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Scotiabank

April 22, 2015 18:16 ET

Countdown on for Banque Scotia 21k de Montreal & 5k

Scotiabank Charity Challenge Reaches for Fundraising Goal of $925,000

MONTREAL, QC--(Marketwired - April 22, 2015) - Only a few days before over 5,000 runners take to Parc Jean-Drapeau for the Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal et 5k, in what is gearing up to be a record year for the popular event.

Can anyone dethrone three time champion Eric Gillis as the Canadian Olympian comes to defend his title? And more importantly, can the fundraising objective of $925,000 be surpassed?

In addition to being one of the first events to kick-start the running season in Montreal, the Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal et 5k is also a significant fundraising event, with 66 local charities such as the Fondation Sainte-Justine, Giant Steps Foundation et Fondation les petits trésors, participating in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge. Several members of the media and local personalities are also competing in a friendly media challenge to help raise awareness for the various causes.

What:
Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal et 5k
Scotiabank Charity Challenge
Scotiabank Media Challenge

Where:
Parc Jean-Drapeau, Complexe aquatique

When:
Sunday, April 26, 2015
8:30 a.m
. for the 5k race; 10:00 a.m. for the 21k race 

Who:
Over 5,000 runners and walkers lace up for the Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal et 5k

Getting There:
We strongly recommend that participants use public transit to get to the run: Use the yellow metro line and get off at Jean-Drapeau station

MEDIA ACCESS:
Media Room reserved inside Aquatic Complex

Run, walk, pledge or cheer on April 26, 2015, for the Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal et 5K at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Don't forget it's not too late to help raise money for worthy causes in your community!

For more information about the Banque Scotia 21k de Montréal et 5k visit:
http://www.canadarunningseries.com/monthalf_en/index.htm

For more information about the Scotiabank Charity Challenge: http://www.canadarunningseries.com/monthalf_en/montCHARITY.htm

For a course map: http://www.canadarunningseries.com/monthalf_en/montDET.htm#course

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About Canada Running Series [CRS]
Canada Running Series is the nation's premier running circuit with 8 events: 4 in Toronto, 3 in Vancouver and 1 in Montreal. It annually attracts some 60,000 participants and raises more than $6 million for some 250 mostly local charities. The Series includes the IAAF Gold Label Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, and the Athletics Canada National Marathon Championships. The marathon alone has been estimated to generate $33 million worth of economic activity, take up over 15,000 hotel room-nights, and create the equivalent of 100 full-time, year-round jobs. Since 1999, CRS has gained international recognition for innovation and organization. We are strongly committed to staging great experiences for runners of all levels from Canadian Olympians and International stars, to healthy lifestyle people and charity runners; and to making sport part of sustainable communities and the city-building process. Our mission is "building community through running".

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