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It's in Montreal, in the province of Quebec, Canada, where one of the country's most beautiful and renowned marathons takes place every September ⭐️: the Beneva Montreal Marathon 🇨🇦. But that's not all: in addition to the legendary 42 km, a half-marathon, a 10 km run, a 5 km race, and a kids' 1 km race are also on offer. And guess what? You can also do a "combo" and run two races 😯. That's the icing on the cake if we've ever seen it! 🍒
It's Quebec's premier running event in terms of participant and spectator numbers. Once you're there, you'll quickly understand why some races are worth traveling (and training! 🏋️♂️) for. This one truly stands out! Besides being a spectacular event, it's renowned for its festive and lively atmosphere 🥳, the performance of some athletes, and the magnificence of its course 😘. It's not every day you get to use the word "magnificence" in a text, but here, we fully embrace it! 😜 The race unfolds alongside the St. Lawrence River, in the global metropolis of Montreal, showcasing an exceptional course. Just imagine the variety of landscapes you'll see . You'll cross islands to islands, bridges to bridges, neighborhoods to neighborhoods, and parks to parks. In other words: there's a lot to see and do, which is a big part of what makes this event so well-regarded! Want to know more? We'll tell you all about it ⬇️.
The half-marathon and the Montreal marathon start off on Île Sainte-Hélène, close to the sprawling Parc Jean-Drapeau, set amidst the St. Lawrence River 📍. You'll also run through Notre-Dame Island, neighboring your starting point 🚩. Naturally, you'll cross a series of impressive bridges, including the Pont de la Concorde, offering stunning views! 😏 Depending on the distance you choose - or are capable of 😅 - you'll have the chance to meander through the heart of the big city and the center of the island. And for those tackling the marathon, you'll even cross from one end to the other, running down boulevard Saint-Laurent, all the way to the Rivière des Prairies 🌸. Besides the majestic waterways, expect to see plenty of greenery at this grand event 🌲. You'll visit Parc La Fontaine ⛲️, Parc Jarry, Parc Louis-Hébert, the Parc Ahuntsic, Parc du Pélican, Parc Lafond, the Parc Idola Saint-Jean, Parc Étienne-Desmarteau, Parc de la Louisiane, and the Parc Maisonneuve... Well, not all of them! That'll depend on the distance, of course! Otherwise, you might just need to tackle an ultra to see everything 😂.
The city is globally celebrated for its beauty, green spaces, vast natural areas 🌬️, as well as for its vibrancy 💥, cuisine, nightlife , and modernity! So, you won't be bored at this event, which offers an incredible variety of environments and race distances 👍. In addition to the 21 km and 42 km, you have the option to run a 10 km and a 5 km 🤏. Shorter races will loop around Parc Maisonneuve. However, if you're interested in city life, the marathon offers more chances to experience Montreal life with two long stretches down boulevard Saint-Laurent. Known as one of the city's largest and most famous boulevards, "La Main" 🖐️ (the nickname for this grand boulevard), bisects the island of Montreal ✂️. All styles and atmospheres coexist in this cosmopolitan street 🤝. Food lovers will enjoy passing through the Chinatown and the "Little Italy", while night owls can explore the "Red Light District" and the Quartier des spectacles 🎭.
At the end of your race, you'll undoubtedly want to revisit some spots. Hence, we recommend heading straight to the "Mile End", a neighborhood brimming with bars, cafes, and restaurants 🍽️, where you're sure to find something to satisfy your hunger . Those wishing to stretch their legs further can wander the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal or climb "The Mountain". We're not talking about the giant from Game of Thrones, but Mount Royal, the city's highest point ⛰️. Numerous monuments like the Saint Joseph's Oratory, the Montreal Opera House and the Notre-Dame Basilica can also be admired. Finally, if you really want to get to the heart of the city, you absolutely must explore the underground city. Used during the cold winter months, it serves as the lifeblood of many locals 💓.
So, are you joining us for a delightful maple waffle? 🍁
You're off to tread the grand and prestigious boulevards of Montreal! 🏃♀️
The big kickoff 🔫 for this exceptional race will be held at Espace 67 on Île Saint-Hélène, near the Parc Jean-Drapeau 🇨🇦, nestled in the middle of the St. Lawrence River 🌊. Heads up ⚠️, it might be quite chilly! The race is indeed in September, a month when the temperatures are still excellent for running, but don't forget your start is at 7:45 AM! On the bright side, you're in for a spectacular view: with all the runners, at sunrise, surrounded by the majestic river... 🤤 Anyway!
