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Runners at every level rewarded at Modo 8k

Finishers' medals and a Community Fair at competitive, community-oriented foot race this weekend

March 21st, 2014; Vancouver, BC — The Canada Running Series is delighted to welcome spring at last, opening its 2014 season with the 8th annual Modo Spring Run-Off 8k (or “Modo 8k”) in beautiful Stanley Park, this Sunday, March 23rd.

Thanks to a new title sponsorship from Modo, Vancouver's homegrown, community carshare, this year's Modo 8k promises to be the best yet, with incentives for runners at every level to cross the finish line as well as a Community Fair celebrating the healthy, connected city with fun all-ages activities for runners and families.

Finisher's Medal for 8k

Finishers' medals will be introduced for the first time for everyone who crosses the line at the Stanley Park Pavilion, and an enhanced prize purse that has already attracted an outstanding field at the front of the pack. “It's definitely the most competitive elite field yet for the Modo Spring Run-Off,” said Canada Running Series president Alan Brookes. “The race is for the most part flat, very picturesque and one of the most unique events in the Lower Mainland. We're looking forward to some great battles out there. It's a great way to start the season off on the right foot!”

“Modo is happy to support this fun, community-minded race,” said Hilary Henegar, Marketing Director for Modo. “It's accessible to both new and experienced runners — and especially appealing for those who enjoy running with friends of various fitness levels. Plus, all money raised goes to support the incredible work of our charity partner, Take a Hike.”

To encourage runners to fundraise for Take a Hike Foundation, anyone who raises or donates a minimum $8 at the Modo 8k will be entered into a draw for two spots on the upcoming Paddling Expedition led by Take a Hike on May 24th, plus Modo wheels for the day to get you there and back. Take a Hike works to empower 'at risk' youth to turn their lives around through a unique combination of adventure-based learning, therapy and community service — all integrated into a full-time high school curriculum. The program teaches life skills and attempts to repair relationships between participants and their families.

Canada Running Series, the organizers of the Modo 8k, have put up some serious prize money for the top three male and female B.C. athletes, in addition to the regular prize money, so the elite competition promises more excitement than ever. The men's race featured Rob Watson and Kelly Wiebe of the BC Endurance project. Rob is the defending Canadian Marathon champion and led a number of miles at the 2013 Boston Marathon before finishing 11th overall. Kelly is the defending 2013 Sun Run winner. In the Women's run, Natasha Wodak this past November won the 2013 Canadian Cross Country Championships and UBC Thunderbird's Rachel Cliff is following up her win last weekend at the St. Patrick's Day 5k in Stanley Park.

There are still some places available for entries into the 1,000-person field that welcomes runners of all abilities.

Runners already registered can pick up their packets Saturday, March 22 from 10am until 4pm at the Running Room, 679 Denman St. Last-minute registration will be also be available that day. Packet Pickup will be available on race day from 8:30am to 9:45am at the Stanley Park Pavilion. The race begins at 10:00am with awards ceremonies beginning at 11:15.

More information can be found at www.springrunoff.ca. Join the #Modo8k Facebook group: modo8k.facebook.

Alternative High School Program Heals Teens and Communities

Modo 8k spotlights Take a Hike's successful, unique approach combining experiential learning and a culture of service to one's neighbour.

March 18, 2014; Vancouver, BC — When Rosie steps onto the stage to address the post-race runners at the Modo 8k on March 23 and tells of the community who supported her to get there, she means it.

“My early high school experience was brutal. I couldn't concentrate and never understood the work. I found school to be overwhelming,” writes the 17-year-old in a pre-release of her speech. “After awhile I stopped attending classes all together. I would just get stoned with my friends and waste the day. This got me suspended and later expelled from my school. I attended three schools after that, and screwed that up too. Then I stumbled upon Take a Hike…”

Take a Hike Foundation is an alternative high school program for students on the margins. Many of its students share similar stories: they hated school and often skipped classes, experimenting with drugs and alcohol, and were expelled repeatedly — until they discovered Take a Hike.

The full-time education program engages at-risk youth through a unique combination of adventure-based learning, academics, therapy and community involvement. Serving as the backbone of the program is the network of community members and organizations supporting the students, contributing funding, programming and gear for student expeditions. Since 2000, the community of dedicated, passionate staff, therapists, mentors, volunteers and donors have been empowering teenagers who might otherwise never finish school to not only graduate but also heal and grow themselves and their communities. The result? More than 80% of students complete the program every year. In 2013, 100% of grade 12 students crossed the stage with a high school diploma.

Following the example set by the program's chorus of supporters, students contribute a full day of community service every week. Last year, students contributed 1,400 hours in their communities — 400 hours more than what was required as part of the curriculum. “I learned how much others do for us and this motivates me to give back,” said one student.

“Volunteering through Take a Hike is often the first opportunity our students are given to contribute to their community in a meaningful way,” says Take a Hike Foundation executive director Jaydeen Williams. “We find that the leadership skills and confidence they build translate to social and academic success in the classroom.”

And it is this emphasis on both community involvement and engagement with the great outdoors that made Take a Hike an ideal match as charity partner in the Modo Spring Run-Off 8k race (or, “Modo 8k”) around Stanley Park, which organizers at Canada Running Series describe as a fun, community-oriented race, popular among new and experienced runners who favour group runs and volunteerism.

Modo marketing director Hilary Henegar is thrilled to bring on Take a Hike as Modo 8k charity partner: “Just as carsharing helps to build healthy, connected cities by reducing vehicles on the road to lower air pollution, preserve green space and encouraging more active modes of transportation, Take a Hike fosters healthy, connected communities.”

All funds donated through the Modo 8k go directly to Take a Hike, which is running a special contest on the day of the race to encourage additional donations above pre-race day pledges. Anyone who donates $8 at the Modo 8k will be entered to win two spots in Take a Hike's May 24 paddling expedition, and Modo will kick in wheels and a free membership to get the lucky winner to the event.

About Take a Hike Foundation

Take a Hike is a full-time alternative education program that engages at-risk youth through a unique combination of adventure-based learning, academics, therapy, and community involvement. This unique, alternative education program has been very successful in helping Vancouver's at-risk youth work through their emotional issues and addictions, and to develop confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills, and graduate. Every student in the Take a Hike program perform community service hours each year. The purpose is to demonstrate to youth that, as members of a larger community, they have a responsibility to others and that their help is needed. Valuable work experience is also gained.

