Headliners 2018

Marianne Hogan Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 761
  • Sex : Woman
  • Country : Canada

A fan of endurance sports, Marianne made her mark on the international junior triathlon scene at the age of 16. She decided to put an end to her triathlon career in order to pursue her dream of going to California to study at an American University where she was in the NCAA Division 1 in Cross Country and Athletics, specializing in the10 km distance.

When her university career ended, she moved to Colorado and quickly discovered a new passion for trail running. Above all, she appreciates spending long days in the mountains with friends. In 2017, she joined the Salomon Running team and has gradually become a member of the international elite. 

  • 2017 GoreTex TransAlpine : 1st place
  • 2017 Quad Rock 50 mile : 1st place and course record
  • 2017 Mont Blanc 90 Km : 5th place
  • 2017 Behind the Rocks 50 mile : 1st woman and course record 
  • 2017 Red Hot 55 km : 1st woman
Mathieu Blanchard Will participate in Trail 28km Race details
  • ITRA : 832
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : France

Originally from the south of France, Mathieu has been living in Montreal since 2014, which is where he put on his very first pair of running shoes. This engineer in the field of energy is above all a great lover of adventures in nature. After several years exploring the oceans as a diving instructor, enjoying the adrenaline rush of sports such as snowboarding and kitesurfing, he is now passionate about running. 

His results as well as his personality allowed him to become part of the Salomon Running team in 2017, giving him the opportunity to participate in international races.

Mathieu is particularly fond of ultra-distances but will participate in the 28 km Ultra-Trail Harricana since he will have taken part in the prestigious UTMB only a week before. 



  • 2018 Quebec Méga trail 100k : 1st place
  • 2018  Trail de la Clinique du coureur 50k : 1st place
  • 2018 Ultra Trail of the Azores 125k : 3rd place
  • 2018 The North Face Endurance Challenge NY 80k : 1st place 
  • 2018 Trace North Basse Terre Guadeloupe 154k : 1st place 
  • 2017 TransMartinique 140k : 1st 
  • 2017 : Transalpine GoreTex Run 270k : 1st 
  • 2017 Salomon Ultra-running Running Academy North America
Hillary Allen Will participate in UTHC 65 Race details
  • ITRA : 735
  • Sex : Woman
  • Country : United-States

Nicknamed “Hillygoat,” Hillary Allen is an athlete The North Face doing the rounds of the international races, and racking up podiums and setting records along the way. Some of her latest exploits include a second-place finish at the Sky Running Ultra World Championships in 2017 and setting course records at the Madeira Skyrace in 2017, the Speedgoat 50K in 2015 and the TNF Cortina Trail in 2016. She is also known for her humility and great sense of humour.

Allen will share the starting line of the 65K with Sarah Bergeron-Larouche, among others, and we expect a tight race for the women’s podium.


  • 2nd in the World Sky Running Ultra rankings 2017
  • Course record, Maderia Skyrace 2017
  • Transvulcania 3rd place 2017
  • USA Mountain Running Team 2016
  • 3rd place, Ultra Skyrunning World Series 2016
  • Course record, TNF Cortina Trail 2016
  • US Sky Running Ultra Champion 2015
  • Course record, Speedgoat 50k 2015
Rob Krar Will participate in Trail 28km Race details
  • ITRA : 865
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Canada

Rob Krar became known in Quebec’s trail running community after starring in one of the main movies at the Trails in Motion film festival in 2016. Two-time winner of the famous Western States Endurance Run (2014, 2015) and winner of the Leadville 100 and the Run Rabbit Run, he also set a record for the (then) fastest double and single crossings of the Grand Canyon. He is recognized as one of the best ultra-runners in the world.

While he specializes in ultra distances, the Canadian will be running this year’s 28-km race at the UTHC, to accommodate his racing calendar. That will also give him the opportunity to cheer on runners doing the 125-, 80- and 65-km distances.

