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The event

The i2P Run takes place on the weekend of August 20-21, 2016. Distances are 100km, 50km, 36km, 23km, 12.5km and 10km over a complete variety of trails including: beaches, 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 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 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.

Event Schedule

Aug 20 8:00 AM - 10km and 12.5km start - Breton Beach
Aug 20 5:00 PM - Pre-race meal (100km only) - Location TBD
Aug 20 10:00 PM - 100k start - Gatineau Park
Aug 21 8:00 AM - 23km, 36km, 50k start (and second half of the 100k) - Breton Beach

100k

The full 100k course is now run in Gatineau Park! 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 20, 2016, following a meal and presentations by our guest ultra-runners (location to be determined), 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). As an added bonus, participants will run the first half of the course with Ray Zahab, as well as our special ultra-runner guests. Runners are required to be at Breton Beach for 5pm on August 20, 2016. They will be shuttled to the start. The first part of the course remains a secret until race day!

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 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 meal and special time with Ray Zahab and our other ultra-runner guests, each 100k runner will receive a 100k i2P Run shirt, a special gear package, 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! This event is limited to 25 runners. Registration for the 100k will close a few weeks prior to the event.

50k, 36k, 23k, 12.5k, 10k

The 50k, 36k, 23k, 12.5k and 10k runs start and finish at Breton Beach, Lac Philippe.

The 10km and 23km courses are the easiest technically. The 12.5km loop is significantly more technical. The 36k course combines the 23k and the 12.5k routes for the best of both worlds.

Sign-in and race kit pickup for these distances will take place between 7am-7:50am on both days. The 12.5k and 10k runs will start on SATURDAY, AUGUST 20TH at 8:00am sharp. The 50k, 36k and 23k runs start on SUNDAY, AUGUST 21ST at 8am sharp. Runs on both days will be a rolling (controlled) start. 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. Dog tag medals will be given to all finishers. There will also be i2P belt buckles 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: 10k, 12.5k, 23k, 36k (includes the 12.5k and the 23k routes), 50k.

CUT OFF TIMES

Cut off times will be imposed for all events 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 5pm on August 21st.

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.
  • http://www.canadascapital.gc.ca/places-to-visit/gatineau-park

    MAP OF GATINEAU PARK
    http://www.ncc-ccn.gc.ca/sites/default/files/pubs/gatineau-park-summer-trail-map.pdf

    LODGINGS

    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.

    PARKING

    Please use carpooling if possible
    Parking is at Breton Beach.
    It is 45km from Ottawa (less than an hour drive)
    http://g.co/maps/7wf92

    FACILITIES

    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.

    MANDATORY GEAR

    Everyone is required to carry the following gear:

  • 500mL of water (1.5L recommended for 38k, 50k and 100k)
  • 200cal of food (1000cal recommended for longer races)
  • Course map and descriptions (Provided to you on site)
  • Trail running shoes recommended for more technical courses
  • 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 and clothing at the start/finish area. If you are doing the 36km, you can resupply at the 23k point; 50k participants will be able to resupply after 23k and then again after another 12.5k, since their course loops at Breton Beach twice.

    INSTRUCTIONS

    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.

    SAFETY

    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 water on course. A safety crew will sweep the course. There will be medical staff stationed on the beach.

    Read your map. Read signs.

    GETTING LOST

    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.

    FEES

    Early bird registration ends on August 1st. Prices increase by $5 after August 1st. Online registration will close on August 17th. There will be NO on site registration. Registration for the 100km will close on August 1st. Free parking passes are only available until August 1st. Those who register after August 1st will need to pay the $11 parking fee at Breton Beach.

    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 a finisher's medal. 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