FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 9, 2011 – Vancouver, BC – The Whistler Spirit Run is proud to announce that Rio Tinto Alcan is the new Presenting Sponsor for the exciting event that will take place on September 24th, 2011. The Whistler Spirit Run, part of the Vancouver Sun Run Series, is a running competition that takes place at Whistler Olympic Park.  It features something for everyone and is the realization of Frank Reynolds’ vision to foster healthy communities throughout the region by providing funds to British Columbia athletes through charitable donations and scholarship programs.

“We’re very pleased to support The Whistler Spirit Run in the beautiful surroundings of the Callaghan Valley. Our core values are guided by our decisions and actions and our goal is to enhance lifestyles and support and respect local communities by making a positive difference to everyday life,” says Richard Prokopanko, Director Government Relations, Rio Tinto Alcan, Inc.  “This is a great weekend to get up to Whistler and we especially encourage all Corporations, groups and individuals to come out and compete  and see who’s going to be the winner of the very first Trophy, for the Whistler Spirit Relay Challenge”.

Since the first Whistler Spirit Run three years ago, the event has attracted people of all ages and built strong relationships. This year’s version will consist of cross country events of various distances for individuals, schools and club teams, a fun 4x2KM team relay and competitive races where substantial prize money will be offered. The Whistler Spirit Run is part of the BC Athletics Cross Country Running Series, where runners have the opportunity to collect points towards the overall series.

“We are thrilled to have Rio Tinto Alcan as our new Presenting Sponsor,” says Peter Diemer, President of the organizing committee. “They are big supporters of sports and community events and our plan together is to grow this event again in 2011 and work towards an International Championship in the coming years.”One of the biggest additions to this year’s Whistler Spirit Run is the creation of “The Whistler Spirit Run Relay Challenge”.   A perpetual trophy is being specially created that will be proudly and permanently displayed in the day lodge at Whistler Olympic Park.   All teams – corporate, school, family and fun teams are encouraged to register for this fun event.    Who will WIN the trophy for the very first time?  We’ll find out on September 24th.

For more information, and on-line registration, visit www.whistlerspiritrun.com or contact us atwhistlerspiritrun@gmail.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.