Mont Tremblant is a killer ski resort, but its appeal isn’t limited to winter. Abundant with hiking trails, lakes and rivers, the Laurentians offer endless year-round outdoor recreation opportunities for the whole family. Runners will love the Demi-Marathon de Mont-Tremblant (aka Mont Tremblant Half Marathon), run by a close-knit community driven by a passion for the great outdoors.
This year’s event takes place on August 14th – perfect timing for your family vacation or as a warm-up race for an autumn marathon. The point-to-point course begins at the Tremblant Resort, meandering along local trails, paved bike paths through the forest, along the riverbank, beside a lovely cool lake and along back roads, ending with a sprint down the main road towards City Hall.
The locals are justifiably proud of the area and are very hospitable to tourists visiting the race. The whole town comes out to race, cheer, or volunteer; It’s an opportunity for them to highlight their Quebec culture and showcase the natural paradise they call home. And you’re guaranteed to come back and enjoy the many things the region has to offer that are hard to enjoy in a single visit.
As the local Mont Tremblant runners will tell you, the course isn’t flat – it’s just gorgeous. Although you will encounter a lot of hills on the course, it is a pure downhill race (ie you will be going downhill more than uphill). Not quite ready for a hilly half marathon? No problem – there is also a 10 km, a 5 km and a 1 km children’s run for the little ones. You will feel the excitement in the fresh mountain air. There’s live entertainment, a free event expo all weekend and plenty of surprises. After you’ve secured your finisher’s medal, the post-race celebrations include lunch (and even cold beers for the over-18s) so you can quickly forget about your strained quads and let those post-race endorphins take over.
Whether you’re looking for a runner’s high this summer if you’re pushing for the podium, or just want to run 5Ks with friends, lace up your sneakers and head to the Laurentians. The Demi-Marathon de Mont-Tremblant is a family-friendly event not to be missed.
Mont Tremblant Half Marathon
Date: August 14, 2022
Distances: 21.1 km, 10 km, 5 km, 1 km
Registration Fees: $20-$85 (there is also a parent/child team plan)
Where to sleep
The Mont Tremblant area offers a variety of accommodation options including campgrounds, hotels and condominiums. Just a few examples:
Fairmont Mont Tremblant: Located in the village, the Fairmont offers a variety of rooms, suites and condos along with luxury amenities including indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpool, spa and restaurants.
Maison Napoleon:Also in the village, this ‘luxe/rustic’ bed and breakfast has four charming guest rooms and serves a hearty and delicious breakfast made with local ingredients to fuel your activities for the day.
Bel Air Tremblant:Are you looking for something different? Bel-Air Tremblant has mini lofts, domes and pods with all the amenities of a hotel in an unconventional package.
Camping de la Montagne d’Argent: A few kilometers from the village, this campsite offers a sandy beach and is close to hiking trails.
where should we eat
O Cafe Vieux Tremblant in the Village is a great choice for breakfast or brunch featuring pastries, baked goods, smoothie bowls and locally roasted coffee.
Seb-l’Artisan Culinaire serves local and seasonal bistro-style offerings, including seafood, grilled meats, vegetarian and gluten-free options, and a sophisticated wine list.
Resto-Bar Le Shack is right at the foot of the ski slopes and is a great gathering place for friends or family, with indoor and outdoor dining options and giant screens for sports fans.
The area is full of outdoor adventure opportunities including beaches, canoeing/kayaking, hiking/biking trails, casinos and entertainment for pre and post race relaxation. For more informations, click here.