Race weekend is almost upon us! Please read the following important information and if you recently registered for the event please continue reading through the previous participant updates for important race information.
Participant Family and Friends
We need your help!
Participants, we are in need of some help for volunteers at the event. Banff is a very small community (only 7500 people) so drawing volunteers for the many events held here is very challenging – we could use the help of your friends and family if they would like to pitch in! This is a great opportunity for them to be part of the event while you are on your running journey.
Volunteer and receive a commemorative Banff Marathon technical shirt, lunch and snacks and a volunteer party at High Rollers with over $2000 in prizes! If any of your friends or family are available to help us out, we would greatly appreciate that. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Important Route Change for Full and Half Marathon Participants
Route Change (Announced June 16th, 2016)
Due to the record levels of wildlife presence, mainly wolf and bear activity, Parks Canada has determined that the Half and Full Marathon courses will be adjusted. As a result, Parks has granted runners exclusive access to the renowned Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail route. The 10K Course remains unaffected.
This beautiful route will still offer an accurate and fully serviced course for the participants. The start and finish areas do not change. The Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail was built in honour of Banff National Park's 125th Anniversary. The trail is a testament to, and celebration of the values of the national park, encouraging visitors and Bow Valley residents to explore the landscape in an environmentally friendly way.
The Trail links the mountain towns of Banff and Canmore through an additional 4.5 km of pathway outside of Banff National Park boundaries. The entire Trail is collectively referred to as the Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail - a distance of 26.8 km.
The Trail offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, and will be completely closed for your exclusive enjoyment!
The Banff Marathon is committed to protecting the wildlife in the park, your safety and your running enjoyment. We are working hard to create a great event for you, and we know you will enjoy your Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail experience.
Please visit the website HERE for information and maps
Full Marathoners – Important Note – Internal Loop
Full Marathoners! Now that we are moving to the Eastern Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail (Contingency) Route there is an important feature of your route. You will be required to complete an internal loop at the turnaround point of your course. When you arrive at the turnaround on the Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail at approximately the 16K mark you will loop back 4.3km to an internal turnaround point then return back to the turnaround at the 16K mark, then head straight back to Banff (passing back by the internal turnaround point). This will be well marked and marshalled. To summarize, there will be a single loop (8.6km in total) at the end of your loop before running back in. All the best with your run – as Marathoners you are the smallest group, the elite and the warriors of the event.
Live Tracker & Real-Time Updates
Real-time Facebook / Twitter Notifications - Get automatic posting as progress is made on the course. If you are a participant, claim your profile and enable Facebook or Twitter notifications. Your stats will post live as you pass each checkpoint.
Live Web Tracker - See times and current pace within seconds of a participant crossing each split point. Estimated times will be provided based on current pace.
Live Leaderboard - See who is winning via the Live Leaderboard. Top runners in each category will be displayed in real-time as they lead the way through the course.
Real-time Facebook / Twitter Notifications - Get automatic posting as progress is made on the course. As a spectator, the times of the participant you are tracking can be posted to your Facebook or Twitter feed automatically allowing friends and family to share in the excitement!
Live Map Tracking - Participant locations will be plotted on the Interactive Course Map as progress is made on course. The position of each participant is estimated based on the most recent timing received from the bib read. NOTE: Participants do not need to carry their phones for this feature to work.
Participant Waste on the Course
Watch for the Terracycle boxes at the Towards Zero Waste Stations. This is where you will place your Energy Bar wrappers, and any other hard to recycle items. There will be volunteers at these boxes to assist with placing your waste in the correct bins. Thanks for helping us have 100% Waste Diversion!
Reminder: Race registrations not transferrable
Due to the sell out status of the races, there is a demand for race bibs/registrations from athletes unable to participate this Sunday. A reminder to all that due to legal, logistical, health, and safety requirements that race registrations are NOT transferable under any circumstances. Registration personnel will be asking for ID during race check in, and only registered runners are authorized to run the 10K, half marathon, or full marathon courses. Participant understanding is very appreciated in this matter.
Banff Marathon Commemorative Gear
Don’t forget to visit the Banff marathon retail booth at the Banff Health, Sport & Lifestyle Expo at Fenlands Recreation Centre. There will be popular limited edition toques, gloves, and various technical shirts available at great prices!