  • Two-time Western States Endurance Run champion, 2014 and 2015
  • Two-time Ultra Runner of the Year, 2013 and 2014
  • Three-time TransRockies Run champion
  • 1st place, Leadville 100 Mile, 2014
  • 1st place, Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile, 2014
  • 1st place, The Canyons 100k + course record
  • Named one of “The 50 Most Influential People in Running” by Runner’s World Magazine
Pierre Lavoie Will participate in Trail 28km Race details
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Canada

Pierre Lavoie is an amateur triathlete from Quebec, Canada specializing in the Ironman. He is co-founder of the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie, a sports event and media campaign to raise funds to research lactic acidosis and to encourage physical activity. Lavoie was named a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec and a member of the Order of Canada.

  • Co-founder of the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie
  • 2013: Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona (50-54 category): 2nd
  • 2010: Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona (45-49 category): 3rd
  • 2007 Ironman USA: 2nd
  • 2005: Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona (40-44 category): 1st
Colton Gale Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 793
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : United-States

Colton grew up in Connecticut (USA) playing all kinds of sports that taught him to respect the game, work hard, compete to the best of his ability and always find joy in whatever you’re doing. Running came back into his life as a bit of a stress reliever when he was in college. In 2012, Colton took a job at a local running store, not thinking much of it. But as time went along, he became more and more hooked on running and exploring the wilderness.

“It has become more than a passion, but also a career now that I’ve been working in multiple different running shops across the country. When not selling shoes, I can most often be found with a smile on my face in the mountains near Bend, Oregon, my current home”, says he.

  • 2018 Way Too Cool 50k – 9th Place
  • 2017 Vermont 50 – 1st Place
  • 2017 Waldo 100k – 1st Place
  • 2017 Siskiyou Outback 50k – 2nd Place
  • 2017 Moab Red Hot 55k – 5th Place
  • 2016 Vermont 50 – 2nd Place
Mohamed Elmorabity Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 835
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Maroc

I started running when I was 11. I watched my big brother, Rachid, launch his professional running career at the Marathon des sables, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps.

I was born in the desert and it’s the terrain I know, but I want to take on mountains, too, to progress in my sports career. I’m slowly moving up the ladder in trail running, and the Ultra-Trail Harricana will be a great opportunity to have an enriching experience on the Ultra-Trail World Tour.

  • 2017 and 2018 Marathon des sables – Morocco: 2nd
  • 2017 Cappadocia Ultra-Trail – 60 km – Turkey: 2nd
  • 2017 UT4M – France: 3rd
  • 2017 Oman Desert Marathon: 1er
  • 2017 Ultra Mirage – Tunisia: 1st
Brian Rusiecki Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 824
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : United-States

Brian Rusiecki is an ultrarunner living in western Massachusetts with his wife who also practices ultra-running. He works as an electrical engineer by day, but spends every non-working moment on the trails, where he measures his runs by the sun’s movements rather than a watch.

  • Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run 2017 : 1er
  • Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run 2016 : 1er
  • Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run 2015 : 2e
  • Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run 2014 : 1er
  • Vermont 100 Mile Endurance Run 2012 : 1er
  • Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run 2016 : 1er
  • Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run 2015 : 1er
  • Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 Mile Run 2014 : 2e
Luca Papi Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 747
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Italy - France

Luca Papi from Italy-France is back for a second time! Luca has been a trail-running enthusiast since 2010, and has developed a penchant for running several races in a row in a short period of time. He works at an amusement park near Paris and just had a child, who will be travelling to Canada for the first time with Luca this fall.

  • Transgrancanaria 2017 : 1st
  • La Montagn’hard 201 5 : 1st
  • Ultra-Tour Des 4 Massifs 2015 : 3rd
Gary Gellin Will participate in UTHC 80 Race details
  • ITRA : 764
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : United-States

Gary spent more than a decade as a competitive road and mountain cyclist before turning to trail running in 2008.  He has a passion for running the trails in his backyard on Mt. Tamalpais near San Francisco, but enjoys racing any distance on any surface.  Since 2011 he has been with Team Inov-8.  One of his current goals is to break the 50-plus age group American Record for 50 miles which dates back to 1970. 

He is an engineer by training, but one of his current mainstay activities is helping to curb hunger in his county by delivering surplus food from supermarkets and other businesses to the needy.

