Welcome back to the south shore and the energy of the East Village! From the moment you entered the Langevin Bridge, you will have been experiencing urban revitalization and we hope you can draw from that re-birth energy in your race. The city of Calgary has focused a lot of energy to re-create the East Village as a gathering spot so it is only fitting that it has become a Calgary Marathon cross roads, literally!
In 2008 archeologists discovered over 3000 year-old teepee rings near 8th Ave and 5th St SE, highlighting that East Village has been the place to be for quite a while. In more recent times we have seen a wonderful new pedestrian friendly Riverwalk stretching from the west end of downtown to the new pedestrian bridge linking St Patrick’s Island to East Village. The Village will be the place to live and visit with new condos and hotels rising above, great restaurants in the works and cultural and community experiences to discover. The road will wind south, past urban art and Fort Calgary, as you turn west away from the Fort, you will be looking at the future home of Calgary’s new state of the art Central Library, just in front of City Hall and then you will turn south and will know you’re leaving the Village when pass under the future National Music Centre, a outstanding new centre that will encompass the famous King Eddie (Edward) Hotel at 9th ave and 4th st SE, that will be part museum, part education and outreach facility, and part performance space. If you’ve been around Calgary for a while, you will remember the Eddie as the home of the Blues! The Customs House
East Village to 17th
After leaving East Village and passing under the 4th St Underpass, we venture back through the edges of Victoria Park and into the Beltline. Still within a short stroll to the Stampede Grounds, you’ve already hit a number of great neighbourhoods and already covered about 8 km as you turn off of 11th Ave and onto 1st Street SW.
You are now in the heart of Victoria Centre, Calgary’s “Warehouse District.” In the race for space downtown and the Beltline area this has become Calgary’s trendiest office area. With a good number of Calgary’s heritage buildings, some of the city’s oldest sandstone architecture and buildings, including the historic Customs House (where goods by rail were cleared for Western Canada) to the Ribtor Buildings (that distributed the goods), Cantos Foundation Music Museum and the old Victoria Sandstone School, juxtaposed between some of the newest state of the art high-rise condo developments, the Warehouse District is one of Calgary’s most evolving neighbourhoods.
This history combines with the trendy inner city community that you will run through, past most of these buildings on your way to 17th Ave S. With a local community feel, the Beltline has a growing population and is a place where Calgarians gather for work or to grab a drink or a bite, especially before a Flames games or just heading out on a Friday night.