Recap: Melissa’s Road Race in Banff

Fall in Alberta (and now, winter!)  is, not surprisingly, stunningly beautiful, and we’re trying to take advantage of the beautiful season changes in the Rockies. 

So when my friend asked if I would be interested in taking her boyfriend’s bib at Melissa’s Road Race in Banff, I jumped at the chance.

The race started at 10:30 a.m., so we left Calgary around 8 a.m. and were sad to find ourselves driving through pouring rain. However, once we got to Banff it had lightened up a bit, and it was chilly and overcast, which is actually my favourite weather for running in.

Melissa's Road Race in Banff

There was a 10k option and a 5k option (we did the 5k), and all the runners started off in the same area. We had to traipse through some really muddy parts, but once we made it past the start line we settled into a good pace.

Running through the charming town of Banff was so great (lots of people cheered us on from the sidewalk), and having the mountains in the backdrop with changing leaves was breathtaking. Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to have the mountains in our backyard!

Melissa's Road Race in Banff

Melissa's Road Race in Banff

The route was more than tolerable – there was a tiny hill at one point, and a few really muddy patches, but it was the perfect length for us, and a scenic running route.  The announcer called out our names as we crossed the finish line, and there was a food station with bananas, juice, donuts, cheese (!) and yogurt, which we helped ourselves to, then took some pictures and headed off.

Melissa's Road Race in Banff

Overall it was a fun experience, and we definitely recommend trying this run. It’s the perfect fall activity – a little bit of exercise, and a scenic tour of the mountains in autumn. Next year we’ll try the 10k!

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