The 43rd annual Melissa’s Road Race will take place on Saturday, September 24th, 2022.  This year marks the relaunch of the event after it was cancelled in 2022 due to the pandemic.  The event will take place completely outdoors and there will be many COVID-19 Safety Guidelines in place.  The participants, including many locals from right here in the Bow Valley, are excited to return to a safe and healthy activity.  The Official Charity is the Daycare Society of Banff and the event will also make contributions to many other local groups.


The running route and timing is the same as in 2021 with traffic impacts occurring between 10:30am and 2:00pm (listed below).  The course will be managed by professional traffic controllers and your patience is greatly appreciated.  In keeping with the tradition of the event, the event will also have amplified live music.


Thank you for your support of the event.  If you would like to volunteer (we still need help and all volunteers receive one of the famous long sleeved race shirts and an amazing volunteer recognition with lots of prizes).

Need more information? Please do not hesitate to contact us at:


Road Closures and Traffic Patterns Affected - Melissa’s Park Road Race: Saturday, September 25th, 2021 - 10:30am and 2:00pm

Thank you for your patience and please allow yourself additional time to reach your destination.

Melissa’s Road Race - Traffic interruptions during the event:

Saturday, September 25th, 2021 - 10:30am to 2:00pm


Roads Affected:


Cave Ave:
Full closure from 10:30am - 10:55am

Sundance Rd:
Full closure 8:30am - 3:30pm

Banff Ave (including vehicle bridge) to Wolf St:
Bridge fully closed and Banff Avenue northbound lanes closed 10:30am - 10:50am. Rolling reopening

Wolf St, from Banff Ave to Muskrat St:
Single lane closure 10:35am - 10:50am. Rolling reopening


Muskrat St, from Wolf St to Buffalo St:
Single lane closure 10:35am - 10:55am. Rolling reopening


Caribou St from Muskrat St to Otter St:

Single lane closure 10:35am - 10:55am. Rolling reopening

Otter St. / Tunnel Mtn Rd, from Caribou St to Tunnel Mountain Drive (at Buffalo Mountain Lodge)
Single lane closure 10:35am – 11:30am.  Single lane access to main entrance of Buffalo Mountain Lodge


Tunnel Mountain Drive from Buffalo Mountain Lodge main entrance to south Parks Gate on Tunnel Mountain Drive (at St. Julien Way – entrance to Banff Centre):
Full closure 7am – 12 noon. Tunnel Mountain Drive gates will open to the public at 12 noon

Park gates will remained locked from night before

Tunnel Mountain Drive / Buffalo Street from St. Julien Way to Muskrat St:
Single lane closure 9am – 12 noon. Southbound traffic only in right lane, descending).  Vehicles can exit Banff Centre (right turn only).  Ascending lane (left lane) is closed until the last runner enters the trail system at Muskrat Street
Access to The Banff Centre is via St. Julien Rd (follow detour)

Pedestrian Bridge: 
Dedicated lane to runners until 12:30pm

Birch Ave and Birch Drive:

Full closure from 10:30am - 10:55am

Single lane access from 10:55am – 2:00pm to the Luxton Museum, Trading Post and residences via Cave Ave/Birch Drive only

Glen Ave:
Full closure at 10:35am - 10:55am

Single lane closure (westbound): 10:55am – 2:00pm
Single lane traffic access eastbound – Local Traffic Only: 10:55am – 12:30pm (access via Trading Post)

Single lane traffic access eastbound – All Traffic: 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Bow Falls Ave: 
Full closure 10:45am - 11am. After last runner passes by Bow Falls parking lot, two-way traffic allowed until runners return, then single lane alternating traffic (radio controlled) until approximately 1:45pm

Golf Course Rd:
Single lane access via pilot vehicle 10:40am - 1:30pm.  Please stage in the designated parking area to await the pilot vehicle. Departures are approximately every 20 minutes.  Golf Course Rd loop – closed from 9:00am – 2:00pm


*Please note that these interruptions could be extended 60minutes in the case of a delay for wildlife

2021 Melissa's Stakeholder and Community Traffic Notice

2022 Course Maps:

5K Course Map

10K Course Map

21K Course Map

Overall Route Map