June 21, 2013, (ISN) – Banff National Park, Alberta (June 21, 2013) – Due to the emergency situation resulting from extensive flooding in southern Alberta, the Banff Marathon Organizing Committee has announced the cancellation of the inaugural Banff Marathon.
The decision to cancel the event was made after the review of many factors including safety, accessibility to Banff, the condition of the race route, and the allocation of local resources.
Although conditions in the national park itself are currently not as severe as surrounding areas to the east, access to Banff has been compromised by faults in the Trans-Canada Highway, the main artery into the park. The situation in the town of Banff continues to unfold with high river levels producing localized flooding.
“Safety is our number one priority,” said race director Laurin Duncan. “Even though we are extremely disappointed to cancel the event, we felt it was the most responsible decision. We would like to thank all our participants for their understanding, as well as our team for the three years of hard work they put in trying to make this event happen”.
The marathon organizers will be contacting all participants within the next two weeks.
Race organizers also announced that they will be donating all of the race Powerbar and Gatorade products to the emergency efforts in neighbouring Canmore and are asking the Banff Marathon volunteer force to assist with relief efforts in their communities.