The Edmonton Pride Run & Walk was established by Joshua Bergman and Kent Akgungor in 2015 as a volunteer-led non-profit event with the following goals:
- To promote the diversity of the Lesbian—Gay—Bisexual—Trans-identified—Two-spirit—Queer (LGBTQ) community and its allies.
- To increase access to fitness within the LGBTQ community by organizing an annual event that welcomes everyone.
- To raise funds for the Edmonton Pride Run Endowment.
The Pride Run takes place each year during the Edmonton Pride Festival and is truly for everyone. Whether you are an advanced runner or just want to enjoy a leisurely walk in the river valley with family or friends, we encourage you to participate!
In its inaugural year, the event attracted 366 participants to Emily Murphy Park and raised $8,100 for the Orlando Books Collective Entrance Award Endowment Fund through the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) at the University of Alberta.
In its second year, the event returned to Emily Murphy Park, hosting 436 participants and raising $10,500 for the Orlando Books Collective Entrance Award Endowment Fund. While the weather was less than ideal, the energy and high spirits of all those involved made for another successful event.
In 2017, the Pride Run moved to a new venue in Argyll Park, hosting 600 participants and raising $24,000 for the newly created Edmonton Pride Run Endowment at the University of Alberta's Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS). The fund will create a lasting financial legacy by providing a source of stable funding to further the work, research, and programs of the Institute, which endeavours to improve the lives of the LGBTQ community locally, nationally, and internationally.