Montréal, February 14, 2020 - More than 400 Montrealers braved the cold last night to take part in the 23rd edition of the Tuques Bleues benefit event on Mount Royal. This year’s event raised close to $150,000 in support of Les amis de la montagne’s environmental conservation programs.
Inspired by the 19th century mountain treks of the Montreal Snowshoe Club, this festive winter event was vamped up this year to feature an Illuminated Walk with historical highlights in addition to the traditional Race to the Top.
For the 10th consecutive year, this event took place under the honorary presidency of Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal. “It is with great pride that I accepted the honorary presidency of the Tuques Bleues Celebration for a tenth year. As one of the city’s flagship winter events, it rallies the community in support of Mount Royal. Les amis de la montagne actively works to protect and enhance this natural gem of the city. The Chamber of Commerce is pleased to support this initiative and take part in such a unifying event.”

Celebrations and award ceremony under the stars

Robert Beaudry, City Councillor and Member of the Executive Committee responsible for housing, real estate strategy, large parks and Jean-Drapeau Park, presented the medals to the winners of the Race to the Top during the celebrations at the Kondiaronk belvedere:

Snowshoe Race Winners – Women
  • Gold – Sarah Christiani, 19 min 59 s
  • Silver – Dominique Codere, 21 min 28 s
  • Bronze – Marie-Claude Genest, 21 min 37 s
Snowshoe Race Winners – Men
  • Gold – Steves Morin, 15 min 7 s
  • Silver – Félix Parent-Sirard, 15 min 19 s
  • Bronze – Parker Donaldson, 15 min 27 s 
Party at the Chalet and Tuques Bleues Trophy

Eleven organizations participated in the Team Challenge and competed for the Tuques Bleues Trophy: Atrium, Scotiabank, Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, Galvion, Les amis de la montagne, Manulife, Palais des congrès de Montréal, Samcon, Université de Montréal, Ville de Montréal and Woods. 

Michel Leblanc and Peter A. Howlett, C.M. awarded the Tuques Bleues Trophy to team Université de Montréal for their top three racers, with a cumulative time of 50 min 59 s.

Proud supporters of Mount Royal

Les amis de la montagne would like to highlight the engagement and ongoing contributions of the following key partners of the event: Lead sponsors: Samcon and Manulife ● Premium partners: Groupe Copley, Atlas Snowshoes, Tubbs Snowshoes ● Products & services: 2nd Field Artillery Regiment (Canada), Boréale, Cardio Plein Air, Java U Catering, Juliette & Chocolat, Les fermes Kavalier, Musion Canada, Sport Qualité, Table 51 ● Media Partner Bell Media and its affiliated radio stations Rouge 107.3 FM, CJAD 800 AM and CTV ● Public Partner City of Montréal 
Les amis de la montagne is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and improvement of Mount Royal through community involvement and environmental education.

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