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FAQ'S

Are IPods/MP3 Players/Headphones Allowed?

The Event prohibits the use of these devices for the runner’s safety and the safety of those around them. There is no risk of disqualification for simple use, however, if a runner puts themselves or other runners at risk, directly or indirectly through the use of these items, the Event reserves the right to disqualify the participant.

Do I Receive A Medal For Completing The Half Marathon Event?

Both the Marathon and Half Marathon finishers receive a medal.  A Finishers Medal for the 10K is not included in the registration price.  There have been requests by 10K participants to have a finishers medal.  Likewise, there are many participants who would prefer not to have a 10K finishers medal in lieu of a lower registration price.  Hosting the event in Banff National Park makes for a wonderful experience, but is much more expensive than operating a traditional running event.  In the spirit of trying to maintain the lowest registration price AND provide an opportunity to have a 10K Finisher Medal, a medal will now be made available for purchase, at a low price, at the time of registration.

Are There A Lot Of Hills On The Race Course?

The 10K route takes place in the Town of Banff and is flat.  For the Half Marathon and Marathon events, the route begins in Banff, travels to Vermilion Lakes Road and the Legacy Trail (west side of Banff) then connects on to the Bow Valley Parkway to turnaround points (traveling the same route in return).  The section that is utilized for the Half Marathon course is flat in town and along Vermilion Lakes Road with some undulating grade along the Legacy Trail and the beginning of the Bow Valley Parkway to the Half Marathon turnaround point.  The Marathon route carries further along the Bow Valley Parkway which includes more grade changes and hillier terrain although it is not too steep.  The return route in both the Half and Full Marathon courses contains more downhill sections.

Is The Banff Marathon A Boston Qualifier?

Currently the Banff Marathon is not certified as a Boston qualifier. The course will be the accurate distance for timing purposes.  The potential of becoming a certified Boston qualifier in future years is still being explored. 

Can I Change My Registration To A Different Race Length?

Yes. Should you register, then decide you would like to race a different distance there will be a $10 change fee. *If going from a lower cost to a higher cost race, you will have to pay the additional costs (subtracted from what you have already paid). If you are changing to a shorter distance you will not be issued a refund for the difference in entry fee).

Are Strollers Or Pets Allowed On The Course?

Banff National Park is a beautiful and unique location for a running event.  However, this does present some challenges for the running course which is comprised of a combination of paved roads, paved and dirt trails, narrow sections, sharp turns and some curbs.  For safety reasons, wheelchairs, baby joggers, strollers, Burleys, inline skates, bicycles, and pets can NOT be permitted on the course.

Is There A Time Limit For Finishing The Courses?

The Marathon event has a course time limit of 6 hours and 30 minutes.  The Half Marathon and 10K events do not have an official course time limit that is less than the Marathon event, however participants are asked to keep moving at all times and are not permitted to stop along the course. There will be certain cut-off times along the course based on this time at which time the course will re-open to vehicular traffic and participants may be asked to cease their participation in the Event. Participants must maintain a minimum 15-minute per mile pace (approximately) and complete each event distance - start line to finish line - within the event time requirement. There is no Walking division in the Event although walking is allowed provided the participant maintains a pace that will allow finishing within the course time limits. Those who finish outside of the time limit will not be recorded as official finishers and may not receive full on-course support from Aid Stations and traffic