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TRAIL BLAZERS AND MODA HEAD WEST ON SEPT. 19 FOR FOURTH ANNUAL RIP CITY RELAY
This year’s route will include stops in Astoria, Seaside, Tillamook, Forest Grove and Salem
PORTLAND, Ore. (August 4, 2016) – The Portland Trail Blazers and Moda are proud to announce the fourth annual Rip City Relay. Beginning Monday, Sept. 19, a team of Trail Blazers ambassadors and staff will embark on a week-long journey around the state of Oregon, engaging with Trail Blazers fans all along the way. This event brings Oregon communities together with energy and enthusiasm to showcase the Trail Blazers as “Oregon’s Team”.
Astoria will be the starting point of this year’s relay on Monday, Sept. 19, at the Farmers Market. From there the relay team will be traveling down the coast to Seaside on Sept. 20, Tillamook on Sept. 21, Forest Grove on Sept. 22, and finishing in Salem on Sept. 23.
“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring the excitement and energy of the Trail Blazers all over Oregon once again with the Rip City Relay,” said Chris McGowan, President & CEO of the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter. “We love to see passionate fans across the state rallying together around our team and each other.”
An entire day of events are being scheduled in each city along the route, and everyone who participates in the festivities will be encouraged to sign a basketball as a symbol of their involvement and support for the Trail Blazers. As part of the Trail Blazers’ and Moda’s partnership to showcase healthy and active living, events will focus on providing activities for kids, including school assemblies and basketball clinics.
Supporting partners of this year’s relay include Bi-Mart, Energy Trust of Oregon and COUNTRY Financial. Visit the Bi-Mart table to enter the youth or adult contests for a fun experience and your chance to win awesome Bi-Mart and Trail Blazers prizes. Energy Trust, in collaboration with the Trail Blazers, has been instrumental in Rose Quarter sustainability efforts, and will be handing out free limited edition Trail Blazers shirts as part of a free home energy review at all stops on the relay. COUNTRY Financial will be setting people up with giveaways at all stops of the relay, including a chance to win pre-season tickets.
The visit in each city along the route will conclude with a ceremonial flag raising with city officials, followed by the Rip City Fair, a free, community gathering from 4-6 p.m. featuring activities for all ages. Affiliates along the Trail Blazers Radio Network will participate in the festivities in each city (Astoria / Seaside – 94.9 FM KBGE; Tillamook – 1590 AM KTIL; Forest Grove / Salem – 620 AM KPOJ).
Below are the locations for each Rip City Fair along the route:
- Astoria, Sept. 19 – Farmers Market (12th and Duane St.)
- Seaside, Sept. 20 – Broadway Middle School (1120 Broadway St.)
- Tillamook, Sept. 21 – Farmers Market (2nd and Laurel Ave.)
- Forest Grove, Sept. 22 – Farmers Market (21st and Main St.)
- Salem, Sept. 23 – State Capitol (Court St. NE)
Many Trail Blazers personalities will participate in different legs of the relay, including Founding Broadcaster and Ambassador Bill Schonely, Trail Blazers TV Broadcaster Kevin Calabro, Radio Broadcaster Brian Wheeler, Blaze the Trail Cat, the BlazerDancers and more!
Please visit www.trailblazers.com/ripcityrelay to get updates and information all along the relay, and fans can follow the relay’s progress on Twitter @RipCityRelay and by using the hashtag #RipCityRelay.
Founded in Portland in 1955, Moda, Inc. is Oregon’s largest privately-held company. In addition to serving more than 400,000 Moda Health Plan members in Alaska and Oregon, the company covers over 1 million people through Delta Dental Plan of Oregon & Alaska, another member of the Moda group of companies. Other affiliated companies include Ardon Health, PayLess Drug, and a series of subsidiaries including BenefitHelp Solutions, Dentists Management Corporation, Dentists Benefits Insurance Company, Northwest Dentists Insurance Company, Dental Commerce Corporation and Moda Health Solutions.
ABOUT THE PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
Members of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Portland Trail Blazers were founded in 1970 and purchased by Paul G. Allen in 1988. The team’s rich heritage includes 32 playoff appearances, three trips to the NBA Finals, an NBA championship in 1977 and a commitment to community service and sustainability. The Trail Blazers are dedicated to positively impacting underserved kids and their families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington where they live, learn and play. Portland is the first and only professional sports franchise to receive the prestigious National Points of Light Award for excellence in corporate and community service. The Trail Blazers home arena, the Moda Center, earned LEED Gold Recertification in 2015 after becoming the first existing professional sports venue in the world to receive LEED Gold status in 2010. The team is also one of the founding members of the Green Sports Alliance. For more information, visit www.trailblazers.com.