Schedule of Events
FRIDAY JUNE 17: Afternoon/Evening
1:00pm - 8:00pm - Sport and Lifestyle Expo – Fenlands Recreation Centre
1:00pm - 8:00pm - Race Package Pickup - Fenlands Recreation Centre
2:00pm - Speaker Mathieu Bilodeau, 2016 Rio-Bound Olympian - Fenlands Recreation Centre
3:00pm - Speaker Shelley Collier - Fenlands Recreation Centre
4:00pm - Speaker Heather King, Physiotherapist and World Ranked Athlete - Fenlands Recreation Centre
6:00pm - Speaker Ultra Mel and John - Fenlands Recreation Centre
SATURDAY JUNE 18: All Day
10:00am - 6:00pm - Sport and Lifestyle Expo – Fenlands Recreation Centre
10:00am - 6:00pm - Race Package Pickup - Fenlands Recreation Centre
12:00pm - Speaker - Patrick Louden, WBFF Pro and Personal Trainer - Fenlands Recreation Centre
1:00pm - Speaker - Ultra Mel and John - Fenlands Recreation Centre
1:30pm - FREE KIDS RUN - Central Park
Registration from 12:00 - 1:15pm
2:00pm - Speaker Mathieu Bilodeau, 2016 Rio Olympian - Fenlands Recreation Centre
3:00pm - Speaker Lance Watson, Olympic Gold Medal Coach - Fenlands Recreation Centre
SUNDAY JUNE 19: RACE DAY!
7:00am - Race Site Opens – Central Park
8:00am - 10K Race Start - Central Park
9:00am - Full Marathon Race Start - Central Park
9:30am - Half Marathon Race Start - Central Park
The Wolf activity has been very active in the Banff Region. Parks Canada asked us to pass on this notice (Issued June 1st):
WHAT: Wolf warning
WHERE: Bow valley of Banff National Park, including campgrounds and day use areas.
WHY: Wolves have shown bold behaviour and accessed human food in a campsite.
•Never approach, entice or feed wildlife.
Please report all carnivore sightings to Banff Dispatch: 403-762-1470
Start date: 01/06/2016
End date: Until further notice
For more information, call Banff Park Dispatch at 403.762.1470.
Safety messages to participants:
- Keep all wildlife attractants (food and garbage) secure, littering is strictly prohibited and perpetrators will be disqualified and/or fined.
If wolves or bears are seen on route, or if one is approached by wildlife, STOP, make yourself look as large as possible and retreat to the closest muster point (course martial or aid station.)
Potential Route Hazards
Our scenic running course takes you through some of the most scenic land in the world…and also across some active railway tracks. We will know when trains are approaching and we will have race marshals on both sides of the track to halt the race accordingly. In order to ensure your timing does not get disrupted by train activity, we will place timing matts on either side of the tracks. The time needed to close the course at railway crossings will be deleted off of the final time of any patiently waiting athletes.
(Don’t worry—no one was injured in the race where this photo was taken)
Trail Narrowing at Start
The course will start along Bow Ave, a closed road in the town of Banff, but it narrows and becomes a path where Bow Avenue intersects with Wolf Street. Please be mindful of this narrowing onto the Bow Valley Path during the start of the race.
When you exit the Bow Valley Path onto Mt Norquay Rd, there is a natural ramp at the crossing. However, because there may be a width of runners wider than the natural ramp, some runners will need to use the curb. Please use caution stepping from curb to road.
The safety of our athletes and minimizing impact on the Banff wildlife and wilderness is our paramount priority. In the event of wildlife activity along our primary course, we have an alternate route prepared (see below). We encourage everyone to check the website (and Facebook and Twitter) frequently as the race day approaches. Route updates and announcements will be posted HERE
Runners will be able to check their gear in the Start/Finish area on race morning. Anyone planning to check gear should allow a minimum of 10-15 minutes prior to the race to do so. Checked gear must be less than 10 pounds (no luggage will be accepted). The bag can be given to our volunteers at the Gear Check Tent.
In order to pick up gear, athletes will need to show their race bib. No checked gear will be distributed without a corresponding bib. Please do not destroy or discard race bibs, these are used as identification on race day.
The Event will not be responsible for any lost or stolen items, so please ensure bags are properly labeled. It is recommended that all valuables (phones, wallets, jewellery) be left at home.
Beer Gardens & BBQ
NEW THIS YEAR! Join us at the finish line Beer Gardens & BBQ after the event thanks to Banff Ave Brewing Co. Beer Gardens are open to participants, friends, family and the public (Must be 18 years or older to enter Beer Gardens; BBQ open to all ages). Great entertainment for friends and family while they wait for you to complete your run!
During the race, only participants with a race bib will be allowed on Vermilion Lakes Road, the Legacy Trail and the Bow Valley Parkway. Please tell your friends and family not to drive, cycle or walk to these areas. These areas can be narrow and environmentally sensitive so for the safety of everyone please let everyone know not to travel to these sections of the course as they will be denied entry (tell them to sign up for the run next year to gain access!). The runners are best viewed in town as they start the run and complete the final in-town loop before the finish. There are many great cheering spots here and also many fun things to do in Banff for your family members while they await your return.
Raise and Run: Support the Banff YWCA
It’s not too late! Join the pledge program for the official charity of the Banff Marathon and give back to the community of Banff – even a few pledges will make a big difference.
The Banff Marathon is proud to have the Banff YWCA as our official charity. On any given day in Canada, more than 3,300 women (along with their 3,000 children) are forced to sleep in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence. Every night, about 200 women are turned away because the shelters are full.
We want to do our best to help the YWCA serve and support the women and children
of the Bow Valley Community. By pledging your support (or having others pledge their support of your run), you are helping the YWCA Banff to provide the following confidential and free services for women and children:
* Access to a safe place for women and their children experiencing violence
* Safety planning, counseling and support services for victims of intimate partner violence and sexualized assault
* Programs for children, youth and the community in the prevention of violence against women
* Healthy relationship counseling for couples
* Permanent and temporary affordable housing
* Empowering clients to make informed and safety-focused decisions.
How You Can Help Support the YWCA:
You can have some of your friends, family and co-workers sponsor your run or walk to support the important work of the YWCA.
The Pledge Donations program allows you to create a personal fundraising page and include your fundraising goal, personal message, even a video if you want, and customize the web address of your page. You can then easily share this page through the social sharing options and accept donations from friends, families, and co-workers.
You can join the Pledge Donations program in only three steps:
1. Sign in to your RaceOnline registration account (or if you did not create an account at registration, you can create one here).
2. Once you have signed in, click on the Fundraising button to create your fundraising page.
3. Share widely with your family, friends, and colleagues! Your RaceOnline fundraising page has strong social media integration, making it easy to share with your networks.
Thank you for your support of women and girls and the YWCA!
10K @ 8:00am
Full Marathon @ 9:00am
Half Marathon @ 9:30am
Please note that the 10K and Half Marathon will be broken in to different starting waves.
Each of these waves will start 60s apart to avoid congestion at the start. Runners will be chip-timed so this will make no difference to your overall time (your chip will start your time when you cross the starting mat). You will self-seed yourself according to wave times based on your projected finish. There will be signs posted along the start chute with these times so please place yourself in the area you feel is the most appropriate to how your finishing time will be. If you are a novice runner and/or do not know your projected time, please start in the final wave of your race distance.
8:00am – 10k Start – Wave #1: Projected finish under 60 minutes
8:01am – 10k Start – Wave #2: Projected finish over 60 minutes
9:00am – Marathon Start – All Marathon Runners
9:30am – Half Marathon Start – Wave #1: Projected finish under 1 hour and 50 minutes
9:31am – Half Marathon Start – Wave #2: Projected finish from 1:50 – 2:05
9:32am – Half Marathon Start – Wave #3: Projected finish from 2:05 – 2:20
9:33am – Half Marathon Start – Wave #4: Projected finish over 2:20
**Timing subject to change
Race Package Pick-Up
NEW THIS YEAR - Race Package Pick-Up takes place at the Banff Health, Sports and Lifestyle Expo held at the Fenlands Recreation Center (100 Norquay Road)
Friday June 17 - 1:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday June 18 – 10:00am to 6:00pm
Banff Health, Sports, & Lifestyle Expo
Don't miss the innovative industry leading, sport related vendors at the Banff Marathon Health, Sport and Lifestyle Expo on June 17&18 at the Fenlands Recreation Centre. Peruse the booths, get excited at Parks World, educated in Sustainability Village and party like you're four at Kid's Land.
Friday June 17 – 1:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday June 18 – 10:00am to 6:00pm
Top 10 Things to do:
- Grab a coffee from Central West Coffee or Smoothie from White Rabbit & Co.
- Stop at Parks World for everything Banff has to offer
- Sign up for innovative nutrition tracking with Cronometer
- Sunglass and clothing shopping from JOLA, Patagonia, Suunto, Salomon, Skechers, The North Face, Buff & Adidas
- Check your email at the cowork space e=mc2
- Ensure your skin is at it's best with Art of Skin and Epsomgel
- Sign up for training at Good Life Fitness and your next race or trip at Grizzly Mountain Events and Vision Travel
- Learn how we became the Worlds Greenest Marathon in Sustainability Village (and give my Dad a high five)
- Jump around in the bouncy castle, get your face painted, try out log sawing, play with Parka the mascot, and engage with the balloon artist
- Watch the athlete video, get your commemorative T-Shirt and race bib and then put your feet up for race day!
