2014 Challenge IRCM 10k Trail Race
The Challenge IRCM takes place in the heart of Montreal in Parc Mont-Royal and for its 5th year, Race Director Steves Morin added a 10k trail race to go along with its 5k and 1k kids race.
The 10k trail race got underway first just after 9am with the 5k commencing just 15 minutes after. All races start by the George-Étienne Cartier Monument (map) and head up hill. In fact, the 10k trail race went straight uphill for the first 2k for a steep 140m climb that featured quite a few stairs, bringing us past the Belvédère Camilien-Houde lookout for a great view of east Montreal. We then handled rolling hills for 5 km in the middle portion of the race which brought us by the Chalet du Mont-Royal and throughout the paths in Parc Mont Royal.Montreal residents are very lucky to have such a decent trail system that’s so accessible and close to downtown. At the 7km point, the course began to descend for a fast 3km run to the finish.
The 5k was an out-and-back course which went gradually uphill for the first 2.5k then downhill for the remainder on the gravel Chemin Olmsted path, while the 1k kids race, which started at 11am, was an out-and-back 500 meter uphill then 500 meter downhill on the same path. Over 235 runners signed up for the 5k and over 160 registered for the 10k which was a huge increase over last year’s total of 167 runners.
Proceeds from the Challenge IRCM support a graduate scholarship foundation at the Institute for Clinical Research of Montreal. Registration could be picked up on the Thursday ahead of the race at the downtown Salomon store or on site on race day morning. All who registered received the choice of a pink, blue or black Salomon Buff, a Salomon bag, a neon Salomon visibility anklet, those who registered early received a Salomon tech t-shirt and sponsors Salomon were on hand with demo trail shoes. Martin Malo and Ashley Chin won the 5k race in a time of 18:05 and 19:34 while David Le Porho and Sarah Bergeron-Larouche won the men’s and woman’s 10k trail race in 39:53 and 48:18 respectively.
- 10k trail race
- 1k kids race
- Salomon buff
- Neon Salomon visibility anklet
- Salomon bag
- Salomon tech t-shirt (for first XXX registered)
- 10k -186
- 5k – 235