36th Annual Melissa’s Road Race This Saturday in Banff

Posted on: September 23rd, 2015

This Saturday (September 26), approximately 4,500 runners will race through Banff during the Melissa’s Road Race. Participants will race the new 5km course – which takes runners through Banff residential streets and footpaths – or the 10km course. Melissa’s Restaurant will be donating profits to the Banff Canmore Foundation, The Banff High School Green Team, The Banff Daycare Society and the Banff Rugby Club.

Banff - Melissas Road Race 2015

Although online registration has closed, you can still register in person at the following places on specific dates:

Thursday, September 24th
5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Eau Claire Running Room
Unit A01, 200 Barclay Parade SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 4R5

Friday, September 25th
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Eau Claire Running Room
Unit A01, 200 Barclay Parade SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 4R5

Friday, September 25th
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Melissa’s Restaurant in Banff

Melissas Road Race 2015

If you’re not a runner but still want to join the action, you can cheer the runners on or participate as a volunteer. Melissa’s Road Race relies on over 300 volunteers to help with First Aid, water stations, t-shirt distribution, food and beverage, bag check, finish line and course marshaling.

All volunteers receive an original art work T-shirt, and 50% off coupon for Melissa’s.  There is a Volunteer Party on Sunday, September 27 in Melissa’s Bar, starting at 7 pm, with lots of great food and beverage and many prizes.

To volunteer for Saturday’s event, please contact a Manager at Melissa’s Restaurant, 403-762-5511.

Weather you’re involved in the race or not, make sure to paying attention to the following road closures and parking information if you’re in Banff on Saturday:

  • There will be no parking available at the Banff Recreation Grounds on Saturday September 26 until race completion; approximately 2:00pm.
  • Rolling road closures will take place in Banff along the race route from 10:29am – 12:00pm
  • There is an expected delay of 12 – 15 minutes, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
  • Buffalo street is affected from Tunnel Mountain Dr. (Banff Centre) to Muskrat Street on the ascending lane. Vehicles can come down from the Banff Center but must use St. Julien Road to go up. (Delay from: 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.).
  • The Bow River Trail is affected from the Pedestrian Bridge to behind the Mineral Springs Hospital. (Delay from: 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.)
  • West sidewalk of the Banff Avenue Bridge will be closed to pedestrians from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m
  • Please view the course map for the 5km race and the 10km race for further details

A courtesy shuttle bus will take runners from Banff Avenue to Central Park and back throughout the morning. The buses will pick-up from five marked spots along Banff Avenue, every 15 minutes, starting at the Voyageur Inn. Anyone can ride the runner’s courtesy bus.

Visit banffparking.ca to view the available parking spots, directions and time frames.

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