One of the world's most beautiful and unique destinations has been given the opportunity to host the most famous running event, the marathon.
The Banff Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K will offer runners of all abilities the chance to participate in this truly special event. Imagine yourself on a journey that flows from Banff Central Park, runs past Vermilion Lakes, up the Bow Valley Parkway and loops to finish in beautiful downtown Banff. It is the running adventure of a lifetime. The scenery is breathtaking and you will experience many different interpretive, geographical, wilderness and historical stages on your trek. Run by the stunning mountain vistas known to Banff National Park, Moose Meadows, the new Legacy Trail, and serene Vermillion Lakes - just to name a few. Interpretive stations at each of these stages will be set up along the way at the aid stations if you want to learn more about your journey. Although the run takes place in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, the course is not too grueling with a slightly rolling and relatively flat terrain.
Whether you are an experienced marathon runner or this is your first time, the Banff Marathon will be one of a kind. Since Banff National Park limits the race entries, don't miss out on the opportunity to experience this limited race! This is your chance to run in the only marathon in North America that is fully contained within the boundaries of a National Park, Canada's very first National Park. Starting and finishing in the beautiful mountain town of Banff, this marathon will take you into the heart of the Rockies to experience the cultural heritage and awe-inspiring nature of Banff National Park. A true destination event in one of Canada’s most scenic locations.
Not up for the full marathon? Test yourself in the half marathon and 10km distances. Connect intimately with the natural and cultural heritage and the majestic scenery of this Canadian Rocky Mountain World Heritage Site. The Banff Marathon event not only offers the running events, but also many “Marathon Festival” weekend activities including:
The Health and Fitness Expo
Free BMO Kids Run
Free Clinics and renowned Speakers
Touring Tin Antique Car Show
Banff Park Museum Admission
All of the beauty and activities that Banff National Park has to offer. Many of the participants and their families make time for hiking, the gondola, hot springs, wildlife watching, cycling, shopping, boat tours and more in beautiful Banff!