Quebec City Marathon is a busy weekend

SSQ Quebec City Marathon was an action-packed weekend of events in one of the oldest cities in North America.

 

The aptly-named Star Run is an untimed night event.  Participants receive a sports cap with lights that appear to be thousands of tiny stars as they run laps of a 2km loop from the beautiful Tourny Fountain, as often as they wish in 1 hour 15 minutes.

 

Saturday sees a 5km kids run and adults health run, again in the old Quebec area.

24 August 2014
Quebec, Canada


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The Sunday marathon is a point to point event beginning in Lévis, on the St Lawrence river southern shore, crossing the historic cantilevered Quebec bridge and finishing in the old city on the north shore.  

 

Much of the route is on bike paths and riverside roads and the scenery is charming.  A feature is Chateau Frontenac, a grand European hotel towering above runners as they head towards the finish.

 

The half marathon begins 21.1km from the finish line and the 10km race is started 10km from the finish.

 

This year’s marathon winner was Maiko Evans in 2:26:46 and Joanne Normand was the first woman home, in 3:06:34.

For the first time ever, all available bib numbers in Amsterdam Marathon have sold out – weeks before the event.  Only children can still enter a kids run and a mini marathon.

 

This means the city’s fast and beautiful course will feel the pounding feet of 16,000 marathon runners, 18,000 half marathoners and 7,000 8km participants.

 

It’s no wonder so many want to run; the course takes participants through Amsterdam’s city centre and passes many highlights which are worth a separate sightseeing tour.

 

The start and finish take place in the historic 1928 Olympic Stadium.  Every year this leaves an unforgettable impression, not least because of the presence of supporters in the grandstand. 

The marathon course follows part of the Olympic route along the Amstel River, past stately homes and a few windmills. There is beautiful rural scenery and runners get an idea of the huge amount of daily business that takes place on the Amstel.

 

In the city, runners pass through the heart of the Rijksmuseum, through a passage connecting the city centre with the city south.  

 

Another feature is the 48ha Vondelpark, a much loved open space fill with trees, ponds, paths and playing fields.

 

If you’ve missed out this year, get in early for 2015.

www.tcsamsterdammarathon.nl

 

 

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