The Organizing Team

The Calgary Marathon Society.

The Calgary Marathon is organized and operated by Run Calgary (legal name: Calgary Marathon Society), a non-profit volunteer organization promoting health and fitness.

Our mission is to inspire people to move, cultivating healthy communities that are passionate about giving back and we do this through Run Calgary's extraordinary experiences, including our premier race weekend, The Calgary Marathon.

A non-profit, volunteer organization

Our Board Members & Committee.

Our dedicated volunteer board of directors and our longtime operating committee is a collective of passionate people who bring a variety of skillsets. These remarkable people give of their time and talent to help the staff create a vision, plan for its success and execute at the highest level.

Board Members

Louise Taylor

Chair


Louise is a physiotherapist and partner at Movement Sports Clinic. She has a primary interest in helping keep all Calgarians moving well and staying active. A passionate runner and triathlete, Louise is pleased to assist the Calgary Marathon Society in enriching lives through running.

Paul Chiswell

Vice Chair


Paul is a commercial litigator and partner with the Calgary law firm of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP. He is a recovering triathlete, but remains an avid cyclist, runner, and occasional marathoner.

Melissa Paauwe

Treasurer


Melissa Paauwe is a CPA, CGA and competitive runner, but her true passion is helping other people become better, faster, stronger, more confident runners. Melissa recently quit her day job as a full time Accountant to run her coaching business, We Run the World Coaching, and hasn’t looked back. She loves giving back to the run community and joining the Run Calgary board is another way she can do this.

Arielle Fitzgerald

Secretary


Arielle is an avid runner and obstacle course racers who has competed in a wide range of endurance events both locally and internationally. After years of experiencing first hand the power the running community can have on one's life, she believes there is a place and 'pace' for everyone! Arielle is excited to help the Run Calgary team continue to innovate and strengthen their mission of enriching lives through diverse, fun and inclusive fitness experiences.

Shari Macdonald


Shari  Macdonald is a co-owner and physical therapist at the Running Injury Clinic. She has been working in private practice for over 17 years specializing in sport and running related injuries. For the past several years, she has been a member of Sport Physiotherapy Canada board and Sport Physiotherapy Alberta executive. She is excited to bring her passion for living a healthy and active lifestyle to the Calgary Marathon Society.

Nancy Farries


Nancy has spent her career at the YMCA and currently works with YMCAs across Western Canada as VP of the Regional Development Centre. Purpose focused and passionate about leadership leadership development, Nancy is excited to be engaged for the mission of Run Calgary. Nancy is a dedicated trail runner and feels very fortunate to have access to great spaces in and around Calgary.

Neil Barss


Neil is a municipal lawyer at the City of Calgary. In his off-time, he is an avid runner who can often be found out on the river trails. As a legally blind person, Neil finds independence in running and has successfully completed three marathons and one ultra-marathon. To him, the longer the distance the better. He is excited to bring his love of running and his perspective on accessibility to the Run Calgary Board.

Justin Petkau


Justin Petkau is a Senior Manager with Accenture in Calgary where he is a leader in their Supply Chain & Operations practice. Outside of a busy management consulting life, Justin is an accomplished road runner, and is heavily involved in the ultra-marathon community. Prior to joining the Run Calgary Board of Directors in 2022, Justin has been a longtime member of the Calgary Marathon Organizing Committee where he has played an active role in the execution of the marathon race weekend. Through his ties to the running community and involvement in Run Calgary, Justin seeks to promote inclusiveness and diversity in ensuring everyone has the ability to be physically active, and to participate in Run Calgary events.

Chet Anand


Chet is an engineer working for the energy sector. Being a sports addict he can't get enough of tennis, golf, cycling etc. But it's running that transformed his life. Having picked running few years ago, he has completed several marathons and ultra marathons - locally and overseas. One of his favourite race was running from one temple remains to other through rural Cambodia and finally finishing at Angkor Wat. But his biggest achievement is seeing a similar passion for running develop in his two boys. Chet is excited to be part of Calgary Marathon Society and give back to the sport he loves.

Meredith Conrod


Meredith is a Professional Engineer working in Business Development with Keyera. After more than a decade of participating in road races and local trail races, she is thrilled to be giving back to Calgary’s running community through the Run Calgary board.

Please email Kirsten@calgarymarathon.com if you are interested in board, organizing or committee opportunities.