Photo : Karine Gagné
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16th Tuques Bleues Celebration, February 21, 2013
Les amis de la montagne’s benefit event in support of Mount Royal
Close to 600 mountain enthusiasts gathered at Maison Smith at sundown on February 21, to take part in the famous Tuques Bleues Celebration, a benefit event that helped raise $225,000 in support of education and conservation programs on Mount Royal. The event was organised by Les amis de la montagne together with principal partner, Manulife Financial, as well as other sponsors and partners, under the able honorary co-chairmanship of Cyril Bendahan, Regional Vice President, Group Benefits, Manulife Financial and Michel Leblanc, President and CEO, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.
Held as part of the launch festivities of the Montréal en lumière festival, this night-time snowshoeing adventure does a modern take on the sporting tradition of the Montreal Snowshoe Club of the 1840s where members ascended Mount Royal by torchlight for an evening of fun and friendly competition. Towards the 1870s, members of the club began sporting blue toques as a sign of their competitive excellence. Last night on Mount Royal, 600 “Tuques Bleues” took part in the snowshoe tramp along a new 2.5km, lantern-lit forest trail from Maison Smith, around the mountain cross and ending at the Kondiaronk lookout, which afforded spectacular views of the gleaming city below.
After the invigorating snowshoe tramp, an evening of festivities were held at the Chalet du Mont-Royal, beginning with a gastronomic buffet carefully prepared by La Guilde Culinaire and featuring a variety of local Quebec products. The musical group MAZ entertained guests with their lively blend of jazz mixed with traditional-style Québécois music. Musion Canada, the talented and loyal partners of Les amis de la montagne, provided the indoor and outdoor ambiance through sound and light.
Finally, Les amis underline the exceptional commitment of the nearly 100 volunteers who helped to ensure the smooth running of the event and the security of the participants.
Herewith the winners of the 16th Tuques Bleues Celebration medals, cups and trophies:
Snowshoe race - Women:
Gold – Mélanie Nadeau, Club Sportif MAA, 13:42.0
Silver – Élise Gelle, CN, 14:45.4
Bronze – Claire Doule, Club Sportif MAA, 15:40.0
Snowshoe race - Men:
Gold – David Le Porho, Club Sportif MAA, 11:05.5
Silver – Pierre-Olivier Boily, Club Sportif MAA, 11:41.5
Bronze – Philippe Viau-Dupuis, Club Sportif MAA, 12:38.8
Tuques Bleues Trophy:
Cyril Bendahan (L)
Regional Vice President, Group Benefits
Michel Leblanc (R)
President and CEO
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
PRESENTED BY - GOLD
WITH THE SUPPORT OF
PARTNERS OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES