Quebec City Marathon owners sell to Gestev and Boucher Sports

Quebec City Marathon owners sell to Gestev and Boucher Sports

Press release:

GESTEV and Groupe Boucher Sports acquire Marathon de Québec inc.

Gestev will produce the six events of the Run Québec City series.

Québec, Monday December 21, 2015 – Gestev and Groupe Boucher Sports have formalized today the acquisition of the assets of Marathon de Québec inc., a company that is recognized for the Run Quebec City series, including the well-known SSQ Québec City Marathon. Via a strong partnership between Gestev (75 %) and Groupe Boucher Sports (25 %), Gestev is becoming, as of 2016, the producer of six major events presented in Québec City region for all levels of runners and walkers.

« We are very excited about this acquisition which is fully in line with our expressed wish to develop Gestev’s activities, and moreover, it falls into our field of expertise, explains Patrice Drouin, president of Gestev. We look forward to work with the existing team who will remain at the helm of these six events, while Gestev will bring in it’s expertise and personal touch ! »

For president and long time director of Marathon Québec inc. Denis Therrien, this good news will ensure the long term existence of the event. « Approaching retirement after 18 years at the head of the Run Québec City series, I am proud to pass the torch to Gestev, a first choice partner to take over the lead and bring the organization toward an even higher degree of accomplishments. My team is happy to join this dynamic team for the next edition of Run Québec City » he said.

As for Groupe Boucher Sports, it was only natural to join forces with Gestev. « It’s a logical follow-up to our various contributions to the sport community of Québec region, especially to the world of running, says Martin Boucher, president and director of Groupe Boucher Sports. From day one, we were enthusiastically involved in this project to make sure that there is a follow-up to the colossal work M. Therrien has done with his team over the years. We are extremely proud and honoured to partner with Gestev and we think that their presence will make a big difference to help these events grow. »

Six events to come
As of May 1st 2016, the stage will be set with the Oasis International Half-Marathon in Lévis, followed by the Trail du Coureur des Bois in Duchesnay on May 23rd and the Descente Royale on June 5th. The Québec City Staircase challenge will be presented on June 19th followed by the Desjardins Ladies Challenge on July 17th. The SSQ Québec City Marathon will mark the end of the season from August 26 to 28.



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