Good start, lonely middle and hectic finish (about: 2003)|
T. S. from Quebec, Canada (5/10/04)
3 previous marathons
| 3 Montreal International Marathons
The 2003 edition was to be the return of a great Montreal tradition. Unfortunately, this was not the case. The marathon is but one of many events taking place on the same day and course. The start on the bridge was fun and the run around the small islands was a good way to get warmed up, but the middle section, which winds its way through a quiet industrial sector, was the worst. The heavy traffic (cyclists, inline skaters, walkers, halfers and 10kers) at the finish line made things unbearable. Having to wait in line for a half hour behind 5k walkers for food and drink was inconceivable (the extreme heat and humidity, I grant, were not to be blamed on the organization).
The so-called expo was a joke (2 or 3 stands?). The medal was unsightly. The absolute worst, though, was the race officials who actually stopped runners near the finish line to allow a TV news truck back out of a parking lot. The scheduling was a nightmare (Quebec City's great marathon is held three weeks earlier). And this was to be a return of the organization that actually respected participants? Give me a break!