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There was a half-marathon event in Montreal on the weekend

Canadian running events took another step toward a return to normalcy on the weekend when a half-marathon was held in Montreal, Quebec. 

The event, held at Parc Jean Drapeau, was dubbed We Run Montreal and organized by TriCon Events, and also included a 10K and 5K distance option.

More than 400 runners took part in the festivities, which included a post-race snack. One of the unique measures in place at the event was individualized start times, which were sent to participants 48 hours before race day. Groups of four to six would begin the race together. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When runners finished their races, they had to leave the race site right away. 

"We're not having podiums or award ceremonies. We're giving them a bagel and cream cheese and they're invited to leave the site," said Paul Brunet, the president of We Run Montreal, to the CBC. "But there's still that camaraderie you find at races."

The half-marathon was won by Amine Rehioui in a time of 1:22:35. Marie-Anne Michel won the women’s half in 1:28:29.

Everyone at the race site needed to sign a COVID-19 waiver before entering.  There were water and feedings stations on the course, which was wide enough to allow for distancing. 

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