About Modo

Modo is Metro Vancouver's only local carshare co-op, since 1997. Thousands of Modo members share access to hundreds of cars, trucks, vans and electrics across Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Surrey, Richmond, UBC and even Horseshoe Bay. Last year, the mission-based, not-for-profit co-operative donated carsharing to more than 60 community organizations. Modo not only shares vehicles but also its booking software, which it donates to carshare startups all over the globe, giving Modo members access to vehicles in those cities, from Nanaimo to New York and Sao Paulo to Sydney.

About the Modo 8k

The Modo Spring Run-Off Vancouver 8k (or, “Modo 8k”) takes place every spring in beautiful Stanley Park. This year, thanks to new title sponsor Modo, finishers' medals will be introduced for the first time for everyone who crosses the line at the Stanley Park Pavilion, and an enhanced prize purse that has already attracted an outstanding field of elite runners. As well, a post-race community fair celebrating the healthy, connected city will feature fun all-ages activities for runners and families. The Modo 8k is part of the Canada Running Series, which since 1999, has gained international recognition for innovation and organization. It is strongly committed to staging great experiences for runners of all levels from Canadian Olympians and International stars, to healthy lifestyle people and charity runners; and to making sport part of sustainable communities and the city-building process.

Take a Hike Foundation: Rosie's Story

Rosie — age 17 — grade 11

Rosie

March 7, 2014 — My early high school experience was brutal. I couldn't concentrate and never understood the work. I found school to be overwhelming. It was so un-motivating, going to a school where the teachers hated their jobs and the kids hated them more. After awhile I stopped attending classes all together. I would just get stoned with my friends and waste the day. This got me in the principal's office more often than I cared for, getting suspended and later expelled from my school. I attended 3 schools after that, and screwed that up too. I really thought I wasn't cut out for it; like I was never going to leave high school, or never going to finish.

Then I stumbled upon Take a Hike last summer when I was looking to take a biology class. Take a Hike was offering it in July with a 6 day kayaking trip at the end. I had never really camped or even hiked at all before but I thought I'd give it a try.

It was immediately obvious to me that this program demanded more from their students. They had rules like push ups for swearing and laps for being late. We went out on a field day at least twice a week. We did fun things like kayaking and checked out UBC's fossil collection. Because the school kept me engaged with hands on learning I absorbed more of what I was being taught.

Rosie

I absorbed so much on our 6 day kayak trip because we were so close to what we were learning about. Though the scenery was beautiful and I learned a lot, at the time I really hated it. I was out of my comfort zone and being pushed to do more than I thought I was capable of was really hard.

It wasn't until after the trip I realized how much the trip changed me. I felt appreciation for my friends, family and home. My dad told me when I got back I seemed happier, and I was. I saw harbour seals, deer, sea cucumbers. I even held a small jellyfish. The next day I enrolled myself into the full Take a Hike program. Best decision I've made so far.

Take a Hike holds people accountable. It teaches you problem solving skills and discipline. Even though they're hard on you sometimes, the teacher's are solid. We do hands-on activities, like "raft day" on the very first day of school, or hiking the chief in Squamish. We go snowshoeing, cross country skiing and more. I've tried more new things in this year than in my whole 17 years of existence.

Rosie

Ever since I've enrolled in Take a Hike, my grades have improved and I'm more engaged. I now LOVE all these new activities and I am now willing to try anything new. I've made amazing friends this year, and met some pretty incredible teachers.

With Take a Hike, I can concentrate and I now understand my work better. I've found motivation to wake up and come to class. This program works perfectly for me and I think Take a Hike can help many kids in the same situation.

Thank you so much.

My Take a Hike Experience

Adriann (TAH class of 2008)

Adriann

February 7, 2014 — Take a Hike helped me, find…me. I was a lost, confused, gangly teenager wandering around from school to school until finally my mom said to me, "I heard about this school, just down the road from our house and you get to go camping, and hiking, and skiing. It sounds like a lot of fun!" Wow did that ever sound like a lot of fun. So I applied, had an interview. I will always remember what I wore to that interview too. Purple high heels and a ton of makeup… WHAT WAS I THINKING!!

The first few days were great, the teachers seemed nice, I was making new friends, and we were planning our first 10 day adventure. This is what I was imagining in my head: "campfires, guitars, s'mores, and singing." I am sure some of you, thought the same. REALITY CHECK!!! No campfires, no guitars, no s'mores, and none of us sang Kumbaya.

It was the hardest 10 days of my life, Klaus [the therapist] still refers to it as the "trail of tears." And the worst part of it all, when you think you seriously cannot hike anymore and you have given up, you have a choice, you can give up and walk 5 days backwards, or you can choose to continue and walk 5 days forward….

It is tough, it is hard, getting through those 2 years that I was at TAH was the most challenging thing I had ever had to do in my whole life. But I would like you to think about the very first 10 day you ever completed, think about finishing it, and think about sitting in the vans driving home.

My message is simple, this school changed my life. It pushed me to my limits, and then further, and then…a little further. It taught me that no matter what challenges life throws at me, I can deal with them, one step at a time.

I am not afraid of challenge anymore, I welcome it. That in turn helped me get the awesome job that I have today, it helped me take on University, it helped me choose to travel, and to move across the world. Without TAH I would probably still be living with my mom, working for minimum wage.

Take a Hike helped me, find me. High school will be some of the hardest years of your lives. But I would like to tell you all now what I wish someone told me in high school (someone probably did, I just was not listening). I want you guys to understand that "there is life after high school." It is very different to the high school bubble. Things that are cool in high school, are not cool in the working world. Some people will flourish, other will not.

And there will come a point when you think back and say to yourself, "I wish I did more with my time" "I wish I tried more" "I wish I did not waste that opportunity."

Believe me, I have thought that many times. So work hard now, you all have it in you, challenge yourself, use the skills you learnt to become something great.

I am currently living in New Zealand, studying Psychology and Sport Science at Massey University, and just got a Scholarship through TAH and the SpencerCreo Foundation to help pay my fees. I work at a Marine Education Centre here, and I take students away for 17 days. (I thought 10 days was long!)

If it was for TAH I would not be here. TAH is a family that will be with us for the rest of our lives. I cannot thank them enough for their ongoing support and patience.

Modo The Car Co-op partners with CRS for the 2014 Modo Spring Run-Off Vancouver 8k!

