November 26, 2013, Banff National Park, Alberta (ISN) –Today, organizers announced the date for the inaugural Banff Marathon and Half Marathon to be held in Banff National Park. After the 2013 race was cancelled due to the floods which displaced over 100,000 Albertans, the marathon and half marathon will be back on June 22, 2014 for a second try at hosting the new event.
The Banff Marathon and Half Marathon will offer one of the world’s most incredible and beautiful running experiences, all in Canada’s first national park. Participants will complete an adventure through a series of incredible natural, wildlife, and historical stages along the park’s Bow Valley Parkway and Legacy Trail to a finish of cheering crowds in downtown Banff. Each stage will represent a different chapter of the valley’s story. The family-friendly event will have something for everyone including a sport and lifestyle expo, kids’ activities and more.
“The New York marathon came back from Super-Storm Sandy this year, the Boston Marathon will come back strong from the horrific events of 2013, and soon, the Banff Marathon will also make its comeback from the extreme flooding which devastated Southern Alberta,” said Marathon Director Paul Regensburg, “This will be a very special race with the route weaving through mountain valleys on closed roads – it will be worth the wait.”
Capacity for the Banff Marathon has been limited to 1,500 due to the uniqueness of the setting as a protected area and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Demand for the event is expected to be very high and registration is set to open December 1st with early bird rates applicable until January 31, 2014. It is expected that participants will travel with their families and extend their stay beyond the single-day event to take in local attractions and activities.
For more information, visit www.banffmarathon.com