The Banff Marathon welcomes BMO!
BMO to title Kids Run and Expo Kids Zone
The Banff Marathon organizers are excited to announce that BMO, Bank of Montreal, has joined the Banff Marathon as the Title Sponsor of the BMO Kids Run. BMO will also provide Title Sponsorship to the BMO Kids Zone at the Banff Marathon Health and Fitness Expo.
BMO joins a strong team of partners in the event committed to promoting healthy activities, sustainability, stewardship of Banff National Park and the community. The Banff Marathon will now feature the “BMO Kids Run” on Saturday, June 17th and the “BMO Kids Zone” at the Banff Marathon Health and Fitness Expo from June 16th-17th. The BMO Kids Run will offer a very fun event with different run distances for ages 3-12 around famous Banff Central Park finishing under the same gantry as the Banff Marathon participants will the following day. All participants will receive goodies and an award for finishing. The BMO Kids Zone will feature kid’s activities including face painting, “cheer card” creation station, bouncy castle, meeting “Parka”, the Banff National Park mascot, and more!
The addition of BMO is a perfect fit for the Banff Marathon with two local BMO branches being located in Banff and Canmore. The commitment to the local community is a priority for both BMO and the Banff Marathon. Thanks to the generosity of BMO, both the BMO Kids Run and BMO Kids Zone will be offered for free to the local community and all participants and their family members.
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October 27, 2017
On Monday the Banff Marathon gave back to the community which hosts them every year by making donations to local charities and honouring four individuals for their work in helping the event achieve a high level of sustainability.
Banff Marathon race director Stephanie O’Brien gave a donation of $5,000 to the Banff YWCA on behalf of the marathon to support programming that fights against domestic violence.
YWCA Banff CEO Connie MacDonald gave thanks to the race organizers and said the money will help the organization both economically and socially.
“For us to raise donations takes a significant amount of work and so by receiving this money, for us, what it means is we don’t have to spend all our time trying to fundraise, but we can spend our time doing the work we’re supposed to be doing and it goes a long way for us and the people that we’re assisting,” said MacDonald.
Joey O’Brien, the Banff Marathon’s sustainability director, gave a $2,000 donation on behalf of the Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation, a major sponsor of the marathon, and on behalf of the Banff Marathon itself, to the Rotary Club of Canmore to go towards the organization’s further sponsorship of Canadian Rockies Regional Science Fair.
“For the past eight years, we’ve sent students to the Canada-wide science fair and we’ve received a national award for seven of those 8 years,” said science fair organizer Shari Worobey. “This is our ninth year. We’ve never received gold but we’ve received bronze and silver, so this year we are upping the ante. After talking with Joey (O’Brien), some ideas came and we’re going to try to pair the kids with possibly some mentors and we’re going to go for gold this year.”
This year, the marathon managed to successfully divert 94.5% of its waste from landfills and was able to completely offset all carbon emissions generated from the event through the purchase of GHG credits on a federal registry. In recognition of the organizers’ efforts, the marathon received a “Gold” certification from the Bow Valley Waste Management Commission’s Toward Zero Waste program, the highest level that can be achieved.
Four young Bow Valley residents were also honoured with plaques and medals recognizing their contributions to achieving this feat: Talia Dixon (16-years-old) and Alina Arvisais (16) of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Academy, Jessica Orchin (18), former student at Banff Community High School, and Meghan Keelan (25). The four helped organize and implement the event’s TZW initiatives and sustainability summit, and contributed greatly in supporting the effort to make the Banff Marathon the world’s greenest race.
“It was really cool to work with the Banff Marathon on their sustainability initiatives because we learned a lot about sustainability and what it takes to be truly sustainable as an event, as well as what we can do in our own lives to be sustainable every day,” said Dixon.
“We were the ones on the ground, sorting through recycling, helping people put stuff in the right places, making sure all the stations were stocked, so that was a really great experience,” said Arvisais.
Orchin and Keelan were at the announcement to accept their awards, while Banff-Cochrane MLA Cam Westhead accepted the awards on behalf of Arvisais and Dixon, who could not attend.
An economic impact statement was also provided at the announcement. According to the Banff Marathon 2015 Overview document, the marathon brought in an estimated 6,654 visitors to the Bow Valley who generated an estimated total of $4.22 million impact on the economy. The calculations were based on surveys and registration information of participants.
The registration date to sign up for next year’s Banff Marathon is Nov. 4 and the event takes place on June 19, 2016.
On Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in Banff, Alta., representatives of the Banff Marathon announced donations made to local charities, honoured local young people for their efforts in achieving sustainability, and provided information on the economic impact of the event. From left: Banff Marathon sustainability director Joey O'Brien, Bow Valley Waste Management Commission gold certification winner Meghan Keelan, Banff YWCA CEO Connie MacDonald, Banff Marathon race director Stephanie O'Brien holding daughter Bella, Bow Valley Waste Management Commission gold certification winner Jessica Orchin, and Banff Marathon race director Paul Regensburg. (Daniel Katz/ Crag & Canyon/ Postmedia Network)
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May 31, 2015, "The 2015 Banff Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10km is sold out!"
The Banff Marathon, in only its second year, has fully sold out. The unique location and interpretative theme has attracted participants from 21 countries including Russia, Brazil, New Zealand, a large Chinese contingent, and Americans from 27 different states. Also in attendance are Canadians from 11 provinces and territories, and 106 Alberta communities.
On June 21, 2015 runners will set out on a journey through Canada’s First National park on an interpretative experience not found anywhere else on earth. The route stretches past the stunning Vermilion Lakes and up the iconic Bow Valley Parkway, before looping back to a finish line in beautiful downtown Banff. The marathon course has ten interpretative stewardship stations where athletes learn about the unique Banff National Park wilderness and wildlife. Using their race bib like a passport, marathon runners can complete the race with stamps from each station. Located in Banff National Park, stewardship and sustainability are the foundation of the Banff Marathon, which ambitiously aims to be the greenest marathon on earth.
Included in the diverse field of runners is the first ever winner of the Banff Marathon, an eighty year-old ultra runner from California known as “Ultra Granny” who has completed over 200 events in the past 30 years (she has completed 100k, 50 mile, and 24 hour runs), a participant running the marathon in the memory of her recently deceased brother, a current CFL on-field official, and an engineering student who was part of a recent solar car build project at the University of Calgary.