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

    OTTAWA, June 28 /CNW/ - Join local athletes training for the Olympic,
Commonwealth and Paralympic Games at the annual Ottawa 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
              7:00 a.m. - Opening ceremony and warm-up with ParticipACTION
              7:30 a.m. - 10km Run begins
              9:00 a.m. - 1km Kids' Run begins
              9:30 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 in Gatineau looking over at Parliament Hill.

              For the complete Run map and information, please go to

    Who:      Hbc Sponsored Athletes
              Angus Mortimer:                  Canoe/Kayak - Sprint
              Emilie Fournel:                  Canoe/Kayak - Sprint
              Geneviève Beauchesne-Sevigny:    Canoe/Kayak - Sprint
              Kristin Gauthier:                Canoe/Kayak - Sprint
              Mark Oldershaw:                  Canoe/Kayak - Sprint
              Victoria Tuttle:                 Canoe/Kayak - Sprint

              Jennifer Button:                 Swimming
              John Ossowski:                   Rowing
              Karen Blachford:                 Paralympic Curling,
                                               Hbc Athlete
              Michelle Buckingham              Judo
              Sue Holloway:                    Canoe/Kayak - Sprint and
                                               Cross Country
              Tamas Buday Jr.:                 Canoe/Kayak, Hbc Athlete
              Thalie Tremblay:                 Fencing
              Todd Nicholson:                  Paralympic Hockey, 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: Dan Penfold, Local Marketing Coodinator, Hbc
Run for Canada, (613) 421-6740, Email: Ottawa@hbcrunforcanada.ca; On-site
contact: Daniela Chiasson, Hbc Community Investment and Marketing Activation,
(416) 876-5182

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