FAQs – 42 km Distance Will Not Take Place


FAQs – 42 km Distance Will Not Take Place

Q: What changes will be happening at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Oasis Montreal Marathon due to the high temperatures expected? 

A: In consultation with medical services officials and our city partners, event organizers have determined that the unseasonably warm weather conditions are not suitable to provide a safe race experience for the 42.2 km distance. The full marathon will therefore not take place. The 21.1km distance will start one hour earlier on Sunday morning, at 7:30 am, and will have a time limit of 3 hours.

Q: How do I get to the start line if the half-marathon begins at 7:30 am?

A: We have partnered with the STM and all subway trains will begin running at 5:30 am on Sunday morning to ensure half-marathon and 10k runners can arrive at the start line on time.

Q: Can I receive a race refund? 

A: Yes. Registered marathon runners can choose to run the half-marathon, defer their race entry to any open Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon Series, including Montreal 2018, or receive a full refund. Half marathoners can continue to run as planned within the new 3 hour time limit, receive a full refund or defer their race entry.

Q: How do I choose to defer or receive a refund for my entry?

A: Runners who do not start the race on Sunday will receive an email following the event with instructions on how to defer your entry or request a refund.

Q: If I choose to run the half marathon, what will I need to do?

A: Marathon runners who would like to participate in the half marathon can pick up their packet at the expo and wear their marathon bib to the start line. Marathon runners will automatically be tracked for the half marathon and will receive a marathon finishers medal and jacket upon completion of the half marathon.

Q: Will the concert still take place on Sunday afternoon?

A: Yes, the Moist concert will start one hour earlier at 11:30 am on Sunday.

Q: Are there any changes to the 10K on Sunday?

A: No, the 10K will start as expected and have a 2 hour and 15 minute time limit.

Q: Are there any changes to the 5k and 1k on Saturday?

A: The 5k and P’tit Marathon 1 km Tel-Jeunes will take place as planned on Saturday morning.

Q: What are you doing on course to help with the heat?

A: We will have water stations as planned on course with plenty of water. We will also have cooling buses and fire hoses misting on course. We will have iced towels, water, and ice at the finish line.

Q: Can I Still Get My Marathon Finisher Jacket?

A: Yes. Marathon finisher jackets will be available for pick up at the finish line for registered marathon runners.

Q: Will I Still Get My Marathon Challenge Medal?

A: You’re still on track. Any registered marathon participants that complete the half marathon in Montreal will be eligible to use the event as a qualifier for the Marathon Challenge Medal.

Q: Will I Still Receive my Heavy Medal?

A: Yes, if you complete the half marathon distance on Sunday, you will be given credit to your Heavy Medal status.

Q: Will I Still Receive my Remix Challenge Medal?

A: Yes, if you run Saturday and Sunday, you will receive your Remix Challenge medal.

Q: Can I Get A Refund Of The Difference Between The Marathon And Half?

A: We are sincerely disappointed that the weather conditions caused the organizers, in consultation with city officials, to cancel the marathon distance. If you choose not to complete the half marathon we will offer a race transfer to any upcoming marathon so that you may participate in another Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event for free. As the weather situation was out of our control we will not be offering any refunds, in line with our cancellation and refund policy.

Q: I’m a Fast Runner and Would Finish Sooner than Some Half Marathoners – Why Can’t I Still Run the Marathon?

A: Unfortunately, the decision, made jointly with city partners and medical officials, was inclusive of every marathon runner and didn’t differentiate participants based on their expected finish times.

We acknowledge that many participants would have been able to complete the course in the conditions without concern and that others would have been compromised by those conditions and therefore not in the best position to make an informed decision regarding their health. For this reason, the decision was made considering the greater needs of the running community.