MONTREAL, Sept. 7, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Organizers of the Marathon de Sport de Montreal announced that the event held today at the College Notre-Dame's sports facilities raised $64,000. The amount is equally divided between Special Olympics Quebec and Special Olympics Canada.
Close to 250 people participated in the event along with Annie Pelletier, Olympic medalist and honorary patron of Special Olympics Quebec since 1998, and former NHLer Mathieu Darche.
Twenty teams of ten participants took part in eight sports: soccer, kick-ball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, ball-hockey, relay racing, basketball and petanque. In addition, each team boasted in its ranks two athletes from the Special Olympics Quebec program.
In total, the Marathon de Sport de Montreal has raised over $175,000 since its inception in 2011.
First held in Toronto in 2002, the Marathon of Sport is a fundraising event benefitting Special Olympics Canada, a national organization created in 1969 that has provided positive, successful experiences through sport for thousands of Canadians with an intellectual disability. Special Olympics Canada has successfully registered 34,000 Canadians of all ages and abilities and more than 14,600 volunteers, including over 13,000 trained coaches. The Marathon of Sport is also presented in Halifax, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver.
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Image with caption: "From left to right: Mathieu Darche, Kristy Lee Fisher, Shawn Mckenna, Stephan Quick, Julie Hurtubise, Annie Pelletier, Valérie Gagnon. (CNW Group/Marathon de Sport de Montréal)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130907_C5241_PHOTO_EN_30500.jpg
SOURCE: Marathon de Sport de Montréal
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