Registration will open in the new year.
Our start/finish home moved in 2018 to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. It’s a beautiful venue and we’re excited to continue to stage the race there. We will expand our reach a bit in 2019 by putting heaters in the outside areas so we can spread out a bit more. Thank you to Parks Canada for continuing to welcome us with open arms. We will have Cinnzeo cinnamon buns to greet you in the morning and will be providing you with a post race lunch rom the Iron Goat in Canmore. The Village beer truck will also be there! Your entry also includes admission to the Cave and Basin so be sure to enjoy the whole facility when you’re not running.
All route maps and descriptions have been updated. The full course equals 42.2 km and makes for a challenging marathon for our solo runners. There will be an aid station (water only) on legs 1, 2 & 4.
The Ekiden route is always subject to last minute change due to environmental or wildlife issues. Parks Canada has implemented a flag system when identifying potential wildlife risk.
Green flag: no wildlife issues
Yellow flag: The event may continue along the planned route, but the participants are to be warned of the wildlife sighting and to use caution in the area, potentially having to slow down, stop, or turn around.
Red flag: wildlife are present and there is a high risk of conflict (i.e.: within 100m of the race route). The event is not permitted to proceed as planned and all people must remain at a safe distance as designated by the RMO(s). 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.
If you see wildlife on the course, report it to a nearby volunteer or race official. If you have your cell phone and are not near a race official/volunteer then you can call Banff dispatch at 403-762-1470 and identify yourself as an Ekiden participant. They will notify us by radio.
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.
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 4 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: 11:55
Leg three: 12:35
Leg four: 1:55
Leg five (finish): 2:30
Race package pick up day and time
Race package pick up will be at Stride’s Running Store Marda Loop (3558 Garrison Gate SW) on Wednesday October 16 from 4:00 – 7:00. Packages can be picked up at Stride’s Fish Creek (1119, 380 Canyon Meadows Dr. S.E.) on Thursday, October 17 or Friday, October 18 during regular business hours by request only. You must request south store pick up by 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday and any unclaimed packages left at Fish Creek will not be transported to Banff. Packages for out of town teams will be available for pick up on race morning at Cave and Basin beginning at 8:30.
Start/Finish & Parking
Each leg starts and finishes at the Cave and Basin Historic Site, 311 Cave Ave, 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.
There is parking at Cave and Basin.
Food and Beer
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. Entry fee to Cave and Basin is also required and will be included with your entry fee (five entries per team).
Please read through our information package for all of the information you need prior to the race.
Please check out the Banff Ekiden relay race rules