Banff Ekiden Relay

Ekiden start 2018

C&B building







Saturday, October 17, 2020
Cave and Basin, Banff, AB
10:00 a.m.


2020 registration is now open!

Check out the 2019 photos by the Rocky Mountain Outlook here.

In 2018, we moved to Cave and Basin National Historic Site, the birthplace of Canada’s national parks where people learn about the natural and cultural history of the mountains. It turned out to be a great staging area for the race and the new leg routes were amazing. A few hills still but also some flat fast choices!

What is Ekiden?

Unfamiliar with the term? Then you are likely unfamiliar with the ancient Japanese system of mail delivery. Couriers would run from station to station in a task called Ekiden.

These days, Ekiden is one of the most popular relay races in the world spreading out from Japan to Australia, Korea, New Zealand, Spain, Netherlands, China, Germany, France and Canada. Distances for each Ekiden are different ranging from 5km to 200km, and teams obviously vary accordingly. One thing that is the same at every Ekiden though is the unforgettable feeling of community.

The Banff Ekiden Relay is a five leg race with distances varying from 4.5 km to 12.8 km and an overall total equal to a marathon (42.2 km). Each leg starts and finishes at The Cave & Basin historical site allowing for a common  indoor gathering space for all runners. The race is run relay style with only one team member running at a time. So gather five of your best running friends and join us for a scenic fun, memorable running experience through the beautiful rolling roads around Banff, Alberta. The Banff Ekiden Relay race takes place in Banff National Park.

Try the solo division! Tackle the full marathon distance on your own. We’ll have a special finishers medal for anybody brave enough to tackle this adventure and complete it within the 4 1/2 hour cut off time.

Please note: race registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. You will be given the option to purchase cancellation insurance when you register online.

Join our team fundraising challenge for MitoCanada.

We will have some amazing prizes to give away to the top 10 fundraising teams.  We will update the prize list as prizes roll in. Your fundraising makes a difference. Learn about the incredible impact that donations to MitoCanada have by clicking here.

Banff National Park is the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains World Heritage Site, a global treasure of natural beauty, wildness and diversity of life. It is a place to experience the awe-inspiring forces that have shaped mountain landscapes and wildlife over unimaginable time. It is a space to give thanks for nature’s bounty of small wonders too. It is also a base for personal exploration and discovery. All vehicles entering the park require a park pass. Park passes can be purchased online through Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, at the entry gates or visitor centres throughout the park.

Enjoy. Connect. Respect.


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