Magog Marathon changes course
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.