- 2018-07-04 – Special Guests at the Ultra-Trail Harricana: Rob Krar and Hillary Allen among Guest Athletes
July 4, 2018
Special Guests at the Ultra-Trail Harricana: Rob Krar and Hillary Allen among Guest Athletes
La Malbaie, July 4, 2018 – Two legendary trail runners will be taking part in the Ultra-Trail Harricana event, from September 7 to 9. The North Face athletes Rob Krar and Hillary Allen will run the 28-km and 65-km races, respectively, and will be involved in some of the welcome activities, like the kick-off and the discussion panel.
“It’s a great honour to have these two high-level athletes at our event,” said Marline Côté, General Director of the Ultra-Trail Harricana. “They are the true embodiment of trail running values like respect, solidarity and surpassing our own limits. They are inspiring role models for all of us. We’re thrilled that participants will have the chance to meet them and talk with them.”
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.
Nicknamed “Hillygoat,” Hillary Allen is 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.
In line with this year’s youth theme, both athletes will speak to young runners about the importance of believing in their abilities and how to push themselves to do better. They will be available to answer questions and will attend the races dedicated to them.
ABOUT THE ULTRA-TRAIL HARRICANA
Since its creation seven years ago, the Ultra-Trail Harricana has become a trail-running leader in Quebec. The event offers runners breathtaking views of the Charlevoix backcountry and a stimulating physical challenge. The 125-km race is part of the prestigious Ultra-Trail World Tour, placing the event on the international scene in a way no other Quebec race has accomplished.
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