Défi Respire

Supporting the thoracic oncology program

Dr. Normand Blais is a haematologist-oncologist and member of the CHUM thoracic oncology team as well as researcher-member of the Institut du cancer de Montréal.


Dr. Blais decided to join business and pleasure by organizing an annual fundraiser in collaboration with the Institut who helped establish the event and manage the funds.


The goal of this event is to support the thoracic oncology program by:


  • Encouraging the continuing education of both fellows and doctors within the program, while promoting research in thoracic oncology.

  • Increasing awareness for this program to create better international cooperation between researchers in this field. 


Since 2010, more than $486,000 net has been donated to the thoracic oncology team and more than a dozen promising research projects have been led by Dr. Normand Blais' team.



  • 10 km – 9:00

  • 5 km – 10:30

  • 2 km – 11:30

  • 1 km (girls, 11 years old and under) – 12:00

  • 1 km (boys, 11 years old and under) – 12 :15




After the race, check out sportstats.ca for your run results. 





Paid parking is available around rue Sherbrooke and rue Calixa-Lavallée

Metro Sherbrooke: Short (800m) walk





All participants taking part in the 10 km, 5 km, 2 km, and 1 km runs will receive a healthy snack, juice, and a water bottle following the run at the Institut’s tent upon presentation of their official Défi Respire shirt or buff.





A volunteer photographer from the Institut will be on hand to capture your big moment! All photos will be available for free in the days following the race. An email with more details will be sent to you.


For more information on the Classique du Parc La Fontaine, we invite you to refer to their website.


Do you want to take part of the Défi Respire? Register here!


You cannot be present at the event but want to donate? Click here!


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