MONTREAL, Nov. 27, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - With a little over one week before Tremblant's 24h of Skiing and 24h Walk & Run, all signs point to a 14th edition that will be exceptional on many fronts. This December 5 to 7, more than 2,300 skiers, walkers and runners will take over Mont Tremblant to support the cause of sick or underprivileged children.
Already beating previous records!
With the registration period not yet ended, more individuals and teams have signed up to participate than in previous years. So far, 248 teams will meet the challenge in their way: 204 will ski, 24 will run, and 20 teams will walk over the 24-hour period.
Along with these remarkable registration numbers, it's winter in Tremblant! The cold temperatures of recent weeks allowed Mont Tremblant Resort to declare the mountain open last November 21. Artificial snowmaking has allowed the opening of the two sides of the mountain from top to bottom. Preparations and grooming on the 24h runs are going full speed and the organisation is pleased to note that conditions have never looked so good.
A jam-packed music calendar
The festivities will kick off on Friday night with the "Full Moon at the Summit" party, with musical director Melissa Lavergne. The talented multi-percussionist will be joined by a raft of gifted musicians and two marvellous voices heard on such TV shows as Belle et Bum and Sur invitation seulement: Valérie Daure (from La Voix, Sur invitation seulement, Le choc des générations) and Betty Bonifassi. DJ MHBee will spin the platters that matter and surprise guests will make appearances during the festive concert. Don`t miss it – this tremendous "musical experience" starts at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Another recurring favourite is the concert at the foot of the slopes on Saturday night. The party opens at 8:00 p.m. with Final State. Then, at 9:00, David Laflèche takes to the stage to get spectators dancing. He'll be joined by a non-stop lineup of stars, including Alex Nevski, Radio Radio, Brigitte Boisjoli, Nadja, Jonas, Jérôme Couture, André Papanicolaou, Joseph Edgar and Laurent Bourque. At 11:00 p.m. DJ Shortcut will keep the party and the crowd going until the wee hours and encourage the participants as they ski, walk or run through the night.
Ski, walk, run, give… It does everyone good!
Last year, Tremblant's 24h raised $2,042,000 thanks to the engagement of thousands of participants and donors. The organisation hopes to go beyond that this year and to set a new record. More than $1.2 million has already been raised; the participants are heading into the final sprint of the donation drive. Their every effort will be focussed on supporting the sponsored children and the beneficiaries: Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau, the Ottawa Senators Foundation, Fondation Martin-Matte and the Tremblant Foundation. The public can choose to support a team or the event itself by making a donation at www.24htremblant.com.
About Tremblant's 24h
Each year Tremblant's 24h event attracts more than 25,000 people, including over 2,000 participants, sponsors, celebrities, musicians and journalists. The primary activity is a team relay challenge – skiing, walking or running – for 24 consecutive hours on Tremblant's slopes or on the trails surrounding the pedestrian village. Teams of skiers, walkers, and runners compete to see who can cover the most kilometres over the 24-hour period, and also to raise the most funds for the recipient organisations working on behalf of children. Tremblant's 24h is the most anticipated social and sporting event in the area. More than $15 million has been raised since 2001 for sick or underprivileged children.
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For further information: Source - Tremblant 24h Foundation; Information - Marie-Pier Kenney, Morin Relations Publiques, 514 286-8688, ext. 237, firstname.lastname@example.org