On June 14, 15, 16 and 17, 2018, Pierre Lavoie invites the most seasoned and committed cyclists to the 10th edition of the 1,000-km event – an impressive display of the spirit of the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie, which brings the whole province together.
What is the 1,000-km event? Going on a 1,000 km bike ride, for 60 hours straight, from Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean to Montreal, with stops in many different cities of Quebec.
Every year, more and more cyclists want to take part in this expedition, so available spots are quickly filled. The 1,000-km event hosted more than 210 teams in 2017. A draw was even necessary in order to pick the new teams among the many registrations. As always, Pierre will be leading the group throughout the ride, as teams of 4 or 5 cyclists will relay behind him.
The 1,000-km event is a large-scale happening managed the same way the biggest sports competitions on the planet are. Over 600 volunteers are mobilized as an organizing committee, whose members are mostly from Saguenay, supervises their hard work.
In 2017, registrations were based on two conditions that have been reiterated in 2018:
1. Each team has to be associated with at least one elementary school of their choosing and encourage said school(s) to register to the Energy Cubes challenge for the month of May and act as mentors for the kids when it comes to living a healthy life. All donations that surpass the cost of the team’s registration will be given to the school(s).
2. Teams are encouraged to integrate into their members a more sedentary person who wants to adopt healthier habits and a different lifestyle.
An inspiring event
In 2018 only, the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie donated close to 3 million dollars to promote a healthy lifestyle among young people and support hereditary orphan diseases research through the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie Foundation’s scholarships and grants and through the school sponsorship program.
Congratulations to the sponsorships program!
Each team was invited to partner with one or several elementary schools and encourage them to register for the Energy Cubes challenge. In return, the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie donated all the money raised in excess of team registration fees to the sponsored schools. In total, 1.9 million dollars was raised that was redistributed to nearly 350 elementary schools for projects that promote healthy life habits.