A contingency route has been designated in the event the primary route is deemed unsafe due to potential wildlife conflicts. The contingency route for the half and full marathon courses would start on Buffalo Street (at Bear St. adjacent to the race finish area), travel east, turn north on to Muskrat Street, run the length of Muskrat Street connecting to Banff Ave (northbound) and then on to the Legacy Trail eastbound. The route would carry on the Legacy Trail eastbound to designated turnaround points where the participants will return to Banff (westbound) on the same route used on the outward portion. The route differs on the return once the participants arrive at the intersection of Muskrat and Buffalo Street. At this point the route travels across Buffalo Street and on to the Bow River trail system across the Pedestrian Bridge, turns east along the trail on the south side of the river, along Glen Ave, Birch Ave, Birch Dr, returning on the trail adjacent to Cave Ave, before running north on Banff Ave across the bridge and finishing in Central Park. The 10K route will remain the same as Plan A and consist of 2 loops around the Town of Banff, utilizing the trails and roads listed above. The 10K route also utilizes the Bow River trails on the south side of the river to the Bow Falls and the Recreational Grounds and Sundance Road. Even though this is not the primary route, the ability to change to this contingency route will still allow the participant to experience a beautiful run through the Mountain Valley that is well supported with aid stations and personnel.
Contingency Route - Maps