Margaret Carlton-Glover: Race Directors Through the Decades

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In continuation of our Q&A series about those who have held the title ‘Race Director”, and in honour of International Women’s Day, we are pleased to share today’s post about Margaret Carlton-Glover. Margaret became the first ever female Race Director of the Calgary Marathon in the late 1970’s and paved the way for future female Race Directors including Cheryl Lowery and Heather McRae, whose stories we’ve recently shared. Margaret was also one of the first women to ever participate in the Calgary Marathon, racing in 1977, only the second year that women were allowed to join.

Margaret passed away on October 2, 2021. Her husband, Patrick, shared about Margaret’s time as Race Director and stories about her 28-year running career.

Margaret finish the 1995 Calgary Marathon.

HOW DID MARGARET GET INTRODUCED TO RUNNING?

Margaret had moved from Jasper and started to work for the City of Calgary when she was 25. Her coworkers invited her to attend a noon hour fitness session and she started completing laps around the gym before the class started. When spring arrived, she went outside to run from the YMCA to Prince’s Island, a distance of 2 miles there and back and became hooked as a runner! She met a group of distance runners including Bill Wylie (the first ever Calgary Marathon race director), John Bohnet and Bill Heriot and they did a regular run, which was known as the “Blood and Guts” trail.

WHAT WERE HER MOST PROUD ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A RUNNER?

Margaret completed 42 marathons around the globe, but most of them were local marathons and road races. Margaret’s involvement with running engaged her with a lot of women runners who became lifelong friends. Margaret was the Race Director for what is now the Calgary Women’s Run for over 34 years. Margaret was inspired by all of the women and young girls who ran and remained friends with both the runners and their daughters throughout her life.

HOW DID MARGARET FIND HERSELF TO BE THE FIRST FEMALE RACE DIRECTOR OF THE CALGARY MARATHON?

The Calgary Marathon was organized and led by Ray Brett who worked at the Glencoe Club as the Recreation Director and who was an accomplished runner. With Margaret’s history of having been race director for the Women’s Run in Calgary and her keen knowledge of running, the Calgary Roadrunners Club recommended Peter Jones and Margaret share the role. 

WHAT DID SHE LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING THE RACE DIRECTOR OF THE CALGARY MARATHON AND WHAT SURPRISED HER THE MOST ABOUT THE ROLE?

John Bohnet, a long time runner and friend who Margaret acted as a mentor for Margaret. When Margaret asked John how to make her race director job easier his answer was: Delegate! These words resulted in numerous running friends getting involved with the sport of running and their actions assisting the various charities and runners involved with the sport.

WHAT IS THE SINGLE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT YOU SHARED FROM RUNNING?

One year Margaret and I returned to Oregon for the Seaside Marathon race. It had a long history and was a quality marathon for the west coast of the USA. We arrived in Seaside to a pouring rainfall and windy conditions. We had always run our races separately and unfortunately Margaret had some Achilles issues on route and had to abandon her race. I did not know this and just survived the rain and heavy winds on the course. While I was running, my mind wandered along and I thought I would propose to Margaret. I crossed the finish line, proposed and Marg may have just had pity on me and said – Yes! We were married for 34 years and trained together and attended numerous races.

WHAT DID MARGARET TAKE FROM HER EXPERIENCE THAT STAYED WITH HER OVER MANY YEARS OF RUNNING?

Margaret truly enjoyed the motion and activity of running and the people that she met running. She liked to have a goal and to use her abilities to achieve that goal, but also to enjoy the training and the race. Margaret always had a smile on her face with her friends and was truly interested in what and how other runners were doing, especially the women runners. Margaret was well known as an individual who took part in running but also assisted other women to take part and enjoy the competition and camaraderie of celebrating Women and the sport of running. This camaraderie of running lasted for a total of 43 continuous years.


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