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July 24, 2000
Blue Jays, CNE, City of Toronto Welcome Relay 2000
  
Toronto, Ontario - After a six-month journey that began in
Tuktoyuktuk, N.W.T, the Trans Canada Trail Relay 2000 will travel through
Toronto, from August 24th to 26th, 2000.

When complete, Relay 2000 will have travelled through more than 800 communities
that dot (175 communities in Ontario alone) the 16,100-km Trans Canada Trail.
Relay 2000 ends its journey in the National Capital Region on September 9th,
2000.

"Relay 2000 marks the official opening of the Trans Canada Trail, a monumental
Canadian achievement. What started as an idea, just a few words jotted on a
sheet of paper, to link our country by trail from coast to coast to coast, has
become a reality and a symbol of the determined efforts and spirit of Canadians
to achieve what others said could not be done", says John Bellini, Executive
Director, Trans Canada Trail Foundation.

More than 5,000 Canadians (1,300 in Ontario) have been recruited to relay
waters, drawn from Canada's oceans, on foot, horseback, bicycles, skis,
snowmobiles, inline skates and wheelchairs. The Arctic and Pacific waters have
been carried through the Western Provinces and Ontario. These waters will be
joined on September 9th with Atlantic water, which has travelled through the
Maritimes and Quebec, in celebrations marking the end of the Relay and the
opening of the Trans Canada Trail.

In Toronto, 67 relay participants will carry the Arctic and Pacific Ocean
waters across the city's Relay Route, which includes the Waterfront / Martin
Goodman Trail, on August 24th, 25th and 26th. For safety reasons, a Jeep
escort, donated by DaimlerChrysler, and the Canadian Ski Patrol System will
accompany the relay carriers along the trail route.

Organizers expect thousands of people to come out and cheer Relay 2000 as it
journeys across the Toronto Relay Route. The Toronto leg starts at the
Mississauga border on August 24th and exits the City on the morning of August
26th, crossing into Pickering.

In celebration of the Relay's arrival to Toronto, the City has officially
declared August 21st to August 25th, "Trans Canada Trail Week".

On August 21st, the Trans Canada Trail Relay 2000 flag will be raised at Nathan
Phillips Square in a brief ceremony at 10 a.m.

On August 22nd, ParticipACTION, a Relay 2000 partner and the City are
encouraging Toronto residents and visitors to walk, jog, cycle, inline skate or
wheelchair along Toronto's trails and discover the joy of physical activity.
Take some time out of your busy day to get active on the Trail. From noon to 2
p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m., look for Trail representatives handing out Relay
2000 memorabilia and information.

On August 23rd, the Toronto Blue Jays will welcome the Trans Canada Trail and
Relay 2000 during their game versus the Kansas City Royals. There will be a
pre-game presentation, highlights of Relay 2000 on the Jumbo Tron and Trail
Trivia Prize Pack giveaways for fans throughout the game. Spectators will also
be treated to flags, Relay 2000 tattoos and other fun "trail related" souvenirs.

On August 24th, the Canadian National Exhibition will mark the first official
stop for Relay 2000 in Toronto where Relay 2000 takes an interesting half-hour
journey across the CNE grounds, winding through roads named after our provinces
and territories and mirroring the Relay's national journey. At approximately
1:30 p.m. an official Relay 2000 Rally will take place at the Faces of Canada
Stage, outside the Canada 2000 and Beyond Pavilion, Automotive Building.

On August 25th, Relay 2000 starts the morning at Coronation Park and proceeds
along the Waterfront Trail to Bay Street. From here the Bay Street Relay heads
north at approximately noon in a rolling parade which includes noted
dignitaries and celebrities such as Mike Bullard, Michael Landsberg, Global
personalities Robert Fisher and Jaqueline Milczarek, and EZ Rock's Morning
Team, Mike Cooper and Christine Cardoso. Yet to be confirmed are Toronto Mayor
Mel Lastman, Deputy Prime Minister Herb Gray, Lieutenant Governor Hillary
Weston and a host of other local sports stars and celebrities.

At 12:30 p.m. Relay 2000 enters Nathan Phillips Square where Toronto's official
welcome ceremony will take place. From noon to 2 p.m., Toronto hosts A
Celebration of Trails with community and City organizations featuring exhibits
and activities. At noon and 1 p.m., the Puentes Brothers will have everyone
moving to the sounds of their traditional Cuban dance music.

At 2:45 p.m. Relay 2000 resumes its journey east at the foot of Jarvis Street
and the Waterfront Trail.

At 4 p.m. Relay 2000 winds up for the day at the Beach Boathouse for a good
old-fashioned community barbecue and entertainment at the south end of Kew
Gardens, bottom of Lee Avenue.

Relay 2000 is an official event of Canada's Millennium Partnership Program and
the City of Toronto Millennium Task Force.








Media Contact
Halina Cieszynska
Toronto Millennium Office
416-397-9998

Angela Bianchi
Trans Canada Trail Relay 2000
416-954-3591

 

 

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