The 12th edition of the Indoor Harry Jerome Track Classic event will see hundreds of young athletes showcasing their track and field skills in Richmond.
The signature track meet at the Richmond Olympic Oval on Saturday, Feb. 3 is held every year at the only indoor track in the Lower Mainland.
The event is co-hosted by the Richmond Kajaks Track and Field Club and The Achilles International Track and Field Society and was founded in 2011 after the 2010 Olympic Games.
“We made the decision to try and have the athletes and the competition become more responsible to the community,” said Ken Poshkitt, president of The Achilles and director of the track meet.
When asked what the most important part of the Jerome Indoor Games aside from the various track and field competitions, Poshkitt said it is the community.
“It’s important to promote the community and the community sport to get as many people involved as possible.”
This year, the indoor track meet has added co-ed, mixed relays at the beginning and end of the meet with all funds collected and raised from the relays to be donated to Richmond Kidsport.
“We decided it’s important for those people who are privileged enough to have the money to participate to try and donate money to a cause that would allow other families to,” said Poshkitt.
He told the Richmond News most people involved in the meet, from the Achilles’ perspective, have been coaches or former track and field members.
“It’s actually really quite an interesting, long story of people committed to making sure that, in this case, the kids get a chance to run.”
To enter yourself or your team into the games, go to https://www.harryjerome.com/event/harry-jerome-2023-indoor-game