Registration is open for the race portion of the Annual Firefighters’ Festival (Grande Fête des Pompiers), which celebrates its 10th birthday this year.

Runners can choose the 2, 5, 10 or 21 kilometre race at https://www.inscriptionenligne.ca/coursedespompiers/.

As usual, the festivities will entertain Centropolis visitors for an entire weekend, June 3-5. The event includes children’s games, demonstrations, a firetruck parade and a half-marathon.

“Most of the event is staffed by firefighters,” said City spokesperson Stephanie Gadet. “They offer three “jaws of life” demonstrations each day. They use old cars to show people what they actually do.”

The weekend begins at 8:30 p.m. on Friday night with free performances. Last year, Mosaik and Stefie Shock entertained the crowd. This year’s performers haven’t yet been announced but they will be soon on the festival website, http://www.laval.ca/grande-fete-pompiers/. No English website yet exists.

On Saturday, June 4, at 9:30 a.m, the streets close down for a firetruck parade, children’s inflatable toys and various demonstrations.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, the 24-hour challenge will begin. This relay step-race centres on a 35 foot-high arch made of scaffolding. Team members take turns climbing the arch for 24 hours. Each team has to have at least one person on the arch during that entire time to remain in the challenge. The last team on the arch at 1 p.m. Sunday wins.

Saturday night includes more free performers as a warm-up to the big event on Sunday.

On Sunday June 5, the firefighters’ run takes place. Participants can run 2, 5, 10 or 21 k.m. Gadet says that last year, 2000 people raced. Organizers hope to increase that number significantly this year.

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