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Quebec Mega Path joins new World Path Majors international race collection

The Quebec Mega Path 100-miler is now a part of the World Path Majors, a nine-race international working collection launching in 2024 that member race administrators say goals to steer path working “in the best route” by celebrating and preserving the id of grass-roots races.

Quebec Mega Path, launched in 2012, is the only Canadian cease in subsequent yr’s collection, which kicks off in Hong Kong in January and continues with races in Arizona, Spain, Japan, Portugal, Switzerland and England earlier than wrapping up in South Africa in November.

Quebec Mega Trail
Quebec Mega Path 2022. Picture: Catherine Tetreault

What makes this collection stand out from different worldwide path working circuits, in response to this week’s announcement from the World Path Majors, is the member race administrators’ dedication to preserving the character of native, well-established races. Greater than a race collection, the announcement describes the World Path Majors as an affiliation of impartial race administrators devoted to a few shared values: id (preserving the “distinct and particular person character” of every race), respect (preserving the pure setting and customs of every host race), and range (interesting to a wide range of runners by that includes races with a mixture of distances, places and terrain).

Of those, the problem of preserving native race id particularly has come to the fore in latest weeks with UTMB World Sequence’ announcement that it is going to be bringing its path working collection to Whistler, B.C., subsequent September. That’s the similar place and time native organizers Coast Mountain Path Operating had established its fashionable Whistler Alpine Meadows (WAM) occasion in earlier years.

Mount Fuji 1000
Mt. Fuji 100. Picture: World Path Majors

Jean Fortier, founder and race director of Quebec Mega Path, advised Canadian Operating a technique World Path Majors goals to have fun and domesticate the distinctive id of its races is to interrupt away from the UTMB mannequin of “aiming for one race.” (UTMB World Sequence contributors have an opportunity to win a spot at UTMB’s premier occasion in Chamonix, France, both by qualifying outright or by qualifying for a lottery by means of finishing an occasion within the collection.)

“We wish every race to have its personal id”

“One of many issues is, [UTMB] is all the time aiming for one race, and that’s not what we wish,” mentioned Fortier. “We wish every race to have its personal id.”

Fortier mentioned whereas World Path Majors is dedicated to safeguarding what is exclusive about every race, the affiliation additionally provides race administrators alternatives to be taught from each other and to construct on their strengths.

Madeira Island
MIUT-Madeira Island Extremely-Path. Picture: World Path Majors

“We’ve been working with races from all around the world for a very long time, and we all the time preferred the truth that we may be taught from one another. So being in a collection like this is a chance to go additional in studying,” he mentioned.

He famous being a part of the World Path Majors can be an opportunity for Quebec Mega Path to assist in giving Canadian athletes the worldwide recognition they deserve.

“We don’t see loads of Canadian runners on the world scene,” mentioned Fortier. “Perhaps this is a chance for them to take their place on the worldwide stage.”

Hong Kong 100
Hong Kong 100 UltraMarathon. Picture: World Path Majors

Fortier added it’s additionally an opportunity to showcase Quebec Mega Path to a extra worldwide discipline.

“This collection is essential, as a result of we put loads of effort within the 100-mile, and we expect it’s one thing that’s going to attraction to runners from in every single place on the planet,” he mentioned.

 North Face Transgrancanaria ultra
The North Face Transgrancanaria. Picture: World Path Majors

World Path Majors 2024 schedule

Jan.  18-21: Hong Kong 100 Ultramarathon—Hong Kong, 102 km, +5314m

Feb. 10-11:
Black Canyon Extremely—Phoenix, Ariz., 100 km, +1,250m

Feb. 21-25: The North Face Transgrancanaria—Canary Islands, Spain,  126 km, +6,804m

April 26-27: Mt. Fuji 100
—Fujiyoshida, Japan, 165 km, +7,574m

April 27-28: MIUT—Madeira Island Extremely-Path—
Madeira, Portugal, 115 km, +7,100m

June 7-9: Swiss Canyon Path—Val de Travers, Switzerland 111 km, +5,350m

June 8-9: South Downs Means—Winchester, England, 161 km, +3,800m

July 5-7: Quebec Mega Path—between Charlevoix and Côte de Beaupré, Que., 160 km, +6,500m

Nov. 22-24: RMB Extremely-Path Cape City—Capetown, South Africa, 166 km, +7,516m

World Path Majors says it’s finalizing entry and rating system particulars for the collection, which shall be up to date on its web site.

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