The Kickoff Run will get underway on Saturday, June 22nd and will feature a convoy of volunteers and Blue Bomber alumni who will escort the Kickoff football and the Grey Cup as they make their way through the following communities, where photo opportunities will be available for fans:
Saturday, June 22nd – Portage la Prairie
Sunday, June 23rd – Brandon
Monday, June 24th – Morden, Winkler and Altona
Tuesday, June 25th – Steinbach
Wednesday, June 26th – Gimli and Selkirk
Thursday, June 27th – Winnipeg
Coordinated by volunteers in each community, the Morden team is lead by Liz Hildebrand, Reg Braun and Clare Agnew.
“We invite fans to get involved in the celebration,” said Hildebrand, “it’s going to be a fun day for Morden.”
Activities in Morden begin at the Access Event Centre from 12:00 – 2:00 and include:
• Hotdog, chips and a drink lunch sponsored by Giant Tiger and the Winkler/ Morden Co-op for a cost of $3.00. Proceeds donated to Morden Flag Football and KidSport
• get a picture taken with the Grey Cup and Blue Bomber Alumni
• and cheer on the runners!
The Relay Race starts at the Access Event Centre parking lot at 2:00 p.m. and will go past the EMMS School and Maple Leaf School, ending at Tim Horton’s where you can enjoy a complimentary Tim Horton’s coffee and donut.
The relay runners will run the length of a football field, 110 yards and pass the ball on to the next runner. The runners were selected from a contest at Tim Horton’s, Winnipeg Free Press and selected from within the community.
“I think it’s a great event for football fans, but also for community spirit building and a great continuation of the number of spring and summer events already hosted in Morden,” said Clare Agnew, Director of Community Services for the City of Morden.
“It’ll be a proud moment for us all to see this ball, touched by so many fans, make its way to centre field as an important part of the June 27th Opening Ceremonies,” said Kickoff Run Ambassador, Doug Brown. “The opening of Investors Group Field will be a landmark day for football fans and the community alike and I am excited to be a part of this new era in Blue Bomber football,” he said.