When you hear "Santa Clause" you don't automatically think "physical exercise." Jolly ol' Saint Nick is a little too rotund to ever equate with fitness of any form (aside from climbing up and down chimneys) which is what makes this Montreal race all the more intriguing, and completely festive.
To be held this weekend at Parc Jean-Drapeau, "Santa Montreal" is essentially just a race, with one key difference: all participants have to run completely decked out in a Santa costume.
No belly-pillows are required for the race, as participants only need to sport the classic red and white garb of Father Christmas, white beards and poof-ball hats included, then run a full 5km.
The winner of the race will be titled the "real Santa," according to Parc Jean-Drapeau's event page, but somehow that doesn't seem right. I think the guy/gal who passes out 1km in and has to be hand-fed milk and cookies to recover would be the "real" Santa. Let's be honest, if there was a real Saint Nicholas (I still hold out hope) then he would be severely overweight and out of shape.
Those who want to compete in the Santa race can register, with price including a Santa suit, just in case you don't have one lying around. Participants are also encouraged to sponsor a charity for the race, which they can choose for themselves.
Going down at Parc Jean-Drapeau this Saturday, November 21st at 10am, you can find out all the details at the official event listing here.
Espace pour la vie and Mayor Valérie Plante announced Thursday that Montreal's Biosphere would reopen to the public as of Friday, August 13.
The structure, which houses an environment museum, was built as the American Pavilion for Expo 67.
In a Facebook post, the mayor announced that to mark the occasion, admission to the museum would be free all weekend.
Earlier in the year, the Governments of Canada and Quebec announced that control of the museum would be transferred to the City of Montreal and that it would become Espace pour la vie's fifth site, joining the Botanical Garden, Biodôme, Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium and the Insectarium.
Mayor Valérie Plante, via Project Montreal's Twitter account, pledged to find "solutions" with the provincial government to bring Formula 1 back to Montreal this summer.
"If there is one event that traditionally marks the launch of the summer festivities, it is Formula 1. It is therefore all the more important this year to send the signal that we want the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Montreal," said the mayor.
We all like to spend our money on silly stuff sometimes. And that's why the City of Montreal is known for many things: good food, beautiful parks, and totally absurd projects that cost several millions and sometimes billions of dollars.
Montreal has a rich history of financial blunders that are arguably equal levels of hilarious and completely depressing.
Here are five totally absurd things that the city has spent money on over the years.
The Formula E Race
😢 Ouch! That hurt! #MontrealEPrix https://t.co/mP7AQ4fYXS
— ABB FIA Formula E World Championship (@ABB FIA Formula E World Championship)1513631504.0
The agreement between the City of Montreal and Formula E went about as well as that driver took that corner in the above video.
Former mayor Denis Coderre defended the $24-million dollar price tag for the race in 2017, saying that the race would show that Montreal was a leader in green energy, according to CBC News.
Formula E's lawyers sued the city for $25 milliion dollars after newly elected mayor Valérie Plante cancelled the race. The Plante administration spent $600,000 in public funding on legal fees to defend themselves.
Applebaum resigned after he was accused of corruption and was eventually tried and convicted on eight corruption and fraud-related charges, but not before taking a healthy $268,000 severance package from the public coffers.
In January 2020, Quebec courts ruled that Applebaum could keep his severance pay, which really aggravated Valérie Plante, who said that the city would see if they could get the money back.
In the years leading up to Expo 67, Montreal had a problem: there wasn't enough land to build the pavilions at the Expo. It was way too late to change the plans, so what did former mayor Jean Drapeau and his team cook up?
Build an island with the near 15 million tons of rock and dirt taken from the STM metro construction, of course!
With Expo 67 already on the books for $320 million dollars (in 1966 money no less), adding another $40 million to build the island was no big deal, apparently.
The island even has its own Heritage Minute!
These days, millions of tourists and Montrealers go to the island to get high at music festivals, enjoy the scenery, and have an all-around great time.
In the 1970s, Montreal was all about grand ideas and rapid expansion. It was the future, after all, and the city had big plans.
Government officials decided to run with it and build a new airport, which was allegedly funded by both the provincial and federal governments. So it may not have been Montreal per se, but Montrealers' tax dollars went into it.
The result of that grand idea was the Mirabel International Airport. Intended to replace the Dorval International Airport, Mirabel never really lived up to its expectations and was basically abandoned.