/R E P E A T -- Media advisory - 18th RBC Challenge - 500 people will race up the stairs of Place Ville Marie for Centraide/

MONTREAL, Nov. 23, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - On November 25, 2015, some 500 corporate employees will take up the 18th annual RBC Challenge for Centraide, a relay race in which 10-person teams strive to reach the top of Place Ville Marie in record time.

They will compete against high performance athletes in an attempt to beat the standing record, established last year, by racing up the 1,000 steps of the tower's 41 flights of stairs in less than 2 minutes 38 seconds.

The team of elite athletes will be composed of racing cyclist Lex Albrecht, snowboarder Caroline Calvé, freestyle skiers Gabriel Dufresne and Marc-Antoine Gagnon, synchronized swimmer Karine Thomas and ice hockey players Charline Labonté, Caroline Ouellette,  Marie-Philip Poulin and Lauriane Rougeau. Sledge hockey player Benoît St-Amand will serve as the team's coach.


The media are invited to witness this exciting event:


Wednesday, November 25, 2015


11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (the race starts at noon)


1 Place Ville Marie, Montreal

Entrance off Robert-Bourassa Boulevard (formerly University Street). Assembly
point on main floor, south side.



11:30 a.m.:

A word of welcome from Martin Thibodeau, President, Quebec Headquarters,
RBC Royal Bank, and Lili-Anna Pereša, President and Executive Director of
Centraide of Greater Montreal.

11:35 a.m.:

Introduction of the athletes.

11:45 a.m.:

Announcement of the amount raised and Participants warm-up with the top athletes.

11:55 a.m.:

Positioning of the athletes and participants on the floors.

12:00 noon:

Starting signal for the race.


All the proceeds of this sporting event will be donated to Centraide Campaign 2015, which runs until the end of December, to support the work of over 350 community agencies that help one in seven people in Greater Montreal.


SOURCE Centraide of Greater Montreal

For further information: Annick Gagnon, Centraide of Greater Montreal, Phone: 514 288-1261, extension 242, gagnona@centraide-mtl.org, www.centraide-mtl.org


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