The Gatineau Loppet has not always had this name. Since its creation in 1977, it has changed its name 4 times :
La Randonnée de la Rivière Rouge (RRR) owes its name to the Rouge River which originates from the north of Mont-Tremblant National Park and flows into the Outaouais River, near the village of Pointe-aux-Chênes. The RRR was a 55 kilometres event using the first three sections of the Canadian marathon course, between the Rouge River and the city of Lachute.
The Randonnée de la Rivière Rouge became Gatineau 55, named in honour of the Gatineau River and to emphasize the total distance of the course.
Since the event takes place in Hull and not in Gatineau, the city wanted a name change for the event. It is following a popular contest that the name Keskinada Loppet is chosen, a combination from the words Quebec(Ke),Ski and Canada (nada).
After having borne the name of Keskinada Loppet for about ten years, the Gatinoise race changed its name again in 2008, seizing the opportunity of the 30th anniversary of the race, to become the Gatineau Loppet. The name evokes that of the new amalgamated city, Gatineau and Gatineau Park.
with the valuable collaboration of:
Jan-Terje Studsvik Storaas
(Embassy of Norway in Canada)