Though its one of Alberta’s newer road races, the Jasper Canadian Rockies Half-Marathon makes a good case as one of the most picturesque running events in the country. The second annual Jasper Half took place on Saturday in the heart of Jasper National Park, the largest park in the Canadian Rockies.

The route is located approximately 1,000m above sea level and features 152m of elevation gain according to the course map via Strava. Jasper is known as an alpine town, which provides a pretty incredible backdrop for a road race.

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Kingston, Ont. native Charly Allan won the half-marathon for the second consecutive year averaging 3:35 per kilometre finishing in 1:15:28. Last year, he ran 1:10:32. Danielle Thiel won the women’s half-marathon in 1:25:03. Both winners reside in Edmonton, which is approximately four hours east of Jasper.

According to Race Roster, there were 305 finishes in the half-marathon with more than 600 finishers across the other three distances including the 1K, 5K and 10K. The event was capped at 1,000 runners, a 200-person increase from the inaugural event in 2016.

The age group awards were pretty sweet to as runners receive Jasper Brewing Co. beer with customized labels. The top-three overall in the half-marathon received cash prizes as much as $500. It should also be noted that since its Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, admission to national parks is free courtesy of Parks Canada.

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New pb of 1:31.43🏃🏼‍♀️😃 glad to have had this guy waiting for me at the finish line 😽

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The junior half marathon for the fun of it. #runjasper #brewpub #totemjasper #fairmontjpl #explorejasper

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Congratulations to all of the runners at the second annual Jasper Half Marathon! 🏃‍♀️🏃 #RunJasper

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Results can be found here.


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