The Outdoor Show

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One of my favourite events is the Calgary Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show. It was held last Saturday and Sunday at Stampede Park in the BMO centre and the place is always hopping. This year there were two other events going on at the same time, the Health show and Golf show. The last couple of years I've been helping out at the Downunder Travel booth. Jason Webb, Managing Director of the company, has been a great supporter of "Quests for Kids" and Right To Play. Last year Jason started a "Back to School" fun run and all the proceeds go to the children's charity.

On Saturday, I had wanted to get to the event by 1.00pm. One of my Olympic hero's Adam Van Koeverden was talking at the Adventure Theatre and I didn't want to miss any of his presentation. However, I was "running" late. In the morning I had raced the L'Arche half marathon along the Bow river pathways and after a quick pancake lunch I booted it up to the Saddle Dome. Adam was already well into his keynote. The Downunder Travel booth was right next to the theatre and I couldn't believe it when Adam stopped his talk, called me up to the front of the stage and introduced me to the audience.

Adam is not only a gold medal kayaker but also a humanitarian. He is a Right To Play Athlete Ambassador and last November was part of a group that climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and raised over $100,000 for the charity. After his presentation Adam came over and we chatted about Kilimanjaro. Boma Africa was the trekking company we both had used to get to the top and as fate would have it one of the porters, Kidori, had climbed with Adam and myself.

There were lots of interesting booths including the Calgary Marathon, Town of Cochrane and My Next Race. There was one booth with what looked like zebra skins as a table cloth and animal heads adoring the booth. Not really my cup of tea.

Quote of the Day

"Be so good you're impossible to ignore"

Steve Martin

A thrill to meet Adam van Koeverden at the Outdoor Show

The Outdoor Show

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