Dear Runners & Parents,
After about a month of training our Bulldogs are ready for the first TDSB meet at Earl Bales park on Tuesday October 15. The civic address for Earl Bales is 4169 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON M3H 3P8 (Bathurst south of Sheppard).
IF YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN ATTENDING PRACTICES AND DOES NOT PLAN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE OCTOBER 15 MEET PLEASE ADVISE ONE OF THE COACHES ASAP SO WE CAN MODIFY ATTENDANCE AND BUS LISTS AND ENSURE WE HAVE AN ACCURATE LIST OF CHILDREN WHO WILL BE AT EARL BALES.
TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM THE MEET
ALL children will be taking a TDSB school bus to and from the cross country meet on Tuesday October 15. No exceptions.
CHECK IN PROCEDURES ON OCTOBER 15
All runners in grades 1-2should check in at the gym at 8:15 a.m.
All runners in grades 3-6should check in at the gym between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m.
Attendance will be taken in the gym. Runners planning to attend the Qualifiers DO NOT need to call Safe Arrival that morning. All runners should follow the appropriate check-in procedure above. Runners should notgo directly to Earl Bales park.
The following is the approximate race timing:
10:00 am Grade 1 Girls
10:15 am Grade 1 Boys
10:30 am Grade 2 Girls
10:45 am Grade 2 Boys
11:00 am Grade 3 Girls
11:15 am Grade 3 Boys
11:30 am Grade 4 Girls
11:50 am Grade 4 Boys
12:10 pm Grade 5 Girls
12:30 pm Grade 5 Boys
12:50 pm Grade 6 Girls
1:10 pm Grade 6 Boys
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN RUNNERS GET TO EARL BALES?
1. When students arrive at Earl Bales, they will check-in at the Blythwood tent and receive a race number (except grade 1 and 2) and gather for a team photo.
WHAT TO WEAR & BRING
Be sure to wear any Blythwood gear and your team cross-country shirt! Shirts that were ordered will be delivered to the students in their classroom before October 7. Dress in layers and, if raining, please ensure your child has rain gear. Runners will be able to remove extra layers just before the race at the start line. The race is mainly grass – so your child may need a dry pair of socks / shoes after running if it is wet. Please be sure to pack sufficient snacks / food to last your child until mid afternoon. There is no food for sale on site. Grades 1&2 will eat a late lunch back at school. Grades 3-6 need to bring a bagged lunch and eat on site at Earl Bales.
RETURNING TO SCHOOL
Grades 1-2 will meet at the Blythwood tent by 11:30 a.m. and will return to school via TDSB school bus.
PARKING AT EARL BALES
Parking is busy – please allow extra time for parking. The following is parking information provided by our convenors:
There are over 350 spots at Earl Bales, but they will fill up by 10:00 am.
SOUTH – Timberlane Drive Parking on both sides of the street
NORTH – Don Valley Blvd enter South of Sheppard and turn right into a large parking lot. Short walk up a hill on a paved path to the start line
Ellison Ave – parking on South side only
Danby Ave – parking on North side past Yeomans Rd
Yeomans Rd – parking on both sides
Reiner Rd – parking OK on South side
McAllister – parking OK on South side and both sides past Yeomans Rd
Harlock Blvd – parking OK on both sides
Hammell St – parking OK on grass
Alexis Blvd – parking OK on both sides.
- Parents must stay back from the start line.
- No running or cycling beside/behind runners. Stand in place and cheer only.
- Please DO NOT bring soccer balls/footballs or other sports equipment.
- Grades 1-6 must wear running shoes (no spikes or cleats allowed).
Thanks to all our families for supporting the Blythwood cross-country program. We look forward to a great day on October 15. GO BULLDOGS GO!!
Mr. Haywood, Mr. Nikita and the Cross County Parent Coaches