CrackUp Snowmania Challenge


Wanna help beat a Guinness World Record? Your skills are required. Snowman-building skills, that is.

Saturday, February 11th, volunteers and supporters will be bundling up and heading outside at Ottawa’s TD Place Stadium, 1015 Bank Street, to help beat the Guinness World Record for the most snowmen built in one hour.   Too easy, right? If you’re there to help.

The Alterna Savings CrackUp Snowmania Challenge is a fun, family event that brings people together to raise awareness and funds in support of mental health. Why bother? As the website points out, “In Ottawa, one in five people will experience mental illness at some point in their life. Youth are one of the most at-risk groups to experience mental illness, and there are increasingly long wait times to seek professional help. About 70 per cent of mental health problems first occur during childhood and adolescence.”

In 1015, 1,000 snowmen were fashioned in the hour. This year, the aim is to build 3000 in the same time frame. To get involved, you can register a team, join a team, or register as an individual. Then you fundraise for the agency of your choice and build as many snowmen as you possibly can.

To qualify for the record, snowmen have to be three feet tall. And don’t forget to bring the nose, eyes and arms. You can get jazzy too, with scarves and other winter accessories.

Gates open at 11 a.m. and the building starts at noon sharp. The action takes place on the field and you enter the field through the east gate and head to the staging areas.

The Snowmania Challenge is part of Alterna Savings Crackup, February 7 to 18, a festival of comedy and events that features top comedians from around the world. This comedy  raises awareness of the need for improved access to mental health services in Canada’s Capital Region. It’s the 13th season for the fest. For details and tickets to events, see

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