Cross-country’s back for SD62 elementary students

And they’re off! Grade 2 students start running during a cross-country race held at the West Shore Park and Recreation’s Juan de Fuca Lower Park in Colwood on May 12. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)And they’re off! Grade 2 students start running during a cross-country race held at the West Shore Park and Recreation’s Juan de Fuca Lower Park in Colwood on May 12. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Blaiklee Durrant, a Grade 2 student at Millstream Elementary, celebrates after the race with her parents Kyle and Chelsea. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)Blaiklee Durrant, a Grade 2 student at Millstream Elementary, celebrates after the race with her parents Kyle and Chelsea. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Students from Willway Elementary cheer on their schoolmates during one of the races, held at the West Shore Park and Recreation’s Juan de Fuca Lower Park in Colwood on May 12. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)Students from Willway Elementary cheer on their schoolmates during one of the races, held at the West Shore Park and Recreation’s Juan de Fuca Lower Park in Colwood on May 12. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
Parents watch on during the cross-country event for Grade 2 to 5 students from the Belmont zone of SD62 schools held at the West Shore Park and Recreation’s Juan de Fuca Lower Park in Colwood on May 12. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)Parents watch on during the cross-country event for Grade 2 to 5 students from the Belmont zone of SD62 schools held at the West Shore Park and Recreation’s Juan de Fuca Lower Park in Colwood on May 12. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Hundreds of elementary school students took part in the cross-country races at Juan de Fuca Lower Park in Colwood on May 12.

The races, organized by the Sooke Sports Council for Grades 2 to 5, were run by students from half of the schools in SD62. Due to logistical challenges, students in Royal Bay feeder schools are set to run on May 18.

“Our district was growing so large, we’ll have 18 schools next year – we have 17 this year. With the pandemic, we just thought it was nice to have gradually gone into it. So we decided to just divide the district in half,” said Sooke Sports Council president Lorraine Van Dyk.

Van Dyk estimates between 300 and 400 students participated in the races and expects that figure will repeat on May 18 when the other half of the school district competes.

Students from Sooke schools weren’t able to make it due to the 3:30 p.m. start time and the traffic on Sooke Road.

The Sooke Sports Council has also planned for a soccer jamboree on May 25, and a district-wide track meet on June 3.

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