Strong partnerships with the host community is of utmost importance and an imperative mandate of the Banff Marathon. The following community initiatives are being implemented to ensure local partnerships continue to thrive:
Ensuring the community of Banff and surrounding region benefits as a result of the Banff Marathon is an important priority. In addition to the extensive economic impact to the region, the Banff Marathon provides the following benefits to the community:
Approximately 72 local business/contractors/agencies were hired in organizing the Banff Marathon in 2016. Generally speaking, many business owners increased retail traffic surrounding the event. Hotels and restaurants were bustling for the event.
$26,000 was donated into the community through the YWCA, Banff Hockey Academy, Volunteer prizing and the Banff Park Museum sponsorship.
Free Kids Run
During race weekend, a free and festive kids run is offered, open to all children ages 3-12 years old. Over 225 children participated in 2016. Every child received a race number, prizes and a finisher ribbon!
The Banff Marathon Organizing Committee works very closely with the Town of Banff, Parks Canada, Community Stakeholders, local businesses and residents to ensure maximum positive impact from the event. Traffic impacts for the event were minimal.
Over twenty local experienced leaders served on the Banff Marathon Organizing Committee. Hundreds more volunteered over 1200 hours in 2016.
The Banff Health and Fitness Expo is a free event to the participants and community hosting a variety of vendors and programs. The 2016 event featured Kids Land, Parks World, a Sustainability Village and many exciting speakers such as Rio Olympian Mathieu Bilodeau.
The event is reliant on strong local partners in the community. A big thank you to these tremendous community supporters! These partners include: