Melissa's Road Race

Melissas Road Race

The 44th annual Melissa’s Road Race will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2023.  The official charity this year is the Daycare Society of Banff.

Learn more about the race at

The event will take place between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. There will be some road closures and traffic interruptions to accommodate the race.

Road Closures and Traffic Interruptions

Cave Ave:

Full closure from 10:30 - 10:55 a.m.

Sundance Rd:

Full closure 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Banff Ave (including vehicle bridge) from Cave Ave to Wolf St:

Bridge fully closed and Banff Avenue northbound lanes (Ped Zone) closed 10:35 - 10:55 am. Rolling reopening

Wolf St, from Banff Ave to Muskrat St:

Single lane closure 10:35 – 11 a.m.. Rolling reopening

Muskrat St, from Wolf St to Buffalo St:

Single lane closure 10:35 – 11 a.m. Rolling reopening

Caribou St from Muskrat St to Otter St:

Single lane closure 10:35 - 11:05 a.m. Rolling reopening

Otter St. / Tunnel Mtn Rd, from Caribou St to Tunnel Mountain Drive (at Buffalo Mountain Lodge)

Single lane closure 10:35 – 11:35 a.m. Single lane access to main entrance of Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Tunnel Mountain Drive from Buffalo Mountain Lodge main entrance to south Parks Gate on Tunnel Mountain Drive (at St. Julien Way – entrance to Banff Centre):

Full closure 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.. Tunnel Mountain Drive gates will open to the public at 12 p.m.
 Park gates will remained locked from night before

Tunnel Mountain Drive / Buffalo Street from St. Julien Way to Muskrat St:

Single lane closure 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Southbound traffic only in right lane, descending). Vehicles can exit Banff Centre (right turn only). Ascending traffic lane on Tunnel Mountain
 Drive is closed until the last runner enters the trail system at Muskrat Street. Access to The Banff Centre is via St. Julien Rd (follow detour).

Pedestrian Bridge:

Dedicated lane to runners until 12:30pm

Birch Ave and Birch Drive:

Full closure from 10:25 – 11 a.m.
 Single lane access from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. to the Luxton Museum, Trading Post and residences via Cave Ave/Birch Drive only

Glen Ave:

Full closure at 10:30 - 10:50 a.m.
 Single lane closure (westbound): 10:50 a.m. – 2 p.m.
 Single lane traffic access eastbound – Local Traffic Only: 10:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (access via Trading Post)
 Single lane traffic access eastbound – All Traffic: 12:30 – 2 p.m.

Bow Falls Ave:

Full closure 10:30 – 10:50 a.m. After last runner passes by Bow Falls parking lot, two-way traffic allowed until runners return, then single lane alternating traffic (radio controlled) until approximately 1:45pm

Golf Course Rd:

Single lane access via pilot vehicle 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Please stage in the designated parking area to await the pilot vehicle. Departures are approximately every 20 minutes. Golf Course Rd loop – closed from 9 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

*Please note that these interruptions could be extended 60 minutes in the case of a delay for wildlife

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