Montreal Marathon: rock and road closures
Some 32,000 runners are expected to take part in today's running of the Montreal marathon — as well as the half-marathon, and the 1k, 5k and 10k runs.
For the second year running, the event is part of the Rock and Roll Marathon Series — a concept that sees a number of local acts spreading out along the route to provide musical accompaniment to the runners.
And with the marathon comes road closures. The marathon portion begins on the Jacques-Cartier bridge, as it does every year. The runners will make their way through Ile Ste. Helene and Ile-Notre Dame before making their way through the streets of Old Montreal. Then they'll make their way north past Lafontaine Park (where the half-marathon ends) as far north as Jarry Blvd., then south again, then east on St. Joseph to Olympic Stadium, and then back to Lafontaine Park to the finish.
At Lafontaine Park, well-known Quebec rockeuse Marjo will headline the closing musical show.
This year, organizers planned the event with the Boston marathon bombings in mind. Oragnizers say they'll do whatever's necessary to provide a safe environment, though they don't expect any incidents.