Racers Celebrate Earth Day

Alberta Wilderness Association

News Release: March 29, 2007

Alberta racers will start the season off this April with one wild run in celebration of their province's beautiful and diverse natural heritage at the 5th Annual Run for Wilderness.

Held at the Calgary Tower on April 21, 2007, as part of the Alberta Wilderness Association's 16th Annual Climb and Run for Wilderness, this is Calgary's premier Earth Day event for competitive and recreational runners alike.

Completing a one kilometer run around the base of the Calgary Tower and then sprinting up the tower's 802 stairs, racers will be fundraising for conservation and education work that helps to protect Alberta's wild spaces.

"We participate for our love of nature and to protect the natural resources that are valuable to everyone," says Heather Shepley, last year's fastest female racer. "We've been doing it for years. It's a great way to start the spring season." Shepley ran alongside her brother Michael, the current record holder for males.

After the race, runners can step up to the multiple climb challenge and see how many times they can get to the top of the Calgary Tower. Triathlete Luke Way currently holds the record with 30 climbs!

As well, racers will learn about the ongoing efforts of more than 20 organizations, groups and individuals who are working hard to protect Alberta's wilderness at the Wild Alberta Expo. With great prizes, musicians, face painters and wildlife mascots, this is a day the whole family will enjoy.

The Climb & Run for Wilderness will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2007 at the Calgary Tower.

The day's schedule of events includes:

8:00 a.m. Run for Wilderness
8:15 a.m. Team Challenge
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Climb for Wilderness
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Wild Alberta Expo
2:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony

More information on the Climb & Run for Wilderness can be found on our website:

About the Alberta Wilderness Association

Founded in 1965, the Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is the oldest wilderness conservation group in Alberta dedicated to the completion of a protected areas network and the conservation of wilderness throughout the province. With four decades of success, we are known for our tenacity, corporate memory and integrity. We have a provincial office and resource centre in Calgary, and active members throughout Alberta. A great deal of our work is carried out by volunteers. AWA is a non-profit, federally registered, charitable society. For more information on the Alberta Wilderness Association visit the AWA website:


Nigel Douglas
Conservation Specialist
Alberta Wilderness Association
(403) 283-2025
[email protected]