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Biggest elementary school track meet to be held in Richmond this month

All elementary school athletes can join without prior experience.
The 53rd elementary track and field championships is taking place in Richmond this month.

Elementary students in Richmond are invited to join one of the biggest track meets this month.

Richmond's Kajaks Track and Field Club, in collaboration with the City of Richmond, is hosting the 53rd BC Elementary Track and Field Championships (BCEC) from May 26 to 28.

The rain-or-shine sports event will take place at the Clement Track and Collier Throwing Centre at Minoru Park.

Elementary students between the ages of nine to 13, from private and public schools, can join the event with no qualifying or experience needed.

Athletes can register individually or with their school team for their chosen track and field events.

Ribbons, medals and awards will also be presented to athletes in the running, jumping and throwing events.

"This is one of the few meets that is open to everyone," said Lanie Man, secretary of Kajaks Track and Field Club.

The BCEC was created by two Richmond educators Carl Savage and Kim Young in 1968 for elementary students to compete in track and field meets. At the time, explained Man, all track meets were only for high schools and up.

"As most students in lower mainland districts are competing in their own zone meets, it would be a great finisher for them to come to the biggest elementary track meet where they can experience a fun, safe competition with participants from different parts of BC."

For more information and to register, click here.

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