Marathon returns this weekend
Hundredsof runners will be heading up to beautiful Ste. Catherine de Hatley, this Sunday, September 2nd, where the Defi des Collines fundraiser is being held for the second year in a row. Organizers, who initially expected about 250 runners last year, were surprised when almost 600 runners registered to run in that event.
Once again the event will benefit the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of Quebec, the society that helps people suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. This year’s Honorary President is Ste. Catherine de Hatley resident Jonathan Martel, who has the disease. “Last year, during the first edition, I was able to help with the organization. This year I wasn’t able to help because my illness has progressed, but when they asked me to be the Honorary President, I agreed right away. That will be my contribution this 5.5, 11 and 15 kilometers. Runners can register online at the Defi des Collines website to take part in one of the races. Those who register by August 31st do so at a cheaper rate than those who register after August 31st.
The Gaiters men’s football team will be finishing off training camp this week as they prepare to travel to Montreal to face Concordia next weekend. The game is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1. / The Gaiters women’s soccer team will start the regular season on Friday, Sept. 7 in Trois Rivieres, against UQTR. Stay up-to-date with Lady Gaiters soccer and all Bishop’s athletics at www.gaiters.ca.
Jonathan was the main reason that organizer Patrick Mahoney put on the first edition of the event. “Jonathan probably doesn’t know it, but when I first learnt that he had ALS, it really shook me up. I know how treacherous the illness is and that those suffering from it, as well as their families, need support,” commented Mr. Mahoney.
“We hope to attract as many runners as last year or more. But, regardless of the number of runners, it was the ambience at last year’s run that was really impressive. We hope to be able to recreate that ambience again this year,” added Mr. Mahoney.
Many of the runners opt for the 30 kilometer run, some preparing for the Montreal Marathon. Others choose the more ‘reasonable’ races with distances of 1 kilometer (12 and under),