SSQ Marathon: avoiding the Montreal drama in Quebec
The organization of the Quebec Marathon says it is "more than ready to intervene" for the safety of runners, three weeks after the Montreal race which was clouded by a drama.
The medical team for the event can count on 18 cyclists, 5 motorcyclists and 14 walkers on foot who will travel the route back and forth to react if necessary. They will all be in radio communication with the base.
A tent was also set up on arrival with four doctors, nine resident doctors, around thirty nurses, as well as some respiratory and physiotherapists.
“We have to be ready for any eventuality. All healthcare staff are equipped with a cardiac defibrillator, as well as a localization chip to repatriate rescuers more quickly, "said Marianne Pelchat the day before departure.
Recall that the festivities of the Montreal Marathon were overshadowed by the death of runner Patrick Neely, on September 22. The boy collapsed in the 19th kilometer of the half-marathon, and eight minutes passed before help arrived.The standard, according to the Quebec Athletic Federation, is three minutes.
The 22nd edition of the Quebec Marathon will start at 8:00 a.m. on René-Lévesque Boulevard East in the park area of French America.
The runners will first go to Old Quebec, then to the Saint-Roch district, before following the Saint-Charles river to Cité-Limoilou. They will then cross on the other side of the shore to make the opposite path and will pass by the port, then the Plains of Abraham.
A long straight line will follow towards Sillery to go up all the boulevard Laurier to the Grande Allée and finish in front of the Dagobert.♦ The City of Quebec strongly suggests to the population to use public transportation to avoid any hassle in the area.
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