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125KM – 4’000M ELEVATION


A perfect mix of flow and technical. Runners will start in the heart of the wild backcountry of the Charlevoix region. Passing several lakes, runners will have the chance to encounter Canadian wildlife, including beaver, porcupine or moose. Further along, runners will be faced with three ascents: Mount Morios, where they will be treated to a spectacular panoramic of the region; Noyee mountain, along a ridge resembling the body of a woman floating on water; and lastly, Noire mountain, which they will climb on trails specially developed by the Harricana team, finishing with an impressive view of Mont Grand-Fonds.

UTHC is a qualifying race for the UTMB®.

  • 125km – 4’000 m elevation gain (75 miles – 13000ft of ascension)
  • Linear route
  • Mandatory shuttle bus to race start
  • Race start: 4 a.m. Saturday (revised January 2018)
  • Maximum race time: 24:00 hours** (revised January 2018)
  • Elite race time: 12 hours, 37 minutes (according to the previous route)
  • Aid stations: 9
  • Pacers not allowed
  • Drop bags: 1 (at 60km aid station)
  • Crew members: 60km and 110km

* Shuttle bus leaves at (to be confirmed) a.m. on Saturday from the Mont Grand-Fonds ski resort and arrives at the race start.
** Cutoff times: The first cutoff will be at 60km (Hautes-Gorges aid station) at (to be confirmed). This is a realistic and achievable cutoff time based on times of the back of pack in previous years.  


To take part in these events, some basic materials and equipment are mandatory.  However, it is important to note that the mandatory equipment is considered the absolute minimum required and that each athlete should adapt the contents of their bags to their own needs and capacities.  Furthermore, the UTHC events are semi-autonomous.  Semi-autonomy is defined as the capacity to be autonomous between two aid stations with respects to food, water, equipment and security.  You should be able to adapt to any situation you could face between two aid stations, with the equipment you carry with you.


  • Minimum of 1 litre water supply
  • Food supply
  • Whistle
  • Survival blanket, with minimum dimensions of 1,40m x 2m
  • Jacket with hood that can support bad weather (80km +)
  • Working headlight with a set of backup batteries (80km +)
  • Gloves (80 km +)
  • Glass or goblet (aid stations do not have glasses)

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 is no reliable service along most courses, the athlete can carry his phone with him. Text messages can be transmitted, depending on location.

General rules

  • Ensure your bib is worn on the front of the body and is visible at all times;
  • always remain on the marked trail;
  • pacers are not allowed (except for the 80km event);
  • always pick up your trash and dispose of it at the appropriate areas of the aid stations;
  • poles are permitted for distances of 65km and over;
  • cutoff 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.

New pace chart to be announced by the end of February


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