Hey, Manitoba: we have been named the Slurpee Capital of the World for the 14th straight year by 7-Eleven.

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Manitobans can claim Slurpee supremacy.

TIM SMITH / BRANDON SUN ARCHIVES

Manitobans can claim Slurpee supremacy.

Hey, Manitoba: we have been named the Slurpee Capital of the World for the 14th straight year by 7-Eleven.

We might not have the Grey Cup or the Stanley Cup but we're getting the Slurpee Capital Trophy Cup -- and 7-Eleven officials say you can hoist it.

As part of its 44th birthday celebrations, 7-Eleven is hosting the first-ever Slurpee Capital Trophy Cup Tour beginning Thursday.

Thursday will also be free Slurpee day as 7-Eleven will give away 1,500, 12-ounce Slurpee drinks at each of its stores across Manitoba. A press release said that is 78,000 Slurpees across Manitoba.

Slurpee-lovers can see the Slurpee Capital Trophy Cup and get a photo hoisting the Cup, something you can't do with the Stanley Cup or Grey Cup unless you are a member of the winning teams.

The official tour kickoff is on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the 7-Eleven store located at 3380 Portage Avenue and Rouge Road.

The Cup will also be at:

  • 12 noon – 1200 Jefferson Ave and Sheppard store
  • 1:30p .m.– 1131 Nairn & Stapleton store
  • 3:00 p.m.– 1622 St. Mary’s and River store
  • 4:30 p.m.– 628 St. Anne’s Rd. and St. Mary’s store

Some fun facts released by 7-Eleven market manager Amrit Goraya in the media release:

  • Slurpee is the number one beverage served to women in Winnipeg’s maternity wards in the summer.
  • People meet and greet friends and family at the airport by giving them Slurpee drinks.
  • When it’s -40 C outside, people are seen waiting for the bus, biking and skating with a Slurpee in hand.
  • Slurpee is the choice drink for fans watching outdoor football games when it’s -20 C.
  • Slurpee is often served at summer weddings.
  • People consume Slurpee drinks for breakfast year-round.
  • As of July 2013, Winnipeg's Portage Avenue location is the No. 2 Slurpee store in 7-Eleven's top three. No. 1 is in Airdrie, Alta. while No. 3 is Regina's Devonshire Drive North.