If you happened to pass by the old GBCS track on Saturday, September 25, you were likely struck by the fact that there was an event happening. Against all odds, the Georgian Bay Coyotes managed to jump through a circus supply of hula hoops in order to organize and host the 10th annual cross-country race for children in Grades 1 to 8.
It was a very exciting day. Over 140 athletes registered for the eight races which were organized in waves, seeing one race every half an hour from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The day’s announcer and sidekicks kept the event rolling along smoothly and they even had the crowd singing, dancing, and laughing about the rain. The course for the race was a bit muddy and soggy from a week’s worth of rain, and it gave the athletes a challenge.
The athletes racing on Saturday certainly demonstrated some commendable character traits as they were challenged by the course. We saw some wonderful examples of sportsmanship, determination, self-control, gratitude, friendship, and compassion. From our race rabbits and turtles, we saw incredible leadership and encouragement towards the kids. It was truly a heart-warming experience to see how the challenges of the race brought everyone together. The crowd and the community were unified in supporting the runners, and local councillor Ross Kentner ensured that both the running club and the kids felt that community support by partaking in a number of the medal ceremonies.
The races were made such a great success by a number of parents and volunteers who gave of their time and talents to make the day run so smoothly. Thank you. Thank you to Dr. Natalie Sauriol and paramedic Scott Luce, who gave some of their precious time to ensure that racers were safe and well cared for throughout the day. A number of businesses were also very generous in making donations that made the event affordable and amazing for all. Special thanks go out to A-1 toilet rentals, Dairy Farmers of Ontario, Fourth Division Canadian Training Centre, Grandma Lambe’s, and Masse’s Your Independent Grocer. Your donations are greatly appreciated.
If you would like to check out a full list of the race results and times, or if you are interested in finding out more about the Georgian Bay Coyote running club, please visit our website at: www.georgianbaycoyotes.com. We can’t wait to see you at next year’s 11th annual cross-country race.
Submitted by: Mary Jack