Celebrate Canada Day with Local Athletes at the Calgary Hbc Run for Canada

CALGARY, June 28 /CNW/ - Join local athletes training for the Olympic, Commonwealth and Paralympic Games at the annual Calgary Hbc Run for Canada on July 1st, 2007. All proceeds from the Run will go to support Canadian athletes and elite training facilities across Canada. The event, which includes a 10km run, a fun-for-all 3km family walk and a 1km kids' fun run, will allow Canadians from across the country to help raise money for local athletes in their hometown.

In addition to Games hopefuls, members of Olympians Canada will join local runners and walkers participating in the Run. This is the first time that all six regional chapters of Olympians Canada have joined together in support of a single charity event. Olympians Canada enables Olympians in Canada to establish contact or reunite with fellow Olympians, to celebrate past achievements and to promote the Olympic movement for the benefit of future Olympians.

ParticipACTION, along with its partners across the country, will lead the warm-up sessions for the run. ParticipACTION provides leadership in collaboration and communications to foster the movement that inspires and supports Canadians to move more. The newly revitalized ParticipACTION is proud to join Hbc and Olympians Canada in support of this event.

Speed Skating Canada has included the race in its short track training camp program, so every member of the Short Track Speed Skating National and Development Teams will be participating in the race, and the majority of the Long Track athletes will join them in the adventure!

    
    What:     Athletes will meet with media at run event.

    When:     July 1st, 2007
              7:30 a.m. -   Opening ceremony and warm-up with ParticipACTION
              8:00 a.m. -   10km Run begins
              9:30 a.m. -   1km Kids' Run begins
              10:00 a.m. -  3km Walk begins
              11:00 a.m. -  Closing and awards ceremony
              Participants are invited to enjoy the remaining Canada Day
              festivities.

    Where:    The 10km begins at historic Fort Calgary, at the confluence of
              the Bow and Elbow rivers and the first site of the Hbc Trading
              post in Calgary.

              For the complete Run map and information, please go to
              www.hbcrunforcanada.ca.

    Who:      Hbc Sponsored Athletes
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              Aaron Sadlier:                Speed Skating LT
              Adam McCabe:                  Speed Skating LT
              Alex Boisvert-Lacroix:        Speed Skating ST
              Andréa Do-Duc:                Speed Skating ST
              Anne Maltais:                 Speed Skating ST
              Annik Plamondon:              Speed Skating ST
              Bruno Durand:                 Speed Skating PET
              Cameron Mackinnon:            Cycling
              Carla Pavan:                  Skeleton
              Christian Messier:            Speed Skating PET
              Dasha Gazaiova:               Bobsleigh
              Derrick Campell:              Speed Skating Coach
              Dustin Johnston:              Speed Skating LT
              Eric Pothier:                 Luge
              François Hamelin:             Speed Skating ST
              Guillaume Blais-Dufour:       Speed Skating ST
              Guillaume Bastille:           Speed Skating ST
              Ivanie Blondin:               Speed Skating ST
              Jamie Gregg:                  Speed Skating LT
              Jay Morrison:                 Speed Skating LT
              Jim Steacy:                   Athletics
              Jeff Kitura:                  Speed Skating LT
              Jeffery Scholten:             Speed Skating ST
              Jessica Hewitt:               Speed Skating ST
              Jessica Zelinka:              Athletics
              Jessica Gregg:                Speed Skating ST
              Joel Becker:                  Speed Skating
              Joel Mineau:                  Speed Skating ST
              Jon Montgomery:               Skeleton
              Jonathan Cavar:               Speed Skating Coach
              Jordan Belchos:               Speed Skating LT
              Kelly Forbes:                 Skeleton
              Kelsey Duffield:              Speed Skating LT
              Kim Weger:                    Speed Skating LT
              Kirsti Lay:                   Speed Skating LT
              Kyle Parrot:                  Speed Skating LT
              Lee Jeong Hyun:               Speed Skating LT
              Liam McFarlane:               Speed Skating ST
              Lucas Makowsky:               Speed Skating LT
              Marcel Lacroix:               Speed Skating Coach
              Marc-Andre Monette:           Speed Skating ST
              Marianne St-Gelais:           Speed Skating ST
              Marie-Andree Mendes-Campeau:  Speed Skating ST
              Mark Jesney:                  Speed Skating LT
              Mark Mathies:                 Speed Skating Staff
              Mark Nielsen:                 Speed Skating LT
              Martin Gagné:                 Speed Skating Coach
              Mathieu Giroux:               Speed Skating ST
              Matthew McLean:               Speed Skating LT
              Michael Gilday:               Speed Skating ST
              Nicolas Bean:                 Speed Skating ST
              Nicole Garrido:               Speed Skating LT
              Nita Avrith:                  Speed Skating ST
              Olivier Jean:                 Speed Skating ST
              Philippe Riopel:              Speed Skating LT
              Remi Beaulieu:                Speed Skating ST
              Richard Shoebridge:           Speed Skating ST
              Shannon Sibold:               Speed Skating LT
              Stephen Gough:                Speed Skating Coach
              Tamara Oudenaarden:           Speed Skating LT
              Travis Smith:                 Cycling
              Valérie Lambert:              Speed Skating ST
              Valérie Maltais:              Speed Skating ST
              Yves Hamelin:                 Speed Skating Staff

              Olympians/Paralympians
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              Adam Wong:                    Gymnastics, Hbc Athlete
              Alanna Kraus:                 Speed Skating ST
              Amanda Overland:              Speed Skating ST
              Amy Cotton:                   Judo
              Arne Dankers:                 Speed Skating LT
              Brittany Schussler:           Speed Skating LT, Hbc Athlete
              Brock Miron:                  Speed Skating LT, Hbc Athlete
              Carla Macleod:                Women's Hockey
              Charles Hamelin:              Speed Skating ST
              Chris Moffat:                 Luge
              Christina Smith:              Bobsleigh
              Christine Nesbitt:            Speed Skating LT
              Cindy Klassen:                Speed Skating LT
              Clara Hughes:                 Speed Skating LT and Cycling
              Colleen Sostorics:            Women's Hockey, Hbc Athlete
              Denny Morrison:               Speed Skating LT
              Devon Kershaw:                Cross Country Skiing, Hbc Athlete
              Eric Pothier:                 Luge
              François-Louis Tremblay:      Speed Skating ST
              George Grey:                  Cross Country Skiing, Hbc Athlete
              Ian Cockerline:               Luge
              Jason Myslicki:               Nordic Combined
              Jean-François Monette:        Speed Skating ST
              Jeff Christie:                Luge, Hbc Athlete
              Jeremy Wotherspoon:           Speed Skating LT, Hbc Athlete
              Jim Fisher:                   Cycling
              Jonathan Guilmette:           Speed Skating ST
              Justin Warsylewicz:           Speed Skating LT, Hbc Athlete
              Kaillie Humphries:            Bobsleigh
              Kalyna Roberge:               Speed Skating ST
              Kathy Salmon:                 Luge
              Ken Kotyk:                    Bobsleigh, Hbc Athlete
              Kerry Simpson:                Speed Skating LT
              Kristina Groves:              Speed Skating LT
              Manuel Osborne-Paradis:       Alpine, Hbc Athlete
              Mathieu Turcotte:             Speed Skating ST
              Meaghan Simister:             Luge
              Mélanie Gagnon:               Speed Skating ST
              Michael Janyk:                Alpine, Hbc Athlete
              Michelle Kelly:               Skeleton, Hbc Athlete
              Mike Ireland:                 Speed Skating LT
              Nathan Gafuik:                Gymnastic, Hbc Athlete
              Neal Marshall:                Speed Skating LT
              Lesly Reddon:                 Women's Hockey
              Robin Clegg:                  Biathlon, Hbc Athlete
              Serge Després:                Bobsleigh, Hbc Athlete
              Shannon Rempel:               Speed Skating LT
              Steve Robillard:              Speed Skating ST
              Steven Elm:                   Speed Skating LT
              Tania Vicent:                 Speed Skating ST
    

Photo op: Athletes will kick off the 1k Kids' Run and award medals to participants as they cross the finish line. Athletes will also be available on site to speak with media about their experiences as a Canadian athlete, as well the Hbc Run for Canada. All members of the media are directed to Athlete Services to locate a spokesperson.

SOURCE Hudson's Bay

For further information: For further information: Jillian Heine, Local Marketing Coodinator, Hbc Run for Canada, (403) 277-7787, Email: Calgary@hbcrunforcanada.ca; Mylène Croteau, Manager, Communications, Speed Skating Canada, (613) 294-6459


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