King City, January 15, 2008 - The Moraine for Life Adventure Relay, supporting The Oak Ridges Trail Association (ORTA), returns June 14th and 15th, 2008, and invites teams to register. The 24-hour relay sees teams of up to 15 racers bike, hike, run and paddle across 160 kilometres of the Oak Ridges Moraine Trail, from Rice Lake to King City in Ontario's Greenbelt. The event is designed to bring awareness to the moraine and its vibrant habitat. All proceeds will help ORTA protect the Moraine's healthy ecosystem and heritage, extend the Oak Ridges Trail and encourage responsible land use.
The course covers 14 stages of varied terrain with breathtaking views along this environmentally significant landscape. The Moraine for Life Adventure Relay welcomes Joey and Toby Tanenbaum and others as event sponsors. New Elite, Corporate, Recreational Open and Recreational Masters categories encourage participation from seasoned adventure racers to families and friends looking for a unique event to make their mark.
While multi-sport events appear to lean toward the younger set, the Recreational Masters Category extends the action to racers aged 55 and over. "We've had many queries from hikers and cyclists 55 and over who asked if they could enter the relay. I feel this category will encourage them to join in on the fun," comments Brian Millage, Course Director. "Folks of all ages use the Oak Ridges Trail every day and we're confident those in the 55-plus group can give others a real challenge in the relay," notes Harold Sellers, ORTA Executive Director.
Teams can register online at www.moraineadventure.com or by calling 1-877-319-0285. Volunteers are invited to help promote and monitor the event. Contact Diana Smyth at email@example.com for opportunities.
The Adventure Relay was first held in June of 2007 and attracted seven teams, including participation by former Olympic rowing champion Marnie McBean. The winning team crossed the finish line in 12 hours and 15 minutes.
The Greenbelt has Canada's largest network of trails enjoyable all year round. The Oak Ridges Trail Association (ORTA) is a volunteer, community-based organization that builds and maintains the Oak Ridges Trail, a 260 km public hiking route across the Oak Ridges Moraine from Palgrave in the west to Rice Lake in the east.
About the Oak Ridges Moraine
The Oak Ridges Moraine is a ridge of land in Ontario's Greenbelt that runs parallel to and about 60 km north of Lake Ontario. It extends about 160 km from the Niagara Escarpment in the west to the Trent River in the east. The Moraine has many significant features. In particular is the ground water, which results from rainwater percolation into the generally porous soils of the Moraine. The Moraine also forms the watershed divide between Lake Ontario and Lake Simcoe and is the headwaters to more than 30 rivers.
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