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.
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.
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.
More info, and a registration link can be found HERE.
2018 details coming soon!
Runs Friday, August 9 to Sunday, August 11
(Marda Gras Festival on Sunday)
The same people who organize the Stampede Road Race are presenting Run To The Taps. It’s like a pub crawl on your feet! Grab some friends, pick a distance, and then your starting brewery. Space is limited so sign up soon.
Formerly known as Rock the House Run, this family friendly event has some new and exciting changes! The event is offering a, 5K Walk/ Run and a 10K Run as well as a 1K McDonald's Go Active Walk with a new route, for the whole family! Best of all, you'll help families with sick children staying at Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta!