A perfect mix of flow and technical. The race will get underway at the Parc national des Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie 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.
Details of the race
|Stages||Stations||Next aid station||First athlete
(page: 5 min 30 per km)
Estimated time of passage
(pace: 11 min 50 per km)
Estimated time of passage
|Start||Parc des Hautes-Gorges||6.6 km|
|6,6 km||Water Station Geai bleu||15.4 km||7:36||8:18|
|22 km||Coyote||18.5 km||9:01||11:20|
|40.5 km||Épervier||6.8 km||10:42||14:59|
|47.3 km||Split-BMR||7.3 km||11:20||16:19|
|54.6 km||Montagne noire||7.5 km||12:00||17:46|
In order for you to know everything about your race and to better prepare yourself, we have gathered all the important information in one simple guide.
You will find information about:
- services available at the aid stations
- information for your support crew
- on-site activities
- and more!
Learn more about the course by reading the “Course overview“.
Charlevoix’s climate is cold and humid in September. Furthermore, temperatures and precipitations can be extremely cold in the fall. It is therefore important to be vigilant to the risks of hypothermia.
- Minimum 3°C
- Maximum 15°C
- Sunrise: 5 h 15
- Sunset: 18 h 08
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.
- Minimum of 1 litre water supply
- Food supply
- Survival blanket, with minimum dimensions of 1,40m x 2m
- Jacket with hood that can support bad weather
- Gloves and hat (tuque)
- Baseball cap or bandana
- Glass or goblet (aid stations do not have glasses)
- Course map
- Cell phone
- EpiPen (For severe allergic reactions)
- Bear bell
- Working flashlight/headlamp
Although there is no reliable service along most courses, the athlete can carry his phone with him. Text messages might be transmitted, depending on location.
Using the ONDAGO app, you may use your smartphone to navigate the different interactive maps of the UTHC. Even without cellular reception, you can see where you are along the race course of your choice as the application uses only your phone’s GPS. However, you must download the course maps BEFORE heading out to areas with poor cellular reception.
Free Training Programs
United for Sports offers you free training programs of the 10K, 28K, 42K, 65K, and 125K.
Produced by high-level athletes with experience in coaching, the programs are tailored to the course, distance and level of experience of the participants. The training programs of each event are therefore unique: they reflect the experience of each of the athletes and exceptional teamwork.
Terms and Rules
- The Ultra-Trail Harricana (UTHC) has a zero tolerance policy for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). The UTHC reserves the right to require drug tests after the competition for all performanceenhancing drugs on the World Anti-doping Agency’s list;
- 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;
- Always pick up your trash and dispose of it at the appropriate areas of the aid stations;
- Poles are allowed for distances of 42km and over;
- Cutoff times must be respected to avoid elimination;
- Mandatory equipment must be worn or carried at all times.
Frequently Asked Questions
Read our FAQ webpage to find many answers to your questions
Due to the remoteness of the aid stations, support crews are not permitted for the 65km and 80km events.
Pacers are only permitted for the athletes running the 80km event.
A “The North Face” bag will be given to you when you pick up your bib. You must clearly identify your TNF drop bag.
The morning of the race, when you exit the shuttle bus, you will be able to leave the bag, identified with your name and bib number. This drop bag will be your finish bag so you should pack a towel and change of clothes.
Services on the main site
After the race, athletes will be offered a free gourmet meal featuring organic food from the Charlevoix region. A vegetarian meal will also be available.
Runners will be offered an excellent beer from the Microbrasserie Charlevoix or a refreshing glass of PUR Kombucha.
There will be a massage service onsite operated by Amelie Gauthier massothérapeute as well as physiotherapy services from PMP Physiotherapy. There will also be four small showers with hot water available.
The cutoffs times are shown in the pace charts below. We ask that you respect these times and the personnel who must enforce them. Volunteers do not have the authority on site, they are doing their job and are simply following the authority and directives of the race director. These times are realistic and are based on the results from past years. Because the events are held deep in the backcountry, we must ensure that the safety systems in place are not compromised. At any time, the medical team on-site could require you to abandon the race should they determine your safety is at risk.
Aid Station Menus
All details concerning the menu offered at the different aid stations will be announced very soon.
A race energized by Xact nutrition
Transportation to the Start
To know how to get to the start, please read the page
Event Color Number
Timing chips will be stuck to the bib. Your bib must be worn on the front of the body, always visible and on top of the outermost layer of clothing. If you choose to accompany your child on the short distances (when permitted), you must remove your bib to do so.
EVENT COLOR NUMBER
- 125km Sienna brown 1-199
- 80km Orchid purple 8001-8500
- 65km Yellow 6001-6500
- 28km Turquoise 2001-2999
- 10km Coral 1001-1500
- 5km Desjardins green 5001-5500
- 2km Light green 200-499
- 1km Cyan blue 500-999
- Bénévoles The North Face red