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Banff Marathon is back on and international participants are allowed

Race set for Sept. 12

The Banff Marathon is back on for September 12 and will be one of the first events in Canada to allow American and international participants.

The inaugural event ran in 2013, and it has since become a popular annual event thanks to the drop-dead gorgeous Rocky Mountain scenery.

According to event director Paul Regensburg, Banff Marathon got the go-ahead to allow vaccinated participants from outside Canada at the race.

“It will be a celebration of a return to racing in the most beautiful place on the planet,” he said.

Regensburg added that getting the event back up to full speed will be a challenge, and doing so with a great COVID safety plan in place is a must.

The event offers a full marathon, half marathon, and 10K option as well as a free kids run. The course has runners make their way past Vermilion Lakes, up the Bow Valley Parkway looping back to finish in downtown Banff.

The marathon course has 10 interpretative stewardship stations where athletes learn about unique Banff National Park wilderness and wildlife. Using their race bib like a passport, marathon runners can complete the race with stamps from each station. Located in Banff National Park, stewardship and sustainability are an important part of the Banff Marathon.

It is also intended to be a festival weekend since many who attend the race are intent on taking in the surroundings as well. There are free clinics, an antique car show, and other activities planned around the marathon.

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