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


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.

Sabina Lokanc


Sabina Lokanc is a CPA, CA with over 11 years of experience as a designated accounting professional. She is the former CFO of YMCA Calgary and currently works in the energy sector. Sabina is an avid recreational endurance athlete that enjoys combining her passion for running with supporting causes in the Calgary Community. Sabina proudly became MitoCanada’s Volunteer of the year in 2017 for co-managing a successful Guinness World Record attempt. She along with 111 other runners became two time Guinness Record Holders by running linked together to achieve the longest linked half and full marathon. Participating in this event was a life changing experience that raised awareness and over $150K for MitoCanada.

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.

Melissa Paauwe

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.

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.

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.

Cheryl Palamar

Running has transformed Cheryl's life. She was not an athletic person growing up, nor involved in competitive sport. She decided to start her running career just a few years ago on a hotel treadmill, completing 4km. That in itself seemed like a feat! She set further training and race goals, bolstering her belief that you just do that next right thing. Cheryl loves that the world of runners are welcoming, supportive and sometimes, people defying convention. Running has given her a better physical well-being, great friendships, places to travel to, and a meditative activity to get done on a Sunday morning. Now having completed distances up to a half marathon, she really feels the sense of belonging that happens when we all cross lines, starts and finishes. She always says, "I'll never be fast, but I will always show up!"

Amy Coppens

An avid runner and triathlete completing multiple Ironman, Half Ironman events and a 70.3 World Championship finisher, lululemon legacy ambassador, previous personal trainer and coach - Amy is passionate about moving for those who can’t and working with others to ignite a passion for movement with the aim of inspiring others to do the same. The 2019 recipient of the Calgary’s Top Fitness Awards for Leadership in Community- She believes in the building and fostering of a community that promotes moving our bodies in an inclusive and diverse environment. A current board member for Run Calgary, Amy is dedicated to working with the team to innovate and continue to bolster the vision of inspiring and enriching lives through inclusive running events.

Please email if you are interested in board, organizing or committee opportunities.