Focus on a race Interview

Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal

09 Feb 2012 09:00
Jean-Loup Fenaux

§staticmap(10937,4,450,250)Hello, on April 29th 2012, you’ll be organizing the Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal. Can you tell us where it is located?

The race is located in Montréal, Quebec and is run in Parc Jean Drapeau, on Ile Notre-Dame and Ile Ste-Hélène.

How old is the race and why was it created in the first place?

The race is celebrating its 9th year as a Half Marathon & 5k event. We started this event as a 10k race before in the fall but in 2004 we moved the event to the spring and changed it to Half Marathon & 5k event.

We created the Half Marathon event to give runners an option to do a longer distance race in Montreal in the spring. This was not already established by any other race organization in the city at that time.

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What kind of route have you set up for the runners? How would you describe it?

The race does a couple loops around the two islands, Ile Notre Dame and Ile Ste-Hélène (start & finish). It is a beautiful, flat course that has great views of the city and the St. Lawrence River!

How many runners do you expect on Sunday morning? What type of runners do you plan to attract?

The race attracts 2,500 in the Half Marathon and 1,800 in the 5k so we will have over 4,000 participants total that day!

We are hosting the Canadian Half Marathon Championships & the Masters Championships at the event again this year, so our participants will range from competitors to completers. We have a 3 hour time limit for our Half Marathon and over an hour for the 5k race so we should attract a large range of participants.

We also have a Charity Challenge at this event that attracts hundreds of charity participants walking and running for over 20 local charities!

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Do you organize other races during the Week-End? If so, on what distances?

No – we only have the Half Marathon & 5k on Sunday, April 29th.

At that time of the year, what kind of weather can we expect?

The weather can vary but typically they fall between 10-14 degrees Celsius; perfect for running!

Have you planned festivities around the marathon?

We have our Participant Packet Pickup on Thursday, Friday & Saturday before the race at Boutique Endurance’s ASICS concept store.

There are great deals on all ASICS gear and on other store items!

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The race finished, what advice would you give a runner who has never been to Montreal before? A good restaurant, a fancy sightseeing?

A must would be running or hiking up Mont Royal, shopping on St. Catherine Street and a visit to the Biodôme! There is also the Old Port and Old Montreal that have great restaurants and a very historic look and feel that attracts thousands of tourists every year!

In a single sentence, what would you tell the readers of ahotu Marathons to make them register for the Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal?

It is an incredibly well-organized event that appeals to participants of all abilities. It gives participants an opportunity to run on a flat and scenic course and to test their fitness early in the spring season. Everyone receives a stunning Finisher Medal, a quality ASICS technical t-shirt and an option to run or walk for over 20 local charities as part of the Charity Challenge!

Interview with Charlotte Brookes Event Director/Project Manager for the Canada Running Series. Charlotte has been working for the Canada Running Series for the past 7 years in various positions. It has varied from managing the volunteer program, registration/packet pickup, promotion/marketing. She has run a couple half marathons but still considers herself a completer rather than a competitor. She hopes one day to take part in a full marathon.