Modo

December 18, 2013 — Vancouver, BC. Canada Running Series is pleased to announce a three-year partnership with Modo The Car Co-op, to become title sponsor of the Modo Spring Run Off Vancouver 8K. Modo will also become the Official Automotive Sponsor of the Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon and the Vancouver Eastside 10K. As the first event of CRS 2014, the Modo Spring Run-Off Vancouver 8k, will take place on March 23, 2014 around world-famous Stanley Park.

Stay tuned for more details on this new partnership coming in January!

Modo The Car Co-op is Metro Vancouver's only local carshare co-op, since 1997. Founded in the West End by 16 members sharing two cars, Modo now has almost 10,000 drivers sharing 300 cars, trucks, vans and electrics across Metro Vancouver at the lowest rates in the region. Start sharing at www.modo.coop.

Canada Running Series announces new prize money for 2014 Western events, and commitment to Canadian and British Columbian athletes

December 16, 2013 — Vancouver, BC. Canada Running Series is pleased to announce an increase in prize monies for competitive runners at its three Western events in 2014, with a strong emphasis on encouraging the development of Canadian and British Columbian athletes. Prizing at the Vancouver Spring Run Off 8K [March 23], Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon & 5K [June 22], and Vancouver Eastside 10K [Sept 13] will total $25,000 plus event record bonuses — the largest in the 15 year history of CRS' Vancouver races.

Each of the Western events will see an increase in the prize money being awarded, and an increase in the depth of awards. The top 5 Canadian runners will be rewarded at each race, plus the top 5 British Columbian runners. The distribution of the prize money for each event can be found on the canadarunningseries.com website.

Canada Running Series has already earned a strong reputation for bringing the very best in Canadian distance running to town, from Vancouver to Toronto to Montreal, building excitement in the running community and giving top Canadians the chance to shine and earn vital funds to support their training. In 2012, Olympians Reid Coolsaet and Eric Gillis both used the Scotiabank Vancouver Half as their final tune up before the London Olympic Marathon. The 2013 races brought Lanni Marchant, Krista DuChene, Rob Watson and Kate Van Buskirk to Vancouver, all of whom represented Canada at the World Championships in Moscow in August. Then Olympian Dylan Wykes won the Eastside 10K in his first race back after London 2012.

“We really want to support an increase in depth and competitiveness among the local British Columbian runners,” said Clifton Cunningham, CRS Western Race Director “while continuing to support the top level national runners, which we attract to our events. East-West rivalries and exciting head-to-head competition are always great in Canada. And such competition and rewards will help to raise the bar, we hope, on the road to the Pan Am Games in Toronto 2015, and then Rio.”

The Canada Running Series, kicks of 2014 with the Vancouver Modo Spring Run-Off 8km run, taking place in Stanley Park on Sunday, March 23rd.

About Canada Running Series:

Canada Running Series, prides itself on organizing great races that benefit communities, the sport and on being industry leader in innovation for Canada. In 2013 the Series attracted 56,000 runners over 8 events and raised $5.8 million for 300 community charities.

Registration is now open with event details at www.canadarunningseries.com for the 2014 running season.

Busting four myths about arthritis

The Arthritis Society

As one of the most common chronic diseases in Canada, arthritis is also one of the most misunderstood. While the many myths surrounding it may flourish, The Arthritis Society sets the record straight here on four of the most common misconceptions:

Reliable arthritis information is just a click away

The Arthritis Society's website (www.arthritis.ca) gives visitors customized information about their type of illness as well as the options for treatment with advice from experts. More information is available at 1-800-321-1433.

On the Run — Exercise and Arthritis

On the Run — Exercise and Arthritis

Some of the many questions we get asked at The Arthritis Society are about the relationship between running and arthritis — for example, are runners more likely to get arthritis, and should people with arthritis still run for exercise.

There's good news for both runners and walkers, according to many recent studies. For example, according to a new study that will be published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the risk of osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis) was analyzed in 90,000 participants. The lead researcher, Dr. Paul Williams reports that those study participants who ran more than 12 kilometres a week were more than 18% less likely to develop osteoarthritis. Those who ran even further distances showed similar results.

Recent research indicates that exercise actually protects joints from osteoarthritis since activities such as running or jogging lubricate joints, like oil to a rusty hinge. As well, muscles and ligaments hold together our joints, and they are strengthened through exercise, as the cartilage layer can thicken and provide more joint protection.

If there was ever an example of the benefits of running, it would be local elite runner, BJ McHugh, who has likely passed more than a few runners on her way to setting multiple age-group records at 85. In fact, BJ is part of a study on successful ageing at McGill University, along with other familiar names such as Ed Whitlock, Olga Kotelko, Violet Holmes and others. Researchers will be attempting to find out what makes this group physiologically and cognitively superior to other people in their age group.

For more information on exercise and arthritis, please click here.

Too Many Children Face The Pain Of Arthritis

The Arthritis Society

March 4, 2013 — Many runners recall active childhoods, where they were able to play with friends, participate in sports such as soccer or hockey without any aches and pains to worry about. Imagine what happens when children and adolescents are diagnosed with arthritis. That's right — contrary to the common myth that arthritis is just a disease of the elderly, the reality is that one in 1,000 Canadians under the age of 16 are affected by childhood arthritis. It is one of the most common chronic diseases to impact children and there is no cure.

One of the children we've got to know is Armileen. She's is an active, vibrant young girl who takes life one step at a time and is appreciative for everything she has. Her outlook is shaped by her experience of living with arthritis and it is impressive when you consider what she has been through. At age four she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) — a disease that usually affects adults aged 25-50. The symptoms are not nice. Characterized by an inflammation of the joints, the disease can severely damage cartilage, bone, tendons, and ligaments leading to permanent deformity or disability.

“I experience swelling and stiffness in my joints,” she explains. “When I was younger I was able to play with my friends, but if I overdid things, my joints would swell and I would have to rest.” Not something you expect to hear from a child — not something any child should have to live with.

Having to deal with the disease from such an early age has given Armileen a great perspective on life. “I just made it part of my every-day life… whether it was wearing a special shoe to bed or taking medication, it was something that I just had to do.”

When kids called her names it simply made her stronger. “l would laugh at the other kids who were calling me names like 'cripple' because I was playing sports and they were not.”

March is Children's Arthritis Month and The Arthritis Society uses it to heighten awareness of this disease and to raise much-needed funds for research that will find better treatments and, ultimately, a cure.

To fundraise for The Arthritis Society so we can help kids like Armileen, please click here.

