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Pentathlon des Neiges, Quebec City


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The 11th edition of the Pentathlon des neiges presented by MEC will be held on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City from January 31 to March 1, 2015. Last year, the event attracted a record 5,338 participants, from  two years old to 81 years young, including several Olympians.

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has  qualified the Pentathlon des neiges as the world’s biggest winter multisport event. The Pentathlon des neiges includes four weekends of activities where families, children and athletes can delight in winter. Athletes can compete solo or in teams of two to five participants in five disciplines: biking, running, cross-country skiing, skating and snowshoeing. Aside from the pentathlon activities, a few triathlon competitions – snowshoeing, skating and cross-country skiing – are scheduled as well as the presentation of the World Snowshoe Championships.

For full details on the program, go to www.pentathlondesneiges.com
“We invite Quebecers to embrace their ‘nordicity’ and reconnect with winter by taking up one or more of the challenges proposed at the Pentathlon des neiges,” explains François Calletta, general manager of the event. “The popularity of winter sports is fast growing, and our program was designed to allow everyone to have fun and enjoy the winter season. This year, we’re expecting more than 5,700 participants… including you! This is an event you won’t want to miss!” he adds.

To help the athletes signed up to the Pentathlon des neiges, MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op), presenter of the event, put together an eight-week training program that will start in January 2015 in the MEC stores in Quebec City, Montreal and Longueuil. To live the experience to the fullest, MEC will offer training in one of the four disciplines: biking, running, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Giving back to the community with the À l’école, moi j’bouge program.

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from the press release