Le MRSQ a vu le jour en 2003. Fondée par Peter Collins, cette course ultra urbaine à l'origine complètement fat ass avec une dizaine de participants a pris de l'ampleur et est devenue un rendez-vous annuel pour les coureurs de tous les niveaux qui désirent se mesurer aux distances de 50 km ou de 100 km, pour plusieurs une première. Voici l'histoire du début de cette «petite» course...
THE MOUNT ROYAL SUMMIT QUEST
BY PETER COLLINS
The MRSQ was started way back in 2003 primarily for two reasons. Ostensibly because I needed a 50K training distance but mostly because I wanted an interesting event through which I could entice, encourage, and convince other runners that running Ultra-distances was possible, enjoyable, and in fact easier than racing a marathon.
Finding a suitable point-to-point route was easy. I was not a fan of loops in spite of their logistical simplicity. 'Fat Ass style' was going to be the rule. No fee, no aid stations, no wimps; nothing but fun that would emphasize self-sufficiency and capability, in short, my style of running.
I was living in Beaconsfield at the time but I had started my running career in parc Lafontaine by training for the 1999 Quebec City Marathon.
Looking at the map of the Montreal island, it was with excitement that I quickly perceived an intuitive 50K link-up of west island bike paths that would take me through a scenic route through most of my favourite running routes up to the Mount Royal summit.
The word spread quickly, and before I knew it, I had 11 people, including MRSQ 50K pacer Alan Miller, sharing in the fun along the route all the way to the finish-line of the first edition. For many it was their first time discovering that there was a magical world beyond the mythical 42.2km distance. I was happy. It grew from there.
How does one increase the pleasure when one is already having fun? Go longer! So then I conceived the idea of doubling the distance with a start on the Mount Royal summit at midnight. I had takers; Awesome! Running from the summit of Mount Royal at midnight with the enthusiastic & fresh 100K runners is still one of my most enjoyable memories.
In spite of my personal style (if you need it, take it with you), impromptu aid stations would pop-up all-along the route to assist any and all participants thanks to friends and family of the runners. True Ultra-camaraderie at its best; what a beautiful group!
After the 5th edition, I passed the event on to a very motivated team led by Markus Wiaderek, who eventually passed the event on to Pierre Faucher and a new team of volunteers in 2012, but I miss the event.
Helping out in 2015 made me realize that I need to earn my stripes back and relive the fun of sharing that discovery of the Ultra-world again.