What is Sanctioning?

  • Sanctioning is the process of having your event officially recognized by the Manitoba Runners’ Association, the sport-governing body for Road Running in Manitoba, as well as Athletics Manitoba and Athletics Canada. It includes insurance, equipment, a race page on our website, inclusion on our Race Calendar and assistance where possible. We advocate with the City of Winnipeg and the Parks, who recognize our events as being fully insured and run with a standard of safety and organization.

Benefits of sanctioning your event with the Manitoba Runners’ Association

  •   Insurance coverage (accident & liability) for race organizers, participants, volunteers and spectators.
  •   Promotion on the MRA website, on our Facebook page (over 1400 Likes and growing), and through promotional e-mails to our 400 + members.
  •   Promote your event, by handing out your brochures prior to your race date at our MRA Classic/Youth Series events, plus at the Manitoba Marathon Fit Expo.
  •   Your own race page on the MRA website with your entry form for downloading, on-line registration link, link to your website, race results, and other information you would like included.
  •   Posting your race results or providing a link.
  •   The expertise of Kathy and the MRA board as you plan your event.
  •   At least 1 board member that can attend your event to give you support, if available.
  •   The use of MRA equipment such as time clocks with tripod, sound system, road signs, finish line chutes, start & finish banners, 4’ x 8′ covered box equipment trailer if needed, etc.
  •   Guidance re: course measurement and certification, safety and recording race results
  •   Meetings – we meet with the city and park officials as required, to review and improve conditions for our running events
  •   Your event could be included in our MRA Classic Race Series (see our website for details)
  •   Elite performances at your event are recognized by Athletics Manitoba and Athletics Canada for funding opportunities and Team Selection (if on a certified course)
  •   We also offer an MRA Youth Race Series, to encourage youth and family participation (see website for details)
  •   Awards – join us for a fun evening as we present awards to our MRA Classic & Youth Race Series participants/winners.
  •   MRA Hall of Fame, to recognize Manitoba’s best male and female road runners, Race Director of the Year and deserving inductees nominated by MRA members and selected by the MRA Members of the Board. This is an annual event, held in April.
  •   Access to the Race Director section on the MRA website with all the pertinent information needed to plan your event, important contacts, event planning guides, event check lists, safety guidelines, etc.
  •   Annual Race Director meeting in November where Race Directors can share information, ask questions or express concerns to the MRA board and receive new information from the MRA
  •   Your Race Director receives a complimentary MRA membership for the year of your event
  • Support for new Race Directors is available by participating in Run 4 Your Cause.
  •   By sanctioning your event with the MRA you are supporting your local not for profit organization that has only one interest, and that is providing support and help to all of our Manitoba Race Directors so that their event is successful; plus the safe advancement of road running for all ages and abilities.

All the forms and Information needed for the 2021 race season are now available:

2021 Important Contact Information for Race Directors

2021 Sanctioning Package – includes all forms and appendices necessary when sanctioning an event with the MRA

2021 Considerations for Holding a Live Event During COVID-19-Updated August 7, 2021 -includes important supplementary information for sanctioning an event and a participant waiver

Tools you can use to plan and execute a safe in-person event – Race Roster 2021

2020/2021 Contagion Exclusion Endorsement Memo-new exclusions to the current insurance policy

2021 How to Plan a Virtual Event

2020 Athletics Canada Back on Track guidelines – pay particular attention to pages 22-25

2021 Equipment Request Form amended July 28, 2021

2021 COVID Supplies Request Form

2021 Equipment Rental Rates (for unsanctioned events)

Race Directors Check List

Race Director Guide (for planning your event)

Guide for Planning Medium to Large Events

Safety Guidelines for Race Directors

Athletics Canada Certified Course List

2020 Certified Courses revised– Manitoba

Assiniboine Park Map for Race Directors

Athletics Canada Run – sanctioning informationAC Race Director Guide