Run Day is August 24th, 2014! Online registration is now closed for all events except for the virtual run, which will remain open until August 31st. You can register in person on August 24th for all events, except for the 100k, which is now sold out! In person registration is $10 extra.
The i2P Run is foremost a celebration of trail running and showcase of the beautiful Gatineau Park in Quebec, Canada. Distances are 100km, 50km, 38km, 23km, 15km and 10km, over a complete variety of trails including: beaches, single track, country paths, open fields, cabins and lakes. Choose the route that intrigues you the most, or change your mind mid-run depending upon how you are feeling and run shorter or longer. It’s designed to be low stress, high fun. So, no official timing or results. Share and compare your time with your friends if you wish. The run will also be self-supported. Bring picnic lunch afterwards. There's also a kids' 1k fun run and, for those who cannot make it to the event, a virtual run!
All proceeds of the run will go to support impossible2Possible's (i2P) youth expeditions. The mission of i2P is to encourage youth to reach beyond their perceived limits, and to use adventure as a medium to educate, inspire and empower our global community to make positive change in the world. i2P aims to equip today's youth with the understanding and belief that they have the power to change the world. We envision a world of achievers that believe in their hearts that nothing is out of the realm of possibility! The vision of impossible2Possible (i2P) is to use adventure to cultivate a generation of leaders, whose direct experiences and education will prepare them to lead social and environmental action all across the world. To achieve this, i2P use a combination of world-class expeditions, youth expeditions, leadership training and fully interactive web based educational resource material. All Expedition expenses are covered for Youth Ambassadors participating and all i2P Experiential Learning Programs are delivered free of charge to schools and students around the world.
What is i2P?
The easiest and safest course - an out and back.
Combines technical and non-technical sections.
Run or walk the distance you want on any course anywhere in the world!
New to this year! An unforgettable experience with great gear and special guests.
This course is shorter but very technical.
Combines the 23k and the 15k courses for a technical and non-technical experience!
A non-technical, shorter course for those with less trail running experience.
This year, we are adding a 100k course, which we are naming “The Ark to the Park”. True to its name, the 100k course will start at The Ark (285 Farrellton Rd, Quebec, Canada) and make its way to Gatineau Park. The 100k course will be divided in two 50k segments, separated by a rest period. The first 50k leg of the journey will start around midnight on the morning of August 24, 2014 (we will have a wave start where faster runners will start later) and will end at P19 in Gatineau Park. This part of the course will be run in the dark on a mix of technical and non-technical trail, and is self-supported (fuel and gear requirements will be sent to participants prior to the event). Runners are required to have someone drop them off at The Ark and meet them at P19 before the start of the second 50k leg of the run to replenish supplies.
For the second half of the 100k, participants will join the 50k runners for the 8am start at Breton Beach and run the 50k course (see details below). Runners will need to meet the 50k start time and time cutoffs in order to run the full 100k. Participants are encouraged to have some technical trail running experience, as well as night time running as part of their training for this event.
All 100k participants will be invited to arrive at The Ark at 5pm on August 23rd, 2014 for a pre-race meal. Each 100k runner will receive a 100k i2P Run shirt, a special gear package from Runners United, as well as a finishers’ i2P belt buckle. They will also run the first half of the course with some special guests, including Kevin Vallely, Chris Roman, Derrick Spafford, Charlotte Vasarhelyi, Box Cox and Ryan Grant. This is an experience you will not want to miss! This event is limited to 25 runners, so sign up now!
The 50k, 38k, 23k, 15k and 10k runs start and finish at Breton Beach, Lac Philippe.
The 23km course is the easiest technically and safest given that it is an out and back route. The 15km loop is significantly more technical. The 38k course combines the first the 23k and then 15k routes for the best of both worlds. The 10k course is non-technical and is perfect for runners with less trail running experience.
Onsite registration, sign-in and kit pickup for these distances will take place between 7am-7:45am on August 24th, 2014. The runs start at 8am sharp.
The run will be a rolling (controlled) start. Meaning the first 2km we run as a group for a warmup.
You will have to get your map signed at each checkpoint along your course.
It is your responsibility to read the map and the trail signs. There will be i2P belt buckles for all 50k finishers and medals to all finishers for other distances.
COURSE RUN TIMES
Expected times for distances:
15km - 1h to 2h45
23km – 2h to 3h30
38km – 3h to 4h30
50km – 4-6hrs
Cut off times will be imposed for the 38km and 50km.
