On September 22, 1,200 participants and a few hundred spectators gathered at the Lavigne Natural Park in Bourget to accept a big challenge! The runners managed one of the two courses offered and overcame between 30 and 45 obstacles. With shoes covered with mud and a proud smile they reminisced about the most difficult obstacles and the muddy trails. The elite runners once again impressed the spectators by crossing obstacles with agility and speed. The first runner to cross the finish line was Éric Beauchesne, who completed the course and all the obstacles in less than 40 minutes. Prizes were awarded to the top 3 men and women runners:
Éric Beauchesne, 39.27 minutes
Félix Michaud, 41.19 minutes3rd place, man
Jonathan Provost, 41.44 minutes
Sabrina Camiré, 1 heure 03 minutes2nd place, woman
Avery Stirling, 1 heure 13 minutes3rd place, woman
Caroline Laplante, 1 heure 18 minutes
Runners of all ages enjoyed the beautiful trails and an ideal temperature for this type of event. More than 140 volunteers were present to encourage them.
Dignitaries included Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Drouin, Clarence-Rockland Mayor Guy Desjardins, and Diane Choinière, municipal councillor. All stressed the importance of holding such an event in the community. They recognized the contribution of the volunteers involved in the organization of the Challenge.
The main partners, Josée Corbeil, owner of the Jean Coutu Pharmacy in Rockland and Julie Kennedy, partner at the law firm Fasken, were present to award a prize and show their support for the project.
The President of the Coureurs des bois Challenge, Chantal Lalonde, emphasized the importance of offering an intergenerational activity that highlights one of the most beautiful natural parks in the region. She noted the novelties of this edition and the heritage connection, with the presentations on the coureurs des bois and the natives.
“The third edition of the challenge, which offers new courses and even more obstacles, is a great success again this year,” she explained.
“The quality of the race as well as the animation on the main site, allows us to reconnect with our roots and encourages us to appreciate the natural places around us,” she adds.
Organizers extend special thanks to the volunteers who contributed to a unique and unifying event.