Canadian Ray Zahab is one of the world’s great adventurers as well as a very accomplished ultra-runner. (See “Running the Sahara” for an account of Ray’s 4,300 mile run across the entire Sahara Desert in 2008.) Ray lives near Gatineau Park and designed the course, alongside his co-race directors Mat Lefevre and Sereena Trottier. When I heard that Ray would be involved, I knew it would be both immensely challenging and first-rate in every respect. I missed the inaugural in 2016 but made it this second year and am so glad for that opportunity.