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125KM – 4,000M ELEVATION


The race is a perfect mix of flowing and technical terrain. The start is right in the heart of Charlevoix’s wild backcountry. Passing several lakes, runners get the chance to encounter Canadian wildlife, including beaver, porcupine or moose. Farther along, they face four ascents: Mount Lac-à-L’Empêche and Mount Morios, with their breathtaking panoramic views of the area; Noyee mountain, with its ridge shaped like a woman floating on water; and lastly, Noire mountain, on trails specially developed by the Harricana team, that provides a beautiful view of Mont Grand-Fonds.

UTHC is a qualifying race for the UTMB® and the Western States.

  • 125km – 4,000 m elevation gain (75 miles – 13,000 ft. of ascension)
  • Linear route
  • 125 km mandatory pre-race meeting: Friday Sept. 7th at 7:30 p.m (La Malbaie).
  • Transportation to the start (details here)
  • Race start: 4 a.m. Saturday (revised January 2018)
  • Maximum race time: 24 hours** (revised January 2018)
  • Elite race time: 12 hours, 37 minutes (based on the previous route)
  • Aid stations: 9
  • Pacers not allowed
  • Drop bags: 1 (at the Haute-Gorges aid station)
  • Crew members:  (at the Haute-Gorges and SPLIT BMR aid stations)
  • Qualifying race for Western States and UTMB

** Cut-off times: The first cut-off is at the Hautes-Gorges aid station at 4:00 pm. This is a realistic and achievable cut-off time based on the times of the back-of-the-pack runners in past years.  


Some basic materials and equipment are mandatory to be allowed to take part in these events. Note that the mandatory equipment is considered the absolute minimum required and that athletes should adapt the contents of their bags to their own needs and abilities. The UTHC events are semi-autonomous, meaning the ability to be independent between two aid stations regarding food, water, equipment and safety. You should be able to handle any situation that might arise between two aid stations with the equipment you have with you.


  • Minimum: 1 litre of water
  • Food/Nutrition
  • Whistle
  • Survival blanket, at least 1.4 m x 2 m (4.6 ft. x 6.6 ft.)
  • Jacket with hood to withstand bad weather (80 km +)
  • Working headlamp with a set of backup batteries (80 km +)
  • Gloves (80 km +)
  • Cup or goblet (aid stations do not have cups)

Suggested equipment

  • Hat
  • Course map (you can download it on Ondago and use it without Internet access)
  • EpiPen (for severe allergic reactions)
  • Bear bell
  • Cell phone: Although there isn’t reliable service along most of the course, runners can carry their phone. Text messages can be sent, depending on the location.

General rules

  • Wear your bib on the front of the body. It must be visible at all times.
  • Always stay on the marked trail.
  • Pacers are not allowed (except for the 80-km event).
  • Always pick up your trash and dispose of it in the appropriate receptacles at the aid stations.
  • Poles are allowed for distances of 65 km and over.
  • Cut-off times must be respected to avoid elimination.
  • Mandatory equipment must be worn or carried at all times.


Be aware that weather is an important factor that must not be overlooked or underestimated. If it rains, the RAIN will be ICE COLD.

Seasonal temperatures: Average low 3°C; Average high 15°C
Sunrise: 5:15 a.m.
Sunset: 6:08 p.m.

Visit www.theweathernetwork.com for the weather conditions in La Malbaie

Runners’ code

  • Be semi-autonomous.
  • Wear the appopriate clothing and equipment.
  • At all times, help a runner in need.
  • Be a good sport.


Carte et dénivelé 125k-01


dénivelé 125k 2018-01

Pace Chart

Pace Chart EN 

wester states qualifying race 2019UTMB Qualifying race


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