RAUSI (The Royal Alberta United Services Institute)

June 20, 2010 11:00 ET

Third Annual Loops for the Troops Unites Troops in Calgary and Kandahar

Third Annual Father's Day Run/Walk Honours Those Who Make the Ultimate Sacrifice

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 20, 2010) - In a display of solidarity for the fallen and wounded troops, hundreds of troops serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan, ran Loops for the Troops June 19, prior to Calgary's run that kicked off today at North Glenmore Park. For the second year of the third-annual event, the Canadian Forces participated in the run overseas to support the event that links the Canadian Forces with the public in recognition of the sacrifices troops have and continue to make in the name of freedom.

"We had another successful run and want to thank all of the community members and troops at home and abroad who raised money for, donated to, volunteered and ran for Loops for the Troops," said Michael Hornburg, Executive Director, Loops for the Troops. "We are proud to help raise awareness and appreciation for the military and remember the fallen who have made the ultimate sacrifice."

The run began at 9 a.m. today at North Glenmore Park where participants ran or walked the one, five or 10-kilometre routes.

The main beneficiary this year is the Calgary Soliders' Memorial, a memorial that will list the name of soldiers killed while serving with the Regiments during times of war. The R.A.U.S.I. Foundation, who within their mandate of Building a Bridge between Military and Civilian Communities, partners with Loops to provide significant support to the local military, veterans and their families; in addition to honouring the fallen, preserving history and encouraging youth through a number of beneficiaries.

Loops for the Troops is founded in Corporal Nathan Hornburg's memory who was born on Father's Day and killed in combat in September 20007. The run honours all fallen and wounded from the Canadian Forces and First Response Services who dedicate their lives to freedom.

For more information visit www.loopsforthetroops.ca

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