March 2, 2012

Rick Hansen is coming!

Kamloops, B.C. - Twenty-five years since his Man in Motion World Tour commenced its historic cross-Canada journey, Canadian hero Rick Hansen will continue his journey of making the world more accessible and inclusive with the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay.

The 25th Anniversary Relay began on August 24, 2011 in Cape Spear, Newfoundland. From there, the relay is retracing the Canadian segment of his original tour, but this time the Relay is engaging 7,000 participants from across Canada who have made a difference in the lives of others. Focusing on engaging Canadians to take up the challenge and become catalysts for positive change, the Relay will feature Medal-Bearers who will run, walk, wheel or bike and complete their segments through a variety of forms of movement for all abilities.

Kamloops was chosen as one of the Relay's End of Day Celebration cities, and Rick Hansen himself will be attending this celebration. Taking place on March 29th at 4:30 pm at the Tournament Capital Centre, this event will feature Rick Hansen completing the final 250 meters of his Kamloops segment with the City's local Medal-Bearer and difference-maker, Todd Harding. This event will include demonstrations of wheelchair basketball and Special Olympics floor hockey, as well as a challenging wheelchair relay race, information booths, entertainment, free food and free parking.

The legacy of Rick Hansen's Man in Motion Tour 25 years ago has resulted in Kamloops being a more accessible community. The two accessible playgrounds at Riverside Park and Prince Charles Park, as well as lift access at Norbrock Stadium and full accessibility at the TCC are just a few of the projects that resulted from the Rick Hansen Foundation.

Don't forget to take part in the activities taking place all month long in preparation of Rick Hansen's visit. The Swimmers in Motion Challenge invites swimmers to record their pool lengths, with lap tracking sheets are available at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre, Westsyde Pool and Community Centre and the YMCA. The Many in Motion challenge asks participants to record their distances that they walk, run or roll. The tracking sheet is available at the TCC Fieldhouse. As well, the Skaters in Motion challenge is running at Valleyview and Brock arenas where skaters are asked to record their laps around the ice. With these events combined, the goal is to travel the full 40,000 kms that Rick completed during his original tour around the world by March 29th!

For more information on the Rick Hansen Relay, visit www.rickhansenrelay.com

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Media Contact:
Linda Stride, Recreation Supervisor
City of Kamloops
250-828-3692
lstride@kamloops.ca

Interviews with Rick Hansen can be arranged through:
John Gibson, Manager of Communications
604-644-0811
jgibson@rickhansen.com

Media requests regarding the Rick Hansen Relay route and participants can be directed to:
1-866-222-7080
relaymedia@rickhansen.com