Kangogo and Harvey dominate Harry's Spring Run-Off Vancouver 8K; $180,000 raised for Prostate Cancer Research

Leaders at Harry's Spring Run-Off Vancouver 8K

VANCOUVER. March 25th. Wily veterans from Alberta, Kip Kangogo and Lisa Harvey, swept into town to open Canada Running Series 2012 with comfortable victories at Harry's Spring Run Off Vancouver 8K this morning. Lethbridge's resident Kenyan broke the tape in 24:00 and Calgary's former Olympian, Harvey took the Women's title in 28:40. Both put about 40 seconds between themselves and their closest competition. The third winner on a picture-perfect, Pacific morning was the Vancouver Prostate Centre at VGH, which went home with a big cheque for $180,000. The cheque was presented by Larry Rosen, CEO & Chairman of Harry Rosen Menswear, who also went the distance in the fight against prostate cancer.

Kip Kangogo wins Harry's Spring Run-Off Vancouver 8K

Conditions were ideal for the field of 1,200 runners who took off from the Miniature Train Yard in Stanley Park at 10am, for a complete loop of the world-famous Seawall. Magnificent clear blue, sunny skies, little wind, a temperature of 8 degrees, and just 66% humidity, with the snow-capped North Shore Mountains as a backdrop, created a marvellous atmosphere for “Opening Day”. Kangogo, who finished 3rd Overall in the 2011 CRS standings, was 3rd at SunRun and at Toronto Yonge Street 10K last year, took charge from the outset. Up and coming Vancouver athletes, Ben Thistlewood and Sam Pawluk (who both train in Richard Lee's group at Point Grey/UBC) hung onto the former NCAA star for 3K, when Kip made his decisive move and in his own words “made a steady move and settled things early”. Running nice, even 3 minute kilometres, he said after, “The weather was good. The course is beautiful by the ocean. It was good to start the season like this. I'm very happy with the time and I'm looking forward to the season: the SunRun is next; Toronto Yonge Street 10K after that, then go from there. But I'll definitely be back in Toronto for the Waterfront Marathon. I think with good training I can do very well at the marathon.”

Lisa Harvey wins Harry's Spring Run-Off Vancouver 8K

Sam Pawluk hung on for 2nd in 24:37; and while Ben Thistlewood faded to 5th (25:13), the outing was a valuable experience for a promising regional runner. Thistlewood was passed by Coquitlam's Kevin Friesen and Victoria's Matt Clout, who had a good battle for third (24:50 and 24:52).

Lisa Harvey, who had been 4th in the race the last 2 years, had an even easier time, running unchallenged from the start. “I took it out from the start and just kept going. Stayed with the guys. SOOO happy to win!” Vancouver's Sabrina Wilkie was 2nd, in 29:08, marathoner Katherine Moore 3rd in 29:25, Amy Schneeberg 4th in 29:35, and Kristin Smart 5th in 29:51.

The Men's Masters division undoubtedly had the sharpest competition of the day as Vancouver's super-vets, Graeme Wilson and Kevin O'Connor fought their way around the Seawall, finishing just 6 seconds apart, 25:36 to 25:42, good for 6th and 7th places overall.

Happy runners at Harry's Spring Run-Off Vancouver 8K

While lamenting the fact that every year he seems to get a little slower, Larry Rosen said,
“Harry's Spring Run-Off is a source of great pride for us all. With the $180,000 from today's run, we have nearly reached one million dollars for VGH over the past seven years. We are honoured to be able to support the incredible work they do and we want to take a moment to thank everyone who participated again this year, whether through running, volunteering or donating money. We should all be proud to be part of this wonderful and successful event. And Canada Running Series sure knows how to put on a great race!”

The new venue and modified course seemed to get two thumbs up all round, and the post-run setting with music, Miniature Train rides, “Best-Costume contests”, and a majestic Pacific backdrop could not have got CRS 2012 off to a better start. The action and the cause now move to High Park, with Harry's Spring Run Off Toronto on Saturday, April 7th — the 2nd of the 8-event 2012 Canada Running Series circuit. Calendar and information at www.RunCRS.ca.

Complete Results click here.

Harry's Spring Run-Off Vancouver 8K to open Canada Running Series 2012 this Sunday: fun, fundraising and some spirited racing up front!

VANCOUVER. March 20. It's “Opening Day” for Canada Running Series this Sunday, as some 1,500 runners are expected to toe the Start line in Stanley Park for Harry's Spring Run Off 8K to fight prostate cancer. This will be the 14th year for Canada's most-prestigious running circuit. Last year, the Series' eight events in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal attracted 60,000 participants, raised an impressive $6.5 million for 238 mostly-local charities in the three cities, and created the opportunity for Canada's top distance runners to race against some of the world's best. This will be the 5th anniversary for Vancouver's Spring Run-Off, sponsored by Harry's Rosen, and it will again be an important fundraiser for prostate cancer research at Vancouver General Hospital. The 2012 goal of $180,000 is well in sight.

Leading the charge around the fabulous Stanley Park Seawall this year will be Lethbridge's resident-Kenyan star, Kip Kangogo, and for the women, Port Moody's Natasha Fraser. Kip will be making his debut at the Spring Run Off, but is no stranger to the Vancouver racing scene. He's won the last 3 editions of the Scotiabank Vancouver Half marathon, and was 3rd in last year's Sun Run, behind Eric Gillis and Dylan Wykes. In 2011, he finished 3rd overall in the Canada Running Series standings, behind only London Olympics-bound Reid Coolsaet and 2-time National Half marathon Champion, Matt Loiselle of Toronto. His main competition on Sunday is expected to come from a strong BC contingent that includes Langley's Steve Osaduik (3rd at last year's race), Burnaby's Dylan Gant (7th last year), and Victoria's Matt Clout.

Natasha Fraser, who placed 2nd in last year's SRO, 3rd at Sun Run 2011 (34:00), 6th in the National 10K Championships in Toronto in September, and 3rd in the Overall CRS 2011 standings, is certainly the woman to beat. But she will be pushed by Vancouver's Shaunna Skinner and Catherine Watkins who finished 1-2, just one second apart, at the Steveston Icebreaker 8K in January, and Calgary veteran and former Olympian, Lisa Harvey.

The race takes off at 10am sharp from Stanley Park's Miniature Railway Train Yard, and follows a scenic course along the Seawall and around Lost Lagoon. There are prizes for “Best Dressed” runner and for fundraising, as well as for the fleet of foot. Online registration is still possible until midnight Tuesday March 20, then “in person” at Denman Street Running Room on Friday and Saturday.

