Banff Marathon

Marathon

Photo: Pam Doyle/pamdoylephoto.com

The Banff Marathon returns to Banff June 19, 2022, with a Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10km distances. There will also be a Kids Run on June 18. New this year, the races on Sunday, June 19 finish on Bear Street!

Banff welcomes participants from over 25 countries, 10 provinces, 45 U.S. states and 100 Alberta communities – and many from right here in the Bow Valley.  

The event is sold out and will return to its traditional weekend for the first time in three years due to the pandemic. The Banff Marathon produces a strong economic impact of over $10 million to the region. The Banff Marathon is partnering with the YWCA Banff, where all fundraising efforts will be put towards valuable services in the community.  The event also includes a free Sport Expo, stewardship information about Banff National Park, a world-recognized sustainability program and the promotion of Banff around the globe as a beautiful protected destination.  

 The event finish area and race expo are usually set up in Central Park and the parking lot, which is currently a staging area for the construction of the new pedestrian bridge and not accessible. Now set up as a functional event space, Bear Street and the Bear Street parking lot will be transformed into a festive area for participants and spectators alike.

For more information about the race, visit banffmarathon.com

Traffic Impacts

SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2022
6:30 am – 3:30 pm

The Banff Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K will take place on Sunday, June 19 and include runners of all abilities. Participants will begin on Bow Ave and complete a loop out past Vermilion Lakes, along the Legacy Trail (west), and up the Bow Valley Parkway to a designated turn-around point that loops back and finishes on Bear Street. The courses have been designed to have limited impacts on traffic in and around Banff. Please use alternative routes as signed, or allow time for delays during these periods. Your understanding and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

FULL ROAD/TRAIL CLOSURES
Date: Sunday, June 19th
Time: 7:00 am - 10:30 am

  • Bow Ave from Buffalo St to Wolf St
  • Caribou St from Bow Ave to Bear St
  • Bear St from Caribou St to Bear Street Parking Lot
  • Buffalo St from Bear St to Bow Ave Time: 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Vermilion Lakes Road and Legacy Trail (west) from Lynx Street west to the Bow Valley Parkway
  • Bow Valley Parkway from Trans-Canada Highway (easterly access) to Johnston Canyon Campground (Access to Johnston Canyon from Castle Junction)

LANE / TRAIL RESTRICTIONS
Date: Sunday, June 19 
Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

  • Legacy Trail Connector from Bow Ave to Vermilion Lakes Rd
  • Bow River Trail (north side) from Wolf St to Caribou St

ACCESS TO BRIDGE / SOUTH SIDE OF RIVER
With the updated race route, no streets or trails will be affected on the south side of the bridge. The runners will cross Lynx St (at Caribou St.) which could create some delays so it is recommended to access the bridge via roadways east of Banff Ave (ie. Beaver St, Muskrat St, Otter St).

CONTINGENCY RACE ROUTE
The Marathon organizers have also planned a contingency race route in the case of heavy wildlife activity – please also familiarize yourself with this route. This route would affect Muskrat Street (single lane traffic) and result in a closure of the Legacy Trail (from Banff to the eastern Park Gates).

GET INVOLVED!
We invite all local residents to visit the free Health and Fitness Expo and free Kid’s Run on Saturday, June 18 (Kids Run is at 1:30pm at Banff Community High School) - Registration starts at 12pm. The Kids Run is free and there will be goodies and finisher’s medals for the kids! We also invite you to cheer on the racers on race day (the athletes love it!) or become a volunteer to help make this event a success – it is very inspiring!

NOTICE OF POTENTIAL ROUTE CHANGE
In the event of a route change due to wildlife activity on the course, an alternate route has been planned that will affect businesses and residents along Buffalo, Muskrat, and Fox, Banff Ave and a full closure of the Legacy Trail (east) from Banff to the eastern Park Gates. Please check for route updates and route changes at www.banffmarathon.com under “Route” up to and including June 19. Please note that changes could be made up until the morning of Sunday, June 19.

Thank you in advance for working with us to make this a safe and enjoyable experience for local and visitors alike, and for helping to protect the wildlife in Banff National Park.

Route Map - Traffic - 2022 Banff Marathon
banff Marathon Map - 2022 - Interpretive Map