Ma­gog Marathon changes course

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Ma­gog

Thevote which was held at La Ruche high school, in Oc­to­ber, forced the or­ga­niz­ers of the Ma­gog Marathon to re­lo­cate their start and fin­ish lo­ca­tion. The so­lu­tion pro­posed by the town, to have the start line on Prin­ci­pale Street and the fin­ish line at the Parc des Braves, should be even more ad­van­ta­geous for the pop­u­la­tion, the busi­nesses, as well as for the run­ners. Prin­ci­pale Street will also not have to be com­pletely closed dur­ing the event with th­ese changes.

“I think the run­ners will ap­pre­ci­ate leav­ing from Ma­gog’s down­town,” said Pa­trick Ma­hony, the di­rec­tor of the Ma­gog Marathon who has also de­cided to run in the next mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion for a seat on the Ma­gog coun­cil. “I also be­lieve that the busi­nesses will be sat­is­fied to have 3000 peo­ple down­town on a Sun­day morn­ing in mid-Oc­to­ber. It will also be much more spec­ta­tor friendly.”

Busi­nesses, com­pa­nies and mem­bers of the busi­ness com­mu­nity are in­vited to reg­is­ter their em­ploy­ees in the dif­fer­ent dis­tances of the marathon: the 5 km, the 10 km, the 21.1 km or the 42.2 km. The marathon is also a great oc­ca­sion to pro­mote their en­ter­prises by form­ing teams at the wa­ter stops, to re­vi­tal­ize the run­ners.

“The big­gest headache was to find the course with the ex­act dis­tance,” com­mented Mr. Ma­hony. “I was even more dis­cour­aged about mov­ing be­cause dur­ing the sum­mer I had mea­sured and cer­ti­fied the marathon course ac­cord­ing to the stan­dards of Ath­let­ics Canada to be­come a qual­i­fy­ing race for the Bos­ton Marathon. It was a lot of money, time and ef­fort that was spent. The cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of the course will give a solid cred­i­bil­ity to the Ma­gog Marathon and an in­ter­na­tional seal of recog­ni­tion.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mr. Ma­hony, the Ma­gog Marathon in­jects ap­prox­i­mately $123,750 into the lo­cal econ­omy.

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