The Monster takes on Nitro... with Bernard Landry in its corner!



    
           The Tournament of Thrills semi-final round starts today
    for La Ronde's Monster - one of three remaining rollercoasters in the
                                 competition
    

    MONTREAL, Aug. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Enjoying support from several well-known
personalities including former Québec premier Bernard Landry, The Monster gets
back into action this week in The Tournament of Thrills, a Facebook-hosted
competition pitting great North American rollercoasters against one another;
only two other competitors remain. Until midnight on Sunday, La Ronde's iconic
rollercoaster will square off against Nitro in semi-final action. If The
Monster prevails, it will face the winner of the Western semi-finals starting
August 31. And on September 7, the winner of The Tournament of Thrills will
finally be known.
    In addition to Bernard Landry, ten or so well-known personalities,
including Ricardo Larivée, Andrée Watters and Mike Gauthier, have agreed to
record a message of support for The Monster. These short videos will be shown
throughout the week on La Ronde's Facebook page at
www.facebook.com/laronde.sixflags. To vote for The Monster, fans can simply go
to www.facebook.com/sixflags. La Ronde employees have themselves recorded a
support video to the classic tune of "We Will Rock You".
    Nitro is the second ride at Great Adventure in New Jersey to face The
Monster. Earlier in the competition, La Ronde's ride defeated El Toro, 62% to
38%, which will certainly incite fans in New Jersey to seek revenge. Recently,
the web administrator for Great Adventure wrote: "We CANNOT let this happen
again. Tell your family, friends, pets, and plants that Nitro must beat The
Monster!"
    La Ronde spokesman Martin Roy invited Montrealers as well as all
Quebecers and Canadians to repeat their Monopoly success - that is, to unite
their voices and help raise Montreal's and La Ronde's profile in the U.S. just
as they did when their votes placed Montreal among the most prestigious
property group in Hasbro's new MONOPOLY Here & Now: The World Edition board
game.
    Sixteen rollercoasters entered the Tournament of Thrills competition;
only 6 are left. A little over a month ago, The Monster eliminated The Comet,
a rollercoaster located at Lake George in upstate New York. The Monster has
spawned many imitators but has never been equalled. It is the highest double
wooden rollercoaster in the world, featuring two parallel but not identical
runs with respective track lengths of 1,218 and 1,227 metres - making it
thrillingly unique! The trains on the Monster can get up to speeds reaching 96
km/hr. The Monster was built in 1985 and 1986 by William Cobb & Associates.

    About Six Flags, Inc.: La Ronde is owned by Six Flags, Inc., a
publicly-traded corporation (SIXFQ) headquartered in New York City and the
world's largest regional theme park company with 20 parks across the United
States, Mexico and Canada.

    Photos of the Monster available (password sent by e-mail on request) :
http://laronde.sixflagsink.com/




For further information:

For further information: Martin Roy, Public Relations Manager, La Ronde
- Member of the Six Flags Family, (514) 397-2001, ext. 2703, mroy@sftp.com


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