For entry and further information: www.springrunoff.ca

For Canada Running Series information: www.RunCRS.ca

Jackson and Elmore have strong wins at Harry's Spring Run-Off 8k to Fight Prostate Cancer

Over 1100 runners enjoy the Stanley Park sunshine, raising over $200,000 for the Prostate Centre at VGH

Photos by Chris Relke

Start of Harry's Spring Run-Off 8k 2011

Vancouver, March 20, 2011 — In a surprise upset, Abbotsford's David Jackson outran defending champion and pre-race favourite Willy Kimosop at the fifth annual Harry's Spring Run-Off Vancouver 8K. In the women's race, last year's winner Malindi Elmore once again had no close competition, easily besting the field by nearly a minute. Getting the 2011 Canada Running Series off to a fast start, Jackson and Elmore led over 1150 runners around the world famous Stanley Park Seawall under beautiful blue skies — rare and welcome sunshine in an unusually cold and damp West Coast spring. Spirits were further lifted by the record $200,000+ raised for prostate cancer research at VGH.

David Jackson wins Harry's Spring Run-Off 8k 2011
2011 Winner David Jackson

Jackson and Kimosop broke away from the crowd right from the start. Only Langley's Steve Osadiuk was able to go after them, shadowing the pair by about 5 seconds as they circled Lost Lagoon and headed out around the seawall. Osaduik caught up at 5k and for the next couple of kilometres the trio stayed together, exchanging the lead several times. Then Jackson made his move. "I didn't want it to come down to a sprint against those guys," said Jackson. "I don't have that kind of speed — I have to go early." And go he did, opening up a 7 second gap over Kimosop over the final 800 metres, with Osadiuk a further 5 seconds back at the finish.

Jackson, who is coached by previous Harry's SRO winner Jon Brown, was very happy with his time of 24:19. "That was 50 seconds faster than I ran here last year — and a personal best for me," he said. "This bodes well for next month at the Sun Run."

In contrast the women's repeat victory posed no problem for Elmore,  whose 26:43 clocking went unchallenged. The $1000 first prize made a nice belated birthday present for the 2010 Sun Run champion, who turned 31 a week ago.

Malindi Elmore wins Harry's Spring Run-Off 8k 2011
2011 women's winner Malindi Elmore

Behind Elmore, Port Moody's Natasha Wodak and Calgary's Lisa Harvey ran together for the first kilometre before Harvey dropped back. Wodak went on to achieve a personal best by 12 seconds. Vancouver's Gillian Gook overtook a struggling Harvey to claim third spot.

Harvey did manage to recapture the Masters title that she gave up last year, while hanging on to fourth spot. On the men's side, Vancouver's Kevin O'Connor also earned a fourth place overall finish while taking the Masters title.

For many people, the highlight of the day was the record $200,000+ raised for prostate cancer research — exceeding the fundraising target by $50,000. Founded in 1998, the Vancouver Prostate Centre at VGH has become Canada's leading — and one of the world's foremost — prostate cancer research and treatment centres. Over 2,500 patients are seen annually by the Vancouver Prostate Centre.

There were a number of teams running for the fastest team results, but Deloitte's team came out on top with a fastest 4 time of just 2:07:37. Teams from VFAC Blue Cheetahs, Douglas College Running Club, Methanex, The Right Shoe, Busby Perkins & Will, Harry Rosen, The Nomads, UBC Alpha Kappa Psi, George Marr Realty, Ron's Runners, Rod's PSA Team, BDO Canada LLP, Running Joe's, The Seahorses and Grandview all had strong showings.

Full results can be viewed at www.canadarunningseries.com/spring8k/

Vancouver General Hospital a Winner at Harry's Spring Run-Off 8k to Fight Prostate Cancer

Four-year total of more than $500,000 donated to Vancouver Prostate Centre at VGH

VANCOUVER, BC (March 7, 2010) — On a beautiful Sunday morning in Stanley Park, more than 1,000 participants showed their support to raise over $121,000 for the internationally recognized Vancouver Prostate Centre at Vancouver General Hospital in the fourth annual Harry's Spring Run-Off 8k to Fight Prostate Cancer.

"We are so proud to say that we've reached the half million mark after four years, with the $121,000 from this year's run," said Larry Rosen, CEO and Chairman of Harry Rosen Inc., who led Harry Rosen's team of 45 associates in the event. "We couldn't be happier with the level of participation and the amount of money raised from today's race — especially given all the excitement going on in Vancouver so far this year. I'd like to personally thank all the runners, walkers, sponsors and volunteers for continuing to embrace the cause and helping to make Harry's Spring Run-Off 2010 a resounding success."

"Here in B.C, we are fortunate to have the best prostate cancer outcomes in the country," said Dr. Martin Gleave, Director of the Prostate Centre at VGH and Liber Ero BC Leadership Chair in Prostate Cancer Research. "With the support from donors and events such as Harry's Spring Run-Off, the team at the Vancouver Prostate Centre at VGH is developing new treatments and finding new ways to prevent prostate cancer from reoccurring. We would like thank all donors, sponsors and participants who contributed to this event for helping improve the odds for men with prostate cancer."

Willy Kimosop of Lethbridge took first place in the 8K competitive run, one of the earliest events of the Vancouver running season, with a time of 23:42. Malindi Elmore of Kelowna was the first female finisher with a time of 26:48.

Companies such as GWL realty, McCarthy Tetrault and HSBC entered corporate teams, with the Prostate PSA team winning the coveted prize of $1,000 in Harry Rosen gift cards for Fastest Team. Other awards were given out to Dominic Smaldino for the Best Dressed Runner. The top individual and team fundraisers will be announced on the website in the coming weeks once final tallies are done, with the team that raises the most money winning $2,500 in Harry Rosen gift cards, as well as thousands of dollars in gift cards from The Running Room for individual fundraisers.

The $121,000 raised in today's event came from a combination of registration fees and pledges to VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. In addition to title sponsor Harry Rosen Inc., funding for the event was generously provided by HSBC Bank Canada, presenting sponsor; The Running Room as key sponsor, and The Vancouver Sun, media sponsor.

More information about today's run, including full results, can be found at www.canadarunningseries.com/spring8k.

About VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is a registered charity that raises funds for the latest, most sophisticated medical equipment, world-class research and improvements to patient care for Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. For more information, please visit www.worldclasshealthcare.ca.

