IMPORTANT NOTICE  – September 20th 2020

The event has been cancelled because of COVID-19.

Thank you for your understanding!

Trail du Massif du Sud – 5e édition

Massif du Sud regional park, the Red Cross and Courir la Beauce invite you to the fifth edition of the Trail du Massif du Sud, on July 18, 2020. The traditional lengths are offered once more this year:

2K children; 6K (walk or run); 10K; 21K

Eco-responsability: Massif du Sud regional park promotes the practice of outdoor activities in a healthy and safe environment. This year, some aspects of the race have been changed in order to hold a more environmentally sustainable race. So, for the 5th edition of the Trail du Massif du Sud race, the participants will not receive medals and promotional merchandise (except for the 2K childern race). By reducing the amount of material goods involved in the race, we aim to raise awareness towards social and environmental issues regarding the production of these items and our consumption. After all, isn’t the satisfaction of crossing the finish line, knowing you stood up to the challenge, the real reward?

Canadian championship: Once again this year, the Trail du Massif du Sud race is a qualification race for the canadian championship of the Canadian Trail & Mountain Running Association. Runners can qualify by ranking in the top five of their age category (10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 years old and +.), in any of the distances (6k, 10k or 21k).

NEW in 2020: The start and finish line located in the Trois-Fourches area will be made a lot more pleasant and functional with the use of the newly built Pavillon Desjardins. The Pavillon Desjardins will offer plenty of inside or covered outside seated areas, drinking water, toilet and shower access and much more.

Runners will receive a beverage after their race upon presenting their numbered bib at the refreshment table.

Onsite partners and exhibitors (2019)

  • Mountain Equipment Coop
  • Arbonne
  • Croix-Rouge
  • Nomade Actif
  • Microbrasserie de Bellechasse
  • Théra Santé (massage therapy)

partenaires 2019

2K

Age: 5-12 years old
Minimum altitude: 465 m
Maximum altitude: 502 m
Elevation gain: 39 m

Carte épreuve 2 km

6K – Run

Age: 12 years old  +
Minimum altitude: 474 m
Maximum altitude: 618 m
Positive elevation gain: 210 m
Negative elevation gain: 181 m

Carte épreuve 6 km

10K

Age: 14 years old  +
Minimum altitude: 474 m
Maximum altitude: 666 m
Positive elevation gain: 413 m
Negative elevation gain: 387 m

Carte épreuve 10 km

21K

Age: 16 years old  +
Minimum altitude: 474 m
Maximum altitude: 917 m
Positive elevation gain: 1012 m
Negative elevation gain: 1007 m

Carte épreuve 21 km

6K – Walk

Age: Open to all ages
Minimum altitude: 474 m
Maximum altitude: 618 m
Positive elevation gain: 210 m
Negative elevation gain: 181 m

Please note that the 6K walk is not a TIMED  race. However, a numbered bib will be given to every participants  as well as a snack and beverage coupon.

Carte épreuve 6 km

Online registration is available until July 14, 2020 at
23:59

Adults : reduced price  $49 until July 1, 2020 ; regular price  $64, from July 2-14, 2020; 6K walk $20 (taxes included).

Children (5-17) : reduced price $12 until July 1, 2020 ; regular price $17, from July 2-14, 2020; 6K walk $10 (taxes included).

Late registration on the phone or in person(+ $10 fee) : Adults / Children: $74 / $27 (taxes included).

Between July 15-17 , late registration can only be made on the phone (418-469-2228, poste 101) or in person the day of the race from 7:00, and at least 20 minutes before the start of the race (to allow time for registration/preparation of race package). Payment can be made in cash or with debit/credit card.

All the profits from the race will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross of Bellechasse, to support the volunteers in their work with families affected by disasters. Participants can also donate an additional amount to the organization during the registration process or at the Canadian Red Cross table on race day.

SCHEDULE  2020

Friday July 17, 2020

17:00 to 20:00  Race package pick-up, changes and late registration

Saturday July 18, 2020

6:30 to 9:40 Race package pick-up, changes and late registration (up until 20 minutes before the race)

8:25  Welcome speech

8:45  START TIME 21K

9:00  START TIME 2K Children

9:20 Podium 2K Children

9:30  START TIME 10K

10:00  START TIME 6K

10:00  START TIME 6K Walk

10:30  Estimated finishing time of first runner, 10K and 6 K

10:45  Podium 10K and 6K

11:00 Estimated finishing time of first runner, 21K and of peloton of 6K and 10K runners

11:20  Podium 21K

11:40 Estimated finishing time of peloton 21K and 6K walk

12:00  Door prizes draw

Rules of the race

  • To be considered a participant of the race you must pay the registration fees and fill the registration forms required
  • The race starts in the Trois-Fourches area, located 400 meters from the visitor center. All participants must be ready at the starting line following this schedule: 21K at 8:45; 2K at 9:00; 10K at 9:30  and  6K at 10:00.
  • 6K walk participants will leave after the 6K runners.
  • The maximum time to finish all the runs is 13:00. Any participant still running after this time will be disqualified and will not have his race time recorded.
  • Any participant who does not follow the specific itinerary for the trail will be disqualified.
  • All participants must wear their respective numbered bib to record the race time. Nobody is allowed to take part in the race if they are not registered at the time of departure.
  • The numbered bib must be visible at all time.
  • Children registered in the 2K are allowed to be accompanied by an adult. However, if said adult is registered in one of the other distances (6K, 10K, 21K), the numbered bib for that race must not be worn during the 2K race.
  • By entering the Trail du Massif du Sud race, the participant authorizes the organizer to take and use photos of the race for promotional purposes on the websites of Massif du Sud regional park and/or Courir la Beauce, their Facebook pages and/or printed supports such as posters.
  • All participants are considered to be physically fit for their respective race. The organizers decline any responsibility concerning the results or the physical failure of participants.
  • The organizers of the Trail du Massif du Sud race are entitled to limit the number of participants for the race (quotas).
  • Age restriction for the different distances are as followed: 2K (Children, 5-12 years old); 6K (12 years and +); 10K (14 years and +); 21K (16 years and +).
  • Children price applies to runners under 18 years old.
  • Poles are not permitted for the race, except for the 6K walk.

