La French Run 2023

Join us for the 2nd edition of La French Run!

The first edition of La French Run was a success with 97 runners and 20 volunteers participating in September 2022. The event was so much fun and received great feedback, so our team is already planning the next edition.

In 2023, join us for the second edition of La French Run! This year, we are offering a 5k or 10k run/walk option. While it may seem far in the future, it's a great opportunity to set a challenge for yourself and start preparing now!

Sunday, September 17th 2023

Run Start Time - 10:30 a.m.

Starting place - Rouleauville Square (18th Ave. S.W.)

The run is open to all adults and teenagers (12+). 

La French Run 5k/10k consists of a fun and very runnable course in the historical Francophone neighbourhood of Calgary: Rouleauville (now known as Mission) and beyond. Following the race, participants can indulge in a tasting and degustation of French pastries at the finish line.


5k route

The trail will mainly go along the Elbow River and through the streets of Mission. As this is a short run, there are no water stops for the 5k —carry a water bottle if you think you'll need it!

10k route

This route is a work in progress and the final version is dependent on city construction around 9th Avenue including the pathways. The intent is to do an out and back course following the river.

Prizes - Oh lala!

For all participants: a medal, a tote bag, a t-shirt, a gift card from Yann Haute Pâtisserie! 

For the 3 male and female winners: all of the above + some exciting prizes  (more to come)

For the top man and the top woman: all of the above + credit at Alliance Française Calgary (towards class or activities)

Un grand merci to the sponsors and partners of this event:

& many other partners to come!

Do you want to support us by making a donation? Please click here. As a charity, the AFC will be happy to issue a donation receipt that allows you to received a tax credit (25% to 50% in tax credit).

About Rouleauville

Rouleauville is the historical French neighbourhood of Calgary that is now known as Mission. The first permanent French Catholic mission in the area settled along the Bow River in 1883 as Notre Dame de la Paix. It was, for a time, the incorporated Village of Rouleauville before it was annexed to the City of Calgary in 1907 and renamed the district of Mission. Originally, the missionaries sought to establish peace between the colonists from eastern Canada, the Métis and the Indigenous peoples, particularly the Blackfoot. As well, they aimed to develop health care, trade and Catholic religious education in French. 

The neighborhood is named after the Rouleau brothers, two notable mission residents who had a significant influence on the area. To learn more about the history of Rouleauville and its role in Calgary's francophone past, follow the link here here.

(Source: Francophonie Calgary)

About last year: some pictures from the 2022 edition!

Check more pictures from the 2022 edition here !