Raid International Gaspesie

Raid International Gaspesie

April 21, 2016 07:00 ET

Raid International Gaspesie: The Most Complete Race You Don't Want to Miss in 2016

CARLETON-SUR-MER, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - April 21, 2016) -

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This is what is being said on the international adventure and endurance races circuit! The result: the race is almost full and new registrations will be soon put on a waiting list for the ones willing to participate in the 2016 GIR that will be held from September 8th to September 11th. What's more, these spots are reserved for international teams…so hurry!

The Raid International Gaspésie is most intense and complete multisport adventure race that will provide spectacular action and endurance TV images of teams that will surpass themselves throughout four days of mountain biking, canoeing, trekking, climbing, river and ocean swimming and coasteering over approximately 300 kilometres that are sure to test both their solidarity and their ability to work as a team. Each team of two or four athletes is associated to one of the three following categories: men, women, or mixed.

The popularity of the GIR has steadily increased since the first edition presented in 2014. This can be attributed to the national and international teams and media being blown away by the beauty of the Gaspésie region as well as the warm welcome and friendliness of its inhabitants, factors that make the GIR a unique event throughout the world. Many teams and media will be back to relive the excitement. Some will even be present for the third time in as many years. One of the best American endurance teams, Tecnu Adventure Racing, a Spanish team ranked among the best in the world,, and Brou Aventuras Kailish Cannondale, Brazilian brothers who will be participating in the GIR for the third time, are all expected to line up at the start of the 2016 edition of the event. Painted Wolf, the South African team, will also attempt to climb to first place in the overall ranking and finish ahead of Dynafit/SkimoEast and Olympian Lyne Bessette's team, Raid Bras-du-Nord. Both Canadian teams will be back to defend their titles. Of course, teams from Uruguay, Estonia, France, Czech Republic, Argentina, Costa Rica, England, Switzerland, Colombia, and even Indonesia will also join in the fun.

Initially, the maximum number of participants had been set at 100. However, due to the buzz surrounding the GIR, event organizers were forced to find logistical solutions to make increasing the number of participants possible. The limit was raised to 140…and is now set at 170 participants.

Beyond the exceptional scenery, crystal clear salmon rivers, extraordinary shoreline, immense forests and dignified welcome racers receive from the local population, what makes the GIR a unique event is the fact that 200 of the region's young people are given the opportunity to take part in the first day of activities, alongside the teams that will complete the international race.

What's more, impressive media production always accompanies this event, making it possible to highlight adventure racing, participating teams, and the host region. The 2014 GIR Webcast was seen more than 427 047 times in 146 countries and broadcasted via television stations in 40 countries for a total of 2 500 hours of broadcasting.

Finally, this year, racers will face a new course that will lead them to the RCM of Bonaventure, all without forsaking the RCM of Avignon.

We look forward to meeting adventure seekers who are eager to push their limits in Quebec's wonderful Gaspésie region from September 8th to September 11th.

Teaser 2 minutes in the life of an adventure racer at the Raid International Gaspésie, Imagines four days :

Are you wild enough?

You are an international media willing to live this incredible adventure from the inside? Contact us!

We will more than happy to have you join the adventure in Gaspésie, Québec, Canada

The Raid Intenational Gaspesie is possible with the help and partnership of : More than 200 volonters, 120 private land owners, SDMC, Carleton-sur-Mer, EnduranceAventure Developpement Economique Canada, MRC Avignon, MRC Bonnaventure, Tourisme Gaspésie, Desjardins, Movimento, Vélo Café and Fruits2

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Contact Information

  • Daniel Labillois
    GIR Organizing committee

    Jean-Thomas Boily
    Co-president of Endurance Aventure
    819 847-2197
    Cell: 819 823-2607


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