Marathon re­turns this week­end

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Ste. Cather­ine de Hat­ley

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.

year.”

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),

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