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Calgary joins major cities launching 200km Cycling Event
Honorary Chair John Osler and Olympian Lori-Ann Muenzer help the Alberta Cancer Foundation launch the inaugural Ride to Conquer Cancer
(CALGARY, October 22, 2008) - Today, Olympian, Lori-Ann Muenzer joined Calgary lawyer John Osler in challenging Albertans to the ride of a lifetime in the 2009 Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
Osler, honorary chair of the event, welcomed Muenzer, who will ride alongside avid cyclists and every day people on the Alberta ride which starts in Calgary. Similar launch events took place today in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.
“It’s an exciting national collaboration, says Osler. “But we’ve got the best scenery in the world here in Alberta and cancer researchers who are second to none. This Ride is going to have an incredible impact on research and be an unforgettable experience for those of us riding.”
The Ride to Conquer Cancer is an epic cycling event to raise money for cancer research. As 45 per cent of Canadians will be affected by this disease, this pan-Canadian event is a call to action.
Riders in Alberta will embark on a two-day fully-supported cycling excursion of more than 200km along the majestic Canadian Rockies. The Ride begins the morning of Saturday, June 26, 2009 with high-energy Opening Ceremonies in Calgary before Riders head out on the first 100km of the course. After camping overnight, they continue on the final leg of their journey which will end on Sunday afternoon.
Linda Mickelson, CEO of the Alberta Cancer Foundation, said, “I am thrilled that we are hosting the Ride to Conquer Cancer in Alberta. It is a bold event with a bold aim to conquer this disease and bring us all closer to our vision of a cancer-free future. It’s great to know other cities are involved and that people across the country will take part in this life-changing journey.”
Dr. Nigel Brockton, a cancer survivor and researcher at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, said, “The Ride will provide my colleagues and I with much needed funding for cancer research and we are overjoyed to see that this campaign is taking place across the country. The funds raised through Alberta’s Ride to Conquer Cancer will be put to use right here in our province but the research breakthroughs that may come as a result of this national movement will save lives around the world. I’m looking forward to being part of the Ride it’s going to be monumental.”
Lori-Ann Muenzer, Canada's first Olympic gold medalist in cycling from the 2004 Olympic Games, voiced her pleasure stating, “The Ride to Conquer Cancer is a terrific concept because it’s for cyclists of all abilities. While 200 kms may seem like a long way, anyone can do it with the right motivation, a bike and a helmet. I am so proud to endorse and support this event and hope that many others even those who are not serious cyclists will join me on this amazing ride.”
Registration for The Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation is now open. Call 888.624.BIKE or visit www.conquercancer.ca to sign-up today!
The Alberta Cancer Foundation supports cancer research, prevention and care at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton, the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary and 15 other associate and community cancer centres throughout the province.
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