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Wednesday, May 28, 2003
TRACK & FIELD
Sprint/Hurdle Round Table
Athletes and Coaches are invited to share their experiences and concerns
regarding Speed Events in BC at a meeting to be held Saturday, June 14th
at 12:00pm at the Langley Pacific Invitational. Ways to improve the
quality of coaching, indoor facility problems and additions to the
Calendar of Events are among the topics to be addressed.
Western Canada Games 4X400m Relay Team Development
In preparation for the Western Canada Games six to eight male and female
athletes are needed for 4X400m relay teams to compete at the Harry Jerome
Track Classic June 8th in Burnaby and at the Victoria International Meet
on June 11th in Victoria. There is a possibility of also taking part in
the Senior Canadian Track & Field Championships in Victoria on July
18-20. This is an excellent opportunity for athletes 23 and under to test
themselves in high calibre meets. Interested coaches of athletes 23 and
under are asked to contact Eugene Konart as soon as possible at email@example.com
or (604) 737-3176.
2003 Pacific Coast High Performance and All Comers
Swangard Stadium, Burnaby BC
Tuesday July 22, & Wednesday July 23, 2003
These meets are open to anyone wishing to participate. All ages/abilities.
Mixed performances (men/women) are allowed for Canadian
National/Provincial Standards and National Rankings. They are not valid
for Records, International Standards or National/Provincial Team
Membership requirements for High Performance events are:
B.C. Athletics Juvenile, Junior, Senior or Masters membership or
equivalent from another Province/State/Country Athletics Track & Field
Association for 2003. Membership requirements for All Comer events are:
B.C. Athletics Members (All Types) or equivalent from another
Province/State/Country Athletics Track & Field Association for 2003.
For further information see the last 2 pages of the
Canadian Sr. Track & Field Championships Technical Package on the
Athletics Canada website at:
or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fundraising Opportunity Reminder
The Achilles Track Society is pleased to offer a new incentive program
focused on developing strong athletics at the grassroots level for the
many track and field clubs throughout the province of British Columbia.
For every Harry Jerome Track Classic ticket your club
sells the Achilles Track Society will donate $5 back to your club. This
will help clubs generate funds while showing support for B.C.'s premier
track and field meet.
This opportunity is only available through the Achilles
Track Society. For more information on this exciting new club fundraising
opportunity, please contact Peter Ogilvie at email@example.com.
The Harry Jerome meet begins at 2 p.m. and will run just
over two hours featuring 18 events. It will be preceded at 1 p.m. by
Elementary school relays. Ticket for the Jerome meet are just $10 and
available at all Ticketmaster outlets. Children under the age of 12 will
be admitted free. Doors open at 12 noon.
PacifiCanada Track & Field Series:
Kajaks International Track Classic - Wednesday June
4th 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
It's still not too late to register for the Kajaks International Track
Classic. Events offered are the Men and Women's 100m, 200m, 800m, Mile,
300m, Long Jump and Javelin as well as a Masters Mile and Masters 100m.
Maureen de Saint Croix who will be 50 on May 26th, will attempt to beat
the World Record/50-54. This is the first of 5 meets in the PacifiCanada
series to be contested over 8 days. Further information can be found at:
New West Record Classic - Thursday June 5th
The New West Record is still accepting entries with an early bird deadline
of May 27th.
Join Canadian and international competitors in an early evening meet. Many
events have advancement to the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International
Meet on June 8th.
There are prizes for all races as well as cash prizes for the top three
individual performances in the meet. These awards are in addition to the
series awards. www.pacificanada.ca/.
2003 World’s Youth Championships: NEW VERSION
Pan American Games - Declaration of interest to
NEW MANDATORY REQUIREMENT : DEADLINE JUNE 2, 2003
Pan American Games – COC Information Form
Pan American Games – Team Handbook Biographical
Pan American Games – COC Clothing Form – Women
Pan American Games – COC Clothing Form – Men
2003 Canadian National Road Running Team – Selection
2003 British Open – Selection Criteria
2003 IBSA World Championship in Athletics – Selection
Canadian Track and Field Championships
Book your hotel in Victoria NOW
The Travellers Inn
3 Locations in Downtown Victoria
Tel: 1-888-254-6476 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet info and registration on-line: www.cantrackandfieldchamps.ca
Hershey Youth Track & Field Program
May 29th and June 5th in Kelowna. Contact Amber Gilbert at email@example.com.
June 8th in Prince George. Contact Tom Masich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sport Leadership 2003 & ICCE Global Coach
More than 400 Canadian and international sport leaders will meet in
Vancouver from October 30 - November 2, 2003. Core themes include:
Driving motivation and commitment
Innovations in sport leadership
Technology as a competitive advantage
Developing expert coaches: best practices
World-class High performance systems
To apply: www.coach.ca/e/partners/nci.htm
CLINICS AND WORKSHOPS
Level I Coaching Clinic
BC Athletics is considering putting on a Level I Coaching Clinic in
Abbotsford in June. The clinic will be held if enough interest is shown.
