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Name: Benoit Gignac
Years on team: 2015, 2016

Born and raised in Buckland (Québec), Benoît played hockey until he moved to Victoria (BC) in 2007 where (surprise!) there was no outside rink to freeze his toes while skating in circle. That’s why he decided to run, which at that time seemed far less exciting than chasing a puck, but was still better than nothing...

In 2008, he moved to Vancouver and discovered hiking. Then he noticed people running on hiking trails. “Interesting”, he thought. He tried and has not stopped running since then.

After 3 or 4 years of more serious training dedicated to long distance events, pieces finally came together in 2015, with participation at the World Mountain Running Championship in Zermatt (Switzerland), a win and new course record at Seek the Peak (Vancouver), and a win at Harricana 65 km (Québec). Tired of injuries and wanting to get faster, the focus in 2016 will be placed on short events and uphill races.

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