The return of the Montreal Marathon has been confirmed. If all goes well, in this era of global pandemic, it will indeed be held in September next year.
Now, under the auspices of the GPCQM event, to be precise, the Montreal Beneva Marathon is scheduled to be held from September 24th to 26th. The final day of the race (including the 42.2 km race) will be held at Espace 67 in Jean-Drapeau Park.
If the route will be explained in detail later, you can find from Mr. Arsenault, President and CEO of GPCQM Events, that we should take part of the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit in order to better cross the Montreal Island Concorde Bridge. The contestants will reach the finish line of the Esplanade in the Olympic Park.
Mr. Arsenault proposed a partnership with Beneva and firmly believes that the association can last for several years and ensure the sustainability of the event.
He revealed: “Unfortunately, we are discussing for the future.” He explained that we must start from the first year, especially because the organization’s 12-month contract with the City of Montreal is binding.
Martin Robert, Beneva’s executive vice president and head of communications, confirmed: “Our goal is to exist for a long time.” We want to use this event to encourage people to adopt it and promote healthy lifestyles in society. “
In the long run, Sébastien Arsenault is also the son of Serge Arsenault, the founder of the Montreal International Marathon in 1979, and obviously dreams of bringing international athletes back to Montreal. Even ensure that it is captured and disseminated all over the world.
However, for September next year, the target is relatively modest.
He agreed: “Due to the COVID, we will focus on the elites of Quebec and Canada in the first year.” Having said that, the international elites are very important to us. “
In addition, in the early 1980s, it is important to remember that his father Serge was one of the pioneers in inviting African athletes to participate in the Montreal Marathon. Again in 2019, two Kenyan representatives won the Metropolis Queen’s Championship, the female is Grace Momanyi (Grace Momanyi) and the male is Boniface Kongin.
However, in addition to the 42.2-kilometer race, the event also intends to be a meeting place for all 1, 5, 10 and 21.1-kilometer routes. Regarding the safety of participants (whether it is COVID-19 or not), the president of GPCQM Events assured us that we are developing an “exciting” emergency measures plan.
He imagined: “If we want 100, we will deliver 200”.