What’s happening in Rainbow Schools?
Sudbury hosts OFSAA Cross-Country Running Championships this weekend
The second largest sporting event for Ontario high school students will be held in Sudbury for the very first time this weekend. Some 1,715 athletes from more than 300 high schools will participate in the OFSAA Cross-Country Running Championships on Saturday, November 2, 2013.
Students will compete in seven races ranging from the three kilometre Midget Girls race to the seven kilometre Senior Boys race as well as the three kilometre Para Race for athletes with developmental disabilities. Events will take place on the trails surrounding the Laurentian University Community Track Complex.
The first race of the day will be the Midget Girls race beginning at 10:15 am and the Senior Boys will close out the day with their race at 2:15 pm. Following the competition, awards will be presented to the top eight individuals and the top eight teams in each race.
Kerry Abols of Lockerby Composite School and David Gallant of Espanola High School are convening the OFSAA Cross-Country Running Championships with a committee of volunteers from Rainbow District School Board, the Sudbury Catholic District School Board and the community at large.
“Only OFSAA Track and Field is bigger than this event,” said David Gallant. “In addition to the athletes, an equivalent number of coaches, trainers, parents/guardians and spectators will attend. There will be close to 4,000 visitors on the Laurentian campus this weekend. We look forward to welcoming everyone to our great community as we showcase the best cross-country runners in Ontario. An exciting weekend awaits us!”
He added: “The races are free to the general public and will feature Canada’s future Olympians. Only the top four individuals and the top two teams from each of Ontario’s 20 different associations make their way to the starting line. That makes for some very fast, competitive and exciting races.”
Visit www.ofsaa.on.ca/cross-country-running for full race day details.
David Gallant, Co-Convenor
OFSAA Cross-Country Running Championships
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