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Boots, Bikes, Boats, and Boards For a Cure

12 September 2013

Charlottetown, PE -

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Boots, Bikes, Boats & Boards For a Cure

Runners, cyclists, boaters, kayakers and paddle board enthusiasts have a new opportunity to test their skills.   It’s a land and water multi-sport relay called “Boots, Bikes, Boats & Boards for a Cure”.  This fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society is set to take place on Friday, September 27th, 2013.

The competition begins on the water as keel boats (sailing boats), from the Charlottetown Yacht Club, race on a set course starting at 5:30 p.m.    A baton will be passed to a team member in a kayak who will complete an open-water course and pass it off to a paddle boarder.  The relay then moves to dry land where a cyclist will follow a route around Victoria Park.  The final leg of the relay concludes with a runner sprinting to the finish line at the Charlottetown Yacht Club at the foot of Pownal Street.

“It’s an exciting new venture that will challenge the skills of all the participants,” says Basil Dickson, chairperson of the Boots, Bikes, Boats & Boards organizing committee. “We expect the event to be highly competitive but we also know it will be a lot of fun for both participants and spectators.” 

The Canadian Cancer Society was chosen as recipient for all funds raised by the participants.  “Cancer touches the lives of many Islanders,” says Dickson. “We’re pleased to be able to support the great work of the Canadian Cancer Society.  We all know the importance of being physically active as a preventative health measure and this event showcases active living.”  

The Charlottetown Yacht Club is a key organizer of the multi-sport relay but representatives of Cycling P.E.I. and Paddles P.E.I. are also involved.  The committee says this first event will be modest in scale, with about a dozen teams taking part, but it sees great potential for growth in the future. 

“This will be like a great event,” says Lori Barker, executive director of the Canadian Cancer Society, P.E.I. Division.  “We are pleased to have this group on board.  Funds raised will help support our work in finding new ways to prevent cancer and to support those living with cancer.“

The public is encouraged to come to the Charlottetown Yacht Club to watch the relay and cheer on participants.  The Parkdale-Sherwood Lions Club will be hosting a barbeque during the event. 

The fun continues with a post-relay party at the Yacht Club.  It is open to the public with an admission fee of $10.  The popular rock group Banokkburn will provide musical entertainment from 9:00 p.m. until midnight.

“It’s the first relay on P.E.I. to involve the sailing community and we’re thrilled to be a part of it,” says Dickson.

For 75 years, the Canadian Cancer Society has been with Canadians in the fight for life. We have been relentless in our commitment to prevent cancer, fund research and support Canadians touched by cancer. From this foundation, we will work with Canadians to change cancer forever so fewer Canadians are diagnosed with the disease and more survive. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website at cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934).

To register, volunteer or to get more information, please call Alana at (902) 566-4007.

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For more information, please contact:

Alana Sprague

W - 902-566-1713  ext. 2223

asprague@pei.cancer.ca

 

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Claire Nantes

Prevention Promotions Coordinator

Phone: 902-566-4007