Run “2023” through the streets of the city

Running “2023» through the city streets


Inside Montreal, journalist Louis-Philippe Messier travels mostly on the run, his office in his backpack, on the lookout for fascinating subjects and people. He talks to everyone and is interested in all walks of life in this urban chronicle

Despite freezing rain, a hundred runners showed up at the foot of Mount Royal on Monday morning to go GPS-draw together the numbers 2-0-2-3 in the surrounding streets. 

“I was planning to go to the gym this morning, but that trip was a best symbol to start the year! said Isabelle Champagne to me.

“It's funny to see that it really tracks the numbers with the GPS,” laughed Sondy Jean-Baptiste, from Cartierville.

His friend Jehu Sanon, from Laval, got up time for the event announced by the Facebook group Course à Montréal.

“To clearly delimit certain figures, you have to retrace your steps”, explains Laurent Caudrelier, the main organizer, to explain the distance of almost 13 km in the district.

“The upper part of the second 2, you have to cover it completely out and back, that’s why the kilometers accumulate quickly. »

Fifth edition

This is the fifth year that Mr. Caudrelier has started the year by “tracing” it in this way, but it is the first that he has publicly launched the invitation… and that it attracts a lot of people!

The organizers Marilu Cruz and Laurent Caudrelier weren't expecting so many people.

He chose the Plateau because of the (relatively) square geometry of the streets which allows numbers similar to those of a digital dial between avenue du Parc, rue Papineau, boulevard Saint-Joseph and, by way of ” floor”, Rachel Street.


“I closed the race and made sure not to lose anyone”, says Marilu Cruz, a organizer.

At the back of the pack, she wished a happy new year to all the pedestrians.

The success of the event caused a traffic of runners at the intersections.

“I was making sure things were going well at the intersections,” Natalia Calderone, who was helping to discipline the crowd, told me.

Because it was a public holiday, the streets were abnormally calm.

Motorists honked briefly to encourage the runners.

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