Hervé LeBlanc Honorary Co-President of the 2020 CSM
(permanent bib #102, 22 gold bars completed)
Hervé LeBlanc, from New Richmond in the Gaspé Peninsula, made his first alpine skiing trails in Murdochville in 1960. Then in 1965, he returned to his home village in New Richmond where there is no downhill skiing. In 1973, there was a great craze for cross-country skiing in Quebec and Hervé Leblanc became a fervent follower. Wanting to master all the technical aspects related to this sport, he followed a cross-country ski instructor course in Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges. Skiing became very present in the years that followed. Hervé even went to work on his skis.
In 1978, he heard about the Canadian Cross-Country Ski Marathon, registered as a Coureur de Bois, and succeeded with his Bronze CdB. In 1980, his Silver was successful and in 1982 he achieved his first Gold. During the 8 following years, Hervé did not participate in the CSM. In 1990, he made a comeback and participated, always passionately, until 2017, his last participation.
Hervé also took on other sporting challenges: sailing, mountain biking, road cycling, athletic walking, running. In mountain biking, he participated several times in the Transgaspesian Raid, Raid Bras du Nord and Vilirium Vélo Mag. In 2011, Hervé, curious about athletic walking, devoted himself to it and went looking for all the technical knowledge of the best people like Marcel Jobin and Guillaume Leblanc. Subsequently, he entered the World Masters Athletics in Sacramento, California and the following year in St-Jean NB with good results. In 2014, he decided to train for running, everything went well and he became a marathon runner. He qualified for the 2019 Boston Marathon, completed it in 4 hours 39 minutes and celebrated his 80 years there with his two children.
Since then, Hervé has returned to athletic walking with a coach from the Winners Club in Montreal. His goal is to go to the World Masters Athletics in Toronto in July 2020 and maybe win a medal.