at the races The Marathon Beneva de Montréal is Coming Back Strong!

The Marathon Beneva de Montréal is Coming Back Strong!

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After two years’ absence from the calendar—for reasons we’re all too familiar with—the Marathon Beneva de Montréal is coming back strong!

The organizers of Québec’s biggest running event have spared no effort to satisfy hardcore runners looking for a challenge, but also those for whom running is more of a “contemplative” pursuit.

Quebec’s metropolis is famed for its joie de vivre, and it’s also a special place when it comes to the joys of running. All of the new routes for the Marathon Beneva de Montréal have been painstakingly mapped out to give participants a taste of the most beautiful scenic spots in this North American city with a European flair.

With more than 380 years of history, Montréal has so much to offer: people run to it for the fine dining as well as the festive moods. As you wind through its streets, you’ll discover its vibrant neighbourhoods, like the celebrated Plateau-Mont-Royal. Nothing has been left to chance, to ensure you see the best of Montréal. Along the 42.2 km route, you’ll run on cobblestones in Old Montréal, beside the Botanical Garden, and next to Parc La Fontaine, to name just a few notable spots. Montréal is an island, and your run will take you from one shore to another.

In another first this year, the Sunday starts (half‐marathon and marathon distances) will take place at Espace 67 in Parc Jean‐Drapeau, a 500-metre walkway offering unbeatable views of the city skyline and the majestic St. Lawrence River. It’s also a wise choice since it’s just a short walk from the metro entrance. The finishes of all events (1 km, 5 km, 10 km, 21.1 km and 42.2 km) will be on the Esplanade at Parc Olympique. Consisting of nine plazas of varying surface areas on four different levels, it sits next to the spectacular Olympic Stadium, which hosted the 1976 Games.

Can you think of a more iconic place to cross a finish line?

Legs starting to get restless already? Register before June 22 and pay the early-bird fee!

We all know that getting a good night’s sleep before a big race is a must (and the same goes for the night after the event). With that in mind, the organizers have secured the comfiest beds in town and negotiated preferential room rates for runners. 

The DoubleTree by Hilton is the official hotel of Marathon Beneva de Montréal, and located right downtown. Rates start at $279 (continental breakfast available from 5 a.m., and American breakfast from 6:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday).

Two other partner hotels also offer attractive rates for race entrants.

Downtown, the Delta Hotels Montréal by Marriott is offering special Marathon room rates starting at $230. Breakfast is available from 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

For those who’d rather stay at a hotel near the race finish line, the Hôtel Universel is the perfect choice, with special Marathon rates starting at $169. Parking is free.

IN BRIEF

When: Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, 2022

Distances: 42.2 km, 21.1 km, 10 km, 5 km, 1 km, combos

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