Inaugural Montreal Indoor Marathon

11 Aug 2011 18:15
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Focus on a race Interview

§staticmap(10018,5,450,250)Hello, on January 28 2012, you’ll be organizing the Montreal Indoor Marathon. Can you tell us where it is located?

On the 154 meters indoor tracks of the University Of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) Sports Center.

This will be the inaugural race. Why was it created in the first place?

I ran an indoor marathon in Indiana last year and realized that nothing comparable was available in Quebec.

I thought it will be great if we get a similar option in Quebec during the cold winter.
Some people can use it as a preparation steps for Boston.

Montreal in winterCredit : Neil McIntyreWhat kind of route have you set up for the runners? How would you describe it?

This is kind of crazy: runners will need to finish 274 laps around the track to complete the marathon… so this race has more than 500 aid stations!

Runners change direction every 30 minutes. A chip-timing system will give the number of laps completed as needed.

How many runners do you expect during the week-end? What type of runners do you plan to attract?

The race is limited to 30 runners per days (Saturday and Sunday). After 274 laps, you knows everybody… this is why this events is unique.

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

This races is exclusively designed for marathoners (one marathon Saturday and other one Sunday… some people will run both!).

Quiet Wintery Afternoon in MontréalCredit : caribbHave you planned festivities around the marathon?

Special awards, food, music,… everything is setup for a great running experience.

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

Montreal in end-January can be pretty cold. For some ideas, I suggest to visit

In a single sentence, what would you tell the readers of ahotu Marathons to make them register for the Montreal Indoor Marathon ?

Are you able to run 274 laps? It is a mental or physical challenge? If you want the answers: try it once in a life time…

You will never forget this experience and maybe you will repeat it… Maybe…

Steve MoisanCredit : Steve MoisanInterview with Steve Moisan. Steve wants to complete the 50 states for my 50th anniversary (check his quest there: He is always looking for new running experiences and not really for a personal best.
He usually completes a marathon with his boy in one arm and his daughter on the other (shortly, they will surely run next to him…). Already at 4 years old, his daughter ran many kids race in Hartford, Michigan,… Steve ran in altitude, during the winter, next to the beach, in big cities, in small towns, an indoor marathon and will run in the desert of Nevada during the night next month.
His wife is a manager of a chip-timing company ( So running is really a part of their family life.