Ekiden General Information

Ekiden start 2 2018

 2021 registration is open.

In 2020 we moved this relay to Ekiden due to Covid restrictions in Banff. We had so much fun that we’re going to stay at Wintergreen. Ever wondered what it’s like to run 18 holes of golf without having to actually hit a little tiny ball with a stick? Now is your chance! Along with the greatest tail gate party you’ll ever find. Running and tailgating – don’t miss out! We’ll be utilizing cart paths around the golf course and trails over what used to be the ski hill! Your entry fee includes Notorious P.I.G lunch from Tool Shed. Tool Shed will also be on site with $5 beer!

Covid protocols

On September 15, the Alberta government announced sweeping restrictions along with a restrictions exemption program (REP). There are very few restrictions placed on outdoor sport or events regardless but we will be adopting the REP for the Wintergreen Ekiden Relay. What does that mean? All runners will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test (private) taken within 72 hours of the race. We will be in touch with team captains once we have a solid system in place for providing vaccine proof. Rapid testing will be available on site on race day at a cost of $50. Please do reach out if you have any questions.

Route

We have added some distance to legs 2 & 4 and will have maps updated shortly. Basically, leg 4 is now the complete reverse of the map you see for leg 5 making it almost 7km and leg 2 is the same but with the ski hill making it almost 9km. The full course equals 41.5 km and makes for a challenging almost marathon for our solo runners. Please plan on being self supporting. We will have a water station at the start/finish area.

Leg 1
Leg 2
Leg 3
Leg 4
Leg 5

42.195km

The lengths of Ekiden can vary greatly, but this year our Ekiden covers 41.5 km, with five relay runners covering various distances. We may be able to add on to one or two legs to get closer to our 42km distance.

Solo option

The 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. We aren’t setting up any aid stations on course. There will be water as you pass through the start/finish and you will be able to put any food needs you have there to collect as you pass through. Solo runners will also have priority parking right at the start/finish to collect anything you need as you go. 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: 11:15
Leg two: 12:00
Leg three: 1:15
Leg four: 1:45
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 Thursday October 14 from 4:00 – 7:00. Packages can be picked up at Stride’s Fish Creek (1119, 380 Canyon Meadows Dr. S.E.) on Friday, October 17 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 Wintergreen. Packages for out of town teams will be available for pick up on race morning at Wintergreen beginning at 9:15.

Start/Finish & Parking

Each leg starts and finishes at Wintergreen Golf & Country Club (50108 Wintergreen Way, Bragg Creek)
We will do a group start of all leg 1 runners.

Food and Beer

The Notorious P.I.G. food truck (BBQ from Tool Shed Brewery) will be on site to provide lunch for all runners. We’ll also have Tool Shed beer available for $5!

Important Information

Race day information will be updated early October.

Race Rules

Please check out the Banff Ekiden relay race rules

April 15, 2022

April 27, 2022

June 11, 2022

June 25, 2022

October 15, 2022

November 13, 2022

February 19, 2022