Raid Pulse continues to be one of the top adventure races in Canada
Raid Pulse is one of the longest-running adventure races in Canada. Its longevity and continued popularity is a testament to the passion and talent of the organizers.
“In 2002, we started with an eight-hour race in the Mont Tremblant area,” says race organizer Thierry Raymond. “Our inspiration was the Eco-Challenge and Le Raid Gauloise. We were outdoor and adventure lovers and we still are.”
Over the past 18 years, Raymond and the Raid Pulse team have created an epic adventure race that continues to grow.
Stephan Meyer, otherwise known as Active Steve on social media, has been coming to the Raid Pulse for the past 15 years.
“It is one of the very few events I keep going back to year after year, and still very much look forward to it every time!” he says. “Raid Pulse is always a highlight of the race season for me and is a great race to check my overall fitness and get me excited about another season of outdoor adventures with friends. Raid Pulse sort of marks the return to the spring/summer race season, and I get to re-connect with like-minded people every time I show up at the start line.”
This year’s race, set for May 16, 2020, will take place near the town of Duhamel, Quebec in the Outaouais region northeast of Ottawa.
“We have a great partnership with la municipalité de Duhamel, which will provide us with a lot of help for the event and it’s a perfect location for an adventure race,” Raymond says. “It’s a wooded and hilly location with numerous beautiful lakes and trails.”
The Raid Pulse adventure race, with three-hour and eight-hour options, will put participants to the test in multiple sports featuring a remote location that will include mountain bike, trekking, paddling and navigation.
Meyer says it’s impossible to point to any single highlight or standout part of the race because every year is so unique. And that’s just how he likes it.
“That's the reason people keep coming back. Sometimes the mountain biking is epic, other times, it's the bushwhacking (trekking) that stands out. With variables like weather and trail conditions, you just don't know what you'll get, and that is the magic and allure of adventure racing,” he says. “All pre-conceptions about pace and time go out the window, and anything can happen. This keeps things exciting the whole way through!"
There are categories for solo men and women as well as teams of men, women or co-ed. The eight-hour event covers 50 kilometres. There is also prize money this year offered by the municipality for the event, Raymond says.
The superb new location will have camping available on-site. There will be a meal following the event, as well as an awards ceremony and good times talking about the epic adventure of the day.
“I think everyone should try a race like this at least once!” says Meyer. “While the notion of adventure racing may be daunting, this event is actually very accessible to all skill levels and offers something for everyone from first-timers to seasoned veterans. As long as you have some idea how to mountain bike, trek through the woods, and canoe (flat water), you're good to go!”
For more information on the race go to www.raidpulse.com.