Québec Mega Trail Announces Brand New 21K Event

Announcement from American Trail Running Association (ATRA) member Québec Mega Trail (QMT) regarding a new distance for 2023.

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, March 9, 2023, Québec Mega Trail (QMT) is pleased to unveil today a brand new 21-kilometre distance, completing the list of ten different races taking place during the trail running event, from June 29 to July 2.

Québec Mega Trail wishes to increase its offer to trail running enthusiasts by adding this new racecourse. It also allows a greater number of athletes to register for one of the ten distances offered, while the 15 km and 25 km events have both been sold out since the fall.

“We are extremely proud of the growing popularity of our events! The other distances are pretty much sold out, so adding a 21 km course seemed appropriate. It’s a race that starts with a solid climb up Mont-Sainte-Anne and a spectacular view from the summit. The rest of the course will be rolling and fun to run, similar to the 25 km.” Jean Fortier, General Director and founder of Québec Mega Trail.

QMT-21 Elevation Map.

QMT-21 course

The QMT-21 will start at the base of Mont-Sainte-Anne, requiring participants to be prepared for a brutal climb and then to take L’Escarpée trail to the summit at the start of the race. The descent will take place on the north side of the mountain, joining part of the QMT-25 path to the Auberge du Fondeur, where the only refreshment station of the course will be located. The second part of the race will be composed of downhill false flats that will lead the athletes to the finish line.

Runners wishing to get a bib to participate in the 21 km race will be able to register on the Québec Mega Trail website starting March 15 at 6:00 pm. The number of spots will be limited: only 300 bibs will be available for this brand new event.

Québec Mega Trail will soon finalize its registrations for the event. Only a few spots are still available for the QMT-100-Mile (160 km) and the 6 km. [Editor’s note: Read more about the elite runners that will be starting at the 2023 QMT here.]

QMT-21 registration opens March 15.

About Québec Mega Trail

QMT is a legendary ultra trail race, renowned as one of the most beautiful but also as one of the hardest in Canada. Crossing the Charlevoix and the Côte-de-Beaupré regions, it takes runners all the way to Mont-Sainte-Anne, and more than 2,500 racers meet there every year. An incubator for high-level athletes, the organization also offers challenges for beginners. Founded in 2012, the Québec Mega Trail actively promotes trail running while being a reference in terms of safety, sustainable development, and constant innovations.

The QMT 2023 will be held from June 29th to July 2nd at the Mont-Saint-Anne. It offers ten events to trail running enthusiasts (QMT-100 MILES (160 km), 110 km, 80 km, 50 km,  25 km, 21 km, 15 km, 10 km, 6 km, and 1 km). Québec Mega Trail is part of the prestigious  Golden Trail Series and is the only American partner race of the Grand Raid de l’île de la  Réunion and the Madeira Island Ultra Trail (MIUT). Moreover, the 100 miles and 110 km are qualifying races for the mythical Western States 100.

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