Keeping the kids involved in outdoor activities, The Mount Elizabeth Middle Secondary School (MEMMS) hosted a race for students who are part of the Mount Elizabeth running club.
MEMMS use to have a track and field along with a cross country team, but over the years the numbers of students participating in those activities have dwindled. That said, with a lack of extracurricular sports available for students, MEMMS started up their running club again this year. Though many of the students that are part of the running club are new to running, they were excited to be a part of the event put on by coach Cynthia.
“Starting in the fall, a couple of kids wanted to do something [athletic] because there’s not a whole lot of opportunities right now, but due to the weather, we had to put it on hold so I told the students if you’re really interested we’ll meet up again in the spring and see how it goes, and surprisingly [by spring] we had more people show up,” Cynthia said.
Creating an incentive to improve, Cynthia started a training program for the students so they could develop their running skills before the scheduled race.
“I wanted to give them something to work towards so they’ve been training three times a week, with one of the training sessions on the weekends,” Cynthia said.
Students had the choice to run either 3 kilometres, 5 kilometres, and 10 kilometres.
In the 10-kilometre race, ninth-grade student, Charles-Emile Guay came first with a time of 43.10 min. The other students running in the 10-kilometre race were Andrea Walt, Joshua Loucks, and Aidan Dalmonte.
“The 10k runners ran from the school down to Meldrum street, up to KDI, down to Stickney St/Banyay Ave, cutting through Bartholomew, and back to the four-way stop [at Lahakas Blvd and Alexander Ave], down Lahakas Blvd to the city centre, coming all the way back to the school,” Cynthia said.
In the 3-kilometre race, seventh-grade students, Jacob Armitage and Louie Quinn tied for first with a time of 17.18 min. The other students running in the 3-kilometre race were Savannah Boudreau, Makenna Viveiros, Amelie Boucher, Keyara Knight, Danita Galaske, Brooke Faas, Jenita Derrick Wright, Mila Dobbin, and Darius Nijjer.
With a lack of materials to work with for training purposes, MEMMS staff are going beyond their average duties by volunteering their own time for these students.
“One of the difficulties we have up here is the fact our equipment is old. […] It’s hard living up here to get things going,” Cynthia said.