Gold medal birthday celebration planned for Kristin Armstrong

BOISE, Idaho - All Boise Valley residents are invited to a community celebration of local hero Kristin Armstrong's spectacular second gold medal win at the London Olympics. The event will be held on Kristin's 39th birthday, Saturday, August 11, and will start with a bicycle "victory ride" from the Boise Depot down Capitol Boulevard to Capitol Park near the Idaho Statehouse, where a rally and birthday celebration will be held in Kristin's honor.

"It was just over two months ago that Kristin suffered a serious fall near the Boise Depot, but she bravely got back up and rode her bike all the way to Olympic gold," Mayor David Bieter said. "This Saturday we will send the message that you can overcome any hardship to achieve your dream, as we ride from near the spot of Kristin's accident to a triumphant rally to celebrate her achievement."

Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter, Mayor David Bieter, University of Idaho President M. Duane Nellis and Treasure Valley YMCA CEO Jim Everett will honor Kristin, followed by a birthday celebration with cake served for up to one thousand people. After blowing out the candles on her cake, Kristin will be available to autograph provided photos of herself and her son Lucas on the podium at the London Games.

The bicycle "victory ride" will leave the Depot at 3:00 p.m. Those wishing to take part in the ride should arrive on bike at the Boise Depot at 2:30 p.m. The Depot is located at 2603 West Eastover Terrace. Please note that access to the Depot is by bicycle only; there will be no parking available at the Depot. Cyclists who prefer not to pedal uphill to the Depot can gather in the parking lot directly north of the new Micron Business and Economics Building, where they will join the caravan as it comes down the hill.

Non-cyclists are encouraged to line Capitol Boulevard and welcome Kristin as she rides into Capitol Park. Capitol Park is located on Capitol Boulevard between Bannock and Jefferson streets. Parking is available in all downtown public garages, in the T-reserved lot at Boise State between the new Micron Business and Economics Building and the Morrison Center, and at two YMCA lots on 11th between Jefferson and State streets and Jefferson and Bannock streets.