Aéroports de Montréal

Aéroports de Montréal

September 16, 2007 07:00 ET

REMINDER/ADM: More Than 30 Teams to Participate in the 767 Challenge Next Sunday

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 16, 2007) - This Sunday, September 16, at 10 a.m., an Air Canada Airbus A321 will be sitting on the runway at Montreal-Trudeau airport for the world's only "tug-of-war" with an airliner: the annual 767 Challenge. For the ninth year, Aeroports de Montreal (ADM) and Air Canada will collaborate for the benefit of Special Olympics Quebec.

During this friendly competition, teams use only brute human strength to pull the Airbus, weighing 72,767 kilograms, a distance of 3.7 metres (12 feet) in the fastest time. More than 30 teams, each with 20 members and representing small and large companies from the Montreal area as well as several local police forces, will pull together to vie for the following titles: fastest pull, lowest team-weight pull and most dynamic team.

This unique event is open to members of the public, who will have the chance to get up close to several aircraft, including the Airbus used in the competition and a Surete du Quebec (SQ) helicopter. There will also be vehicles from the ADM fire service, the Montreal police force and the SQ on hand to delight the young and young-at-heart.

In addition, there will be many exhibitors on site throughout the day to meet the public, including ADM's K9 unit, Pointe Claire Rescue, Urgences-sante and the airport falconers. There's more! The event will feature music and entertainment with hosts from radio stations CKOI and Q92, inflatable games, mascots, face-painting for the kids, refreshments - in short, everything necessary for a one-of-a-kind family activity!

Organized by ADM and the Service de police de la Ville de Montreal's Neighbourhood Station 5, in collaboration with Air Canada, the Challenge 767 will be held at the Air Canada base at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (take Highway 40 to Exit 62, then Cote-Vertu Road West). Parking, entrance to the site and activities are all free!
ADM is the local airport authority responsible for the management, operation and development of Montreal-Trudeau and Montreal-Mirabel international airports under the terms of a lease entered into with Transport Canada in 1992. The Corporation employs a total of some 600 persons at the two airports and head office.

The Special Olympics movement is active in over 150 countries. Its mission is to enrich the lives of individuals with an intellectual disability through sport. More than 1 million special athletes are registered worldwide and over 31,000 in Canada, with 3,800 taking part in the programs offered throughout Quebec.


- Who: Aeroports de Montreal
Service de police de la Ville de Montreal
Special Olympics Quebec
In collaboration with Air Canada

- What: 767 Challenge
9th edition
Use human strength to pull an aircraft weighing 72,767 kg in the
shortest time
Proceeds go to Special Olympics Quebec

- When: Sunday, September 16, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

- Where: Air Canada base at Montreal-Trudeau airport. Take Highway 40 to
Exit 62, then Cote-Vertu Road West to the end and follow the "Defi
767 Challenge" signs.

- Companies participating in the competition:
Abbott Laboratories, Aeromag2000, Aeroports de Montreal, Air
Canada, Caisse d'economie des policiers et policieres de Montreal,
Con-Way Freight Canada, Dorel Industries, Enterprise Rent-a-Car,
Exeltech Aerospace, FTQ Construction, Gendarmerie Royale du
Canada, Handlex, Hydro Quebec, IATA, IMS Health Canada, Jeppesen
(Canada) Ltd., John Abbott College Police Technology, Lipari
Demenagement et entreposage, Loto-Quebec, Merck Frosst, OTIS
Canada, Q92 & CKOI, Service de police de la Ville de Montreal,
Summerside Transport, Surete du Quebec, Wolseley Canada.

Contact Information

  • Special Olympics Quebec
    Pierre Belanger
    Executive Director
    Aeroports de Montreal
    Christiane Beaulieu
    Vice President, Public Affairs