The Banff Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K offers an unforgettable running experience for all participants.
Starting in the picturesque mountain town of Banff, participants will flow through a series of incredible natural, wildlife, and historical stages as they pass by the serene Vermilion Lakes and journey along the stunning Bow Valley Parkway.
Here are 8 reasons to consider lacing up for the marathon this year:
1. A run for everyone
The Banff Marathon offers a full marathon, half marathon and 10K. Although the run takes place in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, the course is forgiving and runners will enjoy slightly rolling, relatively flat terrain. Also, kids can take part in the FREE BMO Kids Run on Saturday, June 16. Open to children ages 3-12!
2. Become one with nature
The marathon and half marathon courses offer a fully closed run course on the breathtaking Bow Valley Parkway. Runners will make their way through a series of incredible natural, wildlife and historic stages as they travel along the parkway surrounded by stunning mountain vistas.
3. Try the “Tour de Banff” 10K
The 10K route consists of two 5km loops that provide a beautiful tour of the Banff townsite. The course travels along the Bow River, Banff Central Park and other beautiful running lanes while passing famous Banff Ave, Bow Falls and the Banff Recreation Grounds. Bonus: the route is very flat, so it’s perfect for a personal best!
4. The Banff Health and Fitness Expo
The Banff Health and Fitness Expo takes place Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 at Fenlands Recreation Centre. The event is FREE to participants, family, friends and all members of community. The Expo will engage the imagination of thousands of attendees in a celebration of well-being and community.
5. We are the World’s Greenest Marathon
In 2017, the Banff Marathon achieved an incredible landfill diversion rate of 99%, proving its Gold Standard title! The sustainability team sorted 754lbs of materials and resulted in only 7lbs of waste! Other programs included fully offsetting greenhouse gas emissions, utilized power from renewable sources, free participant transportation on ROAM busses and many more environmental programs.
6. Experience Banff National Park
Participants will experience the unique nature of Banff National Park from the moment they arrive in the Park - from registration right through to the event day. With the race theme based on Banff National Park and the Bow Valley experience, participants will pass Aid Stations themed after geographic, wildlife and historical features of Banff National Park.
7. Enjoy a world-class music event
This summer The Banff Centre will host concerts featuring an impressive list of faculty and world-class music performers. 7 x JUNO Award winner Serena Ryder will perform at the Eric Harvie Theatre on Thursday, June 14 and Xavier Rudd, one of Australia's most iconic voices, will perform at the Shaw Amphitheatre on Saturday, June 16.
8. Don’t miss everything else Banff has to offer
Banff and Lake Louise has a rich heritage as one of the world’s most awe-inspiring mountain destinations with easy access to pristine wilderness, endless outdoor adventures and all the amenities you need. Consider leaving yourself extra time to try hiking, hot springs, gondola rides, boat cruises, horseback riding, incredible dining and more!