Servus Calgary Marathon Charity Challenge Hits $10M Fundraising Milestone

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This year’s $808,000 raised by runners brings the 13-year total to $10 million for local charities

The Servus Charity Challenge encourages participants in the Calgary Marathon to raise funds for local charities while they prepare for their race. With donations closing this past Sunday, the lifetime fundraising total has now surpassed $10 million.

“The Servus Charity Challenge is an integral part of our event each year,” said Kirsten Fleming, Executive Director, Servus Calgary Marathon. “The Charity Challenge unites the spirit of runners with a unique fundraising program, with the purpose of creating healthy, thriving communities that move together.”

This year’s fundraising period closed at midnight on June 23, with last minute donations pushing past the 10 million mark. 109 local charities are benefitting from 2024 fundraising, which topped out at $807,940.58. 938 runners fundraised for their selected charity while training for their race.

Calgary runner, Claire Masikewich leads this year’s top fundraising team, Strong Like Sloane, named in honour of Claire’s daughter. Sloane was preparing to run in the Kids Marathon last year, but stage 4 cancer diagnosis prevented her from toeing the start line on event day. The team blew past its $5,000 goal, raising $112,531.56 for children’s cancer research.

“We are so grateful for Servus Calgary Marathon’s support over the last several months as team Strong like Sloane has grown from one team member to over 185 participants,” said Masikewich. “Between our team’s fundraising efforts, the fantastic community and Servus Calgary Marathon staff, we’ve steadily increased our goal from $5,000 to over $100,000 for pediatric cancer research. It’s wonderful to have a reputable, long-standing platform like the Calgary Marathon’s Charity Challenge to help us raise awareness and funding for a cause that’s near and dear to my heart.”

Team Strong Like Sloane out in full force on race day.

Trellis Society is a long-time beneficiary of funds raised by the Charity Challenge. This year, runners, walkers and rollers raised $65,000 to help Trellis put an end to homelessness for Calgary youth.

“The Servus Calgary Marathon Charity Challenge enables Trellis and 108 other charities, to invite our community into the work we do,” said Jeff Dyer, CEO, Trellis Society. “The marathon may look like a run, but it’s so much more. It helps so many in our community flourish, thanks to the generosity of runners who are making an impact – step by step, and dollar by dollar.”

Trellis Society on race day at the Charity Block Party on-course.

MitoCanada has been participating in the Calgary Marathon charity challenge since 2012, and has raised over $600,000 and achieved 15 Guinness World Records in support of mitochondrial disease. Founder and Guinness World Record holder, Blaine Penny says, “Run Calgary has been instrumental to helping MitoCanada build a patient registry, shorten time to diagnosis, attract clinical trials to Calgary, advance research, and provide a pathway to patient support and improved standards of care.” 

Guinness World Record Team for Mito Canada (Angela Burger/Calgary Marathon).

Registration for the 2025 Servus Calgary Marathon officially opened today and participants can sign up to run, walk and wheel on May 25, 2025 as well as donate and/or fundraise to their charity of choice at www.calgarymarathon.com. 

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