About the Vancouver Prostate Centre at VGH

The Prostate Centre at VGH is a UBC Centre and National Centre of Excellence uniting a trans-disciplinary team of basic and clinical scientists to study molecular mechanisms of prostate cancer progression and therapeutic resistance, identify gene targets for intervention, and use this information to create new therapies to improve care for men with prostate cancer.

About Harry Rosen

Harry Rosen Inc., Canada's leading quality men's wear retailer, is celebrating its 56th year in business in 2010. Founded in 1954 by the man whose name the chain still bears, Harry Rosen Inc. has grown from a single 500-square-foot store in Toronto to become a powerhouse in Canadian retailing with 15 stores across the country, accounting for 40 percent of the Canadian market in high-end men's wear. Harry Rosen stores offer extensive collections of the world's finest men's wear labels including Tom Ford, Brunello Cucinelli, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Armani Collezioni, Brioni, Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna, Versace, Hugo Boss, Prada, Cole Haan, Salvatore Ferragamo, Loro Piana and J.P. Tilford by Samuelsohn.

The Prostate Centre at VGH a Winner at Harry's Spring Run-Off 8k to Fight Prostate Cancer

$140,000 raised

Jon Brown of Victoria

VANCOUVER, BC (March 8, 2009) ? More than 1,200 participants showed their support this morning in Vancouver's Stanley Park to raise more than $140,000 for the internationally recognized Prostate Centre at Vancouver General Hospital in the third annual Harry's Spring Run-Off 8k to Fight Prostate Cancer, presented by HSBC.

"We are extremely pleased with the level of participation and the amount of money raised from today's race," said Larry Rosen, CEO and Chairman of Harry Rosen Inc., who led Harry Rosen's team of 45 associates in the event. "We truly appreciate everyone's generosity, especially given the state of the economy. I'd like to personally thank all the runners, walkers, sponsors and volunteers for embracing the cause and helping to make Harry's Spring Run-Off our largest prostate cancer initiative to date."

"Here in BC, we are fortunate to have the best prostate cancer outcomes in the country," said Dr. Martin Gleave, Director of the Prostate Centre at VGH and Liber Ero BC Leadership Chair in Prostate Cancer Research. "With the support of donors, the team at the Prostate Centre at VGH is developing new treatments and finding new ways to prevent prostate cancer from reoccurring. We would like thank all donors, sponsors and participants who contributed to this event for helping improve the odds for men with prostate cancer."

Lisa Harvey of Calgary

Jon Brown of Victoria, BC took first place in the 8K competitive run, one of the earliest events of the Vancouver running season, with a time of 23:56 minutes. Lisa Harvey of Calgary, AB was the first female finisher with a time of 28 minutes.

Companies such as HSBC Bank of Canada and Penfolds entered corporate teams, with The Prostate Centre team winning the coveted prize of $5,000 in Harry Rosen gift cards for the team that raised the most money. A Zegna Sport backpack was given to the best-dressed runner, and a Karma Coffee prize-pack (a small Vancouver Island coffee roaster) was given to the person who brought the best karma to the race. The top individual fundraisers will be announced on the website in the coming weeks once final tallies are done.

The $140,000 raised in today's event came from a combination of registration fees and pledges to the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. In addition to title sponsor Harry Rosen Inc., funding for the event was generously provided by HSBC Bank Canada, presenting sponsor; Zegna Sport and Penfolds, key sponsors; the Running Room, supporting sponsor; and The Vancouver Sun and CBS Outdoor, media sponsors.

More information about today's run, including full results, can be found at www.canadarunningseries.com/spring8k.

About VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is a registered charity that raises funds for the latest, most sophisticated medical equipment, world-class research and improvements to patient care for Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. For more information, please visit www.worldclasshealthcare.ca.

About the Prostate Centre at VGH

The Prostate Centre at VGH is a UBC Centre and National Centre of Excellence uniting a trans-disciplinary team of basic and clinical scientists to study molecular mechanisms of prostate cancer progression and therapeutic resistance, identify gene targets for intervention, and use this information to create new therapies to improve care for men with prostate cancer.

About Harry Rosen

Harry Rosen Inc., Canada's leading quality men's wear retailer, is celebrating its 55th year in business in 2009. Founded in 1954 by the man whose name the chain still bears, Harry Rosen Inc. has grown from a single 500-square-foot store in Toronto to become a powerhouse in Canadian retailing with 15 stores across the country, accounting for 40 percent of the Canadian market in high-end men's wear. Harry Rosen stores offer extensive collections of the world's finest men's wear labels including Tom Ford, Brunello Cucinelli, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Armani Collezioni, Brioni, Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna, Versace, BOSS Hugo Boss, Prada, Cole Haan, Salvatore Ferragamo, Loro Piana, Arnold Brant and J.P. Tilford by Samuelsohn.

A copy of the above release can be found here.

Brown and Harvey victorious in tough competition at 3rd Annual Harry's Spring Run-Off 8k

Start
Record numbers start at Lumbermen's Arch
Photo: T. Nightingale

VANCOUVER, BC. March 8, 2009: Nearly 1300 participants came out for the 3rd annual Harry's Spring Run-Off 8k on a crisp sunny morning in Stanley Park, happily avoiding a rare West Coast spring snowstorm by about 10 hours. After a rousing warm-up routine that put a smile on everyone's face, a bagpiper led the crowd to the start line at Lumbermen's Arch. The field included many of the top early season competitors who have been going head to head since the Provincial 8k Championships on January 11, and Sunday was no exception.

Jon Brown leads at 6.5km
Jon Brown leads at 6.5km
Photo: T. Nightingale

During the first 3km as the course circled Lost Lagoon, a lead pack of about 6 emerged that included Jon Brown, Steve Osaduik, Richard Mosley and Shane Carlos. The initial pace was somewhat conservative as the leaders carefully negotiated the twisty portion of the course, but once they hit the open seawall the pace picked up and the group was soon whittled down to just those four. Between 4km and 5km Carlos was gradually dropped. At 5km Brown and Mosley made a move and put a little distance between themselves and Osaduik. By 6km, Brown had pulled away from Mosley as well. "I surprisingly started to pull away without really making any conscious effort," said Brown. "Once I realized I was pulling ahead I then took advantage and increased my effort."

