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.

You can find your race results here

5k route and 10k 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!
UPDATE: The City of Calgary has just informed us that another event is taking place on the same day and access to the original 10k route will be difficult. Therefore, the 10k route will consist of doubling the 5k route for that day. 

Interested in being part of this race as a team? Participating together adds an extra touch of fun and camaraderie. Reach out to us at to register your group (consisting of 5 people or more) and avail of a special discount!

Prizes - Oh lala!

For the winners in each category (Female 10k, Male 10k, Female 5k, Male 5k), we have exciting rewards lined up: a gift card from one of our partners (minimum value of $50) and a $100 gift card to be used at AFC.

For the second and third-place runners in each of the four categories, we have a special treat in store: a $20 gift card at Black Sheep Pâtisserie, along with a $20 gift card at AFC.

And that's not all! For all participants, we have a fantastic package: a well-deserved medal, a stylish t-shirt, and a delightful gift card from Yann Haute Pâtisserie!

Get ready to run, compete, and be rewarded in style!

A very special thank you to our main sponsor, the government of Québec:

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

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 receive a tax credit (25% to 50% in tax credit).

Volunteer and Spread Joy! 

Not feeling like running but still want to be a part of this exciting event? We are in need of some fantastic volunteers to help us out. As a small association, finding volunteers for our numerous events is a challenge, so we would be grateful for the support of you and your friends!

If you or any of your friends are available to lend a hand, we would greatly appreciate it. We are currently seeking 20 enthusiastic race volunteers to assist in guiding participants at intersections and challenging sections of the course from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No French language skills are required!

Since it's a Sunday, free street parking will be available for volunteers. Please note that the event will take place rain or shine. As a token of our gratitude, volunteers will be rewarded with a delicious French croissant, a $20 gift card at AFC, and the satisfaction of helping runners achieve their goals!

To register as a volunteer, please "Sign up" on our volunteer page.

If you need more information, feel free to give us a call at 402-245-5662. Your invaluable support is sincerely appreciated!

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!