Media invitation - Star athletes take up the challenge for the neediest - They will attempt to race up the 41 flights of Place Ville-Marie in record time



    MONTREAL, Oct. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - October 17, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. will mark
the start of the 10th Annual RBC Challenge, a frenetic race to the top of one
of Montreal's tallest buildings to raise funds for Centraide.
    To celebrate this 10th anniversary, 10 star athletes will team up to
compete against some 500 corporate employees in a relay race against the clock
up the 1,013 steps of the 41 flights of Place Ville Marie. Their challenge is
to beat the existing record of 2 minutes 41 seconds!

    The media are invited to witness this exciting race:

    
    DAY:         Wednesday, October 17, 2007

    TIME:        11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    PLACE:       1 Place Ville Marie
                 (Main entrance on University Street. Assembly point on the
                 main floor, south side, opposite René-Lévesque Blvd.)

    The athletes who will take up this challenge are:

    - Martine Albert (Biathlete, Turin 2006 Winter Olympics)
    - Joelle Bekhazi (Water polo player, 2007 Pan American Games medallist,
      2008 Peking Olympics hopeful)
    - Charles Dionne (Road cyclist, Quebec Champion, 2005 Pan American Games
      medallist)
    - Ann Dow (Water polo player, 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Olympics, 2005
      World Aquatic Championships medallist)
    - Waneek Horn Miller (Water polo player, 1999 Pan American Games
      medallist, 2000 Sydney Olympics, 2008 Peking Olympics hopeful)
    - Benoît Huot (Paralympic swimmer, 5-times gold medallist at 2004 Athens
      Olympics, 2008 Peking Olympics hopeful)
    - Sandra Lizé (Water polo player, 2000 Sydney Olympics, 2008 Peking
      Olympics hopeful)
    - Marc-André Moreau (Acrobatic skier, Turin 2006 Winter Olympics)
    - Marina Radu (Water polo player, 2007 Pan American Games medallist, 2008
      Peking Olympics hopeful)
    - Kathy Tremblay (Triathlete, Canadian National Champion).
    

    Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, President and Executive Director of Centraide
of Greater Montreal, and Micheline Martin, Senior Vice-President for Quebec of
RBC Royal Bank, will be available for interviews.
    All the proceeds from the sponsors of this sporting event will be donated
to Centraide, which is aiming to raise a record $53 million by December 11 in
order to support 360 community agencies that in turn offer help and comfort to
over half a million vulnerable people throughout Greater Montreal.




For further information:

For further information: Annick Gagnon, Centraide of Greater Montreal,
(514) 288-1261, ext. 242, Cell phone: (514) 705-7350,
gagnona@centraide-mtl.org


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