June 20, 2013, Banff, AB (ISN) – Over 1000 runners from all over the world are heading to Banff National Park for the inaugural Banff Marathon on Sunday. This morning a state of emergency has been declared in the neighboring community of Canmore due to extensive rains which has some participants worried about its effect on the race.
Banff Marathon Race Director Laurin Duncan stated,
“It’s very hectic in Canmore, but luckily Banff is not experiencing the same degree of impact or flooding, we don’t foresee the event being impacted at this time, but we will continue to monitor.”
As of Thursday morning the Trans Canada Highway from Calgary to Banff was closed in places effectively disconnecting Banff from major centres. Athletes travelling in today could be affected as participants hail from 12 countries, 15 U.S States, and 9 provinces. Included in this are participants from as far away as Switzerland, Slovakia, Australia and Bermuda who are looking to experience a unique opportunity to run a marathon in Canada’s first National Park.
The marathon route highlights a journey through nine interpretive stations designed to provide insight into the unique historical and natural elements of the Park. With a course designed to flow through the Bow Valley Parkway, and stunning vistas such as the Vermilion Lakes and spectacular Cascade Mountain, the event has gained a great deal of international interest.
For Live Timing and information on the Banff Marathon, please visit www.BanffMarathon.com.
The Banff Marathon and Half Marathon offer the ultimate “Bow Valley Experience” as participants flow through a series of incredible natural, wildlife, and historical stages. Participants will travel through each stage, represented by an icon, experiencing a different chapter of the Valley’s story and its significance to the area. This out and back route starts in the picturesque town of Banff, passes through the serene Vermilion Lakes, joins the new Legacy Trail, and heads up the incredible Bow Valley Parkway. At the turn around participants will journey back down the Bow Valley experiencing the easterly views of the incredible mountain vistas as they approach the cheering crowds in beautiful Banff’s Central Park.