Due to Covid-19 restrictions in Banff, we are moving Ekiden to the Wintergreen Golf & Country Club in Bragg Creek. Ever wondered what it’s like to run 18 holes of golf without having to actually hit a little tiny ball with a stick? You’ll find out on October 17! We’ll be utilizing cart paths around the golf course and trails over what used to be the ski hill! Your entry fee includes lunch (sub sandwiches) delivered to your team spot in the parking lot. And you’ll be able to purchase beer or other beverages from the drink cart!
All route maps and descriptions have been updated. The full course equals 38 km and makes for a challenging almost marathon for our solo runners. Please plan on being self supporting. We may be able to provide one aid station along the golf course with water to refill your personal bottles.
The lengths of Ekiden can vary greatly, but this year our Ekiden covers 38 km, with five relay runners covering various distances.
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. 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: 10:15
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 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 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)
As per Covid protocols, we will have a rolling start for leg one runners beginning at 10:00. Any solo runners will start first. We will be utilizing an online check in system rather than the in person check in we’ve done in the past to stay within Covid guidelines. Details will be available soon.
Food and Beer
We are going to be able to provide you with a light lunch! Here’s how it will likely work (again, still a work in progress). We’ll be getting subs from Mr. Sub and each team will pre-order from three choices. We will then have volunteers at Wintergreen who will package up your teams sandwiches (plus another little goodie) and they will be delivered to your spot in the parking lot. And you’re going to be able to purchase beer or other beverages. We’re at a golf course so we’re bringing out the drink cart which will travel through each zone offering you drinks.
Race day information will be updated early October with Covid protocols included.
Please check out the Banff Ekiden relay race rules