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Next week's Harry Jerome Indoor Games set to break entry record

The track and field event at the Richmond Olympic Oval will return after being sidelined for three years due to the pandemic
The Harry Jerome Games will make its return next weekend, with the entry deadline this Sunday

It has been sidetracked for three years due to the pandemic, but the 11th running of the Harry Jerome Indoor Games next week is limbering up to be a record-breaker.

The signature track meet at the Richmond Olympic Oval on Saturday, Feb. 4 is the only one of its kind in the region, given that no other indoor facility exists in the Lower Mainland.

As such, it attracts top athletes of all ages – from age nine through the masters in their 80s.

The Richmond Kajaks Track and Field Club and the Achilles Track and Field Society co-founded the event in 2011 following the 2010 Olympic Games.

And, with just a few days to go until the entry deadline this Sunday, the games’ co-founder, Doug Clement, is anticipating a record-breaking year for participants.

“We are hoping to break our record of over 500…right now we’re at 328 and we usually get a lot of entries on the deadline day,” Clement told the Richmond News

Clement said the pandemic has led to a “break in the pattern” of people entering the games, but he has been pleasantly surprised by the interest thus far for the 2023 advent.

“It’s the only 200m indoor track in the Lower Mainland, so this is an important part in developing and finding the talent,” he added.

“It’s the only opportunity to have an event like this in the winter, the nearest other events are in Seattle and Spokane.”

To enter yourself or your team into the games, go to

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