The 2010 Montreal Marathon was held yesterday in less than ideal conditions.
Despite the extreme cold, snow, rain, and heavy winds, over 100-skaters braved the conditions to skate and race around Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in the marathon & half marathon. The marathon is part of the NROC.
The overall winners of the race are Olivier Jean from Montreal- 2010 Olympic Champion in short track speed skating, and Mississauga’s Morgane Echardour, who won the women’s race for the second consecutive year.
From the start and to the mid-point, 21km’s into the race, I tried to keep warm, making sure I was keeping pace and following the 20-skater (or so) sized-pack, trying to help out a few club-mates & friends. There were a number of breaks during the race, none of which formed into anything more than a slight gap that was quickly and aggressively chased and closed.
With 21km’s to go, I launched a quick attack as the skaters in the lead pack took a short pause. I managed to break from the lead pack. A few km’s later, Olivier Jean & Steve Robillard bridged up to me, caught me, and soon after, drifted away from me. Robillard dropped off Jean’s pace. I caught up to Robillard and we skated together for a few km’s, and then he dropped from me.
I chased Olivier Jean for over 15km’s while he gradually opened his lead to a commanding 45-seconds. Meanwhile, Steve Robillard & Sergio Almeralla teamed up behind me to chase me down. Robillard caught me with about 200-meters to go, blasting by me, finishing 2nd behind winner Olivier Jean. I ended up in 3rd.