Thousands of skaters roll at the 24 Hours Roller Montreal

This past weekend, thousands of skaters took to Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in the 7th annual 24 Hours Roller Montreal. Over 100 teams took to the start of the ever-growing event.

The event attracted skaters from across North America as well as overseas. This year’s event raised over $30000 in support of Quebec’s Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.

Presenting $31520 to Quebec’s Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

2010 Olympic Champion Olivier Jean acted as spokesperson for the event. He was part of this year’s fastest team, Apex Racing Skates – Il Peloton. The team’s roster also included past Olympic Champion Mathieu Turcotte, USA’s Olympic Silver Medalist Travis Jayner, 2010 Canadian Olympic Champion Mathieu Giroux, Canadian 500-meter record holder Steve Robillard, and a host of other strong inline skaters.

2010 winning team Apex Racing Skates – Il Peloton

Solo skaters skating together early on- A2A2A2A2A leads the way. He skated an impressive 530km’s solo!

Thousands of skaters set for 24 Hour Relay in Montreal, Olympic medalists lace-up

Thousands of skaters from across the world are descending upon Montreal this weekend for the annual 24 Hours Roller Montreal.

The event will be under way on Saturday at 2pm and concludes 24-hours later on Sunday at 2pm. Teams ranging from 1 to 10 skaters will relay throughout the day and night while completing laps around Montreal’s smooth and scenic Gilles Villeneuve Circuit.

The event will being together skaters from all the great disciplines of speed skating; long track, short track, and roller. Skaters expected to lace up for the event include 2010 Olympic medalists in short track & long track speed skating; Olivier Jean (Canada), Travis Jayner (USA), and Mathieu Giroux (Canada) as well addition past Olympic medalists.

With a village featuring food, vendors, music, fun, and a beautiful view of the late-night fireworks, the 2010 event is expected to be a really fun one for all and a continued boost for skating.

Hundreds gather to skate the final celebration lap soon after the conclusion of 2009’s 24-hour event

RSO Series #2 held in Toronto

The second RSO Series of the year was held in Toronto earlier today. Jade Pauley continued his Canadian Championships winning ways, earning the most points of the day by placing 2nd in the 300-meter time trial, tying for 1st in the 500-meter sprint, and claiming the top spot in the 10km elimination race.

Shannon Hegarty extended her series lead in the senior women’s category, finishing the day as the top female skater. NRS’ Paisley Perrie continued improving her performance, keeping in the mix with Hegarty.

The final stage will take place on August 29th in Harriston, Ontario.

Jade Pauley leads the way in the 10km elimination race. In the pack are Peter Doucet, Jesse Pauley, Scott Pauley, Brock Howes, Shannon Hegarty, and Paisley Perrie- photo from SpeedSkateWorld.com