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Steven Guilbeault: Honorary President of The Ultra-Trail Harricana 2017


The Ultra-Trail Harricana, presented by The North Face, is proud to announce the Honorary President of the 6th edition of the race: the well known-environmental activist Steven Guilbeault. 

The cofounder and senior director of environmental consulting, awareness-raising and research firm Équiterre will be running in the 10-km race and taking part in several other activities, to support the athletes and share his vision of eco-responsibility in sports events.

“Did you know that during an event, people can produce up to five time the trash they usually generate daily?” asks honorary president Steven Guilbeault. “Knowing that 574 running events were held in Quebec in 2016, attracting 265,500 participants, we must quickly take action to reduce our environmental impact in this area of activity. That’s why Équiterre created a Mode d’emploi (instruction manual) of eco-responsible practices for such events, encouraging running organizations and their members to follow its lead.

Published by Équiterre in May and available on the firm’s website (in French only), the instruction manual is a collection of good practices for organizers—and runners—to implement. After all, runners have a big role to play in preserving the health of our planet during their activities. UTHC will adopt several of the listed practices starting now.

“In Symbiosis”: Theme of the sixth UTHC

“In Symbiosis” reminds everyone involved—athletes, volunteers, and organizers—of the importance of experiencing and respecting nature, of being aware of the cycle of life. The Ultra-Trail Harricana team is proud to announce its commitment to holding a sports event that supports sustainable development principles.

This year, the event’s organizing committee officially adopted long-term guidelines to help structure and consolidate the efforts still needed to reduce the environmental impacts of Événements Harricana’s projects. The objective is to send a clear, consistent message to all our team members, partners, collaborators and suppliers—as well as our runners, of course—about the sustainable development measures the organization wishes to implement.

Learn more about Steven Guilbeault in Mylène Gauthier’s article for Distances+



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