Original event was cancelled in its inaugural year after devastating floods in Southern Alberta
Banff National Park, Alberta – (November 26, 2013) –Today, organizers announced the date for the inaugural Banff Marathon and Half Marathon to be held in Banff National Park. After the 2013 race was cancelled due to the floods which displaced over 100,000 Albertans, the marathon and half marathon will be back on June 22, 2014 for a second try at hosting the new event.
The Banff Marathon and Half Marathon will offer one of the world’s most incredible and beautiful running experiences, all in Canada’s first national park. Participants will complete an adventure through a series of incredible natural, wildlife, and historical stages along the park’s Bow Valley Parkway and Legacy Trail to a finish of cheering crowds in downtown Banff. Each stage will represent a different chapter of the valley’s story. The family-friendly event will have something for everyone including a sport and lifestyle expo, kids’ activities and more.
“The New York marathon came back from Super-Storm Sandy this year, the Boston Marathon will come back strong from the horrific events of 2013, and soon, the Banff Marathon will also make its comeback from the extreme flooding which devastated Southern Alberta,” said Marathon Director Paul Regensburg, “This will be a very special race with the route weaving through mountain valleys on closed roads – it will be worth the wait.”
The 100 mile course begins among the rolling hills of Longview in south western Alberta.
At 6:00 a.m. the first heat of leg one runners will make their way along highway 541 towards the majestic Rocky Mountains. The course traverses the Highwood Pass on the highest paved highway in Canada and takes you into the Kananaskis Valley. Leg nine and ten runners will travel cross-country to finish at Nakiska, the site of the alpine events of the XV Olympic Winter Games.
Forced starts will occur for slower teams to complete the course in 14 hours.
This relay is extremely popular and, for safety reasons, we are limited to 180 teams. On average more than 230 teams register. Teams can guarantee a spot in the race by making a donation to HI-C-PMR over and above the entry fee. For further information, please refer to the donor benefits chart. Teams who place top three in any category are also guaranteed a spot in the following year's race. Please feel free to solicit a sponsor(s) for your team donation and showcase them on your team vehicles.
Teams that are not guaranteed an entry will be placed in a draw to complete the total of 180 teams. Payments for these teams will not be processed until the completion of the draw, and only then if the team gains entry into the race. The draw date TBA and all team captains will be notified of their status. We will also publish all participating teams on our website.
The Gorilla Run is the only running race which uses the Calgary Zoo as part of its race course. The race occurs on the Sunday following Thanksgiving each year and hosts more than 500 runners in the 15 km race. Participants are attracted to this event because of the connection to conservation. The format of the event is the 15 Km race course followed by breakfast, awards, and a presentation by CZS Conservation staff about current and future conservation initiatives. Dozens of testimonials each year reinforce the notion that connecting a competitive running event with a conservation cause is appealing to participants and makes the event unique in Calgary. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the race are donated to the Diane Fossey Gorilla Fund International each year in support of mountain gorilla conservation efforts. The other half of the proceeds is donated to other conservation initiatives funded by the Calgary Zoological Society
Are you looking for an exciting team running challenge this fall? Gather five of your friends and join us for a scenic, memorable running experience through the beautiful rolling roads around Banff, Alberta. The Ekiden (a Japanese term, which loosely translated means 'marathon relay') offers unique routes for every member of your team, with distances ranging from 5km to just under 14km. All legs start and finish at the world-renowned Banff Centre and offer incredible views of the surrounding mountains.
A 10 person relay race from Longview, AB to Nakiska ski hill. This race travels over the Highwood Pass, the highest paved road in the country. Legs 1 - 8 are on the road and legs 9 and 10 are on trails.