Marathon Oasis de Montreal

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Marathon Oasis de Montreal
Date September
Location Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Event type Road
Distance Marathon
Established 1979
Official site Oasis Montreal Marathon

Marathon Oasis de Montréal is an annual marathon foot-race held in Montreal, Canada. The Marathon de Montréal is the largest running event in Quebec (Canada). The race is sponsored by Oasis. The 2012 race was the first year as part of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series of marathons and half-marathons managed by Competitor Group, Inc. which are held around North America and in Europe.[1]


Approximately 9,000 runners took part in the first edition of August 25, 1979. After disappearing from 1990 to 2003, the Montreal Marathon in 2004 returned in a broader framework involving other activities such as walking, running, wheelchair or bicycle. In 2008, runners came from 25 countries and had more than 17,600 participants from all disciplines.[2]

During the event, various distances are available:

  • 5 km race
  • Blakes Corporate Challenge (Relay)
  • The School Challenge 5 km
  • Le P'tit marathon (1 km) for kids 3 to 11 years old.

In 2010, the 20th edition of the marathon was held on Sunday September 5 with a record participation of 21,000 runners from 30 countries.[3] The event has continued to grow and the 2013 edition (held on September 22) broke a new record with 32,000 runners.[4]


Departure from the Jacques-Cartier Bridge

According to tradition, the departure is from the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. The route of 42.195 km crosses different districts in Montreal through the Notre Dame Island and Saint Helen's Island on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the Old Montreal, the district Ville-Marie, Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie and Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Formerly, races finished in the Olympic Stadium (Montreal), host of the 1976 Summer Olympics[5] until the 2011 edition of the marathon when the finish line was moved to Parc Maisonneuve due to the growing number of participants. In 2012 and 2013, the finish line was in La Fontaine Park.

Students on the run (Étudiants dans la course)[edit]

Students on the run, (Étudiants dans la course) is a project inspired by Students Run LA, a successful program that in the last 20 years has done concrete results. Students on the run aims to encourage young people to a healthy life, better school performance and greater social integration.

The program, sponsored by the Dr Gilles Julien Foundation in collaboration with the Montreal Marathon, Students on the run, is a pilot program where the objective is to help selected students, from high risk neighbourhoods of Montreal to participate in the Montreal Marathon. There were 19 students to begin with and 12 persevered. During 11 months, students trained to complete the full 42,2 km marathon and on September 12, 2010 they crossed the finish line. The program continues with a new group each year since its conception.[6][7][8]

Past winners[edit]

Key:   Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s)
1st 2003  Anthony Gitau (KEN) 2:30:31  Tina Kader (CAN) 2:58:55
2nd 2004  Noureddine Betim (ALG) 2:22:33  Nicole Stevenson (CAN) 2:47:12
3rd 2005  David Mandago Kipkorir (KEN) 2:17:26  Isabelle Ledroit (CAN) 2:56:20
4th 2006  Danny Kassap (COD) 2:20:20  Wioletta Kryza (POL) 2:43:06
5th 2007  Laban Moiben (KEN) 2:15:29  Wioletta Kryza (POL) 2:43:26
6th 2008  Lamech Mosoti Mokono (KEN) 2:17:07  Yeshi Esayias (ETH) 2:42:17
7th 2009  Francis Kipketer Chesumei (KEN) 2:16:11  Irene Cherop Loritareng (KEN) 2:39:32
8th 2010  Julius Kirwa Choge (KEN) 2:17:41  Serkalem Biset Abrha (ETH) 2:35:46
9th 2011  Luka Kipkemboi Chelimo (KEN) 2:13:45  Serkalem Biset Abrha (ETH) 2:33:21
10th 2012  Joseph Chirlee (USA) 2:18:42  Doreen Kitaka (KEN) 2:47:41
11th 2013  David Savard-Gagnon (CAN) 2:30:15  Nadia Bolduc (CAN) 2:51:33
12th 2014  Ben Bruce (USA) 2:22:38  Joanne Normand (CAN) 3:01:27
13th 2015  Nicholas Berrouard (CAN) 2:26:42  Geneviève Asselin-Demers (CAN) 2:58:56

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Phillips, Randy (24 September 2011). "Marathon gets Rock'n'Roll flavour". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-31. Retrieved 2010-12-10. 
  3. ^ "Marathon: temps idéal et participation record". 5 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  4. ^ "Coup d'envoi pour le 23e Marathon de Montréal". 22 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  5. ^ Montreal Marathon Course
  6. ^ EDLC - Projet[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ La Presse - Published September 13, 2010 - EDLC
  8. ^ EDLC "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-24. Retrieved 2010-12-21. 

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