Bill's Trail Run: In Memory of Bill Nielsen

The Bill Nielsen Trail Run
Saturday, October 4th 2014
Start/Finish: Lacombe Composite High School
The Bill Nielsen Trail Society is pleased to present the First Annual Bill Nielsen Trail Run on Saturday, October 4, 2014 on the Lacombe Trails. The purpose of this very special event is to honor Bill and the legacy he built in developing the running/walking trails of Lacombe. Participants can enjoy a 10 KM, 5 KM , 2 KM Run or a 2 KM Family Run/Walk while exploring the natural beauty of the Lacombe Trails encompassing Cranna Lake, Elizabeth Lake and Barnett Lake.

About Bill:
Bill Nielsen ran 100 marathons; more than 30 with Parkinson’s disease. Bill transformed people’s lives by encouraging and mentoring them to become runners. At 60 years of age, he ran a sub 3-hour marathon. For the benefit of all, he tirelessly built and maintained miles of trails in Lacombe and Fort McMurray. Most of his “leisure” time was spent in the service of others. Bill was a friend to anyone who ever tried to run any distance at any speed. He represented everything good about running. The literal and figurative trails he built are a legacy for future generations. Bill passed away quietly with pancreatic cancer at age 73.

About the Bill Nielsen Trail Society:
In May of 2014, a group of friends of Mr. Bill Nielsen gathered to share a common interest in continuing and honoring, the legacy built by Bill, toward exercise, nature, and community service. The trail group consists of residents who represent local runners, trail users, The City of Lacombe, the Canadian University College, and local businesses. Over the summer months the group has been putting in many volunteer hours on maintaining and improving the trails as well as meeting weekly to prepare for the First Annual Bill Nielsen Trail Run. The goals of the Society is to showcase and create awareness of the trails and to continue to work on the development of the trails.

Come Run Bill’s Trails on October 4th:
Everyone is welcome! Come enjoy the event; run or walk and be part of this very special celebration of the Lacombe Trails in honor of Bill Nielsen. The event will Start & Finish at the Lacombe Composite High School.  The schedule for the day is as follows:

·         10 KM Run                            10:00 AM
·         5 KM Run                              10:15 AM
·         2 KM Run                              10:30 AM
·         2 KM Family Run/Walk       11:00 AM
·         Barbecue                               11:30 AM
·         Awards & Draw Prizes        12:00 Noon

As part of this special day, runners, family and friends will have the opportunity to enjoy a tour of Bill’s running accomplishments and memorabilia.  Be sure to check this out on Race Day!

Registration and Full Event Details - Register Online at .
This is a chip time event by Results Canada.
Volunteer Needed – If you would like to help out with the event, please sign up online at  


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