In Pictures: The Rick Hansen Relay arrives in town
By David F. Rooney
The Rick Hansen Relay, which marked the 25 anniversary of Hansen’s original Man in Motion World Tour, arrived in Revelstoke Tuesday afternoon.
About 300 people gathered at Grizzly Plaza to watch young Drew Derosier carry the relay’s official silver medal the last stretch from Second Street to the bandstand.
Drew, who has cerebral palsy, said he was honoured to be selected to carry the heavy silver medal during its last 100 metres. Former Mayor Mark McKee acted as MC and accepted, on behalf of the City, a copy of the medal from relay organizers.
The medal will be carried out of town on Wednesday morning.
Parks Canada spokeswoman Jacolyn Daniluck said that portion of the relay has been organized by Parks Canada and will begin at 10:40 am.
“Mike Pendrak of Parks Canada will depart from the Mount Revelstoke West Welcome Station at 10:40 am, carrying the Rick Hansen Medal in a snowplow, driving from the boundary of Mount Revelstoke National Park to the boundary of Glacier National Park,” she said.
“Parks Canada’s Alice Weber, Revelstoke student Emma Knight-Flood, Bombardier Beaumont-Smith Dept of National Defence and Gunner Hilderbrandt of the Department of National Defence will then run relay-style from the Bostock Trailhead in Glacier National Park (at 11:05 am) with the Rick Hansen Medal to Hemlock Grove Trailhead, the park’s barrier-free trail and picnic area.
“Next, Revelstoke skier Greg Hill and Parks Canada’s Eric Dafoe will depart from the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre at 11:45 am, skiing with the Rick Hansen Medal into the Balu Pass area of Glacier National Park (weather and avalanche conditions permitting).”
The medal will then continue on to Golden and down through the East Kootenays before continuing on to Vancouver.
Here, though, are photos from today’s event in Revelstoke: