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Over 35,000 runners rock the Rock ‘n’ Roll Oasis Montreal Marathon

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Marathon Oasis Rock ‘n’ Roll de Montreal took place over the weekend and hosted over 35,000 participants who took part in four exciting races including the signature marathon, an ever-popular half as well as a 10K and 5K.

R’n’R Montreal was the first of its kind and still only one of two R‘n’R Series events in Canada. The courses provide a complete city tour starting on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge and looping around Ile Ste-Helene and Ile Notre Dame before running along the harbour and to the halfway mark–the finish for the half-marathon–in Parc Lafontaine. Marathoners continue on and complete several scenic and often loud out-and-back loops of Montreal’s most famous attractions and landmarks before returning to the finish.


This year, Kari Steinn Karlsson of Iceland was first to cross the line in a time of 2:24:18. Local Montreal-native Bagdad Rachem was second in 2:27:48 and Fethi Oukik of St-Leonard, Que. was third in 2:29:25.

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In the women’s race, another local of Montreal, Arianne Raby was first in 2:48:54 ahead of Joanne Normand of Levis (2:57:16) and Mylene Sansoucy of Quebec City (2:59:45).

Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace played the post-race concert.