Figure of the foot race in the Québec city region as an athlete, organizer and director, Gérard Leclerc died, Wednesday, at the age of 59 years of heart complications at the back of a workout.
Still active as a runner, Leclerc was also involved in the company of her long-time friend Richard Chouinard in the 10 kilometers of Laval University and the Challenge of the spring 5 kilometres.
“It’s quite a shock, said Chouinard. We spoke on Monday. We spoke every day by email. The Challenge of the spring will take place on 19 April this year, but we had to cancel it. We have known each other since 1995 when I started the running club of the University of Laval. “
Co-founder of the Circuit of the 2-Banks with Chouinard and Michel Gagné, Leclerc has also been president of the club in The Wake of 2004 to 2007. He had launched the Awakening of the Plains, an event that has existed for ten years. “He has contributed greatly to the huge increase of the foot-race, has mentioned the coach of the club in The Wake of Jacques Mainguy. It was among the best organizers. The foot race was his family. It was a workhorse and a gatherer. “
Leclerc was also a ringside seat when The tread is removed from the circuit of the 2-Shores. “I was responsible for the sponsorship of the circuit regional of the 10 kilometres, but it is Gérard who worked, says Mainguy. He took the circuit regional of the 10 kilometres under his wing. In this controversy, we fought, and The Aftermath would not have passed through without Gerard. The club has 47 years now. It is part of the builders of the foot race. “
Started in 2007 with 1400 riders, the circuit regional peaked in 2013 with 7850 riders. Because of the explosion in the number of participants, which would have required the presence of a full-time employee to manage the process, Leclerc has put an end to the activities at the end of the 2013 season and each race became a free independent regional ranking.
As a runner, Leclerc has won the Ottawa Marathon in 2002 in the 40-44 age category. “Riders today are familiar with Gérard as the organizer, but it has also had a successful career in the 40 years and more, what they don’t know, stresses Mainguy who was present in the federal capital during the victory of Leclerc. He started the race late, but it has made great achievements. “
In the fall of 2019, Leclerc finished in 2nd place in the Chicago Marathon in the 55-59 age group in under a time of 2 h 47 min 04 s. According to Chouinard, his friend wanted to return in 2021, with victory in his sights in the 60 years and over.