Legend’s Path is the name used by the Gatineau Loppet to designate its hall of fame. The Legend’s Path honours individuals or organizations which have marked the Gatineau Loppet and who have helped develop or spread the word about the event or cross-country skiing in general. An individual or organization inducted in the Legend’s Path is recognized for its contribution as a participant, volunteer, sponsor, donor, ambassador or in any other way deemed acceptable by the Recognition and Loyalty Committee.
Mr. Alex Harvey is Canada’s greatest cross-country skier of all time. He won his first major awards at the World Junior Championships in 2007 and 2008. Mr. Harvey spent most of his life travelling around the world, winning more than 30 World Cup podiums, including nine victories. He was third overall at the World Cup in 2014 and 2018 and third on the 2018 Tour de ski. Mr. Harvey has competed in three Olympic Games with a record in Pyeongchang, Korea, with a 4th place finish in the 50 km. His two best races were the team sprint with Devon Kershaw in Oslo at the 2011 World Championships and as champion at 28-years-old of the 50 km freestyle in Lahti, Finland in 2017. Mr. Harvey has always been a role model for all young athletes. He has been involved in many initiatives by promoting school perseverance and healthy lifestyle habits.
Ms. Louise Poirier was a member of the Gatineau Loppet Board of Directors for over 30 years, including six years as President. As a race finish announcer, she is (literally) the “Voice” of the Gatineau Loppet! Ms. Poirier’s leadership, dedication and passion have contributed to the continued success of the Gatineau Loppet which remains, year after year, one of the most popular cross-country skiing events in Canada. She has been awarded the title of Worldloppet Master after completing her 10th long distance event in Estonia in 2017. In addition to Ms. Poirier’s involvement in the Gatineau Loppet, she plays a key role in promoting the Outaouais region and continues to be very involved in the community. Her work has been recognized on several occasions, including the 2014 Dollard-Morin Sports and Recreation Volunteer Support Award from the Government of Quebec.
The Veterans Club recognizes participants who have taken part in at least 35 middle or long distance Gatineau Loppet races. If there are any among us who can tell the story of the Gatineau Loppet, it is them! By conferring upon them the title of “veteran”, the Gatineau Loppet thanks them for their tenacity and loyalty to the event.
- Gary Kirchner (Dorval QC) – 35 races
- Omer Majeed (Ottawa ON) – 36 races