The race features a half-marathon, a 10km and a 5km. Walkers are welcome in the 10k and 5k, and this year, in honour of the 25th edition of the race, we are offering a 25k “Ultra-half marathon”. Yes indeed – a one-time only (probably) opportunity to treat yourself to an extra 3.9 km for the same low price.
All races start and finish on the track at the Canada Games Athletic Complex (Douglas Park Track). For 2019 the race will be held on Saturday, October 5.
Race Package Pickup: Will be at the Douglas Park Track on Friday October 4th from noon to 6 pm, and on Race Day morning from 7:30 to 9. As things can be pretty hectic on Saturday morning, we would appreciate as many runners as possible picking up their bibs and shirts on Friday afternoon. And you may pick up race kits for other runners.
Children’s Race: At last year’s event (2018) we added a one mile children’s race which was a great success and we plan to do it again this year. The Children’s race is run before the other distances and is open for children 5 to 8 years old. They use the same start/finish line as the longer races; basically the race starts on the track in front of the timekeeper booth, runs partway around the track and then out the east gate, does a loop around the park – no roads to cross – back in the same gate and continues around the track to the finish line.
Race start times are staggered to reduce congestion at the start, to bring finishing times closer together, and for safety reasons so that faster 5k and 10k runners don’t have to run back against all of the other runners. Due to the course design- with turnarounds for the 5k and 10k – some two way traffic is inevitable and we urge all runners to keep to the right and be aware of oncoming runners.
- 1 mile kids race 9:00 am
- Half-marathon and 25k “Ultra-half” 9:30 am
- 10k run/walk 9:45 am
- 5k run/walk 9:55 am
Race Course: The race is run almost completely on the pathways in Wascana Park. There are KM markers and arrows marking the course, as well as course marshals to direct runners. Water is available at 5 aid stations on the course, and refreshments after the race.
Inclusivity: The Flatlanders has always been an inclusive event for runners of all abilities. Walkers are welcome in the 5k and 10k events. The 21.1 and 25k are open to runners of all abilities. The course officially closes at 1 pm – that’s 3 ½ hours; please choose a distance that you can complete in that time frame. We’ve never left anyone out on the course, but please consider that the race organizers and volunteers put in a pretty long day.
Charity: Over the last several years the race has generated a respectable profit which has allowed the Regina Road Runners – on behalf of all the Flatlanders participants – to make donations to local charities, including the Hospitals of Regina, Hopes Home, and in 2018 and this year to recreation equipment for a community playground at Sacred Heart School.