Bringing our A-game to PVM for Centraide

by Adelaide Z  |  November 26, 2010

We walked into Place Ville Marie sporting our old-school headbands and animated as ever.  It’s fair to say our chanting and group push-ups were intimidating the other teams, but hey, it was all in the name of charity. We do, however, take our racing seriously at Vigilant. We were 10 people facing 41 flights of stairs with a time to beat of 2 minutes, 40 seconds.

Over 40 teams converged onto Place Ville Marie this past Wednesday to race up its steps during RBC’s annual relay race to benefit Centraide (United Way) in greater Montreal.

The Vigilantes were pumped, ready to race, and we had practiced in our own stairwell at work. We had even gone on a recognizance mission to investigate the stairs across the street to determine our race and baton-passing strategy. Knowing which side the handrail is on is of the utmost importance in this kind of competition!

It took us 2 minutes and 58 seconds. We were only one of four teams to make it in less than three minutes. The top ranked team was made up of past and present Canadian Olympians including gold medal winning goalie for Team Canada’s women’s hockey team Kim St-Pierre.

Well, at least we lost to Olympians…and a couple of other teams to take fourth spot, but that isn’t important. RBC’s relay race managed to raise $95, 000 this year for Centraide, an increase of 15 percent over last year.

We’ll be ready next year…


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