Event Date: Friday, January 24, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Doors Open at 5:45 p.m.
Where: Enter at Track level, Kinsmen Field House Door #3 (Northwest corner)
Frequently Asked Questions
More details are available in the technical package on http://www.ellistiming.ca/HarriersRelays/
Edmonton Transit: Edmonton Transit options include Bus Routes 9 and 52. Please see https://www.edmonton.ca/ets/maps-routes-schedules-service.aspx . Another option: The Kinsmen Field House is a relatively short walk from the University of Alberta Transit Centre (which includes service by the LRT).
Bridge Warnings: If your team needs to cross from the north side of the North Saskatchewan River to the south side, please remind your bus drivers of the following:
- High Level Bridge: Height restriction is 3.2 metres, which is too short for some buses.
- Groat Road Bridge: As you may be aware, the Groat Road Bridge and Road Renewal project is ongoing (https://www.edmonton.ca/projects_plans/roads/groat-road-bridges.aspx ), and should not be used as a bus route.
Food/Refreshments: There is no food vendor/cafeteria at the Kinsmen Sports Centre. There are vending machines located throughout the building. Please plan accordingly.
Parking: Parking is available at the Kinsmen Sports Centre, though it does become very busy. Give yourself ample time to arrive at the Kinsmen Field House area. Parking attendants and parking signs will be directing traffic. Zones are available for busses and athlete drop-off. Please follow the instructions of the parking attendants.
Entrance: Enter the Field House through the Entrance Door #3, located at the northwest corner of the Field House. DO NOT enter through the main entrance of the Kinsmen Sports Centre.
Registration/ Race Packages: Coaches will pick up “race packages” at the registration desk upon arrival in the Kinsmen Field House. Race numbers, safety pins, heat sheets, and receipts are included in the race packages.
“Where is my team?…”: A map of the Kinsmen Field House will be at the registration desk. Coaches are encouraged to note the location of their team on this map upon arrival. (Consider using tools/apps like Glympse or “What 3 Words” to inform your team coordinators and parents of your location.)
Spectators: Viewing area is available on the north and west areas of the lower track level. Additional viewing area is available on the upper track. All non-competing runners and spectators MUST stay out of the infield. Exercise equipment on the upper level is off-limits.
Team Organization Suggestion: Ensure that you label/choose your most competitive team as an “A” team so that they run in an early race and have sufficient rest before the final (if they qualify).
Numbers: Worn on the front of the last runner on each team.
Warm-up: Athletes are allowed to warm up on the track before the meet starts. TRACK MUST BE CLEARED AT 6:15 p.m. Teams participating in the finals will be allowed on the infield to warm up prior to their races (at the discretion of the officials).
Event start time: The first race goes at 6:30 p.m. Subsequent races will run approximately every four minutes.
Marshalling: This will take place at the far east end of the track (near the glassed-in fitness centre). Harriers marshalls will organize teams into races. All teams need to be aware of their RACE NUMBER. Heat sheets are posted on the walls and included in team packages provided to the team coaches. Information is also available on http://www.ellistiming.ca/HarriersRelays .
Coaching: Coaches are allowed on the infield with competing teams.
Order of events: Posted on the wall near the entrance and on the wall behind the bleachers.. Events are organized by RACE # (NOT by heat number). Races alternate between girls, boys, and mixed teams, starting with the “A” teams.
Race procedure: The first runner completes his/her lap entirely in their assigned lane. After the first exchange, all runners run in lane 1 (inside lane). Pylons will mark the exchange zone. The officials will be fairly lenient with the exchange.
Spikes: Spikes are allowed to be worn for the event. The maximum length of the “pins” in the shoes is 7mm. NO spikes are allowed on the upper track.
Results: Times and placement will be posted on the wall near the entrance (as they become available). Live results can also be found at http://www.ellistiming.ca/HarriersRelays .
Finals: The fastest 6 girls teams, 6 boys teams, and 6 mixed school teams will qualify for finals. The mixed final is Race #21 (middle of the evening). The boys and girls finals will be at the end of the event. White boards in the infield will be updated with the fastest teams in each category throughout the evening. We will try to contact the coaches to inform them well in advance of the finals.
Awards: Medals will be awarded to the top three teams in each of the finals. The winning team in each of the three finals will be presented with a trophy. Each school is responsible for putting the plaque on the trophy. The trophy will remain at the school until the Harriers 2021 Elementary Relays.
PLEASE APPROACH THE EVENT IN A SPIRIT OF CELEBRATION OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND TEAMWORK. ONLY OFFICIAL COACHES WILL BE ABLE TO BRING ANY “IRREGULARITIES” TO THE ATTENTION OF THE OFFICIALS.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL TEAMS!! ALL OF YOUR ATHLETES DESERVE CHEERS!