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UTHC 65km

A REMOTE AND TRUE ULTRA RACE HELD ON A LINEAR ROUTE DEEP IN THE CANADIAN WILDERNESS

A perfect mix of flow and technical. The race will get underway at the HAUTES-GORGES-DE-LA-RIVIÈRE-MALBAIE NATIONAL PARK and end at the Mont Grand-Fonds Ski Center. The course will take you halfway through the famous trail called La Traversée de Charlevoix. Passing several lakes, runners will have the chance to encounter Canadian wildlife, including beaver, porcupine or moose. 

UTHC is a qualifying race for the UTMB®.

  • 65km– 2’000 m elevation gain (40 miles – 6500ft of ascension)
  • Linear route
  • Shuttle bus leaves at 5 a.m. on Saturday morning from mont Grand-Fonds ski resort
  • Race start: 7 a.m. Saturday
  • Maximum race time: 12  hours, 15 minutes
  • Elite race time: 5 hours, 50 minutes
  • Aid stations: 5
  • Pacers not allowed
  • Drop bags: you will have the possibility to leave a bag in the shuttle bus that will bring you to the starting line. The bags will wait you at the Mont Grand-Fonds for your arrival.
  • Crew members not allowed

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.

Mandatory EQUIPMENT

  • 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 (42km +)
  • Gloves (42 km +)
  • Glass or goblet (aid stations do not have glasses)

Recommended equipment

  • Hat
  • Course map (you can download it on  the Ondago app 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
  • Working headlight with a set of backup batteries 

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 42km and over;
  • cutoff times must be respected to avoid elimination;
  • mandatory equipment must be worn or carried at all times

The race will get underway at the HAUTES-GORGES-DE-LA-RIVIÈRE-MALBAIE NATIONAL PARK and end at the Mont Grand-Fonds Ski Center. The course will take you halfway through the famous trail called La Traversée de Charlevoix.

WEATHER

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.

Pace chart

65km EN profile

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Start to 8th km – SEPAQ leg
Difficulty level: Easy
Trail conditions: clear, wide, fast-paced, leads to refreshment station #1 (Blue Jay).

8th km to 22th km – Coulée Chouinard et coyote leg
Difficulty level: Very hard
Trail conditions: Partly clear, muddy, single track, hill. Be patient, this is the most demanding leg of the UTHC 65 km event. It leads to aid station Coyote Honda.

22th km to 32st km – Controlled harvesting zone (zec) – Lac au sable leg
Difficulty level: Easy
Trail conditions: After the aid station you will make 3 kilometers in a wild trail and finish it on a truck trail with heavy trafic, be careful when you will cross this road. After that you will climb a mountain bike and quad trail. while the next 7 km are on a rideable gravel road used by shipping trucks on the zec. A Yaris could go through!! It leads to refreshment station #3 (Beaver).

32th km to 41st km – Controlled harvesting zone (zec) – Lac au sable leg
Difficulty level: Easy
Trail conditions: The next 10 km are on a rideable gravel road used by shipping trucks on the zec. A Yaris could go through!! It leads to aid station Epervier Info Comm.

41st km to 47th km – Orignac Trail leg
Difficulty level: Very hard
Trail conditions: Partly clear, muddy, single track. This leg may remind you of the first kilometers at the start of the race. Be careful, you’ll already be 40 km into it. This leg leads to aid station Split-BMR.

47th km to 55th km – Montagne noire leg
Difficulty level: Hard and easy
Trail conditions: Single track up the mountain (3 km) that opens onto a wide and pleasant lichen trail. The last part of this leg is a rideable road that spans 2 km. It leads to the last aid station of the UTHC 65 km event. This is a good news.

55th km to 60th km – Lac à Tom leg
Difficulty level: Easy
Trail conditions: Wide trail but be careful, it is a descent. There is a 2-km trail followed by a 2-km rideable road. Be mindful of vehicles as you may be tired and much less focused.

60th km to 64th km – Mont Grand-Fonds leg
Difficulty level: Easy
Trail conditions: You will be on a ski trail on Mont Grand-Fonds. There are mudflats. The trail is clear and on grass. This is the final stretch with a few hills here and there. Don’t worry about it, you’ll be running down the Mont Grand-Fonds ski center toward the finish line.

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