The i2P Run is first and foremost a celebration of trail running and showcase of the beautiful Gatineau Park in Quebec, Canada. This year, it takes place on the weekend of August 18-19, 2018. Distances are 100km, 50km, 25km, 15km, and 10km over a complete variety of trails including: single track, country paths, open fields, and passing by beautiful lake shore. Choose the route that intrigues you the most, or change your mind mid-run depending upon how you are feeling. 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 virtual run for those who cannot make it to the event in person! Run your own event and earn your i2P dog tag!
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 uses 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?
Please note that, due to storm damage sustained to some of Gatineau Park's trails in the Spring, the distances below are tentative and may change slightly once the courses are finalized. While you will be allowed to change distance if the one you registered for no longer fits your needs, we will not be able to issue any refunds.
Registration will close on August 17th at NOON (EST) or when the maximum number of participants has been reached. Participation will be capped at 250 people.
NO RACE DAY REGISTRATIONS
An unforgettable experience with great gear (an i2P Run fleece 1/2 zip sweatshirt and t-shirt) and guest speakers. The 100k starts at night and will be run on a mix of trail, single track and only small stretches of paved road! Runners must register before August 1st to get the free gear.
An unforgettable experience with great gear (a technical i2P Run t-shirt) and guest speakers. The 50k (nighttime) is run at night on a mix of trail, single track and only small stretches of paved road! Runners must register before August 1st to get the free shirt.
Combines the 25k, 15k and 10k courses for a mix of technical and non-technical running with some steep climbs! Runners who register before August 1st will receive a free technical i2P Run t-shirt.
Non technical but may include a few natural obstacles (there are currently a few trees down from storm damage). Includes some steep climbs!
Technical, with some steep climbs and some single track running.
A shorter, non-technical course for those with less trail running experience.
The 100k course will be divided in two 50k segments, separated by a rest period. The first 50k leg will start around 10pm on August 18, 2018, following presentations, and will end at Breton Beach 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 somewhat self-supported (fuel and gear requirements will be sent to participants prior to the event - water will be supplied at approximately 10k intervals). This first part of the course remains a secret until race day!
Runners are required to be in Chelsea for 8pm on August 18, 2018 (location to be determined). Participants are responsible for their own transportation. If you are really unable to find your own, please let us know and we will see if another 100k runner may be able to help. Runners may leave a vehicle in Chelsea (parking options will be emailed prior to the race), but will need to find a ride back from Breton Beach to their car after the run. Runners may also leave a vehicle at Breton Beach but will need to find their own way to Chelsea. The best option would be to have someone drop you off in Chelsea and/or pick you up at Breton Beach after your run.
For the second half of the 100k, participants will join the daytime 50k runners for the 8am start at Breton Beach and run the 50k course (see daytime 50k details below). Runners will need to meet the 50k start time and time cutoffs in order to run the full 100k. Participants need to have some technical trail running experience, as well as night time running as part of their training for this event. We strongly advise that participants in the 100k event have run at least the equivalent of a marathon distance. This is for your protection as well as the safety of all involved.
In addition to the presentations, each 100k runner will receive, as part of a special gear package, an i2P Run technical t-shirt (for anyone who signs up before August 1st only!), an i2P Run fleece 1/2 zip long sweatshirt (for anyone who signs up before August 1st only!), as well as an i2P dog tag and a finishers’ i2P belt buckle (*please note that the belt buckle will ONLY be given to people who complete the full 100k distance). This is an experience you will not want to miss!
New this year! If you'd like someone to run with you for the daytime portion of your run (the second half of your run), we will try to match you up with one of our runners who volunteers to pace a 100k runner. Please note that the availability of this option will depend on the number of people running the shorter daytime distances who select that option. If you would like someone, please select it when registering and we'll do our best. You can also have a friend pace you, but please be advised that they would still need to register and pay the fee for their run. If you already have a friend who will pace you, please select no when asked whether you'd like a pacer, as the option is only for people who want us to find someone for them.
New this year! You now have the option to run the first (nighttime) portion of the 100k. Like the 100k, the nighttime 50k will be run in the dark on a mix of technical and non-technical trails, and is somewhat self-supported (fuel and gear requirements will be sent to participants prior to the event - water will be supplied at approximately 10k intervals). Following some presentations, the nighttime 50k will start around 10pm on August 18, 2018, and will end at Breton Beach in Gatineau Park. Participants need to have some technical trail running experience, as well as night time running as part of their training for this event. This is for your protection as well as the safety of all involved.
Runners are required to be in Chelsea for 8pm on August 18, 2018 (location to be determined). Participants are responsible for their own transportation. If you are really unable to find your own, please let us know and we will see if another runner may be able to help. Runners may leave a vehicle in Chelsea (parking options will be emailed prior to the race), but will need to find a ride back from Breton Beach to their car after the run. Runners may also leave a vehicle at Breton Beach but will need to find their own way to Chelsea. The best option would be to have someone drop you off in Chelsea and/or pick you up at Breton Beach after your run.
