Fifth Annual Rolling Rampage wheelchair 10k hits the road Saturday June 16 in Queen's Park

    TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - The Fifth Annual Rolling Rampage 10K wheelchair
Road Race, one of the world's premier wheelchair racing events featuring
international Paralympic competitors again hits the starting gate on June 16,
starting at 10:30 a.m. in Queen's Park. A series of public events also
precedes the featured races.
    A project of The Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons
(CFPDP), in cooperation with The Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Rotary
Club of Toronto - Don Valley, the Rolling Rampage raises awareness for sport
and athletes with a disability as well as provides funds for Canadian
Paralympic Athletes.
    "One of the world's premiere wheelchair racing events occurs right here
in Toronto again this year," said Vim Kochhar, CFPDP Chair. "More and more
people are awakening to the tremendous capabilities of athletes with a
disability and this race showcases their abilities in the best location
    In the 10K men's seeded road race, beginning at 11:30 am, last year's
winners in a tie, Saul Mendoza of Texas and Australia's Kurt Fearnley, square
off against Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa, who won three previous Rolling
Rampage competitions.
    In the 10K Women's division, the participation of former Rolling Rampage
winner Chantal Petitclerc, leading Quebec sports personality, and multi
Paralympic and Olympic medal winner, is still under consideration. Last year's
Women's winner, Diane Roy, will be leading off the field, with a starting time
of 10:30 am. In the Quad Division, Spain's Santiago Sanz, last year's winner
and course record holder, returns to defend his title, also at 10:30 am.
    The wheelchair 10K course is a flat 1.4K loop in the Queen's Park circle
with a prize purse of CAD$35,000.00 to be distributed over four categories -
Men's Open, Women's Open and Quad Open. Principal funding for the event has
been provided by Scotiabank, with additional lead support by Pfizer Canada and
    "We invite everyone to Queen's Park on Saturday June 16th to raise money
for Canadian Paralympic athletes and to watch one of the world's best
wheelchair 10K races," added Kochhar. "It will be a great day for everyone to
come out to participate and see a fantastic athletic event. Please invite your
friends and family to come out and support the Rolling Rampage on Saturday,
June 16."

    Race Schedule, Saturday June 16th 2007

    Registration                   8:00-9:00 am
    Walk/Roll for Pledges          9:00-9:30 am
    1K Wheelchair Relay            9:45-10:15 am
    10K Women's, Quad              10:30-11:15 am
    10K Men's Seeded Road Race     11:30-12:15 pm

    To register or for further information,

    About the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons

    The Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons (CFPDP) was
established in 1987 by the Toronto-Don Valley Rotary Club with Vim Kochhar as
founding Chair. Its goal was to assist individuals with physical challenges to
live fuller lives and raise awareness of their achievements and contributions
to society. Today, the CFPDP continues to initiate projects that help
thousands of physically challenged people across the country. "We need to
concentrate on things that really matter like character, compassion and
community," says Kochhar. "Above all, we need to build awareness and keep
promoting the message of inclusion." The Foundation has initiated dozens of
important projects and events, raising over $15 million, including:

    - The annual Great Valentine Gala
    - The King Clancy Awards
    - The Corporate Awards
    - Jeff Adams' CN Tower Climb
    - Rotary Cheshire Homes for the Deaf-Blind
    - The Canadian Helen Keller Centre Inc.
    - The Terry Fox Hall of Fame
    - Rolling Rampage Wheelchair 10K
    - The Eternal Flame of Hope at Metro Hall
    - The WhyNot Marathon
    - WhyNot Magazine
    - Paralympic Athletic Sponsorships

For further information:

For further information: General information: Joan Champ, the Canadian
Foundation for Physical Disabled Persons, (416) 760-7351,;
Media contact: Richard Rotman, Bryan Mills Iradesso, (416) 447-4740,

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