In mid-September, Alma Works inaugurated a brand-new running path. The plan to create a path for running enthusiasts had been in the works since the spring of 2021. In the intervening months, many people got involved in the various steps of the project, and the path is now being used by more and more runners.
Many employees enjoy running the loop around Alma Works in their free time.
“There are several paths nearby that employees can use,” said Hélène Boivin, Process Technician and Refractory Lead, Technical Services, and one of the people who launched the project. “However, other facilities have their own paths, and we thought it would be fun to have one too. So a number of us got involved to make it happen.”
The group of runners first approached the management committee, which supported the project right away. The group then began taking steps to create the new path.
Seasoned runner Maxime Godin from inventory management was involved throughout the process and particularly in the follow-up work with the contractor. “Maxime is our best runner, and he uses the path the most,” said Boivin. “He tried various routes while using the Strava app and came back to us with his thoughts so that we could decide on an official route. He also took pictures and videos.”
Once the route had been chosen, those working on the project decided on the next steps. This involved adding signage, marking distances and taking safety precautions for the railway track. The team received support from Marie-Kim Bouchard, Community and Communications Advisor, in taking the necessary steps with Roberval-Saguenay and insurers to make sure that the path was compliant. A few adjustments had to be made on the way.
The six-kilometre trail leads to a lookout point, which offers an expansive view of the Alma Works facilities.
Since the new path was inaugurated, it has generated buzz and attracted runners of all levels, from regulars to novices. “People come and talk to me about it,” said Boivin. “They are interested in exploring it. From the outset, this project has been bringing people together. I’m proud to have played a part in it. It’s something that’s going to stay with the Alma community.”
The path is open to walkers and runners and used by Alma Works employees as well as the local community.