LaSalle Run and Walk
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Start Date/Time March 26, 2017 @ 8:50 am
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The course is flat and fast with 2 by 5k loops. The prize money each year brings a few fast runners to chase if you are aiming to show off your new fitness after the long winter training. March is usually when the snow is starting to melt in Montreal, and therefore this is a great opportunity to start your racing season.
The post race food was the typical bagel and fruit. However, this is very reasonable for the $20 race entry. The registration fee is $20 up to a week before the race, and is about the lowest you can find in town. The low registration fee doesn't mean that the quality of the experience will reflect it. There are lots of spectators around, and the announcer, volunteers, and officials are very friendly.
This race is for everyone from competitive to recreational runners. This race is very flat , perfect for runners who dislike hills of any kind. The environment is very friendly, and people / supporters are quite cheerful. The weather is debatable: people who tend to overheat quickly the weather was OK, but a pair of arm warmers would be comforting and for everyone else the weather was chili.
While racing, there are maybe few things to consider. While approaching (Av Dollard), runners want to make sure to be prepared for the their body to hurt, specially on the last lap. The same is true while approaching (Blvd Bishop Power), but for that one, runners want to be prepared for the pain on both laps. Last, but not the least, runners should consider waiting till (35 Av) before kicking hard to the finish line. This last point is very important because this year some runners started kicking hard as they approached the orange cones on (35 Av) and had nothing left for the last 10 meters; thus, they lost their potential position on the race. So, watch out for that one!!!
This race in LaSalle is a good one to achieve a personal best and/or simply to have fun with family and friends.
This race is a great early season opener for anyone looking to gauge their fitness and do it in good company. The LaSalle Run and Walk has become a staple race in Montreal/Quebec running culture. The course is mostly flat and there is a growing depth to the field every year on both women and men categories. The atmosphere is warm, with most of the runners enjoying a first competitive outing and looking for competitive times in a group setting.
The announcers keep the 'party' moving with music and announcing most of the the finishers names - and a well stocked post-race 'meal' (bananas, chocolate milk, montreal bagels, juices, etc.) is held inside the high school so everyone can warm up. The weather is probably the biggest issue with the race - since late March in Montreal often means cold, rainy, and windy days. The configuration of the course makes it so that in the 10km you are faced with at least four instances of running head first into the wind (2 laps of a 5km course).
Overall a great race - it brings together for the first time of the season a great deal of people. Even with the cold weather spectators are somewhat numerous and loud - and the configuration of the course makes it possible for them to intercept the runners at more than one point without having to move too much.
This long-running race does not disappoint. The course is flat and fast, and usually the weather cooperates. The km markers were a bit off, and it seems likely the course is about 200m long (based on gmap), but if you do this race every year you get an excellent sense of your fitness leading into road race or track season.
The food etc post race is fine. I don't usually avail myself of those things, however, so I'm not one to say.The in-race announcing is well-done and encouraging. They usually manage to name everyone who comes across the line. Results by sportstats are available very quickly. The atmosphere is friendly, and there is a good mix of recreational and elites. The men's race is usually won in 31-32min. The fastest women are 36-7, and there are usually more than 500 people in the race.