In addition to the presentations, each nighttime 50k runner will receive, as part of a special gear package, an i2P Run technical t-shirt (for anyone who signs up before August 1st only!), as well as an i2P dog tag and a finishers’ i2P belt buckle (*please note that the belt buckle will ONLY be given to people who complete the full 50k distance). This is an experience you will not want to miss!
The daytime 50k, 25k, 15k, and 10k runs all start and finish at Breton Beach, Lac Philippe on Sunday, August 19th.
The 10km and 25km courses are the easiest technically. The 15km loop is significantly more technical. The 50k course combines the 25k, 15k and the 10k routes for the best of both worlds.
Sign in will be required before the start of the race. Sign in and bib pickup will take place from 7am to 9:50am on Sunday. Please make sure to show up at least 30 minutes before the start of your run to allow enough time for sign in and bib pickup - there may be lineups! Start times are as such: 8am for the 50k, 9am for the 25k, 9:30am for the 15k and 10am for the 10k. Dog tag medals will be given to all finishers. There will also be i2P belt buckles, as well as technical i2P Run t-shirts, for all 50k finishers (*please note that the belt buckle will only be given to people who complete the full 50k distance).
**Please note that distances are approximative. Course maps will be added once courses are finalized.
New this year! If you are running the 50k (daytime), 25k, 15k or 10k, you may select the option to be matched with one of our 100k runners. If selected, you would start your run with the 100k runner that you are paired with, instead of the start time listed above, and run with them for your whole distance. 25k runners pacing a 100k runner would start with their runner at 8am. 15k and 10k pacers would start when their runner starts that leg. 100k runners will complete the daytime distances in this order: 25k, 15k, 10k. If you are matched with a runner, we will get in touch with you before the run and we will be able to give you an idea of the expected start time of your runner for the leg you are pacing them. Please note though, that this means you could be starting well into the afternoon, especially if running the 10k. Pacers are still required to register and pay for their distance, but will have the added benefit of not running by themselves and of helping someone else achieve their goal!
CUT OFF TIMES
Cut off times will be imposed for all events on Sunday at the Breton Beach control point. To proceed out on the rest of the course, you will need to be able to complete your event by 6pm.
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:
MAP OF GATINEAU PARK
Stay in Ottawa or camp-out at the event site at Lac Philippe, Gatineau Park.
If you are interested in camping, please contact us at i2PRun@impossible2Possible.com to obtain our 10% discount code! When our participants camp in Gatineau Park using our discount code, it helps i2P save on permit fees for next year's event!
Please use carpooling if possible
Parking is at Breton Beach and is $12.
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.
Everyone is required to carry the following gear:
FOOD AND WATER
Everyone should bring their own food and water for the event and afterwards. Only emergency supplies of water will be on course.
You can drop water, food and clothing at the start/finish area. If you are running the 50km (daytime), you can resupply at the 25k point and again after another 15k as the course loops back to Breton Beach twice. The same applies for the second half of the 100k.
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 limited special markings on course. Use the map and read the trail signs.
However, this does not mean that you need any special orienteering skills to participate in the event.
The course is over well-travelled trails no further than a few kms from the nearest cabin or road. We have also planned some out-and-back sections for the longer distances where you can check out your lead or plead for food.
There will be some emergency water on course. A safety crew will sweep the course. There will be medical staff stationed on the beach.
Read your map. Read signs.
There are volunteers at the 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. GPS is allowed. We also have sweepers at the 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.
Early bird registration ends on August 1st. Prices increase by $5 after that for the 10k, 15k, and 25k. Prices for the 50k and 100k will not increase after August 1st, but runners who register after that date will not receive the free gear included in their package. Online registration will close on August 17th at noon EDT or earlier if we reach 250 participants. There will be NO on site registration.
If you do not have a season's pass and are not camping, you will need to pay the $12 parking fee at Breton Beach or carpool with someone.
While you may change up your distance the day of the run, you may not upgrade to a more expensive option as we are unable to accept money on the day of the run. Sorry, no refunds.
All participants will qualify for door prize draws.
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 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. This option is only available to people who will not run in Gatineau Park.
August 18 8:00 PM EDT - 100k / 50k (nighttime) presentations (in Chelsea - location TBD)
August 18 10:00 PM EDT - 100k (first half) and 50k (nighttime) start (in Chelsea - location TBD)
August 19 8:00 AM EDT - 100k (second half) and 50k (daytime) start on Breton Beach
August 19 9:00 AM EDT - 25k start on Breton Beach
August 19 9:30 AM EDT - 15k start on Breton Beach
August 19 10:00 AM EDT - 10k start on Breton Beach