A Message from Parks Canada
The town of Banff resides within Canada's first national park, and visitors to the town of Banff or anywhere in the park MUST purchase a park pass. We advise participants to take advantage of online park pass purchases available through Banff Lake Louise Tourism.
Park fees are used for wildlife protection such as the fencing on Trans Canada Highway that runs through Banff National Park. It also pays for the building and maintenance to the wildlife underpasses and overpasses that cross the highway. Maintenance to picnic areas, trails, parking areas, scenic pullouts, scenic parkways, interpretive signs, day use areas, public safety and public washrooms are all part of what the fees cover.
ROAM around Banff for Free with your Race Bib!
June 18 & 19
The Bow Valley Regional Transit Service is providing free public transit for race participants and their friends and family on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19. We invite all of our athletes and their guests to take advantage of this great offer to help reduce parking congestion in Banff and to keep our event as green as possible.
Roam buses will take you to Banff must-sees such as the Banff Springs Hotel, the Cave and Basin, the Banff Gondola, Tunnel Mountain, and many stops throughout the town of Banff. You can see the bus routes and schedules here.
The 2016 Banff Marathon is featuring the latest in real-time race tracking by providing Live Results via our timing partner, Race Day Timing Services.
• Live Web Tracker - See times and current pace within seconds of a participant crossing each split point. Estimated times will be provided based on current pace.
• Live Leaderboard - See who is winning via the Live Leaderboard. Top runners in each category will be displayed in real-time as they lead the way through the course.
• Real-time Facebook / Twitter Notifications - Get automatic postings as progress is made on the course. As a spectator, the times of the participant you are tracking can be posted to your Facebook or Twitter feed automatically allowing friends and family to share in the excitement! If you are a participant, claim your profile and enable Facebook or Twitter notifications. Your stats will post live as you pass each checkpoint.
PLEASE NOTE: Times posted during the event are Unofficial. Official results are posted upon completion of the event.
To sign up for Live Timing head to the Banff Marathon Facebook Page on race week and click the “Live Results!” Button.
Welcoming Mathieu Bilodeau
As a participant in the Banff Marathon you will be walking or running with Race Walker Mathieu Bilodeau, who just met the qualifying standard for Rio 2016 in the 50K Race Walk. Mathieu and his wife will be completing the Half Marathon distance. He will also be speaking at the Health Sport and Lifestyle Expo on Friday and Saturday, so come on by and have a listen!
You can learn more about Mathieu by visiting his website at http://matbilodeau.com/
Mathieu Bilodeau – Olympic Race Walker
You don't have to run to be part of the
2016 Banff Marathon – Volunteer instead!
There are still opportunities for friends and family of participants to volunteer and help
us make this an amazing event for all athletes. There are a variety of positions available on Sunday June 19, for individuals or groups to volunteer together. Positions are also available on Saturday, June 18 for the Kids’ Run, expo, and more!
Volunteers will receive:
-A commemorative Banff Marathon Race Crew technical shirt!
-Complimentary lunch and snacks
-Volunteer Party at High Rollers with over $2000 in prizes
Take this chance to meet some amazing new friends and be proud of your contribution to the athletes and your community.
To check out volunteering for the Banff Marathon please visit our volunteer registration site HERE
For more information contact: email@example.com
Discounts at Helly Hansen!
Come visit the HH Banff location with your race bib and receive 25% off all outdoor active training gear and footwear. The store will also have polos on sale “3 for the price of 2”
Don’t miss these great deals!
Want to Participate in a Study?
Please consider participating in a research study examining the prevalence of gastrointestinal distress triggers in distance runners and their contribution to gastrointestinal symptoms during training. If you participate, you’d be asked to keep track of your training over a month and fill out questionnaires on potential gastrointestinal distress triggers. Total participation time will be 1 to 1.5 hours over a one month period. To be eligible to participate, you must meet the following criteria:
∙ Be age 18-65
∙ Be currently running ≥ 20 miles per week
∙ Have completed at least one 10-mile run over the past month
This study is being conducted by Patrick Wilson, PhD, RD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Movement Sciences at Old Dominion University.If you are interested in participating or learning more, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 757-683-4783.