Policies

Price and registration :

  • Adults : reduced price  $49 until July 1, 2020 ; regular price  $64, from July 2-14, 2020; 6K walk $20 (taxes included).
  • Children (5-17) : reduced price $12 until July 1, 2020 ; regular price $17, from July 2-14, 2020; 6K walk $10 (taxes included).
  • Online registration is available until July 14, 2020 at 23:59
  • Late registration can be made on the phone between July 15-17 or in person the day of the race July 18 between 6:30 and 9:40 in the basement of the Massif du Sud regional park visitor center.
  • Any late registration must be made at least 20 minutes before the start of the race (ex: 9:40 for the 6K strating at 10:00).
  • An additionnal $10 fee will apply to any late registration and can be paid in cash or with debit/credit card. (Ex: adult $64 + $10 = $74; children $17 + $10 = $27).
  • Registration fees are non-refundable.

Registration change or transfer:

Change of distance and/or registration transfer are authorized.

To make any change/transfer, please email us at trail@massifdusud.com or call us at 418-469-2228 extension 101. Changes and transfers can also be made on the day of the race, following the late registration schedule.

An additional fee of $5 (taxes included) will apply to any change and must be paid in cash before the participant can pick-up the race package.

Cancellation and schedule changes :

  • The organizers may, in case of absolute necessity, cancel one or many of the distances of the race.
  • In this eventuality, the registration fees are non-refundable.
  • The organizers may, in case of meteorological conditions, change the strating time of one or many of the distances of the race (e.g.: thunderstorm).
  • The organizers reserve the right to start the race on the scheduled time, despite the absence or delay of one or many participants from the starting line.

Race package pick-up :

  • Race package pick-up is open the day before the race between 17:00 and 20:00 and the day of the race between 6:30 and 9:40, at the visitor center of Massif du Sud regional park.
  • The race package of a runner can be picked-up by another person. That person must present a valid ID of the runner, to prove consent from the latter.

6K Walk:

The 6K walk is not a timed distance, but each participant will receive a package including a numbered bib:

  • Adults : $20 (taxes included, no reduced price periods).
  • Children: $10 (taxes included, no reduced price periods).
  • Online registration available until July 14, 2020 at 23:59 or onsite, the day of the race.

Ethical code and other information

  • Each course is color-coded as followed to facilitate the race : 2K : yellow; 6K : green; 10K : red; 21K : blue. Runners must pay attention to their specific color code throughout the race.
  • Aid stations are located in various strategic points of the race and can be seen on the map of each course.
  • Trails used for the race are shared between runners and hikers on the day of the race. Please stay on the right side of the trails whenever possible, to allow other runners and hikers to pass on the left.
  • Remember that the Trail du Massif du Sud was created  first and foremost to promote the pleasure of trail running. Smile and enjoy it!

At Massif du Sud regional park, the protection of the environment by and for outdoor lovers is one of the values we believe in. Therefore, the Trail du Massif du Sud elaborated a long-term plan of concrete actions to be taken in order to decrease the impact of the race on the environment. Here are some of the actions that will be put in place, with the help of our partner, MEC (Mountain Equipment Coop).

Eco-friendly running guide

Presented by MEC

The protection of our natural ressources is a priority at MEC and that is why we chose to partner with the Trail du Massif du Sud to offer a few tips on how to make your race as traceless as possible.

Residual matter

An eco-friendly runner knows that everything that is carried in is also carried out. That applies to what you carry, but can also be said of what you find on the trail. Why not take a second to bend and pick up that gel package someone else left behind? Tip: Carry a ziploc bag to put your waste.

During the race, you will encouter a few aid points filled with all sorts of goodies to help you refuel. Here are some items you can bring along to limit the amount of waste produced:

  • A flexible or folding cup : Fold it, store it in a pocket and use it once you get to the aid stations to quench you thirst!
  • A wide range of running vest or belts are available on the market to allow you to carry homemade snacks and beverages. That way you can refill you bottles at the aid stations instead of using disposable cups.
  • For energy gels lovers, know that some brands offer their product in big volume, so you can fill your reusable bottles over and over again!  Tip: Make your own gel by mixing maple syrup, ginger and salt.
  • Plan to have a reusable bottle at the finish line. That way you will be able to refill it as much as you like to rehydrate after the race and avoid wasting a good amount of disposable cups.

Sorting stations will be placed at the start/finish line and in the snack area. Take some time to become familiar with the system and use it appropriately to help us reduce the amount of material going to the dumping ground.

Transportation

As Massif du Sud regional park is located far from urban center and public transportation, we highly recommend that you make the most of your travel. The Facebook page of the event is a good place to post your offer or your need in terms of transportation.

You are a local runner? Warm-up by running or biking to the event!

Medals and other merchandise

For the 2020 edition, the Trail du Massif du Sud organizing comittee decided to be eco-friendly and not give out medals and promotional merchandise. More than often, these items will only serve to fill our bottom drawers or closets for a few years before being discarded and sent to waste. We hope you will agree and join us in thinking that the real rewards of the race are the challenges we stood up to, the pleasure we experienced and the smiles we shared with our fellow runners!

If you would like to share more tips on how to make the Trail more eco-friendly email us at info@massifdusud.com

See all other MEC races and events in Quebec at  evenements.mec.ca !