Trotteur, Alexis Le

Alexis Le Trotteur, né Lapointe (b at La Malbaie, Qué 4 June 1860; d at Alma, Qué 12 Jan 1924). Le Trotteur is the French Canadian designation of Alexis Lapointe, called so because of his fantastic running ability. He lived in the Charlevoix and Lac Saint-Jean regions of Québec, and became part of the folklore of that area. Le Trotteur could run over 240 km in a day and ran races with horses and even with trains. His stride was supposed to be 6 m long. Some said Le Trotteur had the legs of a horse, and an autopsy, performed in 1966, supposedly revealed that he had double joints and bones and muscles like a horse.