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



    MONTREAL, June 28 /CNW/ - Join local athletes training for the Olympic,
Commonwealth and Paralympic Games at the annual Montreal 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 10 km
run, a fun-for-all 3 km family walk and a 1 km 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.

    
    What:        Athletes will meet with media at run event.

    When:        July 1st, 2007
                 7:30 a.m. - Opening ceremony
                 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 La Promenade du Vieux-Port.

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

    Who:         Hbc Sponsored Athletes
                 ----------------------
                 Alison Braden:                   Water Polo Fem
                 Amy Walsh:                       Women's Soccer
                 Chanelle Charron-Watson:         Swimming
                 Charles St-Hilaire:              Fencing
                 David Zilberman:                 Wrestling
                 Dominika Kopcik:                 Synchronized Swimming
                 Dominique Perrault:              Water Polo Fem
                 Elise Marcotte:                  Synchronized Swimming
                 Francois Coulombe-Fortier:       Taekwondo
                 Gabrielle Trudeau:               Diving
                 Jean-Francois Lebreux :          Taekwondo
                 Jean-René Bélanger:              Speed Skating LT
                 Jennifer Abel:                   Diving
                 Jonathan Poulin:                 Paralympic Boccia
                 Marilou Asselin:                 Speed Skating LT
                 Maxime Moreneau-Ricard:          Diving
                 Michel Larue:                    Comm. Lawn Bowling
                 Michèle d'Amours:                Speed Skating LT
                 Ryan Blais:                      Freestyle Skiing
                 Sabrina Beaupre:                 Diving
                 Sebastien Michaud:               Taekwondo
                 Shawn Delierre:                  Squash
                 Thomas Hall:                     Canoe/Kayak - Sprint

                 Olympians/Paralympians
                 ----------------------
                 Achraf Tadili:                   Athletics, Hbc Athlete
                 Andrew Hugessen:                 Sailing
                 Ann Dow:                         Water Polo
                 Arly Fogarty:                    Paralympic Alpine,
                                                  Hbc Athlete
                 Benoît St-Amand:                 Paralympic, hockey
                 François-Olivier:                Roberge Speed Skating LT
                 Ian Clyde:                       Boxing
                 Jean-Philippe LeGuellec:         Biathlon, HBC Athlete
                 Jean-Thomas Boily:               Paralympic, Nordic,
                                                  HBC Athlete
                 Jeff Bean:                       Freestyle skiing,
                                                  HBC Athlete
                 Julie Beaulieu:                  Artistic Gymnastic
                 Julie Mahoney:                   Fencing
                 Marina Radu:                     Water Polo, HBC Athlete
                 Marie-Eve Marleau:               Diving, Hbc Athlete
                 Mylanie Barré:                   Canoe/Kayak, HBC Athlete
                 Myriam Boileau:                  Diving, Hbc Athlete
                 Rachel Riddel:                   Water Polo, HBC Athlete
                 Ryan Cuthbert:                   Canoe/Kayak - Sprint,
                                                  Hbc Athlete
                 Shawn Sawyer:                    Figure skating, HBC Athlete
                 Steven Jorens:                   Canoe/Kayak - Sprint,
                                                  Hbc Athlete
                 Sylvie Fréchette:                Synchronized swimming
                 Veronika Bauer:                  Freestyle skiing,
                                                  Hbc Athlete
                 Vincent Labrie:                  Speed Skating LT,
                                                  Hbc Athlete
    

    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.





For further information:

For further information: Marie-Laurence Gagnier, Local Marketing
Coordinator, Hbc Run for Canada, (514) 735-5944, Email:
montreal@hbcrunforcanada.ca; On-site contact: Diane Gordon, Director, Hbc
Community Investment, (416) 931-6261


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