The Gala Athlètas 2019

Left to right : Denis Thiboutot (Salomon, presentator of the award), Sébastien Côté (president and co-founder of UTHC) and Marilyne Tremblay (UTHC)

UTHC named “best cross/trail competition organization of the year”

It is with great pride and humility that the Fédération québécoise d’athlétisme awarded Ultra-Trail Harricana of Canada with the title of best cross/trail competition organization of the year” on November 16 th , during its annual awards gala.

The Gala Athlètas honours the most exemplary stakeholders in the world of athleticism during the last year.

Sébastien Côté, UTHC president and co-founder, says that 2019 was a pivotal year for Ultra-Trail Harricana of Canada, and for trail running in Quebec in general. “While the discipline has greatly grown in popularity over the last few years in Quebec, the UTHC team hopes that it will be taken more seriously by the media, the general public, and by athletes,” explains the president.

That’s why, this year, special attention was given to the application of race rules, fairness among runners, and safety. The actions implemented were bold, but were all done in order to promote constructive and positive reflection among the entire running community.

The Fédération québécoise d’athlétisme award received this week also highlights all the efforts the organization has made to present a new high-quality event through the variety and quality of services offered to participants, as well as its contribution to developments in the field of athleticism.

“We are very proud that the Fédération québécoise d’athlétisme recognizes Ultra-Trail Harricana’s leadership but also, and especially, the potential for development of the trail running discipline in Quebec. We would like to thank all the volunteers, teams and partners who are involved with us in making the UTHC a success, and who are also working on consolidating and professionalizing the trail running community. The award we received also belongs to you,” says Sébastien.