Marathon des Deux Rives


On Sunday morning, August 30, Charles-André Nadeau, age 63, successfully completed a half-marathon (21.1 kms) in the very respectable time of 2 hours and 10 minutes. The full Marathon des Deux Rives started in Lévis, the half-Marathon in St-Romuald near Côte Rouge. The weather was perfect for running, not too hot, not too cool. When a cannon signalled the start of the race at 8:30am a light rain was falling but did not last too long. The runners ran along the chemin du Fleuve, over the Pont du Québec and along Boulevard Champlain finishing at the Gare du Palais in downtown Québec. This was Nadeau's second successful half-marathon. He had previously run several full marathons, his first being the Marathon de Paris (en France, bien sûr) and the Ocean State Marathon in Rhode Island in 1994 and the Vermont City (Burlington) Marathon and the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC, in 1995.

There was a total of almost 5000 runners and walkers in this year's Marathon des Deux Rives with over 2000 participants in the full marathon, almost 900 in the half marathon, and another 2000 or so in various full and half marathon walks, 10k runs and walks and a 5k MacDonald's sponsored Kid's Run for 7 to 14 year olds. The winner of this year's full marathon was David Savard-Gagnon (in the age 18-29 category) of Baie Saint-Paul who finished in 2 hours, 27 minutes. Congratulations to all who successfully finished the race! 

Later in the afternoon, Nadeau gave a conference on the British Navy's Strategy during the Siege of Québec in 1759 as part of the National Battlefields Commission's commemorative activities for the 250th anniversary of the Québec battles. He will be presenting this same conference in English at the Literary and Historical Society of Québec (Morrin Centre) on Thursday, September 10 at 8:00pm. 

Here is André just after crossing the finish line with the 2:15 (2hr, 15min) Pace Rabbit whom he managed to overtake in the second half of the race. 



Charles-André Nadeau and the Pace Rabbit