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Reid Coolsaet wins his debut ultramarathon

Coolsaet finished first in the Quebec Mega Trail 110K, despite running 10K more than the rest of the field

In his first-ever ultramarathon, Canadian Olympian Reid Coolsaet won the Quebec Ultra Trail 110K in 14:24:16, despite missing a turn and having to run an extra 10 kilometres. He crossed the finish line with his kids, who were there to cheer their dad on.

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Early in the race, Coolsaet missed a turn, forcing him to run an extra 10k to find his way back to the racecourse. He arrived at the first checkpoint in 52nd place, but managed to work his way through the field to find himself in fourth place at the second. By the fourth checkpoint, he had improved to second place, and ended up finishing more than 20 minutes ahead of the second-place finisher, Mike Neron, who crossed the line in 14:48:11. Louis-Vincent Lemelin was third in 15:19:31.

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Kim Gaudet was the winner of the women’s event in 17:17:53, more than two hours ahead of the rest of the field. Lisa Dosch finished second in 19:49:55, followed by Marjorie Alain in 20:42:22.