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

    HALIFAX, June 28 /CNW/ - Join local athletes training for the Olympic,
Commonwealth and Paralympic Games at the annual Hailfax 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

    Where:    The 10km begins half-way between Robie St. and North Park St.
              on Cogswell.

              For the complete Run map and information, please go to

    Who:      Hbc Sponosred Athletes
              Devin Gotell:        Paralympic swimming
              Mark de Jonge:       Canoe/Kayak - Sprint

              Dianne Norman:       Women's Basketball
              Gary McDonald        Swimming
              Julia Rivard:        Canoe/Kayak - Sprint
              Jillian D'Alessio    Canoe/Kayak - Sprint
              Mike Scarola         Canoe/Kayak - Sprint
              Peter Giles          Canoe/Kayak
              Ricky Anderson       Boxing

    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: Janice Campbell, Local Marketing Coodinator,
Hbc Run for Canada, (office) (902) 404-0408, (cellular) (902) 402-4253, Email:
Halifax@hbcrunforcanada.ca; On-site contact: Joanna Cartwright, Hbc Community
Investment, (647) 208-8431

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