Building Athletes and Community: Elementary Cross Country

October 17, 2019

They’ve spent weeks training. Building their endurance in the sun and rain.

On Wednesday, they put all of their hard work to the test at the District’s Elementary Cross Country Championship.

187 grade 4 to 7 students from all over the District filled Aldergrove Bowl to compete in the annual event.

This season there were about 800 students taking part in cross country from public and private schools in Langley.

It’s a sport that has helped build athleticism but also brings the community together says Sean Oliver, Principal of Richard Bulpitt and organizer of the event.

“Teams of teachers, parents, and admin set up and run the events, and coaches from most of our schools bring the teams.”

It’s also a learning opportunity for students.

“We are so proud of the efforts of the runners. We were out practicing during lunch times and they gave a great effort at each meet. Most of our runners improved each week and not only learned how to pace themselves and push at the end but also learned the importance of commitment, teamwork, and practice,” explains Chris Wejr, Principal of Shortreed Community Elementary.

There are other benefits to the sport and the event.

“Kids learn healthy habits, have friendly competition, and enjoy the great outdoors,” adds Oliver. “We love that the kids have the shared experience of running ‘against the elements’ at Cross Country. The wind Wednesday added a new element of challenge, that we haven’t experienced in the past few years.”

Great job runners! Thanks to the organizers, staff, and parents who’ve helped make this event and season a success. The District looks forward to seeing you all again next year.