Quebec City Marathon

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Quebec City Marathon
Quebec city.jpg
The SSQ Quebec City Marathon runs along both the northern and southern shores of the St. Lawrence River
Date August
Location between Lévis and Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
Event type road
Distance Marathon
Official site
Quebec City Marathon in 2013.

The SSQ Quebec City Marathon (French: Marathon SSQ Lévis-Québec), is an annual point-to-point Boston Marathon qualifying marathon (42.195 km/26.219 mi) race between Lévis and Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.[1] It has been held in August every year since 1998 and currently can reach up to 12,700 participants in all of the events combined. Along with the full marathon, a half marathon, a 10 km, a 5 km and children's events are arranged as well.[2]

The course distinguishes itself from other races in that kilometer markers are posted in reverse order, indicating the remaining distance to the finish line. Among other things, this allows all events to start at the same time and on the same course, from the appropriate distance away from the finish line.

The race is part of a series of races that go on around Quebec City each year called "Run Quebec City", with the SSQ Quebec City Marathon being the most well known event. Other events in the series include the Oasis International Half Marathon each May, the Quebec City Staircase Challenge, including many staircases on a 19 km or 13.5 km course, each June, the Descente Royale (which was postponed in 2013), the Bataille des Plainesa, a 5 km, 10 km and children's race, each June, and the Desjardins Ladies Challenge, a 5 km, 10 km and children's race, each July.[3]


The race also features a spectacular event two days before the actual marathon race known as the SSQ Star Race. The race is giant loop which participants may run as many times as they wish within the hour and a half available. The race begins at night, usually around 8pm, and for the first hour and fifteen minutes a musical show will be put on around the course, which is well lit up by many multi-colored lights, including the LED caps given to each participant. After and hour and thirty-five minutes, just five minutes after the participants finish running, a firework show begins to light up the night sky.[4]

The race is often known for its flashy well-designed medals, given to participants in each event, including the SSQ Star Race and Kids Run.[5][6]

The top three placers in the marathon, half marathon, 10 km, 5 km, and kids run, are also given prize money ranging from $5000 for first in the full marathon, to $50 for the winner of the kids run.[7]

Course records[edit]


1999 Miguel Sanchez Canada Canada 2:29:54.8
2000 Joseph Maina Kenya Kenya 2:26:49.3
2001 Joseph Maina Kenya Kenya 2:23:05.5
2002 Jorge Becerril Mexico Mexico 2:34:56.5
2003 Shingie Badza Canada Canada 2:33:04.8
2004 Moses Chesgrek Kenya Kenya 2:28:34.9
2005 Richard Tessier Canada Canada 2:29:40.7
2006 Fethi Oukid Canada Canada 2:30:31.8
2007 Amor Dehbi Canada Canada 2:24:07.4
2008 Michael Njordge Canada Canada 2:23:46.5
2009 David Savard-Gagnon Canada Canada 2:27:08.8
2010 Louis-Philippe Garnier Canada Canada 2:39:29.9
2012 Thomas Omwenga Canada Canada 2:28:36.9
2013 Evans Maiko Canada Canada 2:26:28.9
2014 Evans Maiko Canada Canada 2:36:46.0
2015 Christopher Zablocki Canada Canada 2:25:34.1



1999 Veronique Vandersmissen Canada Canada 2:39:02.1


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