- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
- Road Race
- Event Website
When I initially signed up to run this race, I did not realize that I would also be running a Ragnar race in the Adirondacks immediately before. Fortunately, the easy logistics in Montreal and of RnR races in general made it a breeze for me to take on this race combo.
EXPO: Sadly, I did not get a chance to experience the race expo because it closed at 5pm on Sat and with travel from Lake Placid, I was afraid I would not make it. Fortunately, I had a friend running the race who was easily able to pick up my bib and race packet. That saved me lots of time and hassle. My friend did say that she was a little confused about where to park for the expo but she eventually found her way without too much trouble.
LOGISTICS: I don't always stay at the host hotel for races but I did for Montreal and it turned out to be an excellent choice. The host hotel was the Hyatt Regency and it could not have been more convenient. Bag drop was actually on the second floor of the hotel and the start line was just a few steps from the door. Literally. It was a little cool and breezy and I didn't want to stand around waiting any longer than I had to in the morning yet I walked out of the hotel at 7:22 and walked in to my corral in plenty of time for the 7:30 start. That was unreal!
COURSE: I don't know what the course was like in previous years but I do know that it was completely redesigned this year and it was absolutely stunning. I really felt like I got a beautiful 26(.2) mile tour of the best that Montreal had to offer. From the Montreal Botanical Gardens to the beautiful townhouses and bridges around town, I soaked up the scenery on this course. And the pleasant cool temps meant there were lots of spectators out on the course to cheer us on. I didn't always know what they were saying but I appreciated their words and signs nonetheless!
SWAG and AID STATIONS: Race swag included a short-sleeved tech tee and a cool RnR medal. I'll admit that I was a little bummed that the half-marathon included Montreal's signature fleur-de-lis while the marathon medal was a little more generic. Aid stations were spaced about every 2 miles or so and seemed to be well-stocked with water, Gatorade, gels, and bananas.
ENTERTAINMENT: RnR races are known for their entertainment and this one did not disappoint. There were bands every few miles and music playing from almost every kilo marker. I did not catch the name of the band playing at the after-party when I crossed the line but they were awesome and even after completing a Ragnar race and a marathon I found that I couldn't help but move and groove a little to the songs.
All in all I think RnR did a fantastic job putting on this race and I found the people of Montreal to be incredible supportive and welcoming. Definitely worth adding to the race calendar!