Sun Life Pentathlon des Neiges set to launch thrilling night run

The inaugural WKND Night Run is scheduled for Feb. 23

The 19th edition of the Sun Life Pentathlon des Neiges is set to begin on Feb. 18 on the historic Plains of Abraham. Here, athletes of all shapes, sizes and abilities battle for winter multi-sport supremacy. They come to experience an epic and unique winter sports festival. They stay to experience a magical city. But there is something new to add to the mix of multi-sport mayhem this year. A night run.

The inaugural WKND Night Run is scheduled for Feb. 23.

“Running at night on the Plains of Abraham is a magical experience,” says Pentathlon spokesperson Gilles Morneau.

Here’s what happens. Runners will gather, headlamps at the ready, outfits bedazzled with fluorescent or luminous accessories The squad from WKND radio station will set the mood. And, a snowy but well-groomed course will be prepared for runners to tackle the one, five or 10 kilometre races.

Participation in the race includes a race number, refreshments and supervision as well as a souvenir toque, medals for the first three finishers in the 5 km and 10 km events, participation medals for the 1 km and a great rate for lodging at the stunning Château Laurier Québec.

The reaction to this event has already been huge, insuring the WKND Night Run will continue next year. And, with another snowstorm plunking a sizeable slathering of the white stuff all over Quebec City, the courses are shaping up not just for the Night Run but for the entire festival.

The Sun Life Pentathlon Des Neiges is a landmark event with 20 challenges and up to five individual winter sports in which to participate solo or with a team. Oh, and did we mention it’s in Quebec City, which just happens to be one of the country’s most charming, active, and snow-loving cities.

Stephan Meyer, a.k.a. Active Steve, competes in everything from cross-country ski events to ultra trail running marathons in addition to reviewing races and gear for Get Out There. He has participated in and covered the Pentathlon on multiple occasions. And, not surprisingly, he’s quite a fan.

“It’s big!” he says. “It’s spread over two weekends with many different race options so that there is something for everyone, and all of them well organized and executed. It's also great watching the different heats, including watching the speed and efficiency of elites which is inspiring for the next generation of racers.”

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