Cross Country Running

OFSAA Qualifier Cross Country Championship

October 28, 2021

***Sawmill Ski Trails – Hepworth***

Location change !!! See schedule change

(as of Oct 24th, 2021)

Due to large amounts of rain at the other venue

Convenor: Tanya Byers, Walkerton DCS

Location: Sawmill Ski Trails – 719521 Highway 6, East of Hepworth ( located between Hepworth and Shallow Lake)

It is so exciting to be holding a cross country championship. This is truly a cross country course that includes challenging and varied terrain with some elevation changes. The terrain includes some soft sandy  sections, trail running in the forest with leaves.  Please prepare your athletes accordingly.

There is a Tim Horton’s nearby but no other restaurants within walking distance of the course. Teams should be prepared to bring their own food.

Entry Fee: $ 8 per athlete: cheques payable to: Walkerton District Community School

Registration:  See or follow this to register for the event.

Registration deadline is Monday Oct 25, 2021

Important information ***** Click here for the Coaches package CWOSSA OFSAA qualifier 2021 revised schedule

CWOSSA – Forms click here forms due 24 hours prior to competitions

Waiver that must signed before the meet – Informed_Consent_Running_Race_Over18  and Informed_Consent_Running_Race_Under18 all runners must sign the appropriate form and coaches submit the forms to the convenor.

Start lines: Wave or mass start depending on the number of participants registered. Coaches will be notified of the type of start prior to the meet.

Order of Events:

9:45 am – Course opens

10:45 am – Coaches meeting

11:15 am – Para Event – 4000m

11:45 am – Novice Girls – 4000m

12:25 pm – Novice Boys – 4000m

1:00 pm – Junior Girls – 5000m

1:45 pm – Junior Boys – 5000m

2:25  pm – Senior Girls – 6000m

3:15 pm – Senior Boys – 6000m

4:15 pm – Awards and clean up

Sawmill cross country maps


Results: Speed River Timing

Awards: Coaches may need to pick up the awards at the conclusion of the event because athletes/spectators congregating is being discouraged. Ribbons will be given to the top 6 in each age category and top three teams.  If your schools has one of the team plaques, please bring it with you to the championship and turn it into the registration table. Thank you.

OFSAA – Coaches of OFSAA qualifying individuals and teams must submit OFSAA forms to the “OFSAA qualification” registration desk when paying for OFSAA registration. Follow the link to get all the forms off the OFSAA page.

Fees for OFSAA: $16 per athlete ($13 entry fee and $3 OFSAA participant fee) cheques: payable to Walkerton District Community School

NOTE: for coaches of Para athletes you must indicate the classification when registering your athlete at the OFSAA registration desk at the CWOSSA championship.

Tent city-  Each school will have their own area to put up their tent and will be asked that athletes not visit in other school’s areas.

Masks- Athletes and Coaches will be asked to wear masks unless the athletes are racing or warming up and must maintain social distancing. Masks may be removed for safe participation in the competition of the cross country race.

Spectators will be discouraged from attending the championship. If they do attend the spectators should remain social distanced and masked if distancing isn’t possible. Spectators are not allowed near the athletes’/school’s tent city. There will be signage to encourage and remind spectators to socially distance and explaining where the spectators can and cannot be.

Isolation Plan – there will be a tent reserved as an isolation tent in the event that an athlete feels ill. All Bluewater District School board and Bruce Grey Catholic District board parents/guardians of participating athletes will be informed that if their child falls ill, they would have to be picked up. The isolation tent will have appropriate PPE. Medical mask, eye protection and medical gloves in case of a sick athlete

Respiratory safety– the use of microphones and voice amplifiers will be used to minimize the need of shouting or using any whistles.

OPHEA safety guidelines, Athletics Ontario and Ontario guidelines have been read and will be followed throughout the championship.

Coaches are to educate and encourage student athletes to follow all strategies for reduction the spread of the virus. This education includes but is not limited to: physical distancing, no sharing of equipment, respiratory etiquette, hand hygiene, safe use of non-medical cloth mask, daily self-screening before competition staying home when feeling ill, and monitoring of symptoms. Coaches will not be discussing vaccination status with students.

Coaches will develop and hand in an eligibility list of all student athletes and will provide their contact information in case contract tracing is necessary.

All student athletes should have their attendance taken, should have their own clearly labelled water bottle for personal use only. Student athletes should follow direction and guidance provided by coaching staff regarding physical distancing, respiratory etiquette, hand hygiene, safe use of a non-medical/cloth mask, staying home when feeling ill, and monitoring symptoms.