Ekiden General Information


Please see each individual leg page for route information and maps.

The Ekiden route is subject to last minute change due to environmental or wildlife issues. Parks Canada has implemented a new flag system when identifying potential wildlife risk.

Green flag: no wildlife issues
Yellow flag: wildlife are present but there is low risk of conflict between wildlife and runners
Red flag: wildlife are present and there is a high risk of conflict (i.e.: within 100m of the race route).

Depending on the timing of a red flag, it could result in a re-route (using one of the other legs of the race) or a delay. If this occurs, race organizers will give runners as much notice as possible. Due to the nature of Ekiden having five legs to work with, it is unlikely that wildlife would force a complete closure of any one leg.

What if I see wildlife on the course?


The lengths of Ekiden can vary greatly, but our Ekiden covers 42.195 km, a full marathon distance with five relay runners covering various distances.

Solo option

The new solo options comes with a couple of conditions. There will be a cut off time for each leg (listed as time of day below) with an overall cut off time of 4 1/2 hours. This is to stay within our permit guidelines and it makes for a great challenge! Along with the aid stations on legs 1, 2 and 5 there will be a station just for solo runners each time you pass through the start/finish chute with water, electrolyte drink, gels and some food choices. When you register for the solo race please familiarize yourself with the general race rules (bottom of this page) and the cut off times.

Cut off times for solo runners

Leg one: 10:45
Leg two: 12:05
Leg three: 12:35
Leg four: 1:15
Leg five (finish): 2:30

Race package pick up

October 12, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Strides Running Store, Marda Loop (3558 Garrison Gate SW, Calgary).
October 13, You may pick up your package at Strides Running Store, Fish Creek (1119, 380 Canyon Meadows Dr. S.E.) from noon to 6:30 but you MUST notify us in advance. The only packages that will go to Fish Creek will be by prior request.
October 15, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at The Banff Centre.

Where to stay in Banff

Consider mbanff-hotelsaking a weekend out of it and stay in one of the many hotels Banff has to offer. BanffHotels.org offers a reservations service for a wide selection of Banff hotels, motels, and condo suites. To check availability visit www.banffhotels.org

Start/Finish & Parking

Each leg starts and finishes at the Eric Harvey building at The Banff Centre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive, Banff.
Race starts at 10am for teams and solo runners. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. Please note, only runners doing leg one and solo runners will be allowed to check in before 9:30.
Parking at The Banff Centre is somewhat limited as there is a conference at the same time. Please plan to car pool where possible.
Check out our race specific Banff Centre map for the location of the start/finish, lunch venue and parking options.

Do I need a park pass?

Parks Canada requires all visitors bringing a vehicle into the park to have a park pass. For information on prices and purchasing a pass please click here.

Important Information

Please read through our information package for all of the information you need prior to the race.

Race Rules

Please check out the Banff Ekiden relay race rules

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