Montreal Marathon announces redesign

Montreal’s marathon has been reinvented. That’s how its producer and course director Dominique Pichet described the changes coming to this year’s iteration of the race.

“There’s no limit to what we can achieve,” Pichet said. “I’m looking at New York and Boston and Ottawa and Toronto. Ottawa and Toronto are at a level which I feel that we should be at today. Those are my goals.”

Pichet thinks the upcoming changes will do just that. Most notably, the race routes have been completely redesigned to be much more central. The start and finish lines are all in Place des Festivals. Runners will run through the Botanical Gardens, along the Lachine Canal, through downtown, and other iconic Montreal neighborhoods.

Mayor Valerie Plante said the city will be doing its best to reduce the amount of road closures that are synonymous with large events downtown.

“I know Montrealers are used to having the marathon, and they love it, it’s been there for years and years” Plante said. “But we are always concerned about minimizing the negative impact on people’s mobility.”

The marathon is looking to get more interactive to draw more people downtown. Place des Festivals will host events from Monday through Thursday offering local musicians, art exhibits and more. Friday there will be a free three kilometre walk during the lunch hour.

The maps for the races are as follows:

Children’s 1KM race

5KM and 10KM race

21.1 and 42.2 KM race