What you need to know before the race


Update as of September 6, 2023

It is with great pleasure that the Marathon P’tit Train du Nord welcomes you. We are very happy to have you among our runners.

We look forward to seeing you Saturday September 30!
Beyond performance, self-fulfillment! 

Please read this guide to the end. We will not answer questions which are answered in this guide.

Date : Saturday september 30th, 2023

First start: 8h00




Bib pickup


Décathlon Boisbriand Sport Store
2525 rue d’Annemasse, Boisbriand, Qc J7H 0A3


  • Thursday, September 28th – 2:00 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Friday, September 29th – 2:00 pm to 8:30 pm

It will not be possible to collect your bib on the day of the
Half-Marathon or at any other place and time outside the scheduled hours.

The bib pickup schedule is not the same as that of the Décathlon store. It is important to adhere to the bib pickup schedule.

To pickup your bib

  1. You must attend in person.
  2. You must present a valid identity card with photo (Driver’s license, health insurance card, passport).
  3. No other person can collect your bib (no exceptions).

Participant’s wristband

When picking up your bib, a wristband will be put on your wrist. You must wear your wristband to access the start area. You must keep this wristband on until you leave the finish area after your race.

If your wristband is damaged, you may be denied access to the start area.


Bus to the start



Mandatory bus 

Bus departure

  • Bus departure : Saint-Jérôme Old Train Station.
  • Address : 160 Place de la Gare
  • Entrance : By the South, via rue Latour, Saint-Jérôme.

To get on board the bus

  1. You must wear your bib. “Demi-Marathon”
  2. Only runners with bibs will be allowed on the bus.
  3. You must wear your bracelet on your wrist.
  4. When boarding the bus, an identification will be affixed to your bib.

Bus schedule – Piedmont- Half-Marathon start

You must take the bus that corresponds to your start number.

Example: If your start is #1, you must take a bus departing at 6:30 or 6:35.

If you miss the bus reserved for your start number, you may board the next available bus if there is space. Priority is given to runners whose bib number matches the bus departure times.

Your start # is written on your bib.

        Your start #                     Departure time of your bus

  • Start # 1 :                             6h30 – 6h35
  • Start # 2 :                            6h40 – 6h45
  • Start # 3 :                            6h50 – 6h55
  • Start # 4 :                            7h00 – 7h05
  • Start # 5 :                            7h05 – 7h10
  • Start # 6 :                            7h15 – 7 h20
  • Start # 7 :                            7h25 – 7h30
  • Start # 8 :                            7h30 – 7h35
  • Start # 9 :                            7h35 – 7h40
  • Start # 10 :                          7h45 – 7h50
  • Start # 11 :                           7h55 – 8h00
  • Start # 12 :                          8h00 – 8h05


Make sure you don’t leave anything on the bus.
No bus will bring back the runners to the start line after the race.

Parking in Saint-Jérôme

There are several car parks available in the vicinity of the Station.

  1. Old Saint-Jérôme station: Entrance via rue Latour, Saint-Jérôme.
  2. Quartier 50+: 425, boulevard Jean-Baptiste-Rolland Est, Saint-Jérôme QC J7Z 4J4
  3. Aréna Melançon: 451, rue Melançon Saint-Jérôme, QC, J7Z 4K3

Access to the start site


Only buses transporting runners will have access to the starting area. All runners must take the bus to get to the starting point.


Due to the limited capacity and infrastructure in the Piedmont Station area, we had to implement this measure in collaboration with the Municipality of Piedmont and public safety.


Potentially nearly a thousand vehicles converge to the Piedmont Station area simultaneously. Such a situation poses a critical risk to the safety of participants, spectators, and Piedmont residents. Congestion in the area makes it impossible for emergency vehicles to pass through. The safety of citizens cannot be compromised under any circumstances.


We are aware that this measure might inconvenience some individuals. However, we believe you will understand the importance of ensuring the safety of the welcoming citizens. Without exception, all half-marathon runners must take the designated bus from Vieille Gare de Saint-Jérôme to reach the starting site in Piedmont.


For participants who live or are staying in Piedmont, you must also travel to Saint-Jérôme to take the bus to the starting point. Access to the starting site is via a provincial road, and walking is extremely dangerous for pedestrians and not permitted by public safety.


Participants who intend to reach the starting point by their own means and do not take the bus will not be allowed into the starting area and will not be able to take the start of the Half-Marathon.

Piedmont train station area

As a security measure, we ask accompanying persons not to come to the Piedmont station area throughout the departure period. A very large number of cars could affect the smooth running of the starts and the safety of the runners. Parking is prohibited at all times throughout Piedmont.

Half-marathon start area

The starting site is reserved exclusively for Half-Marathon participants. Only runners with bib and bracelets will have access to the starting site. Accompanying persons, spectators and cars do not have access to the starting site

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Gear check

You can leave your clothes at the Half-Marathon start for safekeeping.

  1. You must use the bag that will be given to you with your bib.
  2. No other bag will be accepted at Gear Check.
  3. Your bag must be ready to hand over to the volunteers before going to the gear check.
  4. The clothes that you leave must be kept to the minimum.
  5. To identify your bag, you must use the detachable part of your bib that you will tie around a rope of the bag using the T-wrap that you will have received at the same time as your bib.
  6. It is strongly recommended that you do not leave any valuables in the bag that you will leave at Gear Check. It is the sole responsibility of each runner to identify their bag correctly. The organization of the Marathon will not be responsible for any lost, stolen or otherwise damaged items.
  7. You can collect your bag on arrival.


All bags not claimed at 4pm the day of the Marathon (Sunday) will be donated to community or charitable organizations.

Race starts

Called for starts

Be vigilant not to miss your start! You must report to the starting corral as soon as your start number is called.

Access to the starting corral

To access the starting corral, you will need to:

  1. Wear your bib.
  2. Wear your participant bracelet.
  3. Present your bib with the bus sticker.

Participant wristband
You will need to show your participant wristband to access the start corral.
If a runner shows up with a damaged wristband, a check will be made and the runner must confirm his identity. The runner could miss his start.
If the verification is not conclusive, the runner will not have access to the start corral and will not take the start. His bib number will be removed from the list of participants.

Bus sticker
A sticker will be applied to your bib when boarding the bus. A runner without a bus sticker will not have access to the start corral and will not take the start. Their bib number will be removed from the list of participants.

Time Limit

The time limit to complete the half-marathon is 2:45.

Checkpoint 15.1 km
Runners will have to maintain a pace of  7m 50s / km when passing the checkpoint.

Runners who arrive at the checkpoint slower than this pace will no longer be part of the race and will not be able to finish the race. A bus will take them to the finish line.

There will be NO services on the course (refueling station, medical, patroller, communication, etc.) for people not respecting a pace of 7m 50s /km.


The clothes you intend to leave behind just before the start or along the course will be donated to charities.

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It is not possible to change your start for a faster start.


  • Start # 1 :    8h00
  • Start # 2 :    8h06
  • Start # 3 :    8h12
  • Start # 4 :    8h18
  • Start # 5 :    8h24
  • Start # 6 :    8h30
  • Start # 7 :    8h36
  • Start # 8 :    8h42
  • Start # 9 :    8h48
  • Start # 10 :  8h54
  • Start # 11 :   9h00
  • Start # 12 :  9h06

Your start # has been assigned to you based on the target time you specified during your registration.

Your start # is written on your bib which you will receive at the bib pick-up.


Your bib number


  • Number of starts: 12
  • Number of runners per start: 250 (approximately)
  • Your start number is written on your bib
  • Start numbers have been assigned based on target times
Click here to know your bib number


List of scheduled pace bunnies.

If there are no pace bunnies in your starting group, you can join the next start.

The starting number for the pacers may vary.

  • Start # 1 :    1h30
  • Start # 2 :   1h40
  • Start # 3 :   1h50
  • Start # 6 :   2h00
  • Start # 8 :   2h10
  • Start # 10 : 2h20
  • Start # 11 :  2h30
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Finish line area – PLACE DE LA GARE – SAINT-JÉRÔME

While waiting for the arrival of the runners, meet up with friends and family at Place des Festivals in Saint-Jérôme.

Kiosks and activities for young and old await you. With Decathlon, try new sports.


Get your medal engraved!

Runners will have the option to have their name, time, and date engraved on their medal for a fee of $5,00.


Awards to winners

Trophies will be awarded to the winners of the Half-Marathon. First three men and women all categories. The trophies are awarded after the race.

Top three men and women by age categories:
18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44,
45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 +

Age on December 31st

The rewards will be mailed in the weeks following the race. The chip time will determine the top three in each category.


The race will be timed by Sportstats. Your friends and relatives can follow you on the Sportstats app. There will be no results tent at the finish site, the results will be available on the Sportstats site.

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Course info

The course follows exclusively the track of the Linear Park of the P’tit Train du Nord.

To find out about all the services offered on the course:

Click here


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