Montréal’s annual marathon — officially known as Marathon Beneva de Montréal — is back! Taking place from September 22 to 24, 2023, it features three days packed with races of various formats, uniting some 15,000 racers, 25,000 spectators and 800 volunteers. This annual marathon has solidified itself as one of Montréal largest sporting events of the year, in line with some of our most famous sports festivals.
Montréal: the perfect marathon city
If you’re going to run for 42 kilometres, you might as well do it in a beautiful city. Montréal’s stunning architectural offerings, multitude of parks, and handsome streets provide an ideal setting for a long run. We can promise some interesting sites along the way: Habitat 67, Notre-Dame Basilica, Parc La Fontaine, and much, much more!
The timing is also impeccable. During the first days of autumn, the temperature in Montréal is not too hot and not too cold. This enables participants to be at the top of their game.
With a strong community of runners and a city with track-record of hosting successful major events, Marathon Beneva de Montréal is a world-class race in a destination that’s worth exploring for a few days post-race, to refuel and recover in style.
Races for everyone, with attractions galore
Marathon Beneva de Montréal is a serious race for elite runners from across the planet, certainly, but it’s not just all sweat and glory and competition, it’s also a fun run for thousands of recreational runners who are simply chasing the endorphins of participation.
Whether running the one-kilometre event (which is called the “I love fruits and veggies” race), the full 42-kilometre marathon, or any of the races in between, this is an event to celebrate moving our bodies — and doing it together.
The start of the Marathon and Half-Marathon races are on Ste-Hélène Island, which was the grounds of the much-celebrated Expo 67 (the 1967 International and Universal Exposition). The finish line for all running events is at the iconic Montréal Olympic Park. Constructed for the 1976 Summer Olympic games, the site — including the sweeping Esplanade — will provide ample space for runners to stretch and refuel after a gruelling race.
Marathon Beneva de Montréal also boasts a charity program: Run with Heart, whose objective is to support charitable organizations by placing its various events, platforms and visibility at the service of their fundraising efforts. Discover how you or your organization can take part here.
Good luck to all the participants!