Betty's Run for ALS

Save the date: Sunday, June 11, 2017

Early bird registration is now open. Registration is $30 prior to May 31, and $35 after. Online registration will close Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 9 p.m.

Betty's Run for ALS celebrates, promotes and channels hope for those affected with ALS, their families and their friends.

Over the past 21 years, Betty's Run has raised nearly $7 million due to the generous support of donors and participants. Of funds raised, 60 per cent stay in Alberta to support those currently living with ALS through equipment and client services. The remaining 40 per cent of funds support ongoing research into identifying the cause and cure for this devastating disease. 

2017 Ambassador - Jody Pfeifer

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Who is Betty?

Betty Norman was an active 58-year-old Calgarian when she was diagnosed with ALS in August of 1996. Betty's courage and determination to make a difference was the driving force behind the June 1997 "This One's for Betty" walk/run. Sadly, Betty passed away within 11 months of her diagnosis and two weeks after the event that she inspired took place.

Determined to continue Betty's unwavering spirit, the organizing committee unanimously decided to hold an event every year in Betty's memory and honour. They also wanted to raise much needed funds to support the many other Albertans currently living with or affected by ALS. This is how the annual Betty's Run for ALS was born.

Hans Christian Andersen said, “Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” This little quote struck me as being so special and meaningful 15 years ago when I first discovered it. Going through papers and getting organized a month ago, it was rediscovered and this little saying took on a whole new special meaning to me.

My name is Jody Pfeifer. On August 3, 2016, I was diagnosed with ALS. Someone asked me, “Why you?” I responded “Why not me? This disease does not discriminate. If not me then someone else would be getting the diagnosis. It just as easily could have been you. The selection is purely random.”

Now I am the face of ALS.

Race Package Pick-up

Race package pick up will take place in the Eau Claire Market Centre Court:
200 Barclay Parade SW

Friday, June 9 - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday, June 10 - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Race Day Information

You may access North Glenmore Park via Crowchild Trail or 37 Street SW. 
Parking is available:

  • Throughout North Glenmore Park
  • Along 66 Avenue (south side of street only)
  • Weaselhead Parking Lot (37 St & 66 Ave)
  • Lakeview Shopping Centre

Accessible Parking - available adjacent to the event area (Parking Lot A). Watch for signs. 

Betty's Run shuttle buses will be circulating from the Lakeview Shopping Centre, along 66 Ave, to Weaselhead parking lot (37 St & 66 Ave) and through North Glenmore Park, to bring you from your car to the event area. 


Car: If you are driving, please park in the Lakeview Shopping Centre and catch the convenient Betty's Run for ALS shuttle to North Glenmore Park. 

Bus/C-Train: There is only one way to get to North Glenmore Park via public transit on Sunday, June 11:

  1. Take C-train to Chinook Station (Note: C-train runs every 15 minutes on Sunday)
  2. Transfer to Route 47 bus (Lakeview/Chinook Station) (Note: # 47 runs every half hour and the first bus leaves Chinook C-train station at 8:48 a.m. arriving at Lakeview S.C. at 8:58 a.m.) and then catch the Betty's Run bus down to the site.

Pledge Forms

  • Collect the pledge money from your sponsors
  • Deposit all pledge money before race day at any Bank of Montreal (BMO) in Alberta
  • Bring your pledge sheet with you when you pick up your rack package to be eligible for awards and prizes

Please ensure that the Bank of Montreal teller stamps your pledge sheet. Attach your BMO deposit reciept(s) to your pledge sheet and bring your pledge sheet with you to Betty's Run. Pledges can be accepted on race day at the Canoe Club from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Commemorative plaques will be awarded to the group/team with the highest collective total of pledges, as well as top fundraising individuals. Team pledges must be submitted collectively no later than 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 11 at the Canoe Club. Any pledges received outside of that group submission cannot be included for this award. 

A special thank you to our sponsors



Pure Sweet Honey Farm Inc.