The Bed Race Returns!

2003 will mark the return of the Bed Race to Winterlude, presented by the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa. This year, up to 50 teams of 4 runners and one jockey will race down the Canal pushing a modified bed a distance of 100m. Winners will be declared based on the fastest team, the best decorated bed, and the team which raises the most pledges.

Race rules, pledge forms and registration information is available on-line at http://bedrace.ottawakiwanis.org, or by calling 613.233.1900. To help teams that may not have the time to prepare a bed, Kiwanis has hospital beds that can be purchased (including free delivery to the race site) Contact Pat Charbonneau at 613.225.7969 ext.240. Sponsors are welcome for both the race and individual heats.

The proceeds from the event will be directed to the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Medical Foundation. In 2002/2003, the Foundation will be funding $40,000 over 6 different projects in the Ottawa area including support for CHEO, the Ottawa Heart Institute, the Salvation Army Grace Long Term facility and the Royal Ottawa Hospital.

Conceived in 1979 by the National Capital Commission (NCC) as a means of celebrating Canada's unique northern climate and culture, Winterlude has grown over the years and is now known as North America's greatest winter festival. In 2003, Winterlude celebrates its 25th edition, from January 31st to February 16th Canada's Capital Region will be transformed into a one-of-kind celebration of snow and ice! Join in the frosty celebrations for three weekends of family fun. From spectacular ice-carvings and giant snow sculptures, to the world's longest skating rink and the biggest snow playground on the continent, Winterlude is a great way to take in the best of our Canadian winter!

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is celebrating 85 years of active fund raising and community involvement as a not-for-profit organization. The largest Kiwanis Club in Canada, the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is one of the most active and dynamic service clubs in the world. Each year the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa provides thousands of hours of community service and raises $500,000 for the local community. One of the 8,400 Clubs in Kiwanis International, the Club has met every Friday since 1917 at the Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa. Projects carried on by Kiwanis in the Ottawa area include the Kiwanis Duck Race for Tiny Hearts, the "Precious Minds" educational video, the "Never Shake a Baby" educational video, and the "Reading is Fundamental" project running at Connaught Public School.

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For information call Rita Harper (Kiwanis Club of Ottawa) at 233-1900, office@ottawakiwanis.org. This information is available at http://media.ottawakiwanis.org in an electronic format. Additional information on the Bed Race can be found at http://bedrace.ottawakiwanis.org

Additional information on the Kiwanis Medical Foundation can be found at http://medicalfoundation.ottawakiwanis.org. For more information on Winterlude's 25th edition, contact the NCC at (613) 239-5000 or at 1 800 465-1867 or visit the NCC's website at www.canadascapital.gc.ca/winterlude.