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Montreal Beneva Marathon 2024

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The event in a few words

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? 🍁

A distance for every taste

  • Sunday, September 22, 2024 at 7:45 AM

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    You're now set to run the grand and prestigious boulevards of Montreal! 🏃‍♀️

    The much-anticipated start 🔫 of this exceptional race will be at Espace 67 on Île Saint-Hélène, close to Parc Jean-Drapeau 🇨🇦, perched in the middle of the Saint Lawrence River 🌊. Heads up ⚠️, it might be quite brisk! The race is in September, a month with still excellent temperatures 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 cross a first bridge to get to the neighboring island, Île Notre-Dame, where you'll do a quick loop and find your first water supply at km 2 💦. Notably, you'll run a section of the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit (Formula 1 track). A second bridge brings you back to Île Saint-Hélène for a swift pass ⚡️. From there, you'll take the Pont de la Concorde, which offers a breathtaking view of Montreal in the distance and the blue water of the famous river 🤩. You'll get to breathe in the fresh, iodine-rich air! Plus, there are plenty of green spaces awaiting you. Pretty great, right? 😏

    You'll finally reach the city's industrial port ⚓️, which you'll follow along. Quite the change of scenery! 😊 Eventually, you'll dive into the heart of the metropolis, through the Ville-Marie or Plateau Mont-Royal districts 👑. After finding another supply station at km 6, you'll come across another at km 9. These energy bars should give you enough strength to easily continue to the first park on the course: Parc La Fontaine. You'll need to follow along this patch of green to find another supply station at km 13 💪.

    You'll then turn towards Boulevard Saint-Laurent via a first, short straight stretch 📏, from km 13 to 15. Once you reach Saint-Laurent, you'll begin to move down one of the city's largest and most famous boulevards. "The Main" 🖐️, as this vast avenue is known (short for "Main Street"), bisects the island of Montreal ✂️ and connects the eponymous river to the Rivière des Prairies. All styles, moods, and environments coexist in this cosmopolitan street 🤝, and you'll get to experience it! You'll pass through the Chinatown, the "Red Light" area (now part of the Entertainment District 🎭), the "Mile End" (a neighborhood known for its bars, cafés, and restaurants ☕️), "Little Italy", and pass by Parc Jarry 🌳. It might just tempt you to come back for another visit after your race! 😜 This straight stretch, perfect for personal bests, lasts from km 15 to 22! But don't worry: this significant section of the course is dotted with 3 supply stations.

    You can enjoy a splash of coolness at the end of the street 🌬️, once you've reached the river. You'll follow the quays via Stanley Park Avenue and pass the Sophie-Barat Pool. You could even jump IN if you're feeling too hot 🏊, though the organizers might not agree! 😂 The next stages are the supply station at km 23, Parc Louis-Hébert, and Parc Ahuntsic, one after the other 🌿. After a new supply at the 24th km, it's time to go again! 🔁 You'll embark on a long straight line on Saint-Laurent, from km 25 to 30. This portion is sprinkled with 3 supply stations, which should be a great help in tackling the 30 km wall 🥵. You'll then turn, at km 34, onto Boulevard Saint-Joseph.

    You've done the hardest part! 👏 Less than 10 km left to reach the holy grail. Before that, you'll pass by Parc du Pélican 🦜, where you'll find another supply station (surely, you won't die of thirst!). Then you'll join Parc Lafond, Parc Idola Saint-Jean, and Parc Étienne-Desmarteau (where you'll get another refill, so you don't go crazy 🔨). This is followed by a few strides on Boulevard Rosemont, allowing you to navigate in front of Parc de la Louisiane. You might even be lucky enough to smell some flowers from the botanical garden! 🌹

    Finally, you will arrive at your final destination: Parc Maisonneuve! 🥇 Surrounded by applause and spectators, including your loved ones, you will savor this well-deserved victory 👊.

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    • Sunday, September 22, 2024 at 7:45 AM

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      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. 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 Parc Maisonneuve! 🥇 It's amongst a shower of applause and surrounded by spectators and your loved ones that you'll savor this victory 👊.

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      • Saturday, September 21, 2024 at 9:30 AM

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        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! 🥇

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        • Saturday, September 21, 2024 at 8:45 AM

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          You will run these 5 wonderful kilometers within the Maisonneuve Park. Pure bliss! 🥹

          Great news! We’re hosting a race for kids especially for our young Montrealers. It’s happening on Saturday, September 21, 2024, around the Montreal Olympic Park Esplanade at 11:15 AM. The start will be staggered by age groups, and they’ll be crossing the finish line to thunderous applause 👏.

          Any more questions?

          Race Fees:

          • Marathon: $110

          • Half-Marathon: $90

          • 10K: $60 (ages 18 and up) and $40 (ages 17 and under)

          • 5K: $40 (ages 18 and up) and $30 (ages 17 and under)

          • 1K: $10

          Combo Deals:

          • 10K + Marathon: $145

          • 5K + Marathon: $130

          • 10K + Half-Marathon: $130

          • 5K + Half-Marathon: $115

          Group registrations of 12 or more can enjoy a 10% discount on the registration fee. Corporate offers are also available, details can be found here. To get the promotional code, please contact us before registering.

          There is no minimum age requirement to participate in the races. However, the recommended ages are as follows:

          • Marathon and Half-Marathon: 18 years

          • 10K and 5K: 16 and 14 years

          You can pick up your bib at the Marathon Expo. Dates and times will be announced soon!

          Races:

          • Marathon: Starts in waves on Sunday, September 22, 2024, at 7:45 AM from Espace 67 on Sainte-Hélène Island

          • Half-Marathon: Starts in waves on Sunday, September 22, 2024, at 7:45 AM from Espace 67 on Sainte-Hélène Island

          • 10K: Starts in waves on Saturday, September 21, 2024, at 9:30 AM from Sherbrooke Street, near the Olympic Stadium

          • 5K: Starts in waves on Saturday, September 21, 2024, at 8:45 AM from Sherbrooke Street, near the Olympic Stadium

          • 1K: Starts based on children's age on Saturday, September 21, 2024, at 11:15 AM next to the Montreal Biodome

          Have more questions? You can contact the organizers through:

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          Races:

          • Marathon: 6 hours

          • Half-Marathon: 4 hours

          • 10K: 2 hours

          • 5K: 1 hour

          Here's what's included:

          • Bib with timing chip

          • Track an athlete during their race through an app

          • Medal

          • Refreshments

          • Post-race food and beverages (snack for the 1K race)

          • Bag check service

          • Training plans

          • Music playlist presented by Beneva

          • Measured courses – Medical service

          • Pace bunnies

          You will find a list of pace bunnies on this link.

          Yes, a bag check service will be available.

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