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Hi everyone – wow, 2 Practices left and then the BIG Meet this upcoming Thursday (see attached and info below. We have all the money & student-athlete info collected thanks to Sam, most of the Gear out thanks to Jacqueline, kids super fit and ready thanks to Carina and Ryan, lots of pictures on Facebook thanks to John, a team Feather Flag thanks to Jhen and David (& Pac via Jennifer?) and Toni & Tim for their communications and our Principal Claudette and Teachers Renee and Adrien [I hope I didn't miss anyone], and all of you great parents!
Please note: Practices are rain or shine Monday and Wednesday.
- If your runner is still without a shirt, socks or hat - they are all in!!!!!!! We will hand them out Monday/Wednesday.
- Our Students will get out of school for the district meet between 11:00 & 11:30am where they will head to the washroom then the lunchroom to meet you, their driver, or the driver you arranged for them. They will eat, colour their hair orange(optional), put on a Tenny-tiger tattoo (optional) and head out to get to the park no later than 12:15ish
- The meet has only been cancelled ONCE in my 12 year experience so be prepared for rain (bring extra clothes if you are joining the team afterwards at Bostons)
- Afterwards our Team will head to Boston's on Broadway and Hemlock? To celebrate a great year. Please feel free to join us! If you could tell me at Monday or Wednesday how many will be coming from your family I would appreciate this as I can inform Boston's.
Information on our District Meet Thursday Oct 20th (Trout Lake).
The District Meet maps attached are approximate course routes and may need to be adjusted once our set up crew gets to Trout Lake on Thursday morning for the meet set up.
Important Notes to pass on to your parents and participants:
No tents are to be set up near the Marshalling area or the start and finish lines – we have found that the last few years, these areas are becoming very congested and are now a safety issue. As discussed at the organizational meeting, we need to do a better job of trying to marshal the athletes to the starting line. The meet organizing committee is looking at ways to implement new procedures to address the safety concerns and chaotic energy that is present at the marshalling and starting areas. We will need your assistance to ensure that everyone (runners, staff and parents) are helping us to ensure that everything runs in a smooth, orderly and safe manner.
Only participants will be permitted in the marshalling area and on the course – please let your parents know that we will not allow them near or at the starting line. All athletes should have run in your zone meets so the athletes should feel comfortable running in a large race. If there are concerns, then maybe the younger athletes can be paired up with a ‘buddy’ and they can run together.
Parents and coaches are not allowed to pace ( run or bike beside) runners at any point on the course.
All spectators (adults and children) must watch the races from outside the course boundaries (we have areas roped off for the safety of the runners and the meet official). Last year our meet ‘rabbit’ was involved in an accident when someone ran out in front of him as he was coming down the hill toward the finish line. Luckily he was not seriously injured but it could have been a devastating incident.
All pets must be under control and leashed and away from any course boundaries including marshalling, start and finish lines.
No parents in the finish line area – they must wait outside the roped area to collect/congratulate or take photos of their runners. Anyone who has been to previous meets will know that the finish area is a constant wave of runners from the first race to the last. Extra bodies in the area is once again deemed a safety issue.
First Aid will be available in the finish area but all schools are asked to bring their own first aid kits as well.
Washroom facilities are available in the park facility on the south side of the lake. Additional porta potties will also be on site near the caretaker’s house.
All vehicles should be legally parked in the parking lots or on the streets– at past events, vehicles have been ticketed or towed.
First race starts at 1:00 pm – subsequent races are every 8 minutes. Times are approximate, spectators should error on side of caution if they are trying to estimate what time their child is running.
Let's hope the weather cooperates with us on the 20th.
P.S. If you have any parents or staff that would be interested in helping out with the meet, please have them contact me by email – we could definitely use the help of extra volunteers at the marshalling area and starting lines.
District Meet Routes
District Meet Info Package