The goal

The goal really just popped in my mind on a nice sunny run next to my place, when I discovered I can rate runs on my Runtastic app. I thought to myself why not run in all parks in Montreal, wouldn’t that be cool/crazy? I could create routes and rate them, then add photos and reviews to describe the parks, and talk about my experience of running them. Here is how I plan to do this:

  1. The first challenge was to find the subdivisions of Montreal (boroughs managed by the City of Montreal and “linked cities” that are more or less self-managed). There are 33 subdivisions of Montreal. Check the map I followed.
  2. Once that was done it was time to count the parks. And since they are not managed in a central city database I turned to my good friend: Google Maps. I started by typing the name of each city or borough and zoomed in to count the parks… manually. There are around 455 parks┬áin Montreal! Check out my progress page with a breakdown of parks by area.
  3. Once that is done what I do is i go to Runtastic and i create a custom route for each park depending on the length i need to run each time. As a golden rule: i try to run in the contours of the park, but also to run in it, so I can get a little gravel and a little asphalt: a hybrid run so to speak. I try to run around 5 Km in the beginning and more as I advance. Also good to note: if a park is too small then I combine 2-3 small ones to make a longer route, and if they are too big (i’m looking at you Parc Jean-Drapeau) I divide them up. I still try to review each park on it’s own.
  4. Once I finished my run and walk to cool down, i take a few pictures of the park with my smartphone to document the trail, the view and the parks amenities.
  5. I then go back home to my “lab” to write the review and post it in the Parks Review section.
  6. Right now I run 3 times a week and I hope to review each day a different park, rain or shine (maybe even snow) so hypothetically this would take me 152 weeks or around 2.9 years… better get moving.

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