The new CRR cross-country Grand Prix season
by Oleg Tabelev
We had a very well-organized and successful opening of the 2020/21 CRR xc Grand Prix season at River Park on October 3rd - the first event of the series with a significantly modified format. We really have to thank Derek Wilkinson for his effort in having the CRR xc season approved by the Alberta Health Services, documenting, and enforcing, the new rules he negotiated with the AHS. Also big thanks to Don Lee for assisting Derek with organizing the series, and Kim Jones for stepping in to quickly and professionally replace our somewhat last-century payment/registration process with an on-line registration tool. I believe everyone found the new registration system efficient and stress-free - well, except for those who were not able to register once we reached the limit of 90 runners and 10 volunteers. The 100 limit on an outdoor sports event is brought to us by the AHS.
We hope to be able to continue with the series through the winter months, if we can be disciplined about meeting the AHS and City’s requirements. The city of Okotoks has also given out the permit for the November race over there. Please continue wearing masks before and after the race, avoid close contacts with people outside your cohort, consider not attending a race if you are not feeling well, and we just may be able to pull it off together.
The organizing committee decided to reduce the race entry price as the club will not be spending funds on post-race community halls this season. Of course, there are still expenses on City park permits, awards pottery, and online registration processing fees.
We have two new trophies in the series this year - the Order of the Golden Shoe Award, and the mini-Grand Prix for the young runners (under 13) competing in the 4K category. The rules for the latter change are similar to the big Grand Prix - best six out of nine 4K races will see a girl and a boy crowned as the season champions. The Order of the Golden Shoe trophy is a brainchild of Ken Park, and is meant to celebrate achievements of Club’s most experienced runners, aged 70 and above, who complete at least six of the series’ ten events.
With that - good luck to all runners, old and new, in their pursuit of happiness and joy found in running, volunteering, being fit and healthy.