Track and Field athletes will once again descend on Haley Park in Warfield for the 14th annual Royal Canadian Legion Outdoor Track and Field Meet on Saturday.
Hosted by the Trail Track and Field Club, last year’s meet attracted an unprecedented 140 athletes from across the Kootenays who competed in over 100 events.
Categories from ages nine and up, including Midget, Youth, Junior, Senior, and a Master’s division for over 35ers will hit the starting blocks at 10 a.m. However, Masters will be limited to 100-400 metre races and high jump.
Athletes will compete in a selection of 14 different track events from the 60-metre sprint and hurdles to the 3,000 metre run, as well as six field events including long jump, high jump, javelin, shot put, discus, and hammer throw.
Sanctioned by BC Athletcis, the track meet is a preliminary event, with top junior finishers qualifying for the junior development championship track meet.
The Trail, Rossland, and Castlegar Legions make generous contributions to the meet, and volunteers are a vital cog in the Track Meet’s wheel. The Legion Track Meet starts with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. where the Legion band and its members march out with their colours and flags waving, leading the athletes onto the track.