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

    VICTORIA, June 28 /CNW/ - Join local athletes training for the Olympic,
Commonwealth and Paralympic Games at the annual Victoria 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.

    What:     Athletes will meet with media at run event.

    When:     July 1st, 2007
              7:30 a.m. - Opening ceremony
              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 in beautiful James Bay, near the Legislative
              Buildings and winds through Beacon Hill Park

              For the complete Run map and information, please go to

    Who:      Hbc Sponsored Athletes
              Erinne Willock:         Cycling
              Dave Moonlight:         Comm. Rugby
              Kyle Haley:             Comm. Rugby
              Matt Jensen:            Rowing
              Riley McCormick:        Diving
              Trevor Hirschfield:     Paralympic Rugby
              Wegadesk Gorup-Paul:    Diving

              Cheryl Noble:           Curling
              Douglas Vandor:         Rowing, Hbc Athlete
              Gary Beacon:            Figure Skating
              Laryssa Biesenthal:     Rowing
              Liz Ashton:             Equestrian
              Scott Frandsen:         Rowing, Hbc Athlete
              Simon Whitfield:        Triathlon, 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: Emma Carbery, Local Run Coordinator, Hbc Run
for Canada, (office) (250) 598-0584, (cellular) (250) 858-4283, Email:
Victoria@hbcrunforcanada.ca; On-site contact: Lyne Kyle, Hbc Community
Investment, (416) 885-1071

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