Nestled in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff, Alta. is one of the most beautiful spots in the country to host a road running event. The Banff marathon took place on Sunday morning and judging by the social media posts, runners weren’t disappointed with the backdrop.
The half-marathon and marathon courses were changed on Friday to prevent further stress on a local wolf pack. Bear activity in the area also influenced the decision as recommended by Parks Canada. The race took place in Banff National Park, the country’s oldest national park.
— Banff Squirrel (@Banff_Squirrel) June 19, 2016
Journeyman Brendan Lunty won the men’s marathon in 2:35:19 and the women’s marathon winner was Annie Starzynski in 3:31:28. Lunty has won more than two dozens races worldwide over his career including wins at the Edmonton marathon and multiple wins at the Queen City marathon in Regina.
It was a cool and somewhat wet morning for running in Banff but the backdrop of the mountains was sure to help distract runners for portions of the course. The town is well-known for its outdoor activities including skiing, climbing and hiking throughout the year.
The resort town is located approximately 1,400 metres above sea level. The Banff marathon first began in 2014 and has grown into an ideal destination race for people across Canada.
— Tracey (@Thompson3276) June 19, 2016
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