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ARE WALKERS ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN MELISSA'S ROAD RACE?
Stopped traffic on the Banff Avenue bridge and Banff Avenue must be kept to a minimum and start to move as quickly as possible for both emergency and courtesy reasons. FOR THIS REASON, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THE FIRST 2K-3K OF EACH RACE MOVES ALONG AT A STEADY PACE and clears Cave Avenue, the Banff Avenue bridge and Banff Avenue in a quick and timely manner.

HOW CAN I MAKE DISTANCE CHANGES TO MY REGISTRATION?
Due to the number of inquiries and requests for distance changes, we have designated from August 1, to 11:00 p.m. on September 6, 2017 to receive and make changes to existing participants of Melissa's Road Race 2017 event, online.

Instructions and a link will be provided at a later date, to make changes online.

Participants can move from event to event for a fee. Just so you know, a $5 fee will be charged for:

  • 21K change to either 10K or 5K
  • 10K change to either 5K or 21K
  • 5K change to 10K

A $25 fee will be charged for changing 5K to 21K.

After the cut-off date distance changes may be made at number pick-up only for the same fees as listed above..

Event registration remains open for all new participants in all races. Until the race is sold out, name changes are not an option.

Please Note: There will be NO CHANGES allowed on Race Day.

Registration online ends at 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19th.

Thursday, September 21st
5:30 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 22nd
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 22nd
5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at
Melissa's Restaurant in Banff

Race Day at the start only
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Please Note: There will be NO CHANGES allowed on Race Day.

CAN I GET ANOTHER BIB TAG ON RACE DAY IF I FORGET MINE AT HOME?
No. There will be no replacements made on race morning. No Bib Tag = No Results.

IS MELISSA'S ROAD RACE A FUNDRAISING EVENT?
Melissa's Road Race does not solicit sponsorship dollars.

It is the mandate of our event, to provide for our participants, the very best, hospitality driven, running event in Canada. To that end, Melissa's provides and pays for all the rental items, entertainment, food and beverages, as well as insurance, licenses, t-shirts and cash prizes.

Melissa's Road Race is not a fundraising event but has chosen over the years to donate any profits generated from our road race, back into the community.

For the 12th year in a row, Melissa's Restaurant and Bar is proud to be a donor to the Banff Canmore Community Foundation. It is our privilege to be associated with the foundation and the many works that they have endorsed for residents of the Bow Valley, present and future. We are also proud of our commitment to the Banff Daycare Society and the Banff Community HIgh School Green Team on an ongoing basis.

WHY IS THERE A CAP ON THE NUMBER OF RUNNERS?
Because of quotas imposed by Parks Canada and The Town of Banff. Melissa's Road Race's total cap is 4,500 participants.

IS THERE A WAITING LIST I CAN SIGN UP FOR?
There is no waiting list because we accept 10% more entries than the quota, to address the no-show factor.

DO I NEED A PARK PASS?

To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at our national treasures from coast to coast to coast, Parks Canada is offering free admission to all Parks Canada places. Click on the link below to get your Free Discovery Pass.

Banff National Park Pass

WHAT IF I SEE WILDLIFE ON THE COURSE?
Special Notice: There is a possibility of wildlife encounters along the race courses - if wildlife (bear, elk, cougar, wolf, coyote, deer) is sighted along any of the race courses, the location of the sighting will be communicated immediately to the RMO. If the race has commenced and the lead vehicle at the head of the race slows, you MUST slow down and stop if required, behind the lead vehicle. DO NOT pass the lead vehicle. In the case of a wildlife situation, the race start may be delayed, or stopped by course marshals, Park Wardens, or RCMP and/or an alternate route will be implemented.

WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO IN BANFF NATIONAL PARK?
Banff National Park Visitor Activities

IMPORTANT BULLETINS
Parks Canada - Important Bulletins

HOW CAN I GET TO THE RACE WITHOUT TAKING MY CAR?

Great news about Parking &
FREE Transportation in Banff this year!

Please be aware that the
Parks Canada Administration Building Grounds
and the Cascade Gardens, is not available for parking.

NOTE: Melissa's Restaurant and Road Race are hiring 2 extra buses to make special runs to Central Park. The buses will run from The Voyageur Inn along Banff Ave. Anyone can ride the "Runners' Courtesy Bus", just realize that it will only be going as far as Central Park, and then returning along Banff Ave. to pick up more runners.

The Melissa's Runners Express Bus is free. However, if you choose to make a donation, the money will go to the Banff Daycare Society. All runners are encouraged to leave their cars downtown; THERE IS NO PARKING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BRIDGE!

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