This past Saturday and Sunday, over 20,000 runners from more than 50 countries took part in four of the five Rock ‘n’ Roll Oasis Montreal Marathon and Half Marathon races (due to the marathon event being canceled because of the heat). A welcome surprise at the start line on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge this year: Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre gave the start of the race in collaboration with Olympic Gold Medalist Bruny Surin. The fact that participants can typically choose among five distances, the full and half marathons, 10K, 5K and 1K, in addition to a great selection of bands along the course explains the popularity of the event, which concluded its 27th edition this afternoon. This was also the year of newness, with a new course for the 5K race on Saturday, medal designs that were voted for by event fans themselves earlier this year, and the chance for runners to take part in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ Remix Challenge and earn exclusive medals for their collection. Daniel Gekara, from Kenya, was first to cross the finish line in one hour, 7 minutes and 56 seconds (1:07:56). The first woman to complete de 21.1 km race was Dehinet Jara, from Ethiopia, with a time of one hour and seventeen minutes (1:17:43).
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