FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CEDAR RAPIDS CURLING CLUB TO HOST FIRST BONSPIEL
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – August 4, 2014 – Curlers from across the country will be traveling to Cedar Rapids to curl in the Cedar Rapids Curling Club’s inaugural bonspiel – CedarSpiel. The event takes place August 22 – 24 at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, with the first games being played at 9:00 AM Friday morning.
Participating in this special event are 4-time Olympian (1998, 2002, 2010, 2014) and World Champion (2003), Debbie McCormick, and 2-time Paralympian (2010, 2014), Patrick McDonald, who has entered a wheelchair team. Curlers will be traveling to Cedar Rapids from 13 states, from as far away as Vermont, South Carolina, Tennessee, Colorado and North Dakota.
Everyone is welcome to come watch the action. Games will be played between 9:00 AM – 10:30 PM on Friday, 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM on Saturday, with the semi-finals at 8:00 AM on Sunday, and finals at 11:00 AM on Sunday. Individual games last up to 2 hours.
Following Sunday’s games, the Cedar Rapids Curling Club will be hosting an open house to give local residents the chance to try the sport of curling. Instructors will be on hand to help anyone who is new to the sport. The cost for the open house is $10. Debbie McCormick and Patrick McDonald will be on hand to meet and talk with the participants.
“We are thrilled to have Debbie and Patrick playing in our bonspiel,” said Jim Archambeau, Bonspiel Co-Chair. “Having both of them at our open house will add excitement to the event.”
The Cedar Rapids Curling Club will begin their Fall league in September, playing Friday nights at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. Other days and times are also being explored. Anyone who is interested in learning more or signing up to play in a league can visit cedarrapidscurling.com. The club is also on Facebook at facebook.com/cedarrapidscurling and Twitter @crcurlingclub.
The Cedar Rapids Curling Club is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation established in 2012 by a few curling enthusiasts. This all-volunteer club has worked diligently to bring curling to Cedar Rapids and Eastern Iowa.
Curling is an ancient Scottish sport played on ice where each member of a four-person team slide 42-pound granite stones across the ice toward a target. The team’s objective is to position as many of its stones closer to the target than its opponent’s nearest stone is to the target during each “end,” or turn. This how a team earns points. The winning team has the most points at the game’s conclusion. Curling is a sport of camaraderie, honor, tradition, and integrity that requires both physical dexterity and complex decision-making. Curling made its official debut as a medal sport in the 1924, then went on hiatus until the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano Japan.