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Pierre Lavoie invites all experienced and devoted cyclists to the 8th annual 1,000-km event, to take place from June 16 to June 19, 2016. This major endeavour of the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie is sure to rally all of Quebec, as it did in its first two years.

A Spectacular Cycling Marathon

Cycling 1,000 km in 60 hours. Travelling from Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean to Montréal. Seeing Québec and many other cities across the province where stops are scheduled. That’s what the 1,000‑km event is all about.

The number of cyclists who wish to participate in the event grows each year, and spaces go quickly. In 2015, the 1,000-km event welcomed 200 teams. As always, Pierre will lead the pack along the entire route while teams of four or five cyclists switch off behind him.

The 1,000-km event is a major happening supported by a devoted team of organizers and volunteers. The work and energy of a hundred or so volunteers is coordinated by an organizing committee, most of whose members come from Saguenay.

Two new features in the 2015 program will return in 2016

1. Each 2016 team must partner with an elementary school of its choice. The goal of this partnership is to get the school to register for the Energy Cubes challenge. In addition, teams act as sponsors of students’ healthy life habits. Funds raised by the teams that exceed the team registration fee will be returned to the schools.

2. Teams are invited to introduce as a member someone who wishes to become more active. The addition of a team member who wants to change his or her lifestyle and join the health improvement movement is strongly recommended, though not required.

An Event Where Hope Shines

The Grand défi Pierre Lavoie raised 3 million dollars in 2015 to promote healthy life habits among young people and support hereditary orphan disease research through the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie Foundation’s scholarships and grants and through the school sponsorship program.

School sponsorships were a great success!

Participants in the 1,000-km event raised 1,9 million dollars through the school sponsorship program in 2015. Each cycling team was invited to partner with one or several elementary schools and encourage them to register for the Get Up and Move contest. In return, the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie donated all the money raised in excess of team registration fees to the sponsored schools. In total, 200 teams participated, raising 1,9 million dollars that was redistributed to nearly 350 elementary schools for projects that promote healthy life habits.

Here are the top 10 teams who have raised the highest amounts in their sponsored school(s):

1ALT Hôtels / COMINAR / LEMAY-MICHAUD117 705 $
2Saputo 185 085 $
3Premier Tech / Fonds de Solidarité FTQ60 780 $
4TC Media59 871 $
6Club de hockey Canadien – Rouge46 725 $
7Au Petit Poucet41 150 $
8Ciment Québec39 725 $
9Équipe Henry Schein GranfondoEco39 590 $
10Fédération des médecins omnipraticiens du Québec39 862 $


All proceeds from the 1,000-km event are donated to the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie Foundation to support hereditary orphan disease research and projects promoting healthy life habits.Proceeds from the 1,000-km event

2014 GO Foundation recipients

The Grand défi Pierre Lavoie Foundation is proud to have awarded $640,000 last year in scholarships and grants to projects that promote healthy life habits among young people or research hereditary orphan diseases. Of the 240 projects that applied in the competition, which ended in May 2015, 56 were selected by four independent juries assigned to each of the Foundation’s areas of interest. Here is how the prizes were awarded:

Promotion of healthy life habits

  • 30 grants of $5,000 each to elementary schools
  • 4 grants of $12,500 each to community organizations or research projects

Hereditary orphan disease research

  • 3 scholarships of $7,500 each to master’s students
  • 5 scholarships of $10,000 each to doctoral students
  • 14 grants of $25,000 each for research projects

Also in 2015, the Regroupement québécois des maladies orphelines (RQMO) received a total of $35,000 in support from the Foundation.

A Team Achievement. A Unique Experience.

The 1,000-km event is the perfect opportunity to push yourself to new heights. The event will…

  • Pull you out of your comfort zone and bring you to discover untapped inner strength.
  • Be an unforgettable adventure, filled with moments of intense effort and euphoria, shared with remarkable people all championing the same cause.
  • Strengthen your own commitment to healthy living. The major media attention given to this event is the perfect platform to show that you, your company or your organization believes in what the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie stands for.