Ultra-Trail Harricana of Canada

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Ultra-Trail Harricana of Canada
Logo UTHarricana colors.png
UTHC Logo
LocationCanada Canada
Event typeUltramarathon trail run
Distance125km - 80km - 65km - 42km - 28km - 10km - 5km - 1km
Established2012
Official sitehttp://harricana.info/en/
Participants1500

Founded in 2011, the Ultra-Trail Harricana of Canada, also referred to as the UTHC and formerly known as XC Harricana, is an annual trail-running event founded in 2011 that takes place at the Mont Grand-Fonds ski centre, 15 km from the town of La Malbaie, Québec. The courses make use of the ski centre’s slopes as well as trails in the Traversée de Charlevoix hiking area and in the Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park. The event is a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc[1] and the Western States 100. It is also one of the toughest ultra-trail races in Eastern Canada.[2] On November 5, 2015, Ultra-Trail Harricana was named a “race of the future” by the Ultra-Trail World Tour[3] and officially became part of the Tour in 2017.

The geographic area of Charlevoix is a unique and rich ecosystem, classified as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. The wind carries scents of the Saint Lawrence River and the boreal forest. The trails are narrow and wind through untamed wilderness.

The UTHC’s name is based on the Harricana snowmobile adventure race, one of the most prestigious races of its kind that took place in the 1990s. One of the races was a 2,000-km relay from Montreal to Radisson (James Bay).

Distances[edit]

There are eight race distances: 125 km, 80 km, 65 km, 42 km, 28 km, 10 km, 5 km and 1 km. The event is held in early September. The 80- and 42-km races alternate years: the 80-km races takes place in even years and the 42-km race in odd years. In 2018, it will be the 80-km race.

UTHC (Ultra-Trail Harricana of Charlevoix)[edit]

125 km – 13,123 feet (4,000 m) of positive elevation, qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc and the Western States 100
80 km – Takes place every other year, on even years (2016, 2018, 2020, etc.)
65 km – 5,905 feet (1,800 m) of positive elevation, qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc

The UTHC was named Best Trail/Ultra Running Event in Eastern Canada in 2013, 2014 and 2015.[4]

Harricana short trail races[edit]

42 km – 4,593 feet (1,400 m) of positive elevation. Takes place every other year, on odd years (2017, 2019, 2021, etc.)
28 km – 3116 feet (950 m) of positive elevation
10 km – 656 (200 m) of positive elevation

The other races[edit]

5-km road race
Children’s pirate races (1 and 2 km). The name refers to trail runner Kilian Jornet, whose nickname is the Pirate of Mont Blanc.

Results[edit]

UTHC 125km[edit]

Edition Date Men Women
Rank Athlete Time Rank Athlete Time
1 September 19, 2015 1st Canada David Jeker 12:53:23 5th Canada Hélène Dumais 15:40:53
2 September 10, 2016 1st Canada Jean-François Cauchon 12:54:10 3rd Canada Jessy Forgues 14:41:28
3 September 9, 2017 1st France Vivien Laporte 12:48:14 6th United States Sarah Keyes 14:31:35

UTHC 80km[edit]

Edition Date Men Women
Rank Athlete Time Rank Athlete Time
1 September 13, 2014 1st Canada Florent Bouguin
Canada Jeff Gosselin
7:25:11 22nd Canada Marline Côté 9:47:19
2 September 10, 2016 1st Canada Mathieu Blanchard 7:49:35 23rd Canada Elisabeth Cauchon 10:08:42
3 September 8, 2018

UTHC 65km[edit]

Edition Date Men Women
Rank Athlete Time Rank Athlete Time
1 September 7, 2013 1st Canada Florent Bouguin 5:50:29 24th Canada Rachel Paquette 7:20:50
2 September 13, 2014 1st Canada Ian MacNairn 6:05:51 9th Canada Lucile Besson 7:00:40
3 September 19, 2015 1st Canada Benoit Gignac 6:09:17 6th Canada Jessy Forgues 6:51:11
4 Septembre 10, 2016 1st Canada Alister Gardner 5:45:28 4th Canada Annie Jean 6:06:44
5 Septembre 9, 2017 1st France Kevin Vermeulen and Canada Rémi Poitras (ex æquo) 5:38:31 5th Canada Annie Jean 6:22:54

Harricana 42km[edit]

Edition Date Men Women
Rank Athlete Time Rank Athlete Time
1 September 9, 2017 1st France Fabrice Armand 3:53:45 10th Canada Katrina Driver 4:29:55

Harricana 28km[edit]

Edition Date Men Women
Rank Athlete Time Rank Athlete Time
1 2012 1st Canada Lee-Manuel Gagnon 2:13:15 11th Canada Marie-Hélène Tremblay 2:45:48
2 2013 1st Canada Aidan Lennie 2:24:22 24th Canada Claire Doulé 2:53:22
3 2014 1st Canada François Piuze 2:10:48 7th Canada Sarah Bergeron-Larouche 2:23:09
4 2015 1st France Sébastien Chaigneau 2:16:57 36th Canada Rebecca Ouellet 2:55:11
5 2016 1st Canada Maxime Leboeuf 2:00:26 13th Canada Rachel Paquette 2:33:13
6 2017 1st Canada Yohan Delisle 2:17:38 11th Canada Charlotte Bernier 2:31:50

Organization and sponsors[edit]

The Ultra-Trail Harricana relies on over 230 volunteers and 40 commercial partners from the entire province of Québec.

Ultra-Trail Harricana’s founders:

  • Sébastien Côté
  • Geneviève Boivin
  • Sébastien Boivin

Race directors:

  • Sebastien Côté 2012
  • Martin Vallières 2013-2014
  • Jean Fortier 2015-16-17

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://marathons.ahotu.com/fr/archives/1942-ultra-trail-harricana-de-charlevoix-l-une-des-epreuves-les-plus-exigeantes-de-l-est-du-canada
  2. ^ "Ultra Trail Harricana: la course la plus difficile au Québec? - Gabriel Béland - Sports". 3 September 2013.
  3. ^ "2016 Ultra-Trail World Tour Schedule Announced". irunfar.
  4. ^ "2013 Readers' Choice Awards Winners Announced". Get Out There Magazine.

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