazing people. It’s close to the Rocky mountains. And it’s buzzing with energy this week after a too-close-to-call civic election, in which we elected a new young, smart and driven mayor, named Naheed Nenshi.

One of the things we love best about Calgary? The excellent running paths.

Some of our favourite paths run alongside two rivers that criss-cross throughout the city, the Bow and the Elbow. And we’re not the only ones who make use of them; in the morning, at lunch and in the evening, the pathways are usually packed with runners, walkers and bikers. (We were at a Sheryl Crow concert here a couple of years ago and Sheryl, an uber fit rocker, said she’d never seen so many people outside exercising on their lunch hour.)

Yesterday, we took advantage of a lovely October day — an oxymoron in Calgary? hey, we never said we adore the weather here — and went for a run along the Bow.

We consider it a run of bridges, because, at any point in the run, a bridge is either close behind or just ahead of you. We love it because it means endless options for turnaround points. Here are just a couple of them.

And the views aren’t too shabby either.

Fingers crossed the good weather holds out for a while. But when it turns ugly, don’t worry about us. We’ll make it through — we may have just bought new running toques to help us cope.

(Hey, a girl needs a toque for every occasion.)

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