That was a pretty awesome celebration of trail running Monday night at the SAT! Thanks to everyone in the Montreal trail community for coming out and supporting Trails in Motion 3… It was great to chat over a beer (O.K. so it was a little watery!) to meet-up with friends and make some new ones; as well as to support a fantastic cause, Courir Pour la Vie, a suicide prevention charity.
Jacques Aubin, dressed in full ultra trail gear got the evening off to a start in typical, Jacques Aubin style: 100% passion and energy! Jacques talked about not only the great films that make up Trails In Motion, but also the thriving trail community and the the number of great local, Quebec companies contributing to the healthy trail scene here in Canada, a good number of whom were at the event as exhibitors. Notable guests and speakers included the well-known actor and runner Pat Godin…
and Joan Roach gave a short speech underlining the explosion in talent, in the quality and the number of trail running events and locations in Quebec. One of the highlights of the evening was when Ultra Trail Harricana co-founder, Sebastien Côté, who had flown in from Paris from the Ultra Trail World Tour presentation, announced the news that UTHC, recently selected to be part of the 2016 World Tour, had chosen to support The Quebec Tour of Trails In Motion 3. The organization is particularly sensitive to the charitable cause of the film festival: Courir Pour la Vie. Sebastien described to the assembled 250+ audience that Charlevoix, host to the UTHC, has one of the highest suicide rates in the country, so supporting the film festival and Courir Pour la Vie was a natural choice for the young race organizers.
Did you know that XACT is a local family-run company, based right here in Montreal? That Ciele Athletics has been in business barely 1 year and is making waves across Canada as well as abroad and was started by 2 young dynamic Montrealers? That one of our favourite trail races, Ultra Trail Harricana de Charlevoix (just selected to be part of the Ultra Trail World Tour) was founded by two young Quebecers? Not to mention Benoit Talbot Coaching and Stephanie Cote Nutritionist, two dynamic Quebecers that have founded a trail running coaching company and authoring a recipe book specifically for running….
Thanks for coming out, making it a “sold-out crowd” and fortunately there were some chairs that could be stolen from the bar as it was standing room only!
The Québec Tour of Trails In Motion 3 was presented by Ultra Trail Harricana of Canada, supported by Accour Foundation. The charity partner is Courir Pour la Vie. The Montreal screening was produced and organized by XACT at the Société des Arts Technologiques.