This April just as the chill vanishes from the air and the leaves turn bright green, the beautiful city of Montreal in the Canadian province of Quebec is ready to present its superbly organized Scotia Bank Montréal 21k and 5k.

 

Part of the hugely popular Canada Running Series, this is the first long distance race of the year in Montréal. Runners taking part in the 21k do a loop on Sainte-Hélène Island; they then run on Notre-Dame Island before finishing at the Aquatic Complex.

 

Part of an impressively positive charity initiative, last year the Scotia Bank Montréal 21k and 5k raised more than one million dollars for 66 local charities. This year they hope to do even better.

 

Rich in history and culture Montréal is bursting with activities for all interests. Museums, a casino, an amusement park, hiking, biking, picturesque cobblestoned streets, exceptional architecture and buckets of French influenced eateries are just some of the attractions available.

 

The Scotia Bank Montréal 21k and 5k is the perfect spring getaway with a bit of a run attached.

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Fancy a sightseeing tour of the second largest city in Germany during the springtime?

 

In April the Haspa Marathon Hamburg offers you the perfect way to see this port city. Join more than 25,000 other athletes to run through some of the most fascinating and scenic areas of the city, including the Reeperbahn, alongside the River Elbe and around the Aussenalster Lake.

 

One of Germany’s most popular marathons, Hamburg marathon has an interesting historical component – from its first edition in 1986 it was the first in the world to introduce the painted blue line along the course. This internationally recognised symbol of a marathon route originated in Hamburg.

The blue line through Hamburg supplies a very fast course. In addition, the average temperature in April is around 9 degrees; an excellent marathon running temperature.

 

Top it all off with huge crowds bursting with euphoric support that carries you to the finish line and this is an event that must be experienced.

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