Dear Participant,

We have added a number of new important updates about the event and made some updates to the last notice. Please click below on the most recent Athlete Update link and read through these items carefully as there are many important items you will need to know for race weekend. Please also check FacebookInstagram and Twitter for new updates and announcements.

Please read carefully the most recent Athlete Update below:

Athlete Update - September 9th, 2021 - HERE

Athlete Update - September 8th, 2021 - HERE

Athlete Update - September 1st, 2020 - HERE


In the latest Update you will find important information on:


  • Course Etiquette

  • Schedule of Events

  • Potential Route Hazards

  • Spectators

  • Parks Pass

  • Station #2 - Vermilion Lakes

  • Alternate Route

  • COVID-19 Safety Guidelines ***UPDATED***

  • Volunteering

  • VIP Upgrades

  • Changing Your Race Distance - *** EXTENDED***

  • Transferring Your Bib to Someone Else - Prohibited

  • Official Charity Pledge Program - Join Team YWCA

  • Wildlife Safety and Bear Spray

  • Green Initiatives – Info on Gatorade, Waste, Water & Free Transport

  • Free Kids Run!

If any of your friends or family are available to help us out, we would greatly appreciate that. Please contact:

Or click here to sign up for a shift: VOLUNTEER


Can I Transfer to a Different Distance?

You can transfer to a different race distance. Please note that you will need the correct race bib to start in the event you registered for unless you complete the transfer to receive a new bib. You will not be permitted to start in a different distance at the start line if you do not have the race bib that matches that event distance (ie. if you registered for the Half Marathon and decide to run the 10K you must officially change your distance to start the 10k on race day). In summary, if you want to transfer to a different distance you must officially transfer via the link below. The transfer fee is $10 (to cover admin costs). By clicking below, you will be directed to a Paypal link - once you have completed the payment, your name will be sent to the registration team who will manually make the transfer to your new distance.







Athlete Update - August 9, 2021


We are excited to welcome back fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents (currently residing in the U.S.) for leisure travel. If you meet the entry criteria, fully vaccinated travellers do not have to quarantine upon arrival to Canada.


On July 19, the Government of Canada announced that effective September 7, the Government of Canada will open its borders for discretionary travel by fully vaccinated travellers from any country who meet specific entry requirements.


For the full announcement, please see the:

Government of Canada press release


We encourage all travellers to be fully informed of the pre-entry and on-arrival public health and testing requirements. This includes the mandatory use of the ArriveCAN app. Travellers should plan for extra time in the lead up, and upon the arrival of their trip.

For the latest information on travel to Canada including the updated federal requirements and restrictions, please visit the:

Government of Canada website






Check out the Government of Canada backgrounder for more information related to entry requirements.


In addition to federal entry requirements, it’s important for travellers to be aware of local restrictions and health guidelines. While Alberta currently imposes no additional restrictions, travellers are encouraged to visit the Government of Alberta website should the situation change.

Athlete Update - July 21, 2021

US and International Participants Announcement from the Government of Canada

Great news for our US and International participants!

It was announced this week that American citizens and permanent residents of the United States, who currently reside in the U.S. and who qualify as fully vaccinated travellers, will be able to enter Canada for discretionary travel starting August 9.

And, on September 7, 2021, provided that the domestic epidemiologic situation remains favourable, the Government intends to open Canada's borders to international fully vaccinated travellers who have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements.

We look forward to welcoming our international participants to the Banff Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K.

Learn more HERE

Please check back for athlete updates closer to the event date.

Please "Like" the @banffmarathon Facebook page for announcements, training tips, contest etc!


July 15, 2020

Photos Contest Winners!

Thank you for all of your amazing photos! We received nearly 1200 photos of you completing your Virtual Banff Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K. Everyone who submitted a photo was entered in the draw.

You can check out all of the photos on Instagram (#banffmarathon tag) or click here: #banffmarathon

Please see below for all of the winners...

Rocky Mountain Escape Weekend

Winner: Colleen Stasiuk 

From: Banff Lodging Co.

Prize Includes:

Two nights accommodation at the Moose Hotel & Suites in a One Bedroom Suite for two
$75.00 meal credit at Pacini Italian Restaurant
Banff Trail Riders 1 hr. Bow River Horseback Ride for two
Chinook White Water Rafting on the Kananaskis River for two
Mt. Norquay Chair Lift Ride for two
Mt. Norquay Via Ferrata – Explorer Route for two

Northern Lights Trip to the Yukon

Winner: Kelli Becker

From: Air North

An amazing adventure for 2 to the Yukon. Kelli's trip includes round-trip airfare*, 2 nights of hotel accommodation and a night of aurora viewing thanks to our friends at Air North, Yukon’s AirlineNorthern Vision Development and Northern Tales Travel Services. As the bright sun gives way to dark starry skies, the stage is set for a show you’ll never forget.
Photo Credit: Neil Zeller 
*Airfare from Air North Western Canadian Hub City

VIP Run Weekend in Banff at Melissa’s

Winner: Jenn Thibeault 

From: Melissa's Road Race

It will be an amazing weekend at the legendary Melissa's Park Road Race in Banff National Park!
Jenn receives a Two-night stay in Banff, Dinner for two, and 2 VIP Race Entries into any distance of the 2021 Melissa’s Road Race (September 25th).

Parks Canada Water Bottle and Buff

Winner: Kerry Belcher

From: Parks Canada

Great souvenirs from Parks Canada. Canada's National parks are a country-wide system of representative natural areas of Canadian significance. Kerry receives a commemorative Parks Canada water bottle and Buff Head/Neckband.

“Head to Toe” Fitness Apparel Package

Winner: Yoshiaki Nagaoka 

From: Impact Magazine

A great fitness apparel package that will have Yoshiaki covered from head to toe including running shoes!

Lindt Chocolate Gift Package

Winner: Chloe Kestle 

From: Vancouver BlueShore Mother's Day Run

A delicious assortment of Lindt chocolate creations for your post race recovery!

Pinnacle Fitness Package

Winner: Marisa Socorro Dias Durães

From: Pinnacle Fitness

Pinnacle Fitness Run Gear Package including a Headsweats Running Visor, Hybrid Custom Number Belt, Custom Pinnacle Fitness Trucker Hat and a technical running shirt.

Banff Marathon Souvenir Package

Winner: Nancy Luyckfassel 

From: Banff Marathon Organizing Committee

Banff Marathon Souvenir Package: Includes Trucker Hat, Visor, Headsweats Run Toque, Gloves, Luggage Tags, Sport Pack and Sunglasses.

Check out the 2020 Winners below!