Royal Canadian Mint produces medals for HBC Run for Canada



    OTTAWA, June 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Royal Canadian Mint has proudly
produced over 20,000 commemorative finisher medals for the upcoming HBC Run
for Canada. This event, aimed at supporting Canadian athletes, includes a
10 km run, 3 km walk and 1 km kids run. It will take place in fifteen
communities across Canada on July 1st.
    "The Mint is delighted to be taking part in this initiative and we
encourage Canadians from coast to coast to participate in the HBC Run for
Canada on Canada Day", said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal
Canadian Mint. "Each participant will receive one of these skilfully crafted
medals, which will signify their support for Canadian athletes".
    For the HBC Run for Canada commemorative finisher medals, which were
designed in collaboration with HBC, the Mint cut each blank - which is a medal
without a design - from long strips of alloy. A hole was then punched through
the blanks, in order to eventually thread the distinctive race ribbons. The
final stage of the process was to strike the design onto each blank twice on a
manual press, using several tons of pressure; this is when the blanks
transformed into the HBC Run for Canada medals that will be awarded to each
race participant. (*) Images of the HBC Run for Canada commemorative finisher
medals can be seen by logging on to ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca.

    As part of race registration for the HBC Run for Canada in both Ottawa
    and Winnipeg, the Mint will be hosting Olympic 25-cent public coin
    exchanges at the following locations:

    The Bay, Rideau Centre (73 Rideau Street in Ottawa)
    Saturday, June 28th - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday, June 29th - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Monday, June 30th - 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Zellers, Polo Park Shopping Centre (1485 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg)
    Saturday, June 28th - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Sunday, June 29th - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Monday, June 30th - 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    The Royal Canadian Mint is a proud Official Supporter of the Vancouver
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. During its three-year program, the
Mint will put into circulation 17 coins in Canada featuring designs related to
the 2010 Winter Games. Additionally, the Mint will offer thirty-six limited
mintage collector coins and sets, a variety of Olympic coin gifts - available
at HBC and www.mint.ca/olympic - and will also be responsible for minting the
athlete medals.
    The Royal Canadian Mint produces medals and medallions for many
applications, including achievement awards, military decorations, promotional
items, souvenirs and gifts. Most recently, the Mint participated in the
production of Canada's own Victoria Cross medal.

    About the Royal Canadian Mint

    The Royal Canadian Mint, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in
2008, is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of
Canada's circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2000 certified company, the Mint is
recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world,
offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and
related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint's
history, its products and services, please visit www.mint.ca.

    About the HBC Run for Canada

    HBC has made a commitment to raise $2.9 million for Canadian athletes
every year for the next six years. A large portion of this will be raised via
the HBC Run for Canada. The HBC Run for Canada is a 10 km run, 3 km walk and
1 km kids run taking place on July 1st in fifteen communities across Canada.
In 2007, the HBC Run for Canada raised $2 million thanks to the many Canadians
who participated in the event by running, walking, volunteering and
fundraising in support of Canadian athletes. For further information on the
HBC Run for Canada, to find a run location near you or to make a donation,
please visit www.hbcrunforcanada.com.




For further information:

For further information: Christine Aquino, Director, Communications,
Royal Canadian Mint, (613) 993-9999, aquino@mint.ca


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