Behind him Osaduik, who had never let the gap between himself and Mosley get very large, was able to reel Mosley in before hitting the 7km mark. With just 1 kilometre remaining, they got into a short but intense see-saw battle until Osaduik finally pulled ahead into second place. Though he was able to narrow the gap slightly between himself and Brown, it was too little, too late and Osaduik had to settle for second place, 12 seconds behind Brown. Mosely crossed the line just 5 seconds later. Back in fourth place, Carlos had to work hard to avoid being caught by a fast-closing Jerry Ziak, just managing to hold him off by 2 seconds.

Lisa Harvey finishes 2 seconds ahead of Cheryl Murphy
Lisa Harvey finishes 2 seconds ahead of Cheryl Murphy   Photo: J. Crosby

The women's competition for the top spots was even closer, with last-minute entry and frequent racer Cheryl Murphy mixing it up with defending champ Lisa Harvey and 2008 runner-up Kristina Rody. The lead changed hands between these three several times in the first 3km, but half a kilometre later it was down to a two-woman race with Harvey leading Murphy around the seawall. At one point Murphy took over the lead but it was short-lived as Harvey seemed intent on a three-peat, putting in a fantastic effort to move ahead once more and hold her advantage right to the wire. She was hard pressed by Murphy, who at age 39 has been racing better than ever with multiple wins and PB's in distances up to the marathon. Rody ended up only 17 seconds behind for a very strong third place finish. Nearly a minute behind, Suzanne Evans was very disappointed with her performance, finishing well off her usual pace. Another 13 seconds back, Rachel Ruus held off Meagan McCollum by less than 2 seconds for the fifth and final cash prize position.

The masters race saw some new champions on both the men's and women's sides. Norm Tinkham, who has dominated the masters scene for several years now, had to concede to just-turned-40 Mark Bomba, who didn't find it easy to beat Tinkham despite the age advantage. His strategy was simple: "I just tried to stay ahead of Norm." A distant third was claimed by Keefer Whan of Mount Vernon, Washington.

Nancy Tinari before knee problems
Nancy Tinari leading the masters women before injury struck.   Photo: T. Nightingale

In the women's 40+ competition Nancy Tinari was being hotly pursued around the seawall by Rita Ivanauskas, yet appeared to be on her way to another masters win when her knee collapsed with 1km to go. "I could hardly put any weight on it or take more than very short steps," said Tinari. "I could feel tendons sliding around weirdly inside my knee." Ivanauskas moved ahead quickly at this point, finishing with an excellent sub-30 clocking. Tinari still managed to cross the line in the next women's position, losing only 13 seconds in the last kilometre despite the knee problems. She later recalled twisting the knee while doing some exercises at the gym a week earlier, and figures she must have somehow sprained it. Joan MacGrath was just 20 seconds back in the third masters spot after a hard-won battle with open competitor Katherine Moore pushed the pace.

In the team competition the clear winner was Vancouver Falcons Athletic Club (VFAC) led by Jay MacDonald, with an average finishing time of 28:24 and the top 5 all finishing under 30 minutes.

A record $140,000+ was raised for prostate cancer research at the Prostate Centre at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH).

Harvey repeats as women's champ at 2nd Annual Harry's Spring Run-Off 8k; over $130,000 raised for Prostate Cancer research

Photos: Teresa Nightingale

over 130,000 raised for charity

VANCOUVER, BC. March 9th, 2008 — A record 1029 registered participants enjoyed dry weather this year at the second annual Harry's Spring Run-Off 8k to fight Prostate Cancer. The lack of rain was greatly appreciated by the organizers, volunteers and sponsors as well. Ryan McKenzie of Windsor, Ontario took home $1000 and the men's title while Calgary's Lisa Harvey repeated as women's overall winner, also pocketing $1000. VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation was the biggest winner of the day with over $130,000 raised for prostate cancer research.

Ryan McKenzie

Ryan Hayden of Richmond, last year's winner, blasted off the start line at a pace he couldn't maintain, soon to be overtaken by McKenzie. The Ontarian took command for the rest of the race, gradually pulling ahead and cruising to a 23:40 finish. Behind him, Hayden held off a determined chase by Vancouver's Jerry Ziak and Langley's Steve Osaduik who battled for third spot for the entire 8 km—taking turns surging, each one unable to shake off the other. Ziak finally prevailed with a late sprint for the finish. He and Osaduik recorded a quicker final 1km split than McKenzie or Hayden, just not quite fast enough to move into second. Fifth and final cash prize spot was claimed by Victoria's Steven Murenbeeld.

Lisa Harvey

The women's race was led from start to finish in 28:05 by defending champion Harvey, who is currently preparing for the World Cross-Country Championships in Scotland at the end of the month. Chasing her around the seawall was Whistler's Kristina Rody, who finished half a minute back for the silver. Like in the men's race, third place was hotly contested, with masters competitor Nancy Tinari of Coquitlam edging Rachel Ruus of Richmond. Ruus collapsed after crossing the finish line, but recovered in time for the awards ceremony later. New Westminster's Joan McGrath rounded out the top five while taking second in the masters competition. Third female master was Britni Bark, over 3 minutes behind McGrath.

In the men's masters race, Warren McCulloch of Coquitlam ran a strong 26:57 for 12th overall, over 40 seconds clear of Kevin O'Connor and a minute up on Bertrand Plouvier, both of Vancouver.

For full results click here.

CRS 2008 set to launch with record crowd at Harry's Spring Run-Off 8k Vancouver to fight Prostate Cancer

Photos: Teresa Nightingale

VANCOUVER, BC. March 7th, 2008 — Canada Running Series 2008 is all set to open for another exciting season with a record crowd and strong field at Harry's Spring Run-Off Vancouver 8K to fight Prostate Cancer, this Sunday March 9th, on the world-famous Stanley Park Seawall.

Ryan Hayden, defending champion

More than 1,000 participants are expected to toe the line for the 10am start at Lumbermen's Arch in Canada's most spectacular urban park; and they expect to raise $130,000 for research at the Prostate Centre at Vancouver General Hospital. Both marks are well ahead of last year's totals and will set new marks for the second-year event.

To lead the charge, Harry Rosen CEO, Larry Rosen, will be joined by a competitive field that includes some of BC's best. The men's race promises to be a good battle between Richmond's Ryan Hayden, the 25-year-old recent winner of the First Half Half Marathon, Nanaimo's Steve Osaduik [winner of the 2006 Victoria Marathon], and Vancouver's Jerry Ziak. Jerry had a strong marathon debut at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September, where he placed 11th in 2:17:24. Hayden is the defending champion, having crossed the line first in the inaugural Harry's Vancouver 8K last March, in 23:47; Osaduik placed 4th almost 50 seconds back.

