Today is June 15th, 2021 and we're now in "Code Yellow" here in Quebec and restrictions are dropping like crazy. I'm hoping that by October 16th, everyone will have been vaccinated and the world will have returned to "business as usual". Regardless, as things currently stand, the restrictions that are currently in place (and forecasted) say that we can run Relentless just as we did back in "olden times".
Now of course by now we should know anything can happen and things can change. If that happens we'll roll with it. But as things stand now....
Where trail racing began in the Outaouis in 2004. A true "Grass Roots" event.
If you haven’t experienced a Relentless Ark Trail Race, then you don’t know what you’ve been missing.
The Ark is not only home to over 11k of pristine, challenging, technical, groomed single-track trail. The Ark is not only home to 3 horses, 2 pygmy goats, 5 dogs, 1 cat and countless numbers and species of wildlife.
But it’s home to me, the Race Director, and my wife Monique as well. So races at The Ark don’t feel like you’re racing at a public venue. Rather it has the intimacy of visiting and exploring a friend’s home.
Although The Ark doesn’t have the continuous climb of a ski hill, there are no flat sections of land here at all. With over 200 acres, it’s tough to find a single spot to pitch a small 2-man tent. At the Relentless Ark Trail Races, there is no time to relax. The hills generally aren’t steep enough to warrant you walking them, although they’re close. And if you’re not running up or down, then your twisting and turning and wrapping your body around the trees on some super tight and technical singletrack. Racing at The Ark is RELENTLESS. There is never a place to coast. There are never any physical or mental breaks.
Sounds like fun doesn’t it?
But what's cool is that you have options!
If you're super new to trail racing and/or nervous about what you may face at The Ark, then we've got a 3k "Try a Trail" Option.
If you want to go a little harder and experience some wicked single track, then the 5k option is right up your alley.
But if you really want a challenge, then we also one continuous 10.5k loop here where you get to experience absolutely everything The Ark has to offer.
And if you're the type of person, who likes to really see what they're made of, then why not try the 10.5km loop two times in the 21k half marathon option.
Of course, for those who are truly "mad enough," we have a 50k option! This race starts with an 18km gravel road prologue loop before arriving back at The Ark for 3 relentless loops of the 10.5km course. (I'll set this course, but I'm personally not mad enough to run it all together myself!)
Choose Your Distance. Choose Your Challenge.
Are you Mad Enough?