Rule of thumb is you should be able to maintain 7min/km or faster on trails if you attempt the 38km and the 50km.
Cut off times will be imposed for the 50km events at the 23km (Breton beach control point). To proceed out on course for the 50km, you will need to have completed the first 23km in under 2hr30 (before 10:30am)
PLACE - THE GATINEAU PARK
Gatineau Park, the Capital’s conservation park, has many unique and diversified ecosystems and heritage features. It covers 36,131 hectares (361 square kilometres) of land and is located where the Canadian Shield meets the St. Lawrence Lowlands and the Ottawa River meets the Gatineau River. Just 15 minutes from Parliament Hill and the heart of the Capital, the Park is a prime destination for visitors and residents alike. It is estimated that Gatineau Park receives over 2.7 million visits each year.
The Gatineau Park mission is to:
Preserve and enhance the natural and cultural heritage of the Park;
Offer quality outdoor recreation experiences that are respectful of the natural environment;
Inspire all Canadians, visitors to Canada’s Capital Region and residents to respect conservation values, in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Park.
MAP OF GATINEAU PARK
Stay in Ottawa or camp-out at the event site at Lac Philippe, Gatineau Park.
Please use carpooling if possible
Parking is at Breton Beach.
It is 45km from Ottawa (less than an hour drive)
There are public washrooms and change rooms at Breton Beach along with drinkable fresh water.
START-FINISH REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Meet at Breton Beach. Look for the start/finish tent or banner.
Everyone is required to carry the following gear:
500mL of water (1.5L recommended for 38 and 50k)
200cal of food (1000cal recommended for longer races)
Course map and descriptions (Provided to you on site)
Trail Running Shoes
FOOD AND WATER
Everyone should bring their own food and water for the event and afterwards. Only emergency supplies will be on course.
You can drop water, food clothing at the start finish area. If you are doing the 38km or 52km events then you can resupply at the 23k point. There will also be extra water at P17 (approx 40km point).
There is a mandatory sign in/sign out sheet at the start/finish area. If you do not sign off the course, we will mount a search and rescue operation.
Absolutely no littering! Take everything out that you bring in. Leave no trace.
Stay on the course. Consult the map or ask for help. Do not guess or blindly follow people. Do not make up your own route for two reasons: you will get lost and we won’t know where to find you, and you may cause others to follow you off course.
There are no special markings on course. Use the map and read the trail signs.
The course is over well-travelled trails no further than a few kms from the nearest cabin or road. We have also planned a number of out-and-back sections where you can check out your lead or plead for food.
There will be some emergency food and water on course at the cabins, with a course marshal, which will also have a first aid kit and emergency radio.
A safety crew will sweep the course.
There will be medical staff stationed on the beach.
We will give out the cell number of the organizer.
Read your map. Read signs.
There are marshals at the (5) control points. Everyone will also be carrying a map. All the trails have permanent trail signs at the intersections and along the course. We are only using main trails. There is a phone number to call for help/directions. GPS is allowed. We also have sweepers at the front, middle and end of the field. There will be hundreds of people hiking the same trails. Stop and ask for directions. If all else fails, follow the lake to the beaches and start/finish area.
Prices will increase by $10 on race day.
The park charges an $11 day entry fee for those who do not have a season’s pass.
Due to logistical issues and lack of interest, this year's kids' run was cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.
New to this year's i2P Run Event is the Virtual Run. We realize that not everyone can make it to Gatineau Park, and this opens up the possibility for everyone to participate from all over the world. Trail, or road, chose your distance and come run with us in spirit. You will receive the same finisher's medal as everyone else. Post your photos on our Facebook page or Twitter feed so that we can see the beautiful places you run. Use our event hashtag #i2PRun
August 23 12:00 PM EDT - Online registration closes
August 23 5:00 PM EDT - Pre-race meal (100k only) - The Ark
August 24 12:00 AM EDT - 100k start - The Ark
August 24 7:00 AM EDT - Onsite registration ($10 price increase) - Breton Beach
August 24 8:00 AM EDT - 50k start - Breton Beach
August 24 8:00 AM EDT - 38k start - Breton Beach
August 24 8:00 AM EDT - 23k start - Breton Beach
August 24 9:30 AM EDT - 10 and 15k start - Breton Beach