Rick Hansen Relay

Date: May 3, 2012 (All Day)

Rick Hansen Relay comes to Penticton, May 3

Penticton is preparing for the arrival of the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay in to our community on May 3. We are proud to be an official stop on this cross-Canada journey. Our planning committee is co-ordinating a festive End of Day Celebration which will provide an outstanding platform for the community to celebrate.

The Relay starts winding its way through Penticton starting at the northwest entrance of the city (Riverside Drive and Highway 97) at 2 p.m. on May 3rd. Want to check out the route map? It's available here!

End of Day Celebration Event – Thursday, May 3

Celebrations will start at 3:30 p.m. in Gyro Park with an official ceremony at 4 p.m., followed by local entertainment, food vendors, games, activities for the kids, power soccer demonstration and more until 6 p.m. We welcome everyone to join in to celebrate this landmark anniversary in Canadian history. Check out our poster, which is available to download [PDF - 908 KB].

Medal Bearers

The Penticton planning committee issued a call for nominations last fall, seeking "difference makers" throughout the area willing to not only take part in the Relay but be catalysts for positive change. Twenty-three-year-old Amanda Lewis - a long-time volunteer, passionate advocate and motivational speaker - was selected by the committee to represent Penticton as the final medal bearer. Amanda will carry the medal onto the Gyro Park stage to kick off the End of Day Celebration event.

In addition, Katie Bowling was selected as the medal bearer for the first leg on Saturday, May 5, when the Relay will depart the community from the Penticton's Downtown Community and Farmers' Markets at 10 a.m. In addition to working for the United Way, Katie is long-time community volunteer who has been recognized with the Duke of Edinburgh Young Canadians Award.

More than 30 locals have been selected through the Rick Hansen Foundation to carry the medal in Penticton. The City has not been provided an official list of medal bearers. If you are local medal bearer and would like to share your story, please email the information to Lori Mullin and your info will be posted on this website. The City of Penticton celebrates all its medal bearers:

Entertainment

After the official ceremonies at 3:30 p.m. in Gyro Park, a lineup of entertainment will get local crowds in the celebratory spirit.

Home-town favourite Nikita Afonso will headline entertainment, which will also include performances by professional musician and instructor Will Shlackl, the musical stylings of Miss Penticton Jolene Hayter and Dr. Eclectic, aka singer-songwriter Allan Markin, offering a sneak peak of his pieces on his CD "What Golden Years?," released in April. The Penticton Indian Band drumming group will also provide an official welcome when the Relay arrives, and Gail Riddal will perform O Canada.

The Downtown Penticton Association has arranged a host of activities for the celebration. Part-T Perfect will provide balloon twisters, life-size game boards and bouncy castle. Face painting will be available in addition to children's activities provided by many local service clubs and community organizations. Quota International will serve up burgers, hotdogs and corn. Residents looking to take part in the fun are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

More Information

For more information about the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay, visit the foundation website. Check back regularly to this page on the City of Penticton website for details on the local celebration.

Community Partners

The local celebration would not be possible without the support of community planning team members and our partners: