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Alberta Ecotrek

Update: August 29, 2005

Registration still open for Alberta Ecotrek

Time is running out to register for Ecotrek, Alberta’s newest outdoor ecological adventure race. On September 10 and 11, teams of four will take part in this low impact approach to mountain and water recreation in Alberta’s provincial parks. This two-day event will involve hiking, mountain biking, paddling and orienteering in beautiful Kananaskis Country. Teams can register online at the Running Room website at www.albertaecotrek.com until September 6, 2005.

Take part in the race and win some great prizes! The winning team will receive a trip for four to Bugaboo Lodge compliments of Canadian Mountain Holidays. Raise pledges for Alberta Ecotrust and you could win BEER FOR A YEAR from Wild Rose Brewery. Heaps of other great prizes are also available.

All proceeds from the event will support Alberta Ecotrust Foundation, an organization that funds community-based environmental projects across Alberta. For more information about the race and registration, please visit www.albertaecotrek.com.

Sponsoring Organization is the Alberta Ecotrust Foundation

Known primarily for its role as a grantmaker, Alberta Ecotrust Foundation is a leader in building partnerships to create sustainable environmental benefits in our communities.

General Information

ecotrekAlberta Ecotrek (Ecotrek) is designed to combine the teamwork and individual challenge of an adventure race within a unique environmental education experience. Ecotrek is a two-day event where participants will develop a stronger connection to the natural environment and a greater understanding of environmentally responsible recreation. Teams of four will work together to navigate between checkpoints, overcome physical and mental challenges, and gain a better understanding of conservation issues in the Bow and Kananaskis Valleys. Teams will navigate their way on foot, raft (provided) and mountain bike through a series of checkpoints using well established recreation areas in the Sibbald Creek Forestry Management Area and Bow Valley Provincial Park. The registration fee of $1,000 for a team of four, includes entrance, food, accommodation.

Location of Event

The event will be hosted at the YMCA’s Camp Chief Hector near Canmore, AB. The camp will provide parking, basic overnight accommodations, catering and race amenities, all of which will be contained within the existing camp footprint. The hiking, biking rafting, and orienteering components of the race will be conducted in Barrier Lake, Mt. Yamnuska Natural Area in Bow Valley Provincial Park, and in Sibbald Forestry Management Area. All of these areas have been selected in consultation with Parks staff and local organizations.

Date

Saturday, September 10th & Sunday, September 11th, 2005. The course will be staged on the Saturday and Sunday and be approximately 4-6 hours in length, each day.

Contact Information

Executive Director

Pat Letizia

(403) 209-2256

pletizia@albertaecotrust.com

Race Director:

Simon Geoghegan

sgeoghegan@enmax.com

Event Coordinator

Sarah Wilson

(403) 209-2245

swilson@albertaecotrust.com

Education Program Coordination

Andrea Barnes

Jill Kirker

(403) 678-5508

(403) 209-2245

jkirker@albertaecotrust.com