With each new edition of the race, I remain impressed with the findings and the quality of the event. In fact, this year, nothing but praise for the Northman. In my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful obstacle courses in Canada. For several reasons. The first, it is authentic and original. There are no races like this one. Completely reinvented and designed by an outstanding athlete, Olympian and rooted in the greatest sporting spirit that can exist. Secondly, it is an event that offers courses that maximize trail running, obstacles and nature. It's so beautiful that sometimes you want to stop and contemplate it (not a good idea in a race).

With each new edition of the race, I remain impressed with the findings and the quality of the event. In fact, this year, nothing but praise for the Northman. In my opinion, it is one of the most beautiful obstacle courses in Canada. For several reasons. The first, it is authentic and original. There are no races like this one. Completely reinvented and designed by an outstanding athlete, Olympian and rooted in the greatest sporting spirit that can exist. Secondly, it is an event that offers courses that maximize running, obstacles and nature. It's so beautiful that sometimes you want to stop and contemplate it (not a good idea in a lol race).

Third, the race is for everyone. In the afternoon, it is the OPEN category that allows EVERYONE to run without pressure. There is even a parent/child component. The goal is simply to have FUN! The obstacles are accessible, original and varied. It's the perfect activity for family or friends! In the morning, there are two competitive parts. NorthMan Marathon is the endurance category. It is a challenge to see how far one can go in a 6 hours period. There’s an extra challenge every lap to shake even the best athletes! The Loggers are the competitive category that races for time.

Third, the race is for everyone. In the morning, it is the OPEN category that allows EVERYONE to run without a stopwatch. There is even a parent/child component. The goal is simply to have FUN! The obstacles are accessible, trippy and varied. It's the perfect activity for family or friends! In the afternoon, there are two competitive parts. TIMBER is the highest category. To participate, you must have been ranked according to your results in LOGGER or demonstrate, with proof, that you are qualified for the OCR World Championships or that you are an active Olympian.

NorthMan is the one and only time trial in OCR! You are always in a pursuit to catch the next racer. The Logger starts are cool.. Each participant leaves individually, one behind the other, with 10 seconds of interval. The time starts as soon as the runner crosses the timing mat. He goes after his predecessor... and will in turn be pursued by an athlete who is better ranked than him. The YELLOW jersey (yes, he wears a yellow jersey) is the one that starts last and leads the Northman ranking. He's the favorite of the race. He's chasing everyone. Each time he catches up with a participant, he has gained 15 seconds ahead of his time. If a participant is caught up, he knows that he has lost at least one place in the ranking. Adrenaline, you say!

Time trial starts in pursuit that increase the adrenaline in the carpet. The TIMBER departures are completely crazy. Each participant leaves individually, one behind the other, with 15 seconds of intervals. The start is counted as soon as the runner crosses the timing mat. He goes after his predecessor... and will in turn be pursued by an athlete who is better ranked than him. The YELLOW jersey (yes, he wears a yellow jersey) is the one that starts last and leads the Northman Championship. He's the favorite of the race. He's chasing everyone. Each time he catches up with a participant, he has gained 15 seconds ahead of his time. If a participant is caught up, he knows that he has lost at least one place in the ranking. Adrenaline, you say!

The competitive component, in which EVERYONE can participate, will crown champions by age group. "The Northman" Marco Bédard has reinvented the way of a ocr race. He does not copy obstacles! He wants to make every one of them have a meaning. There is always at least 3 SIGNATURES obstacles that have made the reputation of this race. The "Cabane à Moineau", which is an obstacle in collaboration with PlatinumRig. « La Gaffe du Draveur » , a technical obstacle that has gained a reputation at the OCR World Championships. And finally, the axe throw. The little one or the big one. The choice is yours.

Once the departure of the TIMBERs has started, it is the departure of the LOGGERs. It is the competitive component, in which EVERYONE can participate, without scholarships, that will appoint champions by age group. The same principle applies as the TIMBERs, however the departures are two by two and not individual. Northman Marco Bédard has reinvented the race. He invented new obstacles. I can name 3 SIGNATURES obstacles that have made the reputation of this year's race. The Cabane à Moineau, which is an obstacle in collaboration with PlatinumRig Dom. The Driver's Booty, a technical obstacle that was put forward at the OCR World Championships. And finally, the famous axe throw. The little one or the big one. The choice is yours.

As these 3 obstacles are completely new, a concept of credits and penalties has also been introduced. Once you have finished your race, do not rely on your temporary ranking because some athletes may have passed « HARD LANE » obstacles that have saved them time credits that will be deducted from their final time. And now I see you already in your head expressing yourself, that's so sick! But, wait, here's the best part

As these 3 obstacles are completely new, a concept of credits and penalties has also been introduced. Once you have finished your race, do not rely on your temporary ranking because some athletes may have passed PROOF tests that have saved them time credits that will be deducted from their final time. And now I see you already in your head expressing yourself, that's why so sick! But, wait, here's the best of the best.

The Northman had the idea of splitting the course into 3 sections to allow athletes with different skills to stand out. The SPEED section, the STRENGTH secion and the AGILITY section. Timing mats are installed in between these, which allows us to know which athletes are the best performers in each one. The course has been designed so that the STRENGTH section will contain the majority of obstacles and challenges requiring STRENGTH. The SPEED section uses single track trails a lot. Finally, AGILITY, you’ll find obstacles that requires balance and dexterity. Each of those champions will win a prize and will be on the podium for that purpose.

The Northman had the idea of splitting the course into 3 sections to allow athletes with different skills to stand out. The SPEED sector, the STRENGTH sector and the AGILITY sector. Timing mats are installed in different sectors, which allows us to know which athletes are the best performers in each sector. The course has been designed so that the FORCE sector will contain the majority of obstacles and challenges requiring force. The SPEED sector uses the trails a lot. Finally, AGILITY, we find the obstacles of balance and dexterity. Each of the sector champions will win a prize and will be on the podium for that purpose.

I am proud of Marc-André Bédard "the Northman". I am proud of the JustRun team from Quebec who are working in the background on this fabulous project. I am proud of the Northman Race team. Be proud of your roots. This year, you will experience emotions like never before!

I'm a Northman.
This year, I honor my name.

I am proud of Marc-André Bédard "the Northman". I am proud of the JustRun team from Quebec who are working in the background on this fabulous project. I am proud of the Northman Race team. Be proud of your roots. This year, you will experience emotions like never before!

I'm a Northman.
This year, I honor my name.