You'll take a first bridge to get to the neighboring island, Île Notre-Dame, for a quick spin where you can grab your first water supply at km 2 💦. A second bridge will take you back to Île Saint-Hélène for a swift pass ⚡️. From there, you'll cross the Pont de la Concorde, offering a breathtaking view of the city of Montreal in the distance as well as the river's blue waters 🤩. You'll get your fill of sea air! Plus, there's also plenty of green spaces waiting for you. Sounds like bliss, doesn't it? 😏
You will eventually reach the city's industrial port ⚓️, along which you'll run. Talk about a change of scenery! 😊 Finally, you will delve into the heart of the metropolis, passing through the Ville-Marie and Plateau Mont-Royal districts 👑. After hitting another supply station at km 6, you'll find another at km 9. These energy bars should give you plenty of strength to easily continue to the first park on the map: the Parc La Fontaine. You'll skirt this little piece of greenery to find another supply station at km 13 💪.
You'll then head towards the Boulevard Saint-Laurent via a first, short straight line 📏, from km 13 to 15. Once you reach Saint-Laurent, you'll start to move down one of the city's largest and most famous boulevards. "La Main" 🖐️, as this immense artery is called (short for Main Street), cuts the island of Montreal in two ✂️ and connects the eponymous river to the Rivière des Prairies. All styles, moods, and ambiances coexist in this cosmopolitan street 🤝, and you'll get to experience it! You'll cross the Chinese Quarter, the "Red Light" district (now part of the Entertainment District 🎭), the "Mile End" (a neighborhood full of bars, cafés, and restaurants ☕️), the "Little Italy", and you'll pass by Parc Jarry 🌳. It might just tempt you to come back for another visit after your race! 😜 This straight stretch, perfect for setting personal records, lasts from km 15 to 22! But don't worry: this immense leg of the course is dotted with 3 supply stations.
You can enjoy a breath of fresh air at the end of the street 🌬️, once you've reached the river. You'll follow the quays via Stanley Park Avenue and pass by the Sophie-Barat Pool. You could even take a dip IF you're feeling too hot 🏊, but the organizers might not agree! 😂 Next up are the supply station at km 23, Parc Louis-Hébert, and Parc Ahuntsic, in succession 🌿. After another supply stop at the 24th km, back at it again! 🔁 You'll return for a long straight stretch on Saint-Laurent, from km 25 to 30. This section of the course is punctuated by 3 supply stations, which should be a great help in facing the 30-km wall 🥵. You'll then turn, at km 34, onto Boulevard Saint-Joseph.
You've tackled the hardest part! 👏 Less than 10 km left to reach the holy grail. Before that, you'll pass by the Parc du Pélican 🦜, where you'll have another supply station (you definitely won't die of thirst!). You'll then join the Parc Lafond, the Parc Idola Saint-Jean, and the Parc Étienne-Desmarteau (where you'll get another replenishment, to keep from going mad 🔨). A few strides on Boulevard Rosemont will navigate you between the Parc de la Louisiane and the Parc Maisonneuve. You might even catch the scent of some flowers from the botanical garden! 🌹
Finally, you will reach your final destination: the Esplanade of the Montreal Olympic Park! 🥇 You will savor this well-deserved victory amidst a shower of applause and surrounded by spectators and your loved ones 👊.
You're all set for the Montréal Half-Marathon! 🏃♀️
The big start 🔫 will be at Espace 67 on Île Saint Hélène, near Parc Jean-Drapeau 🇨🇦, nestled in the midst of the Rivière Saint Laurent 🌊. Just like the marathoners, it's wise to dress appropriately! ⚠️ The race takes place in September, but don't forget, your start time is at 7:45 AM! Speaking of marathoners, know that the first 14 kilometers of your race are exactly the same as theirs. You'll even be running with them, as their start is on the same day and at the same time as the Montréal Half-Marathon 🌆.
You'll finally part ways at the 14th km to take on Boulevard Saint-Joseph. You'll then pass by Parc du Pélican 🦜 before reaching Parc Lafond, Parc Idola Saint-Jean, and Parc Étienne-Desmarteau. It's clear that this race will offer you plenty of beautiful green spaces 🌳. Following this, you'll take some strides on Boulevard Rosemont, allowing you to navigate between Parc de la Louisiane and Parc Maisonneuve. You might even get the chance to catch the scent of some flowers from the botanical garden! 🌹
Finally, you'll reach your final destination: the Montréal Olympic Park Esplanade! 🥇 It's amongst a shower of applause and surrounded by spectators and your loved ones that you'll savor this victory 👊.
The start and finish of this beautiful Montreal race will be at Maisonneuve Park. This green lung of the city, covering 80 hectares, will be your playground for much of the event 👍. You will leave it at km 2.5 to head towards the neighboring park, Parc de la Louisiane. You'll loop around it before heading up Rosemont Boulevard to reach Parc Joseph-Paré. The final 4 km of your race will lead you back to the Montreal Olympic Park Esplanade where you'll celebrate your victory! 🥇
You will run these 5 wonderful kilometers within the Maisonneuve Park. Pure bliss!
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