MONTREAL, Sept. 12, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The organizers of the first
edition of the Marathon de Sport de Montreal announced today that
$52,500 were raised thanks to the event held Saturday, September 10,
2011, at the College Notre-Dame's sports facilities. It is the largest
sum raised at the first edition of a Marathon of Sport in Canada.
The amount is equally divided between Special Olympics Quebec and
Special Olympics Canada.
First held in Toronto 10 years ago, the Marathon of Sport is a
fundraising event benefitting Special Olympics Canada, a national
organization created in 1969 that has provided positive, successful
experiences through sport for thousands of Canadians with an
intellectual disability. Special Olympics Canada has successfully
registered 34,000 Canadians of all ages and abilities and more than
14,600 volunteers, including over 13,000 trained coaches. The Marathon
of Sport is also presented in Halifax, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver.
Over a hundred people participated in the event along with ambassadors
Alexandre Bilodeau, Annie Pelletier and P.K. Subban. Speed skaters
Isabelle Charest and Tania Vicent as well as Mathieu Darche also
contributed to the success of the event.
Sixteen teams of six to ten participants from a same company or group
took part in six sports: soccer, kick-ball, volleyball, ultimate
frisbee, ball-hockey and relay racing. In addition, each team boasted
in its ranks an athlete from the Special Olympics Quebec program.
Annie Pelletier, honorary patron of Special Olympics Quebec since 1998,
said: "The Marathon de Sport is much more than just a fundraiser. It
allows the athletes from the Special Olympics program to have a sense
of belonging, to interact with others, to improve their self-esteem and
to become winners."
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