Traversée du Lac Tremblant / Ultraswim Canada: Nagez à l'état sauvage

Traversée du Lac Tremblant / Ultraswim Canada: Nagez à l’état sauvage

Courtesy of André Soulières and Global Swim Series, Mont-Tremblant, Québec, Canada.

Catherine Levasseur and Stéphanie Deschamps crossed lac Tremblant in Québec every summer since 2015. Just the two of them. Soon, a dozen other open water swimmers joined them in the 12 km crossing. By 2019, la Traversée du Lac Tremblant became a stop on the Global Swim Series.

The Traversée du Lac Tremblant / Ultraswim Canada is a four-race event with a 1 km, 3 km, 5 km and 12 km crossing of lac Tremblant on August 13th – 15th in Mont-Tremblant, Québec, Canada.

The event will serve as the Global Swim Series North American Championships. “We are very proud of our event’s progression within the Global Swim Series. Last year, participants collected points towards their overall ranking but this year, our event has become a must-attend for anyone who wants to seriously advance within the series rankings. Along with the event’s new status, the weighting of results will clearly become much more important,” said race event producer and director André Soulières.

The 12 km Ultraswim is both demanding yet exalting, this distance pits swimmer against a sizeable challenge. Lac Tremblant spans across 12 km and competitors must cover its entire length. Athletes will be taxied by boat to the departure point at the North end of the lake, a picturesque and remote area. Throughout the event, racers are
plunged into glorious scenery comprised of mountains, lake and nature. During the competition, every competitor is accompanied by a kayaker ensuring swimmer safety and furthermore, a dedicated team will also be deployed to cover participant safety.

The 5 km is a new category on the Traversée program. It is the natural progression between the 3 km and 12 km race distances. It offers 3 km swimmers an opportunity to move up one level before considering longer distances.

La Traversée du Lac Tremblant Ultraswim Canada is a step up to the North American championship level was for us a very natural progression given the challenge it proposes, and its setup that meets championship requirements perfectly,” said the Global Swim Series CEO Rob Kent. “La Traversée du Lac Tremblant Ultraswim Canada takes place in Mont-Tremblant’s superb setting. It is the only event of its type to offer an extensive array of lodgings, restaurants, activities and visitor attractions near the event site. At Tremblant resort, everything is within walking
distance ‒ from five star hotels to family restaurants and a full lineup of activities. Steps away, athletes and their families are sure to find everything they need during the three-day race event.

Tremblant resort is a one and a half hour drive from Montreal, Québec and under two hours from Ottawa, Ontario where 1,000 swimmers are expected to compete.”

Xavier Desharnais is the official spokesperson and marathon swimmer who has won the Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean twice. Bertrand Venturi is the official coach, a FINA World Cup coach who competed several times in the European and World Championships and was the silver medalist in the 2010 European Championships 25 km.  Pierre Lavoie is the Guest of Honour, a triathlete and co-founder of the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie.  Normand Piché is the ambassador who was the first man from America to swim across the 5 continents, and the first in the world to achieve it in less than 80 days.  Catherine Levasseur is the ambassador who crosses lac Tremblant every summer.  Magali Tisseyre is an ambassador and a former Canadian professional triathlete and champion of the 2018 edition.

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Steven Munatones