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Red Deer’s Parker Thompson looking for strong finish to the Indy Pro 2000 season


Parker Thompson Indy Pro 2000

From Parker Thompson Racing

With two events remaining in the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 by Cooper Tires Championship, Parker Thompson is focused on making a big impact. The Road to Indy veteran started the season in the best possible way, winning the opening two races with rookie team Abel Motorsports. Thompson has since become familiar with adversity. With Abel Motorsports, he has placed on the podium in six of twelve races, but struggles in other races put the team on its back foot entering the Oval Challenge of St. Louis this weekend.  A strong finish was critical to maintaining Thompson’s contention for the overall championship.

After a near miss in qualifying, the young Canadian started the race from ninth position. He would work his way up to sixth place before the checkered flag fell, but failed to gain any ground on other top Championship contenders. With four races remaining, and a 64-point deficit to the leader, Lindh, Thompson knows that there is little room for error.

Parker Thompson
“On these oval tracks where there is a short 2-lap qualifying stint, we’ve got a small window to earn a good starting position. Unfortunately, I had a near miss with the wall on one of my laps that cost us a lot of time. After starting near the back of the field, we are satisfied to at least move up to sixth. That said, with two events remaining, you can bet that we are looking for a strong finish to the season. Our team knows that we can run at the front of the field on the road courses. We are not going to let the season end without a big fight.”

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Cooper Tires Indy Pro 2000 Oval Challenge of St. Louis – Rounds 13

Qualifying – Official (PDF)
Race – Official (PDF)
Overall Standings (PDF)

Next Events

August 30-31 – IP2000 Round 13 & 14 – Portland International Raceway, OR
September 20-22 – IP2000 Round 15 & 16 – WeatherTech Laguna Seca, CA
September 27-29 – GT3CAN Round 9 & 10 – Circuit Mont-Tremblant, QC


THE 100 MILLION DOLLAR ANNOUNCEMENT – First Phase of Red Deer Regional Hospital Expansion to start in 2021!



The Government of Alberta announces a major $100 million first phase expansion of the Red Deer Hospital.

First phase of Red Deer hospital expansion announced

The Alberta government is committing $100 million to begin expansion of the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre.

This capital funding is in addition to the $20.6 billion annual budget for health services, the highest ever in the province and the highest per capita of all provinces.

“For years, residents of central Alberta and Red Deer have been calling for their hospital to be expanded. Our government is the first to listen. I’m proud to announce funding will be made available as part of Budget 2020 for the first phase of the Red Deer hospital expansion.”

Jason Kenney, Premier

The Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre is the busiest hospital outside Edmonton and Calgary and has operated beyond its design capacity for many years.

The funding will expedite work to finalize the project scope, construction schedule, operating budget, and expansion of health care services at the facility.

“Past governments wasted years on half-measures and planning that we are completing now. This initial $100-million commitment is our promise to Red Deer that we will get this done right, and as soon as possible.”

Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health

“Designing, planning and building health infrastructure provides good jobs for Albertans. We are committed to getting the front-end work of this project right so that the people of Red Deer and surrounding areas have a hospital that meets their needs.”

Prasad Panda, Minister of Infrastructure

“The Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre is one of the busiest hospitals in Alberta and is the primary health-service provider for our citizens, the regional population, and every Albertan travelling along the central QEII corridor. Today’s announcement by the Government of Alberta responds to this longstanding infrastructure need of our community. The lives, health and well-being of our loved ones matter most of all, and this vital investment and expansion will help ensure access to care and improved health outcomes that the people of Red Deer and central Alberta critically need.”

Tara Veer, mayor, City of Red Deer

“This is excellent news for Red Deer and all of central Alberta. The Red Deer community has long advocated for improvements to the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, and this initial funding commitment clearly demonstrates our government’s willingness to listen to, and act upon, the concerns of Albertans from all across the province.”

Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Education and MLA for Red Deer-North

“This is great news for central Albertans! Thank you to the leadership of Premier Kenney and Minister Shandro in hearing the concerns of central Albertans and taking decisive action to improve access to much-needed health services in our community.”

Jason Stephan, MLA for Red Deer-South

Quick facts

  • The Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre provides a full spectrum of acute care, including advanced surgery, internal medicine and diagnostics, as well as obstetrics, pediatrics, oncology, critical care and emergency care.
  • Approximately 50 per cent of patients seen at the hospital are referred from outside Red Deer.
  • The population of the Red Deer area is expected to increase by 24 per cent to 358,000 by 2035.


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Register for the international running and human rights event inspired by The Secret Marathon film



From The Secret Marathon 3K

Canadian Film Inspires Global Movement for Equality

On ​Wednesday, March 4​, during the week of ​International Women’s Day​ thousands of people across Canada and around the world will lace up their runners to show their support for everyone’s right to run free. ​Inspired by award winning documentary film, The Secret Marathon which tells the story of the first women in Afghanistan to run a marathon, participants will participate in The Secret 3K – an annual run/walk event to celebrate ​gender equality​ and safe and inclusive spaces.

Film Director and Producer, Kate McKenzie shares, “While filming a documentary in Afghanistan, I was inspired by such brave women and girls who ​fought for equality and at times, risked their lives​ for the freedom to run outdoors. When I returned to Canada, I was struck by the stories of so many women who told me they didn’t feel safe to walk or run at night right here in Canada. The Secret 3K was launched to ​reclaim safe public spaces​ and ​champion gender equality​ here at home.”

This year, The Secret 3K has grown and will feature marquee events in​ every Canadian province​ as well as pop-up Virtual events in smaller centres all across Canada and around the world. “Last year we had participants from ​16 different countries​,” said running legend, Martin Parnell. Parnell is featured in the film and has continued his work to encourage access to sport as the Virtual Race Director for The Secret 3K. “In part because of the film and the book that came out last year, new people are discovering this beautiful story and are motivated to spread this message of hope.”

Parnell and McKenzie are joined by national partners including ​Running Room​ and ​Girl Guides of Canada.​ “We want The Secret 3K to make a difference locally and globally,” said McKenzie, “So we have partnered with Girl Guides of Canada locally and internationally we support removing barriers for women to access sport and education through The Marathon of Afghanistan as well as the charity, Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan.”

“We are excited to be the Official Charity Partner with The Secret 3K in 2020,” said Jill Zelmanovits, CEO, Girl Guides of Canada. “Gender equality and safe spaces for girls are what we are all about so this partnership is a natural fit. Our members agree too and they are coming out in force to support Secret 3K events across the country as volunteers and participants.”

The Secret 3K, now in its third year, was inspired by McKenzie’s documentary film ​The Secret Marathon​, in which she and Parnell traveled to ​Afghanistan​ to support that country’s first female marathoners. The film premiered at several major film festivals this fall and audiences registered to participate in this year’s Secret 3K. Since its inception, The Secret 3K has grown to become an international movement with ​16 affiliated events across Canada and 16 countries participating around the world.


●  Event hosted in every Canadian province and around the world through virtual participants

●  Girl Guides can earn a ​special crest​ for growing their leadership skills by volunteering with the event or by meeting a fitness goal of participating in the 3 km run/walk themselves.

●  1,330 participants registered for last year’s walk/run generating $15,935 for charity

●  17 countries participated last year including US, UK, China, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Portugal, Denmark, Israel, Uganda, and Afghanistan

“In Afghanistan by hosting a safe race they are working towards making a safe place, we asked ourselves why couldn’t we do that here in Canada and help everyone feel safe to run and walk in their community.”

-​ Kate McKenzie​, Co-Founder and National Race Director, The Secret 3K

“In Afghanistan, some of the country’s first female marathoners were Girl Guides. So it is only fitting that Girl Guides of Canada should come aboard as the Official Charity Partner of The Secret 3K.”

– Martin Parnell, Co-Founder, The Secret 3K

“The sport of running is all inclusive, an empowering activity, one engaging the runner or walker physically, emotionally and spiritually. The Secret Marathon builds a sense of community during a time in which our world needs more community… a community of people helping and supporting each other.”

– John Stanton, Founder & CEO, The Running Room

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