Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 25, 2021

© Banff Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka

Lake Moraine in Banff National Park.

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Take the scenic route

The new Banff Marathon might motivate runners to make their best time ever. The June 23 race will begin south of Lake Louise near Baker Creek and continue for 42 kilometers passed Castle Mountain and Johnston Canyon before picking up the Legacy Trail and continuing on to the Vermilion Lakes; in other words, the backdrop of this run will be so stunning that some of the 1500 participants will want to sprint to see it all. It’ll be the first marathon (or half marathon, depending on how much you want to run) entirely inside one of North America’s National Parks. But, of course, the “course” isn’t without controversy. Even though Parks Canada has approved the race on a one-year trial basis, and traffic-management and wildlife-contingency plans are allegedly in place, environmental and conservation groups are worried it’ll have a negative impact on wildlife, particularly because it’s the time of year that babies are born.

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