What you Need to Know
How to Transfer Distances, Post Race Party, Shirts, and More

The Melissa's Road Race is a month away! We are looking forward to hosting you. Please scroll down and read through these items carefully as there are many important items you will need to know for race weekend. More updates will be coming closer to race day. Please also check  Facebook  , Instagram and  Twitter  for new updates and announcements. In this update you will find information on:

  • Need To Transfer To A Different Distance?
  • Reminder: Race Bibs can Not be Sold or Transferred
  • VIP Experience for you or your friend and family - only a few left!
  • NEW - 40th Anniversary Post Race Party
  • Race Shirts!
  • Banff Ave Brewing Co
  • Horseback Riding in Banff
  • 2020 Banff Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K Now Open for Registration
  • Grizzly Ultra this October
Need To Transfer To A Different Distance?

No problem! You can move up or down to a different distance for a small change fee of $5.00 (if you move up in distance you will also need to pay the difference in registration fee). Everyone who is registered for the race will be sent an E-mail this week that allows them to change their distance. If you know for sure that you want to change your distance, please do this soon.
Watch your Inbox this week!
Reminder: Race Bibs can Not be Sold or Transferred

Selling your race bib, or having another person use your bib in the event is strictly prohibited. This act may seem well intentioned but has many negative implications to the organizers and participants including liability, timing, results, awards and many other factors. Race bibs will only be given out to those who have registered for the event. If a registrant sells or gives away their race bib to another participant, they will not be allowed to participate in future events.
Treat Yourself or Friends and Family to the VIP Experience

Do it right and treat yourself to the VIP Experience at Melissa's for you or your friends and family! There are only a few of these packages left. The VIP package includes all of the following benefits:

  • Express Race Package Pickup Service
  • VIP Lounge in the Start/Finish Area (heated) with Complimentary Food and Beverages (yes, coffee too for race morning!)
  • Exclusive Bathroom Area
  • Dedicated Event Day Bag Check
  • A Post Race Massage by certified massage therapists (with priority check-in – no waiting)
  • Commemorative VIP Pass and Lanyard
  • A VIP Gift Bag with exclusive sponsor gifts

VIP Experience Package: $75.00

Post Race Party!

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Melissa's Road Race there will be Post Race Party at Wild Bill's Legendary Saloon on Saturday night! This will include live entertainment and amazing draw prizes. This is a free and un-ticketed event so get there early to ensure your spot. Dinner is available from the menu. The party gets going at 6pm! Celebrate your race in style with your fellow runners. See you there!

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Melissa's Race Shirts

Melissa's Road Race is famous for it's race shirts! In fact it may be one of the most famous collection of race shirts in the world. Do you still have some of your Melissa's Road Race shirts? We encourage you to wear the oldest one you have so we have a "sea of Melissa's shirts" on the race course representing the 40 years of the event. Can we see all 40 years represented?
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Banff Ave Brewing Co

Banff Ave Brewing Company is the Official Brewery of Melissa's Road Race. We are excited @banffavebrewing will be joining us at finish line of the run! Banff Ave Brewing Co will be pouring their newest can releases, White Wit and Black Pil. Need a great meal and a beer while in Banff? Check out Banff Ave Brew Company...

Horseback Riding while in Banff
Include incredible horseback riding with your trip to Banff. Check out this great offer from Banff Trail Riders! If you are coming to Banff for Melissa’s or at another time for training, the Banff Trail Riders is offering you a special  20% discount  on any of their rides. Trail Rides are offered from 1 hour to 6 days. Cowboy Cookouts can be enjoyed by horseback or covered wagon, or Pack Trips take guests deep into the backcountry of Banff National Park for an experience like no other. Use the promo code “ Marathon ” when booking online.

Open! Banff Marathon, Half, 10K

The 2020 Banff Marathon, Half and 10K Registration is now Open and selling quickly! Experience one of the planet’s most beautiful runs in Banff National Park on June 21, 2020! The festival weekend also includes an amazing Kids Run, Fitness Expo, clinics, activities and more. A quick sell-out is expected - over 1000 turned away last year. The best prices are being offered now – but only for a short time! The award-winning Banff Marathon has become famous as the “Greenest Marathon on the Planet” and it’s interactive components of the event that highlight the beautiful geographical, wilderness and historical features of Canada’s first National Park.

Grizzly Ultra Marathon

The Grizzly Ultra Marathon is Coming Soon - October 13th, 2019 in Canmore, Alberta. Only 200 spots remain for another great rocky mountain running event - the season finale Grizzly Ultra Marathon & Relay. Registration fees increase at midnight on August 31 . Sign up now, save and secure your spot before the event sells out. More information and registration is available: