Headliners 2019

Luis Tomas Lopez Villagran Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 719
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Canada
A nature lover and passionate trail runner, Tomas is truly dedicated to spending most of its time outside. Always in the quest of finding new challenges as much in organized races or simply out there in the woods and mountains.
Running is a central part of his life through which he quenches his thirst of curiosity, simplicity and raw sensations… As a personal trainer and motivator, he never hesitates to share his passion to all level runners he comes across.
  • 2017 Ultra-Trail® Harricana of Canada – 125 km : 2nd
  • 2017 Ultra-Trail® Harricanaof Canada – 125 km : 2nd
  • 2014 The North Face Endurance Challenge Ontario – Goretex 50 Mile : 3rd
  • 2014 Ultra-Trail® Harricana Du Canada – 65 km : 2nd
Jérôme Bresson Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 744
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Canada

Jérôme is well-known in the triathlon community as the head trainer of the Sherbrooke triathlon club, but also as one of the best long-distance triathletes in Quebec. His track record in triathlon is full of top finishes on both the provincial and international levels.

Although he’s not as well-known in the trail-running world, Jérôme has racked up some impressive performances in most of the races he’s done since starting in 2016. He’s also succeeded in reaching peak performance with minimal training compared to other athletes at his level, which gives him time to balance family, work and sports. He may not be the fastest athlete, but he’s built up extraordinary physical and mental endurance over the years. Take it from us: if Jérôme is on the course, you can be sure he will not give up easily!

Photo : Thierry Sourbier

Triathlon :
  • Two-time CanadaMan winner 2018/19 
  • 2018 Norseman : 7th
  • 2017 64th Ironman World Championship Hawaii (10th in age category)
Trail :
  • 2019 Ultra Trail des Balcons d’Azur : 1st
  • 2019 Championnat Canadien Ultratrail : 6th (5th Canadian)
  • 2016 Ultra Bromont 80k : 1st
  • 2016 Ultra Chute du Diable 80k : 3rd
Laura Kline Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • Sex : Woman
  • Country : United-States
Laura Kline is a versatile runner from Syracuse, New York who enjoys challenging herself in races of various distances and terrains. Coming from a background in triathlon and duathlon her success in those disciplines has translated to her ultrarunning career.
Laura enjoys traveling to new and exciting locations to race and is looking forward to exploring the Canadian wilderness at Ultra Trail Harricana!
  • 2019 Cordillera Mountain Ultra – 50km: 2nd
  • 2019 Vagamon Ultrail – 90k: 1st
  • 2018 Caumsett Park Road National Championship – 50k: 2nd
  • 2017 TNF Endurance Challenge Ontario – 50m: 1st
  • 2017 Ultra Race of Champions – 100k: 2nd
  • 2016 TNF Endurance Challenge Championship – 50m: 11th
  • 2016 TNF Endurance Challenge Ontario – 50k: 1st
  • 2016 Cayuga Trails National Championship – 50m: 3rd
Joshua Ferenc Will participate in UTHC 65 Race details
  • ITRA : 790
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : United-States

Ferenc has been an endurance athlete for as far back as he can remember, with a deep passion to compete. An international competitor, who has represented TeamUSA at World Championships, loves traveling on behalf of racing. A sponsored athlete (Under Armour, Julbo, Darn Tough) has allowed Ferenc to travel and race all over the world. A science teacher in his spare time, who coaches athletes of all ages. A versatile runner able to compete at any distance.

  • 2018 The Great Adirondack Run: 1st – CR
  • 2018 Catamount Ultra 25k: 1st – CR
  • 2018  Under Armour 50k Series Vertmont: 2nd
  • 2017 Dead Horse Ultra 50k: 1st – CR
  • 2017 Under Armour Mountain Running Series – Killington 50k : 2nd
  • 2017  Finland: Northern Ultra Trail Series 55k: 6th
Tiphaine Germain Will participate in UTHC 65 Race details
  • ITRA : 639
  • Sex : Woman
  • Country : France

Tiphaine is a kinesiologist and runner from the Paris region who enjoys fast, comprehensive races. Lately, she’s been increasing her distance and is lined up to run over 50 km for the first time when she takes on the Ultra-Trail Harricana’s 65-km race. She loves discovering new countries while experiencing the joys of running.

