A spokesman for Competitor Group Inc., which owns the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series, said the company has made the decision to cancel this weekend’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Montreal due to unsafe weather conditions.
The half marathon and 10K races will still take place Sunday morning, though the start time for the half marathon will be one hour earlier at 7:30 a.m. The 5K and 1K kids run remain scheduled as planned for Saturday.
Unseasonably warm weather is expected to bring temperatures in the high 80s and 93 percent humidity Sunday morning. Rock ‘n’ Roll organizers, in conjunction with Montreal city officials, deemed it unsafe to hold the 26.2-mile race. Citing the American College of Sports Medicine’s heat and humidity guidelines, both parties agreed a cancelation of the full marathon was in the best interest of participants.
“This is something we’re doing for the safety of runners,” says Alex Bennett, vice president of events for CGI. “We work closely with the city and our medical providers to get a consensus and we believe we’re doing what’s right for the city and the people. We take all of this input very seriously.”
Runners who are signed up for the marathon have the option to run the half marathon, take a refund or have their entry fee applied to a future Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon race.
The two-day event helps celebrate Montreal’s 375th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of Canada. In what can only be described as an act of irony, Canadian rockers “Moist” will headline the concert.
“Our number one priority this race weekend is the safety of all participants,” says Louis Malafarina, the event’s race director. “While we are deeply disappointed to have to cancel the 42.2 km distance, we do so knowing it is in the best interests of participant safety.”
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