Ultra-Trail Harricana of Canada
|Ultra-Trail Harricana of Canada|
|Event type||Ultramarathon trail run|
|Distance||125km - 80km - 65km - 42km - 28km - 10km - 5km - 1km|
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 and the Western States 100. It is also one of the toughest ultra-trail races in Eastern Canada. On November 5, 2015, Ultra-Trail Harricana was named a “race of the future” by the Ultra-Trail World Tour 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).
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)
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.
Harricana short trail races
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
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.
|1||September 13, 2014||1st|| Florent Bouguin
|2||September 10, 2016||1st||Mathieu Blanchard||7:49:35||23rd||Elisabeth Cauchon||10:08:42|
|3||September 8, 2018|
|1||September 9, 2017||1st||Fabrice Armand||3:53:45||10th||Katrina Driver||4:29:55|
Organization and sponsors
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
- Sebastien Côté 2012
- Martin Vallières 2013-2014
- Jean Fortier 2015-16-17
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