Rock 'n' Roll Montreal

Rock 'n' Roll Montreal

Rock 'n' Roll Montreal

( 21 reviews )
80% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Montreal,
  • September
  • 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
  • Road Race
  • Event Website


Vancouver, BC, Canada
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"Rock 'n' Roll Montreal - Having a Heat Wave!"
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Bradley 's thoughts:

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Social Media: Somehow I ended up on the French-language mailing list (which is fine, gave me a chance to practice), and we received regular updates as race day approached, including information on the marathon cancellation. Twitter and Instagram are for the entire Rock ‘n’ Roll series, but Rock ‘n’ Roll Montreal had their own Facebook page, which was informative.

Packet Pickup: Given all of the changes that resulted from the marathon cancellation, I thought things went fairly smoothly. Long lineups and long waits, but nothing too unreasonable. I heard that Saturday was actual less busy than Friday, so I guess it’s all about timing. Everyone was very friendly and helpful.

T-Shirt/Swag: The t-shirt is not my favourite – a little on the dull side – but the light blue colour is quite nice. I LOVE the finisher’s medal. I had the chance to get a full marathon medal (because I had accidentally signed up for the full), but took the half because I liked the colours (and, in reality, only wanted to run the half!).

Course: So many bridges, parkland, islands and touristy areas, old city streets and urban areas – this race has it all! Great views of the skyline, too, from the islands. Although the uphill for the final three kilometres is tough, it’s not excessively steep – overall, an enjoyable course.

Post-Race: Although I didn’t stay to experience the whole ‘party’ atmosphere, I felt that there was something for everyone at the finish line. Parc La Fontaine is big, so heaps of space for relaxing away from the crowds if you want.

Organization: Other than the lack of signage at the start line, I thought this was a well-organized event. Given the challenging circumstances of the weather, a race cancellation and an earlier start time, they managed remarkably efficiently. Good job!

Would I run it again? Montreal is a five-hour flight from Vancouver, so there are logistics and vacation time involved. However, all things being equal, I would absolutely run this race! And, as the only Rock ‘n’ Roll race in Canada – and in one of the country’s most amazing cities – it’s definitely worth it!

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