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Pentathlon des neiges adds World Cup Event

The world’s biggest winter multisport event, Quebec City’s Pentathlon des neiges presented by MEC, will be even bigger in 2016 thanks to the addition of an ITU World Cup race this year. Founded in Lac-Beauport in 2005, the Pentathlon des neiges has been held on Quebec City’s famous Plains of Abraham since 2008 and has become one of the world’s most unique winter sports festivals. Last year the event had over 5,300 participants.

The Pentathlon des neiges takes place on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City.
The Pentathlon des neiges takes place on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City.

The pentathlon event includes biking, running, cross-country skiing, skating and snowshoeing ‒ either solo, in tandem or as a team, while the world cup winter triathlon event includes snow shoeing, cross country skiing and skating. The weeklong event features events for athletes of all ages who can compete over a variety of disciplines and distances. Two days are scheduled for elementary and high school athletes to participate, while Friday February 26th features a 50+ day for senior athletes to enjoy the winter activities.

Triathlon Magazine Canada will be on hand to cover the World Cup event, the first time a winter world cup race will be held in Canada. Check out the slideshow from previous years below, along with this year’s schedule. For more information or to register, go to the event website.

2016 Program of Activities

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Saturday, February 20

Pentathlon – RSEQ Invitational tournament ‒ College

Pentathlon – University and adult education challenge

Pentathlon – Health and social services day

Pentathlon – Corporate challenge

Winter Triathlon – Sprint

Sunday, February 21

Winter Triathlon ‒ Age groups

Winter Triathlon ‒ Paratriathlon

Winter Triathlon – Elite WOMEN

Winter Triathlon – Elite MEN

Wednesday, February 24

Pentathlon – RSEQ Invitational tournament ‒ Elementary school

Thursday, February 25

Pentathlon – RSEQ Invitational tournament ‒ High school

Friday, February 26

Triathlon – 50+ Day in collaboration with the FADOQ Skiathlon

Saturday, February 27

Pentathlon – Merrell Short distance challenge ‒ Team

Pentathlon – Merrell Families and friends challenge

Pentathlon – Long distance challenge ‒ Solo and tandem

Sunday, February 28 Pentathlon – Merrell Short distance challenge ‒ Solo and tandem

Pentathlon – Opticité Long distance challenge ‒ Team