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Contest Overview

Relay Story

The Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay will be an exciting and inspiring journey that begins on August 24, 2011 in Cape Spear, NL and concludes in Vancouver, BC on May 22, 2012.

7,000 Medal-Bearers will pass the singular Rick Hansen Medal to each other in 250 metre segments, as the Relay weaves its way across the country. The Rick Hansen Medal - created by the Royal Canadian Mint - is  not only a symbol of its namesake and Rick's inspiring story of courage and determination, but also represents the potential in us all to make a difference in our communities, our country and our world.

Those that have the honour of carrying the Rick Hansen Medal will have demonstrated Rick's values of courage, determination and teamwork. All of our Medal-Bearers will be Difference Makers.

Medal-Bearer Requirements

  • Must be at least 13 years of age on the date of entry (there is no maximum age limit).
  • Must be available for up to three hours to participate in the Relay on the day they have been selected between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm.
  • Have a valid email address in order to facilitate the selection process and prepare for the Relay experience.
  • Be able to travel a 250 metre segment in the community they have selected to participate in.

Medal-Bearer Items

The opportunity to carry the Rick Hansen Medal is a special honour that is made even more memorable by the unique limited edition items that each Medal-Bearer will receive.
Prior to their 250 metre segment each Medal-Bearer will receive an official Rick Hansen Relay uniform created by Nike. This uniform is only available for Medal-Bearers and will be an iconic piece of this nationwide journey. Upon completing their 250 metre segment each Medal-Bearer will also receive a commemorative medal produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. This medal is symbol of appreciation and recognition for our Difference Makers and encourages them to continue their journey of positive change.

Contest Details

Canadian residents will have an opportunity to become a Medal-Bearer in the Relay, through a national online public contest, hosted exclusively through the official Relay website In consideration of the size and scope of the nine-month Relay, the national online public contest will utilize four separate regional closing deadlines:

Region 1 - Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Quebec: contest closing date June 1, 2011
Region 2 - Ontario: contest closing date August 3, 2011
Region 3 - Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan: contest closing date October 26, 2011
Region 4 - British Columbia: contest closing date December 28, 2011

A complete list of contest rules and regulations can be found in the extended footer at the bottom of the Relay website.

Applicants will have an opportunity to share their own story of how their determination, courage, leadership or teamwork has made, or will make, a difference in their own community. Enter for your chance to become a Medal-Bearer in the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay.

Follow our journey through 600 communities and across 12,000 kilometres. Click here to view our interactive Relay Map.

Relay Map

34 countries, 4 continents, 792 days, 40,000 kilometres, 126 flat tires – covering the circumference of the earth: click here to learn about Rick’s original Man In Motion World Tour.

Celebrating 25 Years

Pass it on. And on. And on... Learn about the Rick Hansen Medal – created by the Royal Canadian Mint – and passed on by 7,000 participants across 12,000 kilometres.

The Relay Medal

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