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Rick Hansen Relay will be held in Thunder Bay

December 20, 2011 –Several local residents will inspire the belief that anything is possible while taking part in the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay held in Thunder Bay on Jan. 8 and 10. The Medal-Bearers will wheel, walk, run and travel the route using a variety of forms of movement for all abilities.

Those individuals will be part of the 7,000 Canadians who are participating in similar relays across the country between Aug. 24, 2011 and May 22, 2012. When Rick Hansen and his team did the Man In Motion World Tour 25 years ago, the goal was to increase awareness about accessibility, inspire people to dream big and raise much-needed funds for spinal cord research.

“This is the focus that guides the Rick Hansen Foundation,” Hansen wrote on his website. “The people, programs and partnerships that have been put in motion continue to move us closer to a cure for spinal cord injury, and a world that is accessible to everyone.”

On Jan. 8, Medal-Bearers from Thunder Bay will participate in a relay starting at the Terry Fox Lookout. Three-time Paralympian Andrea Cole will carry the Rick Hansen Medal into the Community Auditorium for the End of Day Celebration. Cole won several medals in swimming and has since become the head coach of the local Special Olympics swim team. She is a Masters of Education student at Lakehead University.

The free of charge Community Auditorium Celebration will begin at 2 pm on Jan. 8 and will feature Mark Potvin & the Little Swing Band and Flipper Flanagan & the Flat-footed Four, as well as inspiring words from the Rick Hansen Foundation.


Sunday, Jan. 8 - Terry Fox Lookout to Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

  • 1:00-1:15 pm – Start of Day Ceremony at Terry Fox Lookout
  • 1:15-1:25 pm –Medal-Bearers run at Terry Fox Lookout
  • 1:35-1:55 pm – Sponsored stop at McDonald’s on Red River Road.
  • 1:55 pm – Medal-Bearers travel to the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium for a relay presentation
  • 2 pm - Celebration activities including Mark Potvin & the Little Swing Band and Flipper Flanagan & the Flat-footed Four

Tuesday, Jan. 10 – Thunder Bay Community Auditorium to Kakabeka Falls Public School

  • 8:50-9:20 am – Day starts at Ogden School with a presentation
  • 9:20-9:40 am –Medal-Bearers travel to City Hall for photos
  • 9:45-10:00 am –Medal-Bearers travel to Pope John Paul II School
  • 10:10-10:35 am – Endurance Mode to Fort William First Nation
  • 10:35-10:45 am – Community stop at Fort William First Nation Band Office
  • 11:25 am-12:10 pm – Lunch break and dog sledding at Fort William Historical Park
  • 12:25-12:30  pm – Community stop at Rosslyn Community Centre
  • 1:45-1:55 pm – Relay travels to Oliver Paipoonge Municipal Centre
  •  2:15 pm – Final Medal-Bearer arrives at Kakabeka Falls Public School

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Contact:          Doug Henry, City Supervisor Events & Festivals, 625-2487
                       Rick Hansen Relay Media Relations, 1-866-222-7080,