Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 25, 2006 15:57 ET

Media Advisory, Opening Ceremony: Continental/Invitational Running Championship for the International Military Sports Council 'CISM'

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 25, 2006) -



WHAT: Opening Ceremony of International Military Sports Council's
Running Championship

WHEN: Friday, May 26, 2006, Opening Ceremony from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Jean Piggot Hall, Ottawa City Hall

WHO: Speakers: MGen. Doug Langton, Chief of Delegation for
Canada, CISM
Chief Executive Officer, CFPSA
BGen. Dwayne Lucas, Vice President, CISM for
Americas

VIPs: Over 70 military athletes from 12 competing nations -
Algeria, Barbados, Canada, Colombia, Dominican
Republic, Ecuador, Jamaica, Morocco, Netherlands, UK,
USA, and Venezuela - many are Olympic-level runners


Opening Ceremony of International Military Sports Council's Running Championship

New for 2006, the Ottawa Race Weekend includes Canadian and international military athletes. As they run with all Race Weekend contenders, these military members will also be vying for placings in the Continental/ Invitational Running Championship for the International Military Sports Council (Conseil international du sport militaire, CISM), an international military sports organization with 127 member countries.

Over 70 military athletes representing 12 different countries (Algeria, Barbados, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Jamaica, Morocco, Netherlands, UK, USA, and Venezuela) are Ottawa-bound this weekend to compete in the Ottawa Race Weekend.

There are runners - 12 of whom are Canadian Force members - entered in each of the four races; the MDS Nordion 5k and MDS Nordion 10k on Saturday, May 27, as well as the ING Ottawa Marathon (42k) and Half Marathon (21k) on Sunday, May 28.

To welcome the international competitors and kick-off the Running Championship weekend, the Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency (CFPSA) is hosting an opening ceremony which will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 26 at Ottawa City Hall.

Following the ceremony, media will have brief interview opportunities with:



- MGen. Doug Langton, Chief of Delegation for Canada,
CISM/ Chief Executive Officer, CFPSA
- BGen. Dwayne Lucas, Vice President, CISM for Americas
- Select military athletes (TBC)


Note to editors / news directors: Media must arrive no later than 1:45 p.m. to allow time for registration and equipment set-up. Members of the media are asked to liaise directly with CFPSA media relations coordinator Brenna Morell (613) 996-6204.

For more information on the International Military Sports Council visit www.cism-milsport.org or www.cfpsa.com.

Contact Information

  • CFPSA
    Brenna Morell
    Media relations coordinator
    (613) 996-6204