Celebrate Canada Day with Local Athletes at the Red Deer Hbc Run for Canada



    RED DEER, AB, June 28 /CNW/ - Join local athletes training for the
Olympic, Commonwealth and Paralympic Games at the first annual Red Deer 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.

    
    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 the rustic Heritage Ranch and follows
               Cronquist Drive and the south trail system before turning back
               onto Cronquist Drive to return to Heritage Ranch.

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

    Who:       Hbc Sponsored Athletes
               ----------------------

               Genevieve Thibault:   Athletics
               Kelly MacDonald:      Diving
               Taryn Zack:           Diving

               Olympians/Paralympians
               ----------------------

               Danielle Peers:       Para Wheel. Basketball, Hbc Athlete
               David Bissett:        Bobsleigh, Hbc Athlete
               David Leoni:          Biathlon
               Zina Kocher:          Biathlon, 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: Nicole Graham, Local Marketing Coodinator, Hbc
Run for Canada, (403) 342-3869, Email: reddeer@hbcrunforcanada.ca; On-site
contact: Debbie Keffer, Hbc Community Investment and Marketing Activation,
(416) 603-0654


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