3 Wing Bagotville to Participate in Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie

BAGOTVILLE, QC, June 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian Forces (CF) members from 3 Wing Bagotville are looking forward to the adventure of participating in the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie. The Grand Défi involves cycling 1,000 km, from La Baie in the Saguenay to the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. The cycling event will take place over a 60-hour period between June 18 and 20, 2010.

For the ten CF members taking part in the cycling challenge, participating in the Grand Défi is a perfect opportunity to promote physical fitness among CF members and their families. Colonel Alain Pelletier, the Commander of 3 Wing Bagotville, will be among the cyclists participating. "The members of our two cycling teams have different fitness levels and are of various ages, but all of them trained hard to get in good enough shape to take part in the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie. Doing sports activities alone, with family members and with friends allows people to push their own physical limits and surprise themselves with what they are capable of. I therefore encourage our families to continue in their efforts to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle," said Colonel Pelletier.

In addition to promoting physical fitness, healthy lifestyle habits, teamwork, cooperation and self-improvement, the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie is also an excellent opportunity to raise money to fight hereditary diseases. "Every year, CF members from Bagotville participate in various charitable activities aimed at supporting the people who need our help the most. Whether CF members from Bagotville are contributing to the Charity Fund, donating non-perishable goods or volunteering their time, they give generously," said Colonel Pelletier.

3 Wing is an important corporate citizen in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, as it is the region's fourth-largest employer. Part of its mission is to develop and maintain close ties with local residents, particularly through community involvement. "3 Wing is very involved in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean community. We are proud to be participating in the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie, promoting physical fitness among young people and contributing to the fight against orphan diseases. This activity is a special opportunity to interact and strengthen ties and, most importantly, to help people who are affected by such diseases," said Colonel Pelletier.

For more information on 3 Wing Bagotville or the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie, go to http://www.airforce.forces.gc.ca/3w-3e/index-eng.asp or



For further information: For further information: Note to editors: For more information, please contact the 3 Wing Bagotville Public Affairs Officer, Captain Alexandre Munoz, by cellphone at 418-550-0608

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