Näak Ambassador Olivier Gagnon
ELITE TRAIL RUNNING
“RACING IS A WAY FOR ME TO PUSH MY LIMITS.”
I started running in 2014. My first race was Ultra-Trail Harricana 28km in that year. I fell in love with trail running, but especially with the lifestyle associated with it. I then continued to progress steadily by threading the road races, trail and skimo to finish 2nd in Quebec Mega Trail 50km, 2nd in Ultra-Trail Harricana 80km in 2018, 5th position with a mixed team on a stage race of 200km in Colorado with my wife and I participated in the NACAC mountain running championship with Team Canada.
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU EVERY DAY TO TRAIN?
For me, running is a way out, a way to clear my head after a long day in the operating room. It allows me to use up the adrenaline I've accumulated during the workday. It's also a way to push my limits, to keep me in top physical shape and to get closer to our animal side. When I have a "code" at the hospital, I'm always the first to arrive and the only one to take the stairs!
DO YOU HAVE A PERSON WHO INSPIRES YOU?
Kilian Jornet for performance and Anton Krupicka for style.
WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR NOT LOSING ENERGY DURING YOUR RACES?
I train myself to metabolize fats and then make sure I eat enough to be able to maintain the necessary intensity.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST RACING MEMORY?
Ultra-Trail Harricana 80km 2018. It was my 4th participation in this event (28km in 2015, 65km in 2016 and 2017). It was probably my best performance in terms of results, mentally and physically. All accompanied by my friends. Harricana's course remains one of my favourites.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU LIKE TO DO AFTER A RACE?
Jump in the water or take the biggest ice cream.
What is your favorite music to surpass yourself in training?
A mix of Quebec French and French rap.
What is your favourite Näak product?
Definitely Chocolate Sea Salt.