The local track and field season kicks off on Saturday, May 12 at the Legion Field in Grande Prairie with the annual Peace Country Classic/ GP Kids Track Meet. This year’s event will also host the trials for the NW Zone Athletics Team for the 2018 Alberta Summer Games.
The 16th annual Peace Country Classic is Grande Prairie’s all comers track meet open to athletes of all ages and abilities. The event features a whole range of track and field events: sprints, middle distance, jumps, throws, and a relay.
The GP Kids Meet, which takes place in the morning, is an opportunity for elementary school children to try out track and field events tailored to younger athletes: 60m, standing long jump, shot put, and 400m/800m.
Local U16 (born in 2005, 2004, or 2003) and U18 (born 2002 or 2001) athletes will have the opportunity to earn a spot on the NW Zone team for July’s Alberta Summer Games in Grande Prairie by taking part in the meet.
One athlete to watch in this year’s meet is Kobe Grocholski. The 16-year old Beaverlodgian is coming off a breakthrough season that saw him capture the silver medal in the 1200m at the U16 Athletics Canada – Legion National Championships in Brandon, MB last summer. Grocholski will be attempting to qualify the ASG Zone team in the U18 800m, 1500m, and 3000m.
Further details and online registration for the event can be found on the Peace Country Wolves Athletics Club website. The entry deadline is Wednesday, May 9.