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Le Grand Défi, is a unique sporting event that takes place every year in the province of Québec, bringing together children, adults, schools and all sorts of organizations to promote health and physical activity.

Last year XACT was approached by one of the staff of a secondary school from Montreal taking part in the Grand Défi, looking for support for their students preparing and for the Big Challenge itself. These kids were going to need feeding if tey were going to be up and running for 30 hours!

Eric Alvarez’s enthusiasm was contagious; before I knew it I found myself enthusiastically agreeing to donate FRUIT2 bars to sustain the students and staff through day and night, as the Grand Défi runs. , as a relay, from Montreal to Quebec City. The challenge was successfully completed and at XACT we were happy to help out in whatever small way we could.

Roll on 6 months, I meet Eric  at Bromont Ultra. And his time he doesn’t let us get away so easy this time….and duly convinced  XACT team to play a more involved role, and sure enough I found myself agreeing (enthusiastically) to come and join in the event for 2016.

A couple of weeks ago the xact nutrition team rolled up to the  athletics track one cool April morning at the back of Gérard-Filion High School on Montreal’s south shore. The music was playing, the sun shining and kids in sweat pants and tuques were milling around impatiently waiting for the event to get under way. Eric Alvarez took a minute to describe what the the day was all about:

Eric Alvarez’s enthusiasm was contagious; before I knew it I found myself enthusiastically agreeing to donate FRUIT2 bars to sustain the students and staff through day and night, as the Grand Défi runs. , as a relay, from Montreal to Quebec City. The challenge was successfully completed and at XACT we were happy to help out in whatever small way we could.

Roll on 6 months, I meet Eric  at Bromont Ultra. And his time he doesn’t let us get away this easily, and convinced the XACT team to play a more involved role, and sure enough I found myself agreeing (enthusiastically) to come and join in the event for 2016.

A couple of weeks ago the XACT team rolled up to the  athletics track one cool April morning at the back of Gerard-Filion High School on Montreal’s south shore. The music was playing, the sun shining and kids in sweat pants and tuques were milling around impatiently waiting for the event to get under way. Eric Alvarez took a minute to describe what the the day was all about:

6 hour challenge for Grand Défi Pierre-Lavoie from XACT on Vimeo.

So as the “La Grande Course” portion of the Grand Défi gets under way today, children from all over the province will embark on a an adventure, one that will see them working together and encouraging each other to achieve their goal of running, in relay for up to 30 hours the students run the 250 odd km from Montréal to Québec City.

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