MONTREAL, June 15, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - The 8th annual Urban Duathlon, presented by National Bank, took place on June 14. Relocated this year to Square Victoria in Montreal's business district, the event, which benefits the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation, raised $245,000 (in net proceeds). The funds raised will go to the CHU Sainte-Justine Centre of Excellence in Neonatology, which promises to offer a healthy future for all babies.
For the first time, the event's hosting duties were shared by dual spokespersons Alexandra Diaz and Mathieu Roy, as over 400 participants tore through the streets of Old Montreal by foot or BIXI bike to take on the relay challenge with colleagues or friends.
Fun was in the air! Numerous runners were decked out in costumes or the Urban Duathlon's official tie and were cheered on by the crowd and the dynamic host Yannick Marjot.
Alexandra Diaz, known as the host of Télé-Québec's Cuisine futée, parents pressés was excited to serve as spokesperson for the first time. "I'm really proud to have participated in this unique event benefiting the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation. Over 140 teams ran or rode a BIXI in support of mothers and children visiting the CHU Sainte-Justine. It's inspiring to see so many people working together for a good cause! Our health is fragile and we need to take every opportunity we can to improve it. Thanks to all of the participants," she stated.
Catherine Sharp, Co-Chair of Sainte-Justine's Circle, was delighted to see so much energy, joy and generosity during this fantastic afternoon event. She said, "The organizing committee and the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation's team have worked hard to ensure the success of the Urban Duathlon. Thanks to them and to the participants, partners and volunteers, the CHU Sainte-Justine can help an even higher number of children."
"Since the first Urban Duathlon in 2011, the organizing committee and participants have helped raise almost $2,5M for the CHU Sainte-Justine. Each year, this activity supports quality pediatric care while encouraging the next generation to get involved and creating a spectacular event in downtown Montreal. At National Bank, we're proud to have supported the Urban Duathlon from the start in powering an idea that benefits society on many levels," added Jean-François Hanczakowski, Senior Vice-President – Client Experience and Data at National Bank.
The Urban Duathlon's organizing committee and the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation thank all the participants, volunteers and donors for their generosity. They also thank all the partners who were essential in bringing about the event: National Bank, Bloomberg, Ivanhoé Cambridge, TMX, Accuracy, BCF | Business Law, Innocap, Ktalysis, McKesson Canada, KPMG and Professionals' Financial.
Registration for the 9th annual CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation's Urban Duathlon, to be held in June 2019, will be open as of March 2019.
About Sainte-Justine Circle
Since 1999, this dynamic group of young business professionals and entrepreneurs has built a unique community in Montreal, galvanized around one cause: the health of children and mothers-to-be across Quebec. Each year, the Sainte-Justine Circle organizes four events to benefit the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation in order to help provide better care for children and mothers-to-be. Since its beginnings in 1999, the Circle has raised nearly $12 million for the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation.
About the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation
The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation seeks to engage the community and support CHU Sainte-Justine in its pursuit of excellence and its commitment to providing the children and mothers of today and tomorrow with one of the highest levels of healthcare in the world. www.fondationstejustine.org/en
SOURCE CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation