Montréal is my favourite. This is RunTOBeer’s third straight year making the trip from Toronto and it’s always heaps of fun.
The city is an ideal place to pass a weekend, with its utterly relaxed vibe, effortlessly stylish citizens and remarkable architecture, from mid-18th century cathedrals to the legacy of Expo 67.
And the race itself… well that another kind of wonderful altogether. Not only are Canada Running Series events always incredibly well organized, but late April is neither too cold nor too hot and the Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal has a perfectly civilized 9:00 a.m. start time.
Then, of course, the course: 21k around Île Notre Dame and Île Sainte-Hélène; on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (the same track Formula 1 cars will be navigating, weeks later) and past the iconic Biosphere. It’s as physically exhilarating as it is visually stimulating.
But that’s still a couple days away. First, I have a date with the Musée des Beaux-Arts Montréal this afternoon. Saturday I’ll be cheering on the 5k and 10k runners in the morning, followed by Tout le monde court – Shakeout Officielle de la Scotiabank 21k, organized by Le Local lululemon.
Sunday morning I’ll be up bright and early to wrangle the Elite runners from the Novotel’s lobby and get them to the race, before lacing up myself. Finally, the annual RunTOBeer Montréal brewpub crawl to bid adieu to race weekend.
More to follow…
À bientôt !