BMO Bank of Montreal Steps Up in the Community as Title Sponsor of the BMO Okanagan Marathon



    KELOWNA, BC, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - BMO Bank of Montreal has gone the extra
mile and made a three-year commitment to be the title sponsor of the BMO
Okanagan Marathon, beginning with this year's popular family event on October
11 and 12, 2008.
    "BMO is proud to become the title sponsor of the Okanagan Marathon and we
look forward to working alongside the local committee and the multitude of
volunteers to stage a first class, fun family fitness event," said Sean
Armstrong, Vice President, BC Interior, North and Yukon, BMO Bank of Montreal.
"At BMO we strongly believe in supporting community events that promote a fit
and healthy lifestyle," added Mr. Armstrong.
    The BMO Okanagan Marathon, which includes a family fitness and active
lifestyle festival, attracts a wide range of participants ranging from those
who are getting fit, those that are staying fit, to those who want to
challenge themselves.
    Tom Keogh, BMO Okanagan Marathon Event Director, said, "We are extremely
pleased that BMO Bank of Montreal and its employees have shown such passion
for this event and leadership for healthy lifestyles."
    The event will attract more than 3,000 participants in 2008, with 60%
coming from outside Kelowna.

    
    Events Include:

        Saturday, October 11 - BMO Kids Run for Kids plus a new 5km Fun Run
        and 3km Friendship Run. After the run, children can play in the free
        BMO Kids Fun Zone, obtain a free beverage and snack and have a chance
        to win draw prizes.

        Sunday, October 12 - A 10km, 21.1km (Half-Marathon) and 42.2km
        (Marathon) will begin early and participants will wind through the
        city's north area orchards and scenic farmlands.
    

    To date, the Okanagan Marathon has raised close to $170,000 for Sunshine
Foundation: Dreams for Kids.

    "Sunshine is deeply grateful to be the charitable beneficiary of such a
first class community event. We thank all involved - the participants, event
organizers, our BC Interior Chapter volunteers, The Running Room and BMO Bank
of Montreal - for believing in the importance of fulfilling dreams for
children with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses,"
said Nancy Sutherland, National Executive Director, Sunshine Foundation:
Dreams for Kids. "It is particularly heartening to see the individual efforts
of local BMO employees who are doing such a tremendous job of inspiring and
motivating their community to support Sunshine," she added.
    This event has something for everyone, from recreational runners and
walkers to advanced and competitive runners. It is ideal for groups to
register family, community or corporate teams. Come out to the Fitness Expo at
City Park on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 10 to 12, as last minute
registrations are welcome. For more details go to www.okanaganmarathon.ca

    BMO Financial Group employs more than 3,000 people in British Columbia.
BMO Bank of Montreal has 143 branches and BMO Nesbitt Burns has six offices in
the province, not including locations in BMO Bank of Montreal branches. BMO
Harris Private Banking has five offices in BC including the newest office
located in downtown Kelowna.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Laurie Grant, BMO Financial
Group, (604) 665-7596, laurie.grant@bmo.com; Maureen Hazekamp, Event Team,
21one Events Management, (780) 819-3419, maureen.hazekamp@21one.ca


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