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Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run Welcomes Very Special Guests in 2016

 

The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run takes place on Monday, October 10, 2016 and begins at 8:00 am. Runners will follow the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade Route starting on Eby Street beside the Kitchener Market in downtown Kitchener and concluding at Moses Springer Arena in Waterloo where they will take part in an authentic Oktoberfest finish line party.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run takes great pride in supporting runners of all abilities. This year we are proud to welcome some very special guests:

Rhonda-Marie Avery

Rhonda-Marie encourages disabled athletes who want to participate in sports to be brave, to tell others what they need in order to join in, and to not be afraid to ask for help. Just look where that philosophy has gotten her:

-First other-abled athlete to run the Bruce Trail end-to-end, all 890 kilometres

-First other-abled athlete to compete in The Barkley Marathons, one of the toughest trail races in the world and the subject of a popular Netflix documentary

-She graces the cover of the fall issue of iRun Magazine

-She is the subject of an award-winning documentary by Lisa Lightbourn-Lay called “8%: No Limits” coming to the Zonta film festival here in KW this November - 8% referring to the fact that Rhonda-Marie was born with only 8% vision.

Team Hoyt Canada

Since competing in over 1100 races over the past 30 years, Dick and Rick Hoyt from Boston, MA, have touched the lives of many around the world. Team Hoyt is the inspiring and unbelievable story of a father, Dick Hoyt, who pushes his son, Rick Hoyt, in his wheelchair in road races and triathlons all across the country. They have participated in over 1000 endurance events, and were awarded the 2013 ESPY's Jimmy V Perseverance Award. With the Hoyt's inspiration, Team Hoyt Canada is proud to carry on the Hoyt's legacy here in Canada. With a goal of ensuring that athletic riders (those with disabilities) all across the Province of Ontario have an opportunity to roll with the wind much like Rick Hoyt continues to do. Team Hoyt Canada aims to pair these amazing athletic riders with teammates from across Canada. The goal is to not only carry-on the legacy of the Hoyts, but to also ensure that no single person is ever left on the sidelines.

Team Hoyt Canada's mission is to raise awareness of inclusion, educate, inspire and enrich the lives of individuals, families and communities by pairing athletes of differing abilities in endurance events to promote the Team Hoyt motto, "Yes, You Can! and that anything is possible”.

2016 marks the second year in a row Team Hoyt Canada will participate in the Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run, allowing individuals with disabilities from this community to experience the thrill of the race. As Rick Hoyt said after his first race, “dad, when I am running with you it seems like my disability disappears.” On Monday October 10, several disabilities will disappear as volunteer runners join together to do the impossible!

Teamwork is what makes the dream work. For more information on Team Hoyt Canada please visit www.teamhoytcanada.com

Registration for the Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run closes on October 5 at midnight. Visit 5k.oktoberfest.ca today and get signed up. We will accept race day registrations at a cost of $30 for runners 18 & under, $50 for runners 19 & over and $200 for teams of 4. Please take a moment before the race to give our special guest runners a warm Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest welcome.

The Oktoberfest 5K Fun Run is proudly sponsored by The Waterloo Region Record: Community Partnerships Program.

About Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is a not-for-profit Bavarian festival founded in 1969 by a group of volunteers committed to contributing to the social and economic vitality of Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada twin cities with German heritage. Canada's Greatest Bavarian Festival celebrates German heritage, food, music and festivities and is supported by more than 50 not-for-profit organizations. The festival is operated by eight year-round full-time staff, over 480 volunteers and 1,300 Community and Service Club volunteers that stage the nine-day festival each October promoting a unique German cultural experience. As well as the economic boost the festival gives the local economy during the international festival, over $1.5 million is raised each year by the not-for-profit organizations associated with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, one of the top three most recognized event brands in Canada.

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For additional information:
Dave MacNeil
Executive Director,
K-W Oktoberfest Inc.
519-570-4267 ext. 222

 

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