According to Katherine Calder-Becker and her husband Kevin Becker, there’s no better way to celebrate Canada 150 than running 150 kilometres.
The pair are ultra-distance runners from Montreal and they’ve gathered a group of 57 other brave souls to run from there all the way to Ottawa on Canada day.
Nearly half of the trek will be run on the Prescott-Russell trail.
“When we thought about this, right away the trail came to mind,” says Calder-Becker. “The farmers are friendly and it’s just beautiful because you’re right in nature. I feel not enough people are aware of it or use it.”
She says they often park in Saint-Eugène and do long-distance bike rides when they train for a race. They’ve finished a mind-boggling 17 Ironman triathlons—each.
The run is set up as a 13-segment relay with one runner from seven different teams per segment. Each runner was asked to donate $5 to support the trail.
“If someone from the local community wants to come and run a segment, we’d love that,” says Calder-Becker, adding that community is at the heart of the sport.
“There’s a lot of bonding that happens in ultra-distance events where you’re reliant on someone else.”
That’s also the motivation behind the event. She says many of the runners have never met.
“The trailway offers a great opportunity for people to be able to do it,” she says. “People that normally just go out and run around the block can be part of something bigger.
While the original plan was to stay for the fireworks on Parliament Hill, but “we realized it’s going to be nuts in Ottawa,” so the teams will go back and celebrate in Montreal.
“It’ll be a great celebration for Canada’s 150th to get out and move,” she says.
See below for a list of each segments with times.
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