Please contact the BC Athletics office at email@example.com
if you are interested in taking part.
High Jump Clinic - June 5th - Minoru Track, Richmond
BC Athletics will run a High Jump Clinic with Mark Boswell and Kwaku
Pole Vault Clinic - June 10th
Two of BC's top Pole Vault coaches - Gerard Dumas and Ziggy Szelagowicz
will run a high performance clinic in Victoria. Included will be
demonstration jumps, video taping and discussion about technical aspects
of jumps along with yearly planning, mental preparation and nutritional
suggestions. Details on the exact time and location will be announced.
BC Runners Go the Distance at the 30th Western States
100-Mile Endurance Run
Ten ultramarathon runners from British Columbia will join more than 400
talented athletes from around the world to converge on Squaw Valley on
June 28, 2003 for the 30th running of the Western States 100-Mile
Endurance Run, the oldest endurance running event in the United States.
They will brave serious risks, from cougars and rattlesnakes to
dehydration and renal shutdown, in their quest for that elusive buckle
that fewer than half will achieve.
What kind of people would do such a thing? "They’re
just ordinary people doing extraordinary things," says Greg Soderlund,
the race director for the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run.
"Running an ultramarathon, a race longer than the marathon’s 26.2
miles, is becoming more and more popular. It’s a very satisfying
experience running point to point and seeing just how far you’ve
The Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run began in 1974
at the Tevis Ride when Gordy Ansleigh’s horse pulled up lame, and Gordy
decided to tackle the course under his own power. He succeeded by crossing
the finish line in under 24 hours, exploding the notion that human beings
simply could not do such a thing.
"At that time, the idea of running 100 miles in one
day was thought to be impossible," explains Soderlund. "Today
there are more than 30 100-mile races in the United States, but Western
States is considered to be the Granddaddy of them all, and the pinnacle in
an ultrarunner’s career."
The course begins at Squaw Valley with a 4-mile, 2,500
foot ascent up to Emigrant Pass, cresting at 8,750 feet. From there, the
runners will traverse rugged terrain as they climb and descend through
canyons, crossing the same paths that the gold miners did over 150 years
ago. After the cold and snow of early morning, runners may encounter
temperatures as high as 110 degrees during this section of the trail.
After a brief excursion into relative civilization in
the town of Foresthill, the runners then head down to the bottom of the
American River Canyon. The crossing is made dangerous by the swiftly
flowing water through the rapids and uneven footing on the underlying
rocks, though the runners can cling to a cable running from bank to bank
as they plunge into the icy snowmelt. From here, they climb through Auburn
Lake Trails, across No Hands Bridge, and up to Robie Point before the
reaching the finish line at the Placer High School track.
This year, 29 years after Gordy crossed the finish line,
more than 400 runners will step up to the starting line in Squaw Valley at
5 am on June 28 and see if they have what it takes to join the ranks of
those who had the physical and mental tenacity to cross that finish line
at Placer High School in Auburn in less than 30 hours. During the course
of the race, they will climb a total of 18,000 feet and descend another
23,000 from start to finish. Runners completing the course in less than 24
hours earn the coveted silver buckle with the inscription "100 Miles,
One Day." Those who complete it in 30 hours, receive the brass buckle
that reads, "100 miles, 30 Hours."
“The Canadian contingent is one of the largest and
strongest to date”, according to former Canadian National 100 Kilometre
run team manager Ean Jackson of North Vancouver. “We anticipate bring
home a bumper crop of silver buckles this year and more than a few age
group records.” This year, Canada will be represented by:
Ron Adams, N. Vancouver, BC
Bruce Grant, Delta, BC
Ken Greenaway, Vancouver, BC
Ean Jackson, N. Vancouver, BC
Chris Mager, Vancouver, BC
Andy Nicol, Vancouver, BC
Scott Riddell, N. Vancouver, BC
Ted Russo, Anmore, BC
Monica Scholz, Jerseyville, ON
Robert Smith, Victoria, BC
Imre Sorban, Brackendale, BC
Jamie Wilson, Regina, SK
Western States 100-mile run:
Vancouver Island Relay - June 16, 2003
MAJOR AND UPCOMING EVENTS SANCTIONED BY BC ATHLETICS
Details, direct links and contacts
For complete listings of upcoming events (BC events highlighted in
yellow) with contact information:
Track & Field
Road Relays & Ultra
Cross Country and Trail Running
Race Walking – see Track & Field above
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