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767 Challenge

767 Challenge

September 12, 2008 10:25 ET

REMINDER/Plane Pull Contest at Montreal-Trudeau Airport: The 767 Challenge Celebrates its 10th anniversary!

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2008) - Strong women and men will get together on September 14 at Montreal-Trudeau Airport to take on the 767 Challenge: pulling an Airbus airliner with their bare hands!

At this friendly competition, an Airbus weighing 72,767 kilos must be pulled over a distance of 3.7 metres (12 feet) in the fastest time. One after the other, 20-member teams representing small and large companies in the Montreal area as well as several police departments will pull together to win one of the following titles: fastest pull, men and women categories, lowest team-weight pull and most dynamic team. To participate, teams must register on line at www.defi767.com.

Well known in Montreal's West Island, the 767 Challenge celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The event is organized for the benefit of Special Olympics Quebec's 3,800 athletes with the collaboration of Aeroports de Montreal (ADM), the Montreal Police Department (neighbourhood station 5) and Air Canada.

Free family event

This fun one-of-a-kind event is open to the public. In addition to the plane pull contest, there will be a number of activities for the whole family such as face painting, inflatable games and mascots that kids are sure to enjoy.

Those interested in planes will have the opportunity to see aircrafts up close and climb aboard a Surete du Quebec (SQ) helicopter. Vehicles from the ADM fire department, the Montreal Police Department and the SQ will also be there.

ADM's K9 Unit, Pointe-Claire Rescue, Urgences sante and the airport's falconers will meet the public at their booths. There will be food and refreshment stands as well as music and entertainment by radio stations CKOI and Q92.

The event will be held at the Air Canada base of Montreal-Trudeau airport. To get there, take exit 62 off highway 40 then follow Cote-Vertu westbound to the end. Parking, admission and all family activities are free.

Since its inception in 1999, the 767 Challenge has raised nearly a quarter of million dollars.

About Special Olympics Quebec

The mission of Special Olympics Quebec is to enrich the lives of people with an intellectual disability through sport. Thanks to the support of numerous corporations such as Hydro-Quebec, the Forzani Group Ltd. and Loto-Quebec and to that of all the Quebec police departments taking part in the Law Enforcement Torch Run, Special Olympics Quebec can offer its training programmes and competition network to more than 3,800 special athletes throughout Quebec. www.olympiquesspeciaux.qc.ca

About Aeroports de Montreal

Aeroports de Montreal is the local airport authority responsible for the management, operation and development of the 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 600 people at the two airports and at its head office.



WHAT: THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 767 CHALLENGE
- Using human strength to pull an Airbus 321 in the fastest time

WHO: FOR THE BENEFIT OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS QUEBEC
- Organized by Aeroports de Montreal
- The Montreal Police Department
- In collaboration with Air Canada

WHEN: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2008
- 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Plane pull contest
- 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free family activities

WHERE: THE AIR CANADA BASE AT MONTREAL-TRUDEAU AIRPORT
Highway 40, exit 62
Cote-Vertu Road west to the end
Follow the signs for the 767 Challenge
Free parking, admission and family activities

Contact Information

  • Special Olympics Quebec
    Justine G. Marchessault
    Communications Coordinator
    514-843-8778, ext. 227
    514-592-9765 (cell)
    or
    Aeroports de Montreal
    Christiane Beaulieu
    Vice-president, Public Affairs
    514-394-7304