Lisa Harvey, defending champion

Calgary's veteran Olympian, Lisa Harvey, will start as women's favourite, to be challenged by Whistler's Kristina Rody and Coquitlam's Nancy Tinari. Lisa hopes to start '08 where she left off in 2007, as the Canada Running Series Women's National Champion. She started her 2007 season with a victory at Harry's Vancouver 8K, then showed her versatility, going undefeated with subsequent victories at the Scotiabank Vancouver Half in June, the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in September, and the Oasis ZooRun 10K at Toronto Zoo in October.

The forecast for Sunday looks excellent for running, with a temperature of 9° Celcius, variable cloudiness, only a 20% chance of rain, and a very light breeze of just 5km/hr from the East. There's still time to sign up, with in-person registration on Saturday from 10am to 5pm at the Running Room store at 679 Denman, on the corner of Georgia.

And don't forget... Daylight Saving Time begins on Saturday night [Sunday morning at 2am to be exact], so move your clocks forward one hour. Don't forget and turn up one hour late!

Inaugural event a fundraising success

March 11, 2007: Congratulations to the 741 runners who registered to compete in the inaugural Harry's Spring Run-Off! Together we were able to raise in excess of $105,000 for prostate cancer research at Vancouver General Hospital in Stanley Park's first annual Harry's Spring Run-Off 8k to Fight Prostate Cancer. See RESULTS & PHOTOS here!

"We couldn't be happier with the turn-out and the amount of money raised from today's inaugural Vancouver race," said Larry Rosen, CEO and Chairman of Harry Rosen Inc., who led Harry Rosen's team of 53 associates in the event. "I'd like to personally thank all the participants, sponsors and volunteers for helping to make Harry's Spring Run-Off our largest prostate cancer initiative to date, a huge success both in terms of raising funds and awareness. We look forward to building on this success in future years by making this an annual Vancouver event."

"The proceeds from Harry's Spring Run-Off will make a difference for prostate cancer patients. These proceeds will help us advance our research into the causes of this disease, and find new ways to diagnose it earlier and treat it better," says Dr. Martin Gleave, Director of the Prostate Centre at VGH and Liber Ero BC Leadership Chair in Prostate Cancer Research. "The public awareness that has been raised for prostate cancer as a result of the event is truly invaluable."

Harry Rosen Announces Major Prostate Cancer Fundraiser in Vancouver

Harry's Spring Run-Off to benefit the Prostate Centre at VGH

TORONTO, Ontario (January 18, 2007) — As part of its ongoing commitment to prostate cancer research in Canada, Harry Rosen Inc. is proud to announce that it will be the title sponsor of Vancouver's newest charity run this spring. On March 11th, Harry's Spring Run-Off 8k to Fight Prostate Cancer will take place in Stanley Park, with proceeds being donated to research at the Prostate Centre at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH). This event marks the second Harry's Spring Run-Off in Canada, in addition to the April Toronto run, now in its second year.

"We are thrilled to expand Harry's Spring Run-Off to the West Coast and I've already started my training to lead Team Harry Rosen in the run on March 11th," states Larry Rosen, CEO and Chairman of Harry Rosen Inc. "For seven years we've helped spread the word and raise money through a variety of initiatives, but with this event we hope to raise in excess of $100,000 in Vancouver for the fight to find a cure for prostate cancer."

"Donations are essential to place our prostate research programs at the forefront of the world today, so that we can turn our pioneering research into the latest treatments for men with prostate cancer," said Dr. Martin Gleave, Director of the Prostate Centre at VGH and the Liber Ero BC Leadership Chair in Prostate Cancer Research. "We look forward to participating in Vancouver's inaugural Harry's Spring Run-Off to Fight Prostate Cancer."

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer threat to Canadian men. It will afflict one out of six men in their lifetime ? approximately 20,500 men this year alone. Men over the age of 45 are urged to speak to their doctors about testing.

In addition to the money raised by entry fees, runners will be able to sign up for additional pledges online, with those proceeds going directly to the hospital. Among the first of the spring season in Vancouver, this run is part of the Canada Running Series and will be a valuable training effort for runners and will hopefully come to be seen as a rite of passage. Individual prizes will be awarded for the fastest times in a variety of categories. As well, the event will host a Team Challenge, inviting groups to enter a team of 10 with the chance to win group prizes of gift cards from Harry Rosen.

The registration fee for Harry's Spring Run-Off, presented by HSBC Bank Canada, ranges from $30 to $50, depending on when registered. The Run begins at 10:00 a.m. The event itself will include entertainment, gift bags and finishers t-shirts. Participants may sign up at www.canadarunningseries.com/spring8k.

Harry's Spring Run-Off is pleased to welcome HSBC Bank Canada as presenting sponsor and Zegna Sport as key sponsor.

The Run will be supported by an extensive marketing campaign, including advertising in the Globe and Mail and CBS Outdoor transit shelters as well as in-store and window displays at Harry Rosen's two Vancouver locations; and extensive use of websites, direct mail and email campaigns.

About VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is a registered charity that raises funds for the latest, most sophisticated medical equipment, world-class research and improvements to patient care for Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. For more information, please visit www.worldclasshealthcare.ca.

About the Prostate Centre at VGH

The Prostate Centre at VGH is a UBC Centre and National Centre of Excellence uniting a trans-disciplinary team of basic and clinical scientists to study molecular mechanisms of prostate cancer progression and therapeutic resistance, identify gene targets for intervention, and use this information to create new therapies to improve care for men with prostate cancer.

About Harry Rosen Inc.

Harry Rosen Inc., Canada's leading quality men's wear retailer, is celebrating its 53rd year in business in 2007. With 16 stores across the country, accounting for 40 percent of the Canadian market in high-end men's wear, Harry Rosen stores offer extensive collections of the world's finest men's wear labels including Brioni, Canali, Versace Classic, BOSS Hugo Boss, Armani Collezioni, Ermenegildo Zegna, Prada, Etro, Salvatore Ferragamo, Dolce and Gabbana and J.P. Tilford by Samuelsohn. Since 2000, Harry Rosen Inc. has raised money and awareness for prostate cancer in Canada. Through a variety of initiatives, over $700,000 has been donated to organizations across the country.