Oasis Lévis 2017 Half-Marathon Full to Capacity!

Oasis Lévis 2017 Half-Marathon Full to Capacity!

Photo: 2016 Lévis Half Marathon. Credit: Keith Chiasson.

A promising start to the season for the Je Cours Qc running event series.

Quebec City, Tuesday, April 26, 2017 – Not only is the Oasis Lévis Half-Marathon full to capacity just under two weeks before its 14th edition gets underway, the event has set a new record for registrations this year with a whopping 3,500 runners registered for the four distance races taking place this May 7, namely the 21.1K (half marathon), Oasis 10K, 5K and Tanguay Kids Race. That’s a 21% increase in registrations for the 2017 event over last year’s races.

“We really couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off the 2017 calendar of events for the Je Cours Qc running series,” said Chantal Lachance, Vice-President of Marketing and Operations for event organizer Gestev. “Initially we’d been hoping to boost registration by 13% over last year, and we busted right through that ambitious target around a month before the race. And when we saw just how much interest there was in the event, we reviewed our operations and were able to open up 250 extra spots, which were all snapped up in next to no time. Beating a record for registrations like this on the first race of the season certainly bodes well for the events to come!”

Once again this year, the Oasis Lévis Half-Marathon has attracted runners from all over the world. Running enthusiasts from across Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and many U.S. states including California, Vermont, Georgia and Texas will be making the journey to take part, and some runners are travelling thousands of kilometres from as far afield as Brazil, Germany, France and Australia, making the 2017 Oasis Lévis Half-Marathon one for the history books.

Much more than a race
With registrations reaching such record numbers, the atmosphere in Lévis will be festive to say the least—not just for the runners but for companions and spectators too! Crowds of all ages will be gathering at the Juvénat Notre-Dame school in Saint-Romuald for a celebration of running in an atmosphere buzzing with energy that bears all the hallmarks of a Gestev event.

Four more Je Cours Qc events yet to come
While the Oasis Half-Marathon is full to capacity already, running fans can still sign up for four more events in the 2017 Je Cours Qc running series.

Quebec City Coureur des Bois Trail – Monday, May 22
The 4th edition of this race through the stunning scenery of the Duchesnay Resort is one that trail running enthusiasts won’t want to miss! With three courses through the stunning natural backdrop of this Quebec national park to choose from—18K, Oasis 8K and Tanguay Kids Trail—some 900 participants expected at this event will be in for a treat.

Descente Royale – Sunday, June 4
For more than 30 years, the Descente Royale has given nearly 1,800 runners every year the chance to log a new personal best thanks to a course that’s 95% downhill. Runners can choose from three distance races, namely the Oasis 10K, 5K and Tanguay Kids Race (2K).

Quebec City Staircase Challenge – Sunday, June 18
With 3,000 steps and 30 staircases linking Quebec city’s upper and lower towns, there’ll be challenging times ahead for the 2,000 entrants in the 19K and Oasis 13K races at the 9th annual Quebec City Staircase Challenge. Once again this year, the start and finish lines will be in Bois-de-Coulonge Park.

SSQ Quebec City Marathon – August 25–27
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the SSQ Quebec City Marathon, renowned for its section crossing the Pont de Québec bridge over the St. Lawrence, is expected to play host to nearly 10,000 runners eager to take up the challenge for the Star Race, the SSQ Health 5K, the Tanguay Kids Race, the Oasis 10K, the 21.1K half-marathon presented by WKND 91.9 FM and the big event itself, the 42.2K marathon. Keep your eyes peeled for new and exciting features on the event site for this historic edition!

About Gestev
Founded in 1992, Gestev is a dynamic event management company specializing in happenings that make their mark locally as well as on the world stage. Over the years, Gestev has raised event management and production standards by adding a party twist to high-calibre sporting events, including music shows and live entertainment, while making competitions accessible to all. Jamboree, Red Bull Crashed Ice, Vélirium, Ski Tour Canada and Transat Québec Saint-Malo are just a few of the major events organized by Gestev. Gestev also manages the Baie de Beauport recreational site and is certified under the BNQ 9700-253 standard for responsible event management. Gestev acts as the official event producer for all running events organized by Quebec Running Events Corporation. This role is fully delegated by Multi-Sport, which is jointly owned by Gestev and Groupe Boucher Sports.

About Groupe Boucher Sports
With some 900 employees and 24 store franchises under the Sports Experts, Atmosphère, Intersport, Hockey Experts and Entrepôt du Hockey banners, Groupe Boucher Sports is one of Quebec’s leading sports equipment, clothing and footwear retailers.

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