Once again, nature rules in Banff.
A large grizzly hanging around the edge of the Banff townsite has required race organizers to change the route of tonight’s Winterstart 5 Miler Night Run. The new route will take the 2,000 runners safely up Tunnel Mountain on a different course to give the bear adequate space.
Racers will still start and end at the Caribou Lodge, 521 Banff Ave., but will run along Fox Street turning right onto Deer Street alley to connect to Otter Street/Tunnel Mountain Road. They’ll run past Buffalo Mountain Lodge over to Tunnel Mountain Drive towards the Banff Centre. Runners will then turn around and return on the same route. The race will start at 7 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m.
The following roads will be impacted:
Banff Avenue between Badger & Fox Streets will be closed from 6-8:30 p.m.
There will be no access to Banff Avenue from Antelope Lane between 7-7:30 p.m.
There will be no access to Fox Street or Otter Street from Deer Street between 7-8:30 p.m.
Deer Street will be able to access Banff Avenue from Antelope Lane between 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Deer Street alley will be closed between 7-8:30 p.m.
There will be no access to Fox Street from the 400 block Muskrat Street between 7-8:30 p.m.
Tatanga Ridge II and Tunnel Mountain businesses can be accessed via Tunnel Mountain Road by the Banff Rocky Mountain Resort.
Roam transit stops #30, #31, #32 and #43 on Tunnel Mountain Road will be closed between 7-8:30 p.m.
Detours will be put in place on the course route, and volunteers will be on site to direct motorists around the race. Thank you for your patience and understanding as Winterstart celebrates its 25th year of the 5 Miler Night Run.
Banff Alpine Racers