2018 Athletics Ontario Race Director Summit

Last month nearly 60 Ontario running Race Directors gathered at Acme Works in Toronto for Athletics Ontario’s first Annual Race Director Summit. Sheryl Preston, Athletics Ontario’s Road Running Coordinator spearheaded and organized what turned into an hugely successful event. The day was what felt like a large reunion to some and a new beginning to others.  The day was saturated with highly educated speakers with the emphasis on the sharing of knowledge to help to cultivate not only safe and accurate races, but races that become a lifelong memory to Ontario’s running population.

Emcee’d by Steve Fleck, one of Canada’s top race announcers, the day began with Chris Troyanos who is the medical director of the Boston Marathon and the Executive Director of the International Institute of Race Medicine (IIRM), in Boston Massechusets.  Chris partnering with his coworker Dr. Lowell Greib, who also works with IIRM as well as with The SportLab in Hunstville, spoke on highly important details of Risk Management from the medical perspective in running races. This was followed up by a further conversation with Jason Robinson (Mississauga), an Associate from the Sport Law and Strategy Group, who also spoke about Event Risk Management.  The focus shifted to effective marketing and social media advertising, and creating partnerships with two enlightening and informative speeches both by Kris Mychasiw, Managing Partner of the Surin Group in Montreal, and followed up by Brandan Laan, VP of Sales at Race Roster.

The afternoon was filled with race-specific conversation beginning with Peter Donato of Good Times Running and Road Race Results, followed up with Jeff Moyle from the Army Run.  They both highlighted the importance of standing out of the crowd, and thinking outside of the box to create a unique experience for participants of an event, or of a challenge.  We were honoured to also host Alan Brookes, Race Director, and Charlotte Brookes, Event Director, with the Canada Running Series (CRS) who spoke about the absolute essentials that Race Directors must practice, followed by Erin Roza, of CRS who had an informative discussion about the volunteer experience and volunteer retention.

We finished the day off with John Lofranco of Athletics Canada, who gave feedback from past survey’s and introduced the importance of Provincial Sport Organizations such as Athletics Ontario in the sport of running. Lastly, Sheryl Preston the Road Running Coordinator for Athletics Ontario, who organized this day’s event, discussed the anticipated increased involvement Athletics Ontario has to help provide credible resources and quality assurance to our road running community at whole.

The Athletics Ontario Race Director Summit last month was what felt like the official start of a revived era for Athletics Ontario’s involvement in Road Running.  Athletics Ontario plans to not only offer this event on an annual basis within the Greater Toronto area, we also continue to offer sanctioning and  insurance Ontario running races and clubs, to ensure the safety, accuracy and quality assurance of races and clubs.  Athletics Ontario also provides recreational and competitive membership to our running community.

Stay tuned for our upcoming announcement and partnership in the working with Ontario Masters Athletics for a 2018 provincial road championship (to include a Sub-masters age group), along with a partnership with MEC for a 2018 Trail Running Championship.

Last, but certainly not least, a very well deserved shout out to the sponsors that helped to make this day happen (Please see links below):

Race Roster as the title sponsor and registration platform for the event  ; they offer very easy and effective race registration platforms (among many other services).  The Printing House extraordinarily high quality (and QUICK!) work with our banner and name-tags for the event. Thank you also for Good Times Running, and Road Race Results for help with marketing and promotion along with Henley Financial and Wealth Management for providing refreshments and helping to coordinate the day.



Race Roster

Athletics Canada

Good Times Running

Road Race Results

The Printing House

Henley Financial and Wealth Management


Speaker Connected Resources

International Institute of Race Medicine

Sport Law & Strategy Group

Canada Running Series

The Army Run

Multisport Canada

The Sport Lab


Please “Like”  our Facebook Run Ontario Page to stay informed

Please email sherylpreston@athleticsontario.ca with any questions regarding:

  • Resources for your upcoming running race, current or upcoming running club
  • Access to Athletics Canada Race Director Guide
  • Race sanctioning (accreditation) and insurance
  • Club or athlete registration and athlete membership
  • 2018 Provincial Road and Trail championships
  • Involvement in next year’s summit as a speaker or a participant



For live results from the Midget Dual portion of the meet, click here:

For live results from the Youth/Senior portion of the meet, click here:



2017-18 Quest for Gold Applications Now Open!

2017-18 Quest for Gold Applications Now Open!

Notice: Athletics Ontario is pleased to announce that we will now be accepting Quest for Gold Applications for the upcoming season.  Applications will be accepted until February 2nd at 11:59 PM ET and must be submitted to questforgold@athleticsontario.ca.  We thank all athletes, coaches and parents for their patience.

Please note, any applications submitted before January 15th, 2018 MUST be re-submