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



    TORONTO, June 28 /CNW/ - Join local athletes training for the Olympic,
Commonwealth and Paralympic Games at the annual Toronto 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.
    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 Ontario Place and gently winds west along
                 beautiful Lake Shore Boulevard to the Humber River. All
                 registered run participants and volunteers will also receive
                 a free day pass to Ontario Place.

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

    Who:         Hbc Sponsored Athletes
                 ----------------------
                 Alexandra Orlando:         Gymnastics - Rhythmic
                 Christopher Mabee:         Figure Skating
                 Dasha Peregoudova:         Taekwondo
                 Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs:       Gymnastics
                 Greg Westlake:             Paralympic, Hockey
                 Jeff Batchelor:            Snowboard
                 Kyle Jeffery:              Canoe/Kayak - Sprint
                 Megan Metcalfe:            Athletics
                 Ohenewa Akuffo:            Wrestling
                 Peggy Hyslop:              Rowing
                 Rosannagh MacLennan:       Gymnastics - Trampoline
                 Scott Moir:                Figure Skating
                 Tessa Virtue:              Figure Skating

                 Olympians/Paralympians
                 ----------------------
                 Anna-Marie de Zwager:      Rowing, Hbc Athlete
                 Attila Buday:              Canoe/Kayak - Sprint, Hbc Athlete
                 Bradley Bowden:            Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball,
                                            Hbc Athlete
                 Brian Stemmle:             Alpine Skiing
                 Bruce Millar:              Paralympic Sailing, Hbc Athlete
                 Claire Dias:               Synchronized Swimming
                 Jayna Hefford:             Women's Hockey, Hbc Athlete
                 Nancy Mollenhauer:         Field Hockey
                 Rachelle De Jong:          Rowing, 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: Local Marketing Coodinators, Hbc Run for
Canada, Candice Dixon, (416) 751-0213, Email:
Toronto.south@hbcrunforcanada.ca; Laura Johnson, (416) 920-7044 ext. 316,
Email: Toronto.north@hbcrunforcanada.ca; On-site contact: Mara Daniels, Hbc
Community Investment and Marketing Activation, (416) 509-7625


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