  • Way Too Cool 50k, 2012, 1st Place
  • Miwok 100k, 2014, 1st Place
  • Northern California 10 mile road championships 2014, 1st Master
  • Lake Sonoma 50 2015, 9th Place
  • White River 50 2011, 3rd Place
  • The North Face 50 Mile Championships 2012, 9th Place
  • Western States 100 Mile 2014, 16th Place
  • Shadow of the Giants 50k 2017, 1st Place
  • Double Dipsea 2015, 1st Place
Julien Lachance Will participate in UTHC 65 Race details
  • ITRA : 650
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Canada

Originally from Quebec city, Julien has always practiced sports. He entered the running world in 2012. His goals are to always push back and test the limits of the human body, by always setting himself objectives that, although realistic, will get him outside of his comfort zone. Sports, for him, represent a lifestyle that gives him the opportunity to keep himself grounded, while escaping the day-to-day. He’s a versatile athlete, tying in track sessions and long trail runs within the same week.

As a running coach, his purpose is to help others who, like him, want to transcend their limits. This will be his third tour of the UTHC trails.

  • 2018 Ultra-Trail Académie 47k: 1st
  • 2018 Marathon du Mont Blanc 10k: 6th
  • 2018 Verbier St-Bernard 44k: 19th
  • 2017 BlackFly 3h: 1st
  • 2016  Vermont100 100k: 1st
  • 2016 UTHC 80k: 3rd
Sarah Verguet Moniz Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 619
  • Sex : Woman
  • Country : Canada/Portugal
An athlete since her early beginnings, Sarah had her hand in triathlon, orienteering, mountain biking, adventure racing and obstacle course racing before finding her passion in ultra trail running. A lover of breath taking mountain views, she places high on her list the mountainous races of her native France.
After a first experience beyond 100km at UTHC 2017, Sarah will toe the line once again on the 125km. She hopes to pick up the 5 precious ITRA points, as she wishes to participate in the mythical UTMB.
  • 2018 Québec méga trail 100 km – 1st place
  • 2018 TNF Bear mountain 80 km – 1st place
  • 2017 UTHC 125 km – 3rd place
Mathieu Dubé Will participate in UTHC 65 Race details
  • ITRA : 721
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Canada

Passionate about endurance sports, Mathieu made his name in triathlon between 1996 and 2010 winning several triathlons in Quebec and completing several competitions with the world elite. He then decided to turn to running only in order to have more time for his family (3 children).

Since few years, he particularly like trail running races where he can forget the time and enjoy nature. It keeps him in form for pure pleasure to push its limits.

He now wants to increase the distance of trail race in which he takes part to have new challenges. He likes to travel for racing and Charlevoix is ​​a beautiful region to discover.

  • 50k Québec Méga Trail 2018: 1st 
  • 50k The North Face Endurance Challenge Massachusett 2017: 1st 
  • 50k The North Face Endurance Challenge San Francisco 2016: 7th
  • 50k La Chute du diable 2016: 1st
Sébastien Côté Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 589
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Canada
For the first time since he created UTHC seven years ago, UTHC’s President will be on the starting line of the 125 km with the other athletes.  As a true trail-running evangelist, he has been involved in a multitude of innovative projects that helped structure and develop the trail running discipline in Quebec.  He has completed several races on the world circuit and now wishes to add the UTHC to his list.  In fact, he encourages more Canadians to stay at home next year to live the Harricana experience.
  • The North Face Canada Team
  • Sinister 7 finisher in Alberta, Canada
  • Madeira Ultra-Trail finisher, Portugal
  • Lavaredo Ultra-Trail finisher, Italie
  • CCC finisher, UTMB France
Alexandre Genois Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 593
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Canada

Determined to push his limits, Alexandre Genois specializes in ultra-long-distance triathlons and trail runs. Getting his start in 2011, he reached a new summit in 2014 at just 24 years old when he finished the excruciating Tor des Géants (330 km, 24,000 m+) in 128 hours. In 2016, he set a record cycling from Vancouver to Montréal in 18 days.

And last September, the athlete realized a childhood dream by setting the new standard to beat for the most trips up (and down) Mont-Sainte-Anne in 24 hours. This lifestyle is the perfect way to stay in full symbiosis with nature and share some unforgettable experiences!

  • 2012 CCC
  • 2012, 2013 TransMartinique
  • 2013 UTMB
  • 2014 Double Iron
  • 2014 Tor des Géants (First runner from Quebec to finish this race)
  • 2016 – Record cross-Canada trip by bike
  • 2017 – Record Mont-Sainte-Anne ascents in 24 hours
Elliot Cardin Will participate in UTHC 65 Race details
  • ITRA : 748
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Canada

Elliot sees long-distance running as one of the best ways to contemplate the beauty of nature. The sport enables him to explore vast areas that are otherwise difficult to get to. The most important things for this 25-year-old athlete are to be active, have fun with friends, be healthy and spend time outside!

Bromont is his main stomping ground where he’s covered an impressive number of kilometers and feet of elevation with his two loyal trail partners, Alister Gardner and Alexis Lussier. He hones his speed on the road and on trails, but the mountains are his favourite place to run. Elliot broke into the ultra-trail world in 2016 when he won the 55-km race at the Bromont Ultra in 5:41.

Although he is motivated by performance, he never wants that aspect to get in the way of his passion.

  • 2017 TNF Bear Mountain, 80 km – 2nd
  • 2017 Québec Méga Trail, 50 km – 2nd
  • 2016 and 2017 Trans Vallée – 1st
Elisabeth Cauchon Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 592
  • Sex : Woman
  • Country : Canada

“I’ve always tried to push my limits. When I was young, that meant lots of time spent outdoors and hiking with my family. I started running with my brother when I was pretty young, at first trailing our father on our bikes as he trained for a marathon. But it was when I discovered trail running in 2014 that really tested the depth my abilities. Ever since then, I’ve been trying to push that limit by training with my brother, with the ultimate goal of running a 100-miler. I do whatever I can to share my passion for trail running with others!

  • 2018 QMT 70 km: 3rd place
  • 2018 TransVallée X 2017: 2nd place
  • 2017 UTHC 65 km: 3rd place
  • 2017 UTMA 42 km: 3rd place
  • 2016 UTHC 80 km: 1st place
  • 2016 UTMA 22 km: 4th place
Jean-François Cauchon Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 764
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Canada

“I’ve loved nature and hiking since I was a kid. I started ultra-running in 2014 on a dare from my sister and two of my cousins. My sister and I fell instantly in love with trail running and its ambiance, so it seemed like a logical next step in our quest to push ourselves. That’s how Team Cauchon was born! Since then, we’ve been training and running together, and that helps us balance family, passion and work. We’re constantly pushing each other to be the best we can be.”

  • 2018 Sinister 7 : 1st
  • 2017 UTMB: 31st place
  • 2017 Trans Vallée X: 2nd place
  • 2017 UTMA 165 km: 1st place
  • 2016 UTHC 125 km: 1st place
  • 2016 UTMA 100 km: 2nd place
  • 2015 UTMA 100 km: 1st place
Thomas Duhamel Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 702
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Canada - France

Thomas loves adventure and nature, and is at his happiest in the middle of Quebec’s lush landscapes. He sees each race as a new discovery and a chance to share good times with good friends. Constantly curious about what awaits him on the other side of the mountain, he divides his trail-running seasons between ultra-trail races and personal adventures where he can leave the bib and timer behind. He likes competition, but loves running long distances alone, his means of travelling on his feet.

  • Ultra-Trail® Harricana du Canada 2017  – 125 km: 3rd
  • Trans Vallée 2017 : 2nd
  • Gaspesia 100 miles 2017 and 2018 : 1st 
  • Trail Du Haut-Koenigsbourg – 84 km : 5th
David Kilgore Will participate in UTHC 65 Race details
  • ITRA : 811
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : United-States

David Kilgore (USA) David Kilgore is a runner of all terrain from mountainous ultras to the roads and track. He is based out of New York City and works as a Cinematographer.  In his free time David loves outdoor activities, finding new trails, enjoying new food spots (especially doughnut shops), and being surrounded by his friends and family.

