Smiles on the Plains of Abraham


A pandemic that has lasted for almost two years and a war in Ukraine that keeps the entire planet on alert: despite the gloomy atmosphere of recent times, thousands of athletes found their smiles again at the end of the week, during the Snow Pentathlon .

On Saturday, the Plains of Abraham welcomed, among others, participants from various CEGEPs and universities in Quebec as well as employees from establishments of the Health and Social Services Agency of the Capitale-Nationale and the Ministry of Education and of higher education.

The BCF Avocats d’affaires corporate challenge took place on Saturday, while on Sunday the Pentathlon put the athletes to the test with the presentation of the sprint (10 km), classic (25 km) and duathlon events as well as , for the first time, ultra, a race in which athletes were called upon to cover a total of 75 km in three disciplines: running on snow, cross-country skiing and skating.

FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE

Spokesperson, Alex Harvey was on site during the first two days of the event, which will run until March 13.

Alex Harvey was like a duck to water on Sunday.

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Alex Harvey was like a duck to water on Sunday.

“The atmosphere was really festive, he rejoiced. I was also there when the event was last presented in February 2020 and it felt like we were back then. Apart from the fact that we had to wear the mask inside, for the rest, I would even say that the atmosphere was more excited. People were really happy to get together and do physical activity together. It’s obvious that people were eager to start building social contacts again and go back outside. »

Mayor Bruno Marchand on skates.

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Mayor Bruno Marchand on skates.

In total, the organization obtained 4,500 registrations for the Pentathlon des neiges 2022, despite the uncertainty that hovered for several months over the possibility or not of holding the event.

Besides, don’t worry about Harvey. Even if he has been retired since March 2019, the one who is now a business law lawyer for the firm BCF Avocats has not lost form.

“I looked at my time on Saturday and I did a time almost identical to the one I had done two years ago, he rejoiced. But what makes me proud is that we finished third even though we had a mixed team and we were mainly against teams made up only of men. It was really a beautiful day. »

THE IMPORTANCE OF WINTER SPORT

Fierce competitor in his career, Harvey is not however a spokesperson for the Pentathlon to promote the competition, on the contrary.

Cross-country skiers had to contend with snowy trails on the Plains of Abraham.

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Cross-country skiers had to contend with snowy trails on the Plains of Abraham.

“What I want is to make people aware of the benefits of physical health. Yes, the Pentathlon is a competition, but not all teams are here for the results. It’s mostly a personal challenge and a motivator to train in the winter. It’s easier to train in summer, but with a challenge like this, it shows people that it’s possible to do it in winter and that it’s not that bad. It’s all about being well dressed and you can have a lot of fun. »

BUSSET WINS

The day of Sunday still gave right to individual performances worthy of mention. It was notably Christopher Busset, from Quebec, who won the Ultra Videotron on Sunday.

The winner of the Ultra Videotron, Christopher Busset

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The winner of the Ultra Videotron, Christopher Busset

He completed the 10 km race, 40 km speed skating and 25 km cross-country skiing in a time of 3 h 36 min 43 s. His closest rival, Aime Perreault, of Lévis, crossed the finish line almost 15 minutes later, in 3 h 51 min 10 s

18and Pentathlon des neiges will resume on Tuesday and Wednesday with the presentation of the RSEQ School Invitation Tournaments.

Note that the event is spread over one week longer than usual, since Discovery and Nordicity Week has been added, which will offer activities to young people during the school break.




Reference-www.journaldequebec.com

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