Inaugural Banff Marathon to Take Place June 23, 2013

New Marathon Event Runs into Banff National Park

Inaugural Banff Marathon to Take Place June 23, 2013

Banff National Park, Alberta – (March 26, 2013) – Iconic Banff National Park will be home to one of the world’s finest running experiences this summer as the inaugural Banff Marathon takes place June 23, 2013.

The new marathon, organized by LifeSport Coaching, will offer runners a unique opportunity to race through the spectacular scenery of Canada’s first national park as well as enjoy 16 interpretative experiences en route. The marathon organizers were diligent in their preparations for Parks Canada approval to ensure responsiveness to wildlife contingencies, traffic management and spectator controls. 

“Participants will flow through a series of incredible natural, wildlife and historical stages,” said Paul Regensburg of LifeSport Coaching. “Each stage will represent a different chapter of the Bow Valley Parkway’s story, with icons representing the significance and importance of the natural surroundings.” 

The 42-kilometre point-to-point course will start south of Lake Louise on the Bow Valley Parkway, continue along The Legacy Trail and Vermillion Lakes Road and finish to cheering spectators in downtown Banff. Participants can also opt to run the shorter half marathon along the same route, starting south of Johnston Canyon. 

“Banff National Park has always welcomed visitors to enjoy low-impact, healthy outdoor pursuits,” said Julie Canning, President & CEO of Banff Lake Louise Tourism. “The Banff Marathon continues the park’s legacy of offering visitors active adventures amidst awe-inspiring wilderness and we look forward to welcoming the participants in June.” 

Capacity for the Banff Marathon has been limited to 1,500 runners and demand for the event is expected to be very high. For those interested in participating, registration is now open with early bird rates applicable until March 31, 2013. It is expected that participants will travel with their families and extend their stay beyond the single-day event to take in local attractions and activities. 

For more information, visit www.banffmarathon.com.

 -30-

 Media Contacts:

LifeSport Coaching & Events:  Paul Regensburg 250-744-3648 or paul@lifesportcoaching.com

Parks Canada:  Michelle Macullo 403 762 1526 or michelle.macullo@pc.gc.ca  

Banff Lake Louise Tourism: Mary Morrison 403-762-0290 or mary@banfflakelouise.com 

About LifeSport Coaching & Events

LifeSport Coaching and Events is a Canadian-based company comprised of a team of certified coaches, experienced athletes and skilled mentors that work with all levels of athletes in the pursuit of sports and personal excellence. www.lifesportcoaching.com 

About Banff National Park

Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For over 125 years, Banff National Park has provided visitors with a healthy combination of unspoiled wilderness, modern amenities and opportunities for active exploration.  It is an area of unparalleled beauty, protected and cherished by Canadians and visitors from around the world. For more information about Banff National Park, please visit: www.banfflakelouise.com and for images please visit http://photos.banfflakelouise.com/  

About Parks Canada

Parks Canada manages a Canada-wide family of 44 national parks, 4 national marine conservation areas and 167 national historic sites on behalf of Canadians. Parks Canada offers Canadians a myriad of opportunities to discover, enjoy and learn about Canada’s natural wonders and about the places, persons and events that left their mark on our country’s landscape, architecture, culture, economy, population and lifestyle. www.pc.gc.ca/banff