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This 12 months’s Quebec Mega Path will function greater than 100 worldwide rivals

This summer time, the favored ski resort of Mont-Sainte-Anne will welcome unprecedented numbers of worldwide ultratrail racers at Quebec Mega Path, from June 30 to July 3. Greater than 100 runners from 15 nations (not together with Canadians) have signed as much as take a look at their abilities on the realm’s difficult slopes, and already the race has seen a 20 per cent enhance in registrations over final 12 months.

Quebec Mega Path. Photograph: Daniel Thibault

Crossing the scenic Charlevoix and Côte de Beaupré areas as much as Mont-Sainte-Anne, the race, which began in 2012, attracts greater than 2,500 runners every year. Founding race director Jean Fortier credit QMT’s partnerships with Le Grand Raid de la Réunion (on Reunion Island, within the Indian Ocean) and Swiss Canyon Path in Switzerland for the elevated curiosity in QMT. “We actually made an effort to journey to verify folks learn about our race,” says Fortin. “Some actually nice runners come over right here and uncover that our race is basically good; we try to placed on one thing very skilled. Individuals see that we’ve got a pleasant course, and that it’s very powerful. And the one strategy to get to know it’s to run it.”

Quebec Mega Path

Fortier additionally mentions that American and Europeans might at first see that QMT’s elevation achieve (6,500m of ascent and 6,260m of descent) is lower than some races in Colorado or the French Alps, in order that they assume the course will not be tough, however they’re mistaken. “The course is brutal, and runners like that,” he says. QMT can be the one point-to-point 100-miler in Quebec. (Looped programs are less complicated to prepare, however could also be much less attention-grabbing for rivals.)

However one of many race’s engaging options for locals, particularly, is its friendliness towards much less skilled runners and the household and associates of the long-distances rivals, who can a strive shorter distance. Along with the 100-miles and 100K, QMT additionally provides 80K, 50K, 25K, 15K, 10K and 6K races and even a 1K youngsters’ run. “We predict it’s essential to be inclusive,” says Fortier.

Quebec Mega Path. Photograph: Daniel Thibault

Warmth and humidity are seemingly so as to add to the race’s problem. In 2021, the race was postponed to August as a result of pandemic, making it even hotter. Two-time Olympic marathoner Reid Coolsaet received the 110K in his first ultratrail race, regardless of going astray and including at the least 10 km to the space; this 12 months he’s headed to the Western States 100. “He’s such a great athlete,” says Fortier. After his win, QMT organized for him to race at Le Grand Raid de la Réunion, the place he completed sixth within the 72K distance.

Reid Coolsaet competes within the 2021 Quebec Mega Path 110K. Photograph: Instagram

Canadians to look at at this 12 months’s 100-mile distance embrace Jean-François Cauchon, who was third within the QMT 110 in 2019 and who has received the Transmartinique and the Extremely Path Harricana twice every, and Julien Lachance. Anne Champagne, additionally from Quebec, would be the favorite on the ladies’s aspect; she set the course report within the 100K distance on Reunion Island in 2019 and received the QMT 110K in 2019. We’ll even be watching Kelsey Hogan (third at Extremely Path Gaspésia in 2019), Sylvie Descoteaux and Sandra Lafontaine, amongst others.






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