Calgary – On Wednesday, July 4, the Calgary Stampede will open the tallest and longest multi-point event Zipline in North America - with the help from a few special guests. Media is invited to join us tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. to see 2018 Canadian Olympic Bobsledding Gold Medalist and three-time Olympian, Justin Kripps, 2018 Canadian Olympic Skeleton Racer, Elisabeth Vathje, Stampede Sidesaddle Racer, Hailey Stewart, and Champion Chuckwagon Driver Chad Harden, race down the Stampede Zipline.

WHAT:           Celebrity athletes take the first ride on the Zipline.

WHEN:           Wednesday, July 4, 2018

9:30 a.m. - athletes will harness up at the bottom of the first Zipline platform (in the Grandstand Courtyard). They will then climb up the 14 stories to the top (media can set up on the second platform to get the best video and photos).

10:00 a.m. - athletes will ride from the first to the second platform. Athletes will be available for interviews on the second platform.

WHERE:         Please meet at the bottom of the first platform in the Grandstand Courtyard at 9:30 a.m.

WHO:           Athletes Justin Kripps, Elisabeth Vathje, Hailey Stewart and Chad Harden will be available for interviews as well as Kyle Corner, Manager Entertainment, Programming at the Calgary Stampede.

*Please note, it is quite the trek to the top of the second platform where cameras can be set up (it is 13 stories high). Comfortable shoes are recommended.

**The Stampede Zipline will be available to the public starting Thursday, July 5 at 5 p.m.

About the Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together, we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.

For more information, please contact:

Danielle Savoni
Publicity Manager
Calgary Stampede
T 403-261-0401
C 403-461-6647
dsavoni@calgarystampede.com