  • 2015 6th fastest 50k in the USA
  • 2016 USATF MUT Athlete of the year
  • 2017 Spacecoast Hall of fame inductee 
  • 2018 Bahamas Marathon champion and CR
  • 3 x Spacecoast Marathon champion
  • 2 x USA Beach running champion
  • 5th at Xterra trail national championship 
  • 10th at USA 50k championship
Rémi Poitras Will participate in UTHC 80 Race details
  • ITRA : 781
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Canada

Rémi is a 24-year-old trail runner who hails from Gaspésie, but has recently settled in Charlevoix. Nestled between the water and the mountains, he loves that his new playground gives him plenty of space to live out his passion.

“This sport gives me some balance in life, which can sometimes be hard to fully appreciate in the moment. I love being part of new adventures, discovering new trails and meeting new people. I look forward to running a few klicks with you!”

David Savard-Gagnon Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 698
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Canada

David has been running ever since he was a kid. He hated taking the bus to school. When he started running, he challenged himself to get to school before the bus. He finally beat that bus many, many times!

“I ran my first marathon at 16. After 19 marathons, I decided to plunge into a new adventure: ultra-trail running and eventually the 125-km race at Harricana. I’m from Baie-Saint-Paul, and the locals call us runners “wolves.” It feels completely natural to take on this challenge on my turf, and I hope to do the pack proud!”, says David.

  • Quebec Mega Trail 70 km 2018 : 1st
  • Niagara Falls Marathon 2016: 1st
  • Rock ‘n Roll Oasis Montreal Marathon 2013: 1st
  • Rock ‘n Roll Oasis Montreal Marathon 2014 and 2015: 2nd
  • Baystate Marathon 2011: 1st
  • 2009 Marathon des Deux-Rives: 1st
David Jeker Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 776
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Canada

The rhythm of running changed David’s life. Graduated with a Master of science in human movement and sports sciences. he started to live for running. Despite being curious about everything related to running, he likes to keep it simple. “I dream of the perfect race, a performance that I would be entirely satisfied with. I’m not sure if that’s possible, but I will give everything I have to find out”, he gives us.

  • The Ultra-Trail Harricana 2015, 125 km: 1st
  • Hong Kong Ultra Trail Race 2016, 100 km: 3th
  • Eiger Ultra-Trail 2015, 101 km: 8th
  • The North Face Endurance Challenge Ontario, 80 km: 1st
Sarah Bergeron-Larouche Will participate in UTHC 65 Race details
  • ITRA : 721
  • Sex : Woman
  • Country : Canada

A native of Québec City, Sarah is an ultra-trail runner on the Salomon Canada team who made her international debut in 2013. She has run three world trail-running championships in both short and long distances, and specializes in the 50-km distance. The 2013 snowshoe world champion, she also practices ski mountaineering racing, cross-country skiing and cycling. 

Sarah recently graduated from the chiropractic program in Trois-Rivières and aims to become an exceptional healthcare professional working to prevent and treat athletes’ injuries.

  • Quebec Mega Trail 70 km 2018: 1st
  • TNFEC California 2017 – 50 km : 1st
  • TNFEC New-York 2017 and 2018 – 50 km: 1st
  • Behind The Rocks Ultra 2017 – 50 km: 2nd
  • Whiteface Skyrun 2016 – 31 km : 1st
  • TNFEC 2015 – 50 km: 1st
  • Ultra-Trail Harricana 2014 – 28 km (record de parcours) : 1st
Anne Bouchard Will participate in Trail 10km Race details
  • ITRA : 620
  • Sex : Woman
  • Country : Canada

Anne is a very passionate runner, who started to run at the age of 38, after giving birth to her second child. Since then, running has become her morning meditation that leads her day with happiness.

Anne divides her time between her professional career as a tax director at Cirque du Soleil and her kids, so waking up every morning before sunrise and taking the trail  to the top of the hill near her house has become a privilege of life, she says. She consider running as an opportunity to explore herself and become a better person in all her different roles.

Anne Bouchard will have just returned from the UTMB, which explains why she prefers to go on the UTHC 10 km this year.

  • 2018 The North Face Endurance Challenge Washington Dc – 50K: 2e
  • 2017 Ultra-Trail® Du Mont-Albert – 100 km : 1st
  • 2017 Bromont Ultra 2017 – 160Km: 1st
  • CCC course path of the UTMB in 2016, 11th VF1
  • Every finish lines I have seen…
  • Every women I have inspired with my energy and my dedication