  • 2019 Grand Trail Du Saint-Jacques – Trail Du Gevaudan 50 km: 1st
  • 2019 Nord Trail Monts de Flandres – 43 km: 1st
  • 2019 Jiangle 100 Trail Challenge – 25 km: 1st
  • 2018 Trail Des Rois Maudits – TRM30: 1st
  • 2019 Addo Elephant Trail Run – 44 km: 1st
Aurélien Collet Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 865
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : France

Aurélien is a versatile runner from the Paris region. After getting started in ultra-running with a third-place finish in the 2014 Diagonale des Fous, he continued to shine in the 2018 Transgrancanaria where he finished second after going up against Pau Capell for 110 km.

Ranked seventh at the 2017 Trail World Championships, Aurélien has run all over the globe—in South Africa, China, Europe and now Canada, where he will do his best to conquer the 125 kilometres.

  • 2017 Festival des Templiers – 100 km : 1st
  • 2016 et 2017 UT4M – 176 km : 1st 
  • 2019 Trail du Gevaudan – 48 km : 1st
  • 2019 Nord Trail Monts De Flandres – 80 km : 1st
  • 2014 Diagonale des Fous 173 km: 3rd
  • 2017 Trail World Championships 86 km: 7th
  • 2017 Ultra-Trail Australia 100 km: 3rd
  • 2018 Transgrancanaria 127 km: 2nd
Jean-Philippe Thibodeau Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 715
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Canada

Jean-Philippe is originally from Baie-Saint-Paul and spent his youth playing outside and getting lost in the woods. Sports and outdoor activities quickly became an important part of his life. A professional triathlete for nine years now, Jean-Philippe has participated in the off-road triathlon world championships five times and is now the swimming and track and field coach for the Rouge et Or. He is embarking on his journey towards the ultra-trail race with a great deal of ambition! Fun fact: Jean-Philippe walked/ran the Traversée de Charlevoix with two friends in just 16 hours!

  • Austin Rattler Run 66k 2016 : 4th
  • Has participated five times in the off-road triathlon world championships 
Kanoa King Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 753
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : United-States

Kanoa is an east coast runner who’s passionate about conquering rocky, technical terrain and pushing his limits. When he asked his friend Colton Gale which race he would recommend, Colton immediately recommended UTHC. 

Kanoa is a chiropractor who took an interest to trail running after grad school when he had more free time at his disposal, as well as the granite mountains of New Hampshire to explore. He has been running seriously for the past three years and has greatly enjoyed using running to push himself both mentally and physically. Kanoa loves exploring new trails and surrounding areas, as well as getting to know the trail running communities in each location.

  • Black Canyon Ultras 2018 – 100K : 3rd
  • The Canyons Endurance Runs 2018 – 100 K : 6th
  • Catamount Ultra 2018 – 50K : 2nd
  • Vermont 50 2017 – 50M : 3rd 
  • Catamount Ultra 2017 – 50K : 2nd
Benoit Beaupré Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 701
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Canada

Benoit Beaupré is a super versatile runner who has proved his skills in road and trail races, at both ultra and shorter distances. Well-known among trail runners in Quebec, he’s been making waves in the sport ever since the first trail races in Quebec began.

As a running coach, he shares his passion with other runners and feels rooted in the community, which he considers family. In fact, he always jumps at the occasion to help the race organizers, who he knows well, and it’s common to see him volunteering his time between his own races. First and foremost, he runs because he loves it, but that doesn’t keep him from pushing himself toward constant improvement as an athlete.

  • 2018 Ultra-Trail du Bout du Monde – 53 km : 2nd
  • 2018 La Chute du diable – 35km 1er – 2017 – 80 km : 2nd
  • 2017 Trans Vallée X : 4th
  • 2016 Marathon Trail la go dit como 119km : 11th
Fabrice d’Aletto Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 757
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : France

Fabrice d’Aletto is a 44-year-old athlete, married, with four children. This history and geography teacher became interested in ultra-trail running mainly for the chance to travel and discover new countries and scenery. 
Although he likes to run alone, logging long hours in the mountains, he also likes to compete, because it helps him see what he’s capable of and push his limits. 

  • Ultra-Trail® Tai Mo Shan 155 km – 2019 : 3rd
  • Ultra Du Bout Du Cirque 100 km – 2019 : 1st
  • 100 Miles Sud De France 2018 : 1 st
  • Le Grand Raid de la Réunion – La Diagonale des Fous 2014 : 21st
  • Grand Raid 6666 2017 : 1st
  • UMNT (Ultra Montain National Tour) 2017 dans 2018 : 1st
  • Ultra Trail du Vercors 2017 : 1st
Denis Clerc Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 646
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : France

Denis Clerc, aka the Zinzin (zany) Reporter, is a journalist and cameraman for France Télévisions. He’s also a well-known YouTuber whose videos have been viewed more than 1,000,600 times! He specializes in running and filming indoor races with his GoPro. At 54, Zinzin has already run over 30 ultras. His slogan? “Zinzin mais pas fou!” (Zany but not crazy!)

  • Marathon des Sables 2018
  • Swiss Peaks 2018
  • Açores Trail Run 2018
  • UTMB 2008-2009
  • Diagonales de fous 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Tor des Géants 2016
  • Transgrancanaria and Lavaredo 2014
  • Transmartinique, Ultra-Trail de Nouvelle Calédonie, Madagascar, etc.
Zac Marion Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 723
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : United-States

Zac has been a competitive trail and ultra marathon runner for 5 years. Coming from an obese non-athlete background, he has made himself known in the community as an advocate for healthy lifestyles that include both fitness and nutrition. Zac is also a professional coach and trainer for iFIT videos as well as a physical therapist.

  • TransAlpine Run 7-Day 2018 : 1st
  • TransRockies Run 3-Day 2018 : 2nd 
  • Tushars Mountain Marathon 2018 : 1st
  • Bryce Canyon 50 2018 : 1st (course record) 
  • Pony Express 50 2016 : 1st (course record & USATF-UT Champ
  • Ouray 100 Mile 2014 : 1st (course record)
  • Bryce Canyon 100 Mile 2014 : 1st
Rachel Paquette Will participate in UTHC 42 Race details
  • ITRA : 649
  • Sex : Woman
  • Country : Canada

Rachel Paquette, osteopath and The North Face sponsored athlete, is known as a true lioness on the trails, excelling in both obstacle and ultra-track races. She has dominated races ranging from 50 km to 80 km, and the brand new mother (she gave birth less than a year ago) will be on the starting line at Ultra-Trail Harricana’s 42km event this year. A return to racing that will not go unnoticed!

  • 3rd fastest woman on the Spartan Race circuit in 2016
  • 1st women in 6 editions of the X-Trail d’Orford
  • 1st woman at the 2016 and 2017 The North Face Endurance Challenge Blue Mountain 50 miles
  • 1st woman at the 2013, 2014 and 2015 The North Face Endurance Challenge Bear Mountain 50 miles
Donatello Rota Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 773
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Italy

Donatello Rota is an Italian trail runner who has loved sports ever since he was a child. Now, he’s a trail-running addict. He loves to use trail running as a means of exploring the world and meeting lots of good people.

His popular Instagram page illustrates the importance of trail running in his life and is his means of influencing people to take up running or sports. A healthy lifestyle is so important! He has a feeling that 2019 will be one of the best years of his life. 

  • 2019 Louzantrail 2019 – 44.2km : 4th
  • 2018 Orobie Ultra-Trail® – 72.3km : 5th
  • 2018 The North Face Lavaredo Ultra Trail – 47.9km : 6th
  • 2018 Hivernale Des Templiers – 64.8km : 3rd
Emily Hawgood Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 712
  • Sex : Woman
  • Country : Zimbabwe

Emily is a small-town farm girl from Zimbabwe, Africa. She is starting her second year of ultra-trail running with the Gauge 20 Running team, after a collegiate career at the College of Idaho in the USA. She had a fun 2018 season, finishing Top-10 in the Skyrunner World Series, raced mainly in Europe.

But also, she had success in some longer races, winning the American River 50miler in California, and the UTWT Ultra-Trail Cape Town 100km in South Africa. She is now looking forward to experiencing even more of the world, running more mountains and trails and exploring Canada!

  • 2018 Ultra-Trail Cape Town – 100 km : 1st
  • 2018 American River 50 2018 – 50 Mile : 1st
  • 2018 Pirin Ultra 2018 – Skyrace : 2nd
  • 2018 American River 50 – 50 Mile : 1st
  • 2018 Moab’s Red Hot – 55 km : 2nd
Michael Bailey Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 817
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : United States
Michael participated in a variety of team and individual sports including baseball, track and field and powerlifting. After entering the world of trail running only one year ago in 2018, Michael has seen immediate success including wins at regionally and nationally recognized races and setting multiple course records while doing so. In 2019, Michael will be competing in various Ultra-Trail World Tour races including UTHC 125k and looks forward to enjoying the wonderful race and trails that Quebec offers.
  • 1st The North Face Endurance Challenge Washington 50 Mile 2018 
  • 13th Moab Trail Marathon Championships 2018
  • 3rd Rock’n Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon 2018 
  • 1st HAT Run 50k 2018
  • 1st Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race – 60 Mile 2018
  • 1st Dahlgren Trail Half Marathon 2018
  • 2nd Tougher Mudder Central Regional Championship 2018
Anne Champagne Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 669
  • Sex : Woman
  • Country : Canada

During her younger years, 24-year-old athlete Anne Champagne trained in various sports including cross-country running, track and field and triathlons. Now an obstacle course champion, Anne is also an emerging trail running athlete. Following her impressive performance in the 55 km event at the Bromont Ultra in fall 2018 where she ranked first woman, she now hopes to advance in the discipline on an international level. Her goal for 2019 is to complete the 125 km UTHC event to then qualify for the UTMB.

  • 1st Bromont Ultra 55 km 2018 (3rd overall)
  • 1st place overall 2018 Spartan Ultra Beast 50 km 2018
  • 1st Northman Ultimate XC Saint-Donat 42 km 2018
  • 1st Spartan Race Vermont Ultra Beast 2018
  • 4th Spartan Race Ottawa Sprint
  • 1st Ultimate XC Northman Trail 42km (4th overall)
  • 2nd America’s Toughest Mudder East (13th overall)
  • 1st Northman Race Québec distance marathon (2nd overall)  
  •  2nd woman Spartan Race Ottawa Super 2018
Elliot Cardin Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 787
  • 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.

  • 2018 UTHC 65 km : 1st
  • 2018 Bromont Ultra 55 km : 1st
  • 2018 Quebec Mega Trail 100 km : 2nd
  • 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 65 Race details
  • ITRA : 640
  • 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 Trans Martinique 60km : 1st 
  • 2018 UTHC 125 km : 2nd
  • 2018 QMT 70 km : 3rd
  • 2017-2018 Trans Vallée X : 2nd
  • 2017 UTCH 65 km : 3rd
  • 2017 UTMA 42 km : 3rd 
  • 2016 UTHC 80 km : 1st
Jean-François Cauchon Will participate in UTHC 65 Race details
  • ITRA : 801
  • 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.”

  • 2019 Trans Gran Canaria 128 km : 14th
  • 2018 Trans Martinique 145 km :1st
  • 2018 Bromont Ultra 160 km : 1st
  • 2016, 2018 UTHC 125 km : 1st
  • 2018 Sinister 7 160 km : 1st
  • 2017 UTMB 165 km : 31st
  • 2017 UTMA 165 km : 1st
David Savard-Gagnon Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 770
  • 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 in 2018. 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.

  • UTHC 125 km 2018 : 3rd
  • 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.

  • Mont-Royal Marathon2018 : 1st
  • Ultra-Trail Harricana 2015, 125 km : 1st
  • Eiger Ultra-Trail 2015, 101 km : 8th
  • The North Face Endurance Challenge Ontario 80 km : 1st
Mathieu Dubé Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 736
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Canada

Mathieu Dubé has been an endurance-sport enthusiast for nearly 25 years. He started in triathlon, and from 1996 to 2010 won several triathlons in Quebec and competed in many other international competitions. Father of three, Mathieu decided to focus solely on running over the past few years, gradually transitioning to trail running where he quickly made a name for himself.

After several remarkable performances in the 50 and 65-km distances, he’s looking to challenge himself in the ultra distances, and this year he’s chosen to take on the UTHC 125k!

  • 2018 : Quebec Mega Trail – 50 km : 1st
  • 2018 : Ultra-Trail® Harricana of Canada – 65 km : 3rd 
  • 2016 : The North Face Endurance Challenge California – 50 km : 7th
Sébastien Côté Will participate in UTHC 125 Race details
  • ITRA : 589
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Canada
After having (finally!) run the UTHC 125 in 2018, which charmed his socks off, UTHC’s President is  now aiming to finish the distance under 18 hours and to ramp up his fundraising campaign for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.
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.  
  • 2018 Ultra-Trail Harricana 125 km
  • 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
Rémi Poitras Will participate in UTHC 80 Race details
  • ITRA : 781
  • Sex : Man
  • Country : Canada

Rémi is a 26-year-old trail runner who is a favourite contender for victory in the Ultra-Trail Harricana of Canada 42 km. Rémi Poitras took first place in last year’s 80 km race and finished the 65 km first ex aequo with Keven Vermeulen in 2017 and second on the 80km race in 2016.

“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!”