Ultra Trail Harricana 80km Ultra Marathon (UTHC) 2016

2016-ultra-trail-harricana-no-tnfHey! This is Adam Kwitko reporting from Ultra Trail Harricana in Hautes Gorges de la Riviere Malbaie National Park. This Ultra Marathon features 5k, 10k, 28k, 65k, 80k and 125km distances. I’m going to take you through the 80k race. Ultra Trail Harricnana, Otherwise known at UTHC is the only Canadian stop on the Ultra Trail World Tour with “feature” classification.

The 125km race kicked things of at 2am just outside a church. The 65 and 80k races began together at 7am, the 28k at 11am, the 10k at 2pm and the 5k at 2:30pm. There’s also a timed kids race at pm, three yoga sessions provided by Omyoga throughout the day and daycare is also available. The 80km only takes ut-harricana-80km-elevation-profileplace every two years and is meant to act as a bridge betweena shorter ultra marathon distance, to the UTHC 125.

As usual, I ran in my go-to long run and ultra marathon shoe: the Salomon Sense Pro 2 due to it’s ample cushioning

fullsizerender-1and toe protection.My Suunto Ambit3 Peak edition GPS watch measured 79.44 kms for the 80k with 2155 meters of elevation gain. All finishers received a wooden finisher’s medal while race merchandise including participants shirts and other souvenirs were available for purchase.

Melanie Nadeau won the Woman’s 65km race with Alister Gardner taking first place in the men’s 65km distance, while Jessy Forgues won the Woman’s 125km while Jean-Francois Cauchon won the Men’s 125km race.
Title photo credit: Karine Maltais

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