Smiling Faces, Prizes, More Fun Coming in 2020

With much of southern Alberta being covered in snow, Banff was a green oasis on race day. And despite some chilliness, spirits were warm and high! The 40th Anniversary of this classic event did not disappoint with nearly 4000 participants celebrating in the beautiful mountain park.

Next year the tradition continues and we want you there (we are due for a sunny warm day!). Registration opens on October 22nd and will sell out quickly! More details are below. Please check  Facebook  , Instagram and  Twitter  for new updates and announcements. Congratulations on your run and please read below for some important post-event updates.
Join Us in 2020 - Registration Opens Oct. 22 !

Mark your Calendars - Very Early Sell-Out Expected!

Get the jump on your goals for 2020, confirm your spot, and be part of the fun next year! In 2019 the event sold out very quickly and thousands were turned away. Melissa’s Road Race is one of Canada’s most historic and popular running events and will have even more fun features in 2020. Heading in to its 41st year, Melissa’s features a 5k, 10k and Half Marathon on sensationally scenic routes in and around Banff National Park and routinely sells out. Since 1979, Melissa’s has been described as a colourful display of sport and fun in Banff National Park - famous for its entertainment along the course, contagious spirit, post-run party and long-sleeved commemorative running shirt featuring local art. Melissa’s has received multiple awards as Alberta’s Best Road Race and is a longstanding tradition in Banff.

Registration opens on the Running Room webpage starting on Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:00am (MST). The first week of registration features the Super-Early Bird Pricing (prices go up after that if spots are still available). A full refund guarantee is available until January 31st. A very quick sell out is expected so register soon!
Participant Survey

We Need Your Feedback - Win Some Great Prizes.  The organizing committee would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on what you liked and how to make the 2020 Melissa's Road Race even better. Everyone that completes the Athlete Survey will be entered for a chance to win AMAZING prizes including:

  • Trip to Banff and VIP Entry in to the 2020 Melissa's Road Race!
  • Race Gear
  • Banff National Park Limited Edition Souvenirs
  • And more!

Take the survey by clicking the button below:

Check out some amazing photos from the event in our Event Photo Gallery thanks to our amazing photographer Pam Doyle and others. Click here for the  Event Photo Gallery  .

Our Official Event Photographer, Marathon Photos, has your individual shots available. Just click below and enter your name or bib number to see your shots! Click here:  Marathon Photos
Share Your Pictures on Social Media

We want to see your pictures and experiences - please share! We will have great prizes for the best shares and tags. Tag us on one of our event social media pages and also include the feed:

Sustainability Success - 93.2% !!

This past Sunday was #GreenSportsDay!
What a great opportunity to announce the results of our Sustainability Program at the 2019 Melissa’s Road Race. Before 2018, the event diverted approximately 30% of it’s waste from the landfill by recycling. In 2018, the event increased this rate to 78.3%. In 2019, we are proud to announce that we diverted 93.2% of all waste from landfill!! Thanks to all of the participants, volunteers and sponsors for helping with this. And also thanks to SustainDriven, Bow Valley Waste Management Commission and the Eco Warriors for their leadership with this program. Congrats!
Finisher Medals

Missed out on a Finisher Medal?

We have a few medals remaining if you are interested. We can send one to you, just let us know. The cost is $15 which also includes shipping and handling. Just click below and be sure to include your e-mail address.

Race Shirts

Are you interested in picking up one of the great race shirts? We have some of the amazing retro raglan 3/4 sleeve 40th commemorative still available. And, we also have some of the cool white technical long sleeved shirts (non-dated) with beautiful local art. Each are available for only $19.95 - which also includes free shipping to your door anywhere in Canada. Sizes are limited so order soon!

Banff Marathon, Half, 10K

Try another great run in Banff next June!
The 2020 Banff Marathon, Half and 10K Registration is open and selling quickly!  Experience one of the planet’s most beautiful runs in Banff National Park on June 21, 2020 - with completely different routes than the Melissa's Road Race! 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.

Thank You Sponsors

A big thank you to all of our sponsors listed below that help make this event possible. These are like-minded people and organizations that share your interests and beliefs in a healthy lifestyle. Please support their products and services whenever possible: