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    Worldclass male and female athletes to compete in 'Rolling Rampage,' first annual 10K Wheelchair roadrace, October 13 at Queen's Park, Toronto

    Worldclass male and female athletes to compete in 'Rolling Rampage,' first annual 10K Wheelchair roadrace, October 13 at Queen's Park, Toronto

    TORONTO, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - International Paralympic Wheelchair Athletes
    Scot Hollonbeck, Jacob Heilveil, Chris Waddell and Kelly Smith are among the
    men competing and Christy Campbell and eight other women, including racers
    from Nigeria and Italy, will square off against local favourite Jeff Adams and
    compete for $30,000 in prizes in the first annual "Rolling Rampage" 10K
    Wheelchair roadrace this October 13 at Queen's Park, Toronto. The event begins
    at 10:15 am with a Torch Relay beginning at Metro Hall and proceeding through
    the streets of downtown Toronto, culminating in an opening ceremony at Queen's
    Park at 11:00 a.m.
    Atlanta's Scot Hollonbeck won the Silver Medal in wheelchair racing at
    the 1996 Paralympic Games in which he also competed in 1992 and 2000; he also
    won the 1990 Chicago Wheelchair Marathon. Chris Waddell of Park City, Utah
    holds five Paralympic Gold Medals and three World Championship Gold Medals,
    both in winter and summer events; he is not only a top Wheelchair racer but is
    also considered the Paralympic world's top mono-skier. Jacob Heilveil, who
    comes to Toronto from Bothell, Washington, has set three human-arm land speed
    records and is a two-time Paralympian and has competed in a series of major
    races in the U.S. that has catapulted him into the world's elite.
    Kelly Smith, originally of Amarillo, Texas, but now living in Kamloops,
    B.C., competed with the able-bodied Canadian National Speed skating team
    before a rock-climbing accident placed him in the Paralympic ranks, where he
    finished 10th in the Marathon at the 2000 Sydney Games - and also achieved a
    third place finish at the 2003 Boston Marathon. An active shotput and sledge
    hockey player, Christy Campbell came in first in the 100m and shotput at the
    Metro Toronto Games in 2000 while finishing second in the 200m. At the 2000
    Paralympic Games in Sydney, she finished fourth in the 400m and seventh in the
    200m.
    "This is one of the toughest teams ever assembled for a 10K roadrace,"
    commented event chairman and competitor Jeff Adams, also a Paralympian and the
    first to climb the 1776 steps of the CN Tower in a wheelchair. "We have both
    these ranked competitors competing and many fine amateur wheelchair athletes
    who intend to give us a run for the money. I hope everyone comes out and
    cheers for all of us."
    Organized as a joint project of the Canadian Foundation for Physically
    Disabled Persons, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the Toronto-Don Valley
    Rotary Club, the event features the 10K International Wheelchair race at 11:30
    am, which will circle the 1.4 kilometre distance around Queen's Park. There
    will also be a 1K Corporate Challenges 5K Wheel-A-Thons at 10:00 am. The
    Wheel-A-Thon and Corporate races are open to the able-bodied and disabled
    rolling for pledges, which will raise funds to promote awareness for the
    abilities of persons with disabilities. Awards will be presented to winners at
    a Gala Luncheon on Tuesday, October 14 at the Toronto Convention Centre.
    "By continually focusing on the great things that persons with
    disabilities can accomplish, we can bring about historic changes in the way
    people think about disabilities in our society," added Vim Kochhar, chairman
    of the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons.
    The Honorary Chairs for the "Rolling Rampage" are Julian Fantino, Chief
    of Police, the Toronto Police Service and Paul V. Godfrey, President and CEO,
    Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club. The event is funded in part by The Ontario
    Trillium Foundation, with the Toronto Star serving as the lead corporate
    sponsor. Scotiabank and Pfizer Inc. are also major corporate sponsors. At the
    event, there will also be a Wheelie village, vendor displays, live
    entertainment and good food. "It'll be a great day, followed by a terrific
    awards ceremony the next day," added Kochhar.

    About the CFPDP
    Founded in 1984 with a commitment to improving the quality of life of
    people with physical disabilities, the Canadian Foundation for Physically
    Disabled Persons has created more than 35 major events to bring about historic
    changes in the way people think about disability. Among these events are the
    Great Valentine Gala, the Terry Fox Hall of Fame luncheon and the WhyNot
    Marathon.



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    For further information: Chair: Vim Kochhar, Canadian Foundation for
    Physically Disabled Persons, Tel: (416) 760-7351, e-mail:
    whynot@sympatico.ca; Media contact: Richard Rotman, President, What If What
    Next(TM), Tel: (416) 483-5357, e-mail: rotman-pr@rogers.com
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