The Montreal marathon cancelled

Le marathon de Montréal annulé

Following the recommendations of public health authorities on the risks associated with the COVID-19, the organizers of the marathon of Montreal have decided to cancel the event, which was to take place on 19 and 20 September.

“Considering the particularities of the event that is the marathon of Montreal, it was difficult for public health to ensure compliance with the safety instructions. The organizers have decided to cancel the event,” said a spokesman for the ministry of Health and social Services of Québec in La Presse.

Responsible for the organisation of the event, the Group Ironman has not yet confirmed the news. It was still possible to register online, Thursday afternoon.

Edition 2019 had gathered 12 000 participants and was marked by the death of a runner of 24 years who participated in the half marathon. Victim of a cardiac arrest, Patrick Neely collapsed to two kilometres from the finish.

In his report, the coroner Géhane Kamel had mentioned some of the factors that have contributed to this tragic ending, including problems of communication, poor organization and a lack of staff.

Technical problems, which had delayed the start 50 minutes, had also tarnished the event. The race director Dominique Piché had handed in his resignation a few days later and was replaced by Eddy Affram.

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