Demi-marathon Marcel-Jobin de Yamachiche
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Start Date/Time July 8, 2017 @ 8:30 am
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This Half Marathon offers the opportunity to run through rural Quebec's asphalt roads. Yamachiche, one of the foremost manufacturers of the cheddar used in making 'poutines', is a cosy town off of the Fleuve Saint-Laurent. The race is surprisingly (because of the awkward distance in between Montreal and Quebec City) well attended by competitive runners from all over the province.
The locals, who have been running the race since its creation provide a charming atmosphere in the village pre and post race. However, the Half Marathon is run as an out and back on black asphalt in sparsely populated land. The result is a very difficult mental challenge - as runners pound the pavement for 10km or so with only tall grass as company before turning around for home. The aid stations were unfortunately also sparse. A few of them along the road provided for some much needed water supply - however the lack of volunteers made it difficult to have as many people on the roads as required. Mid-July, the race is often quite humid (I ran it in 33 degree weather) which adds to the difficulty of running on a heat absorbent surface for 21k.
Overall, even with the issue of heat and supply support, I would recommend this race for its local appeal. The race is followed by a medal/awards ceremony at the centre of town gazebo where athletes and supporters circle and cheer for everyone. The year I ran each age category top 3 were given small trophies. The 'feast' following the race is held in a church basement - and the cheddar offered with the regular refuelling items is greatly appreciated. The 'community' vibe is definitely a selling point for the event - and I would recommend it just on this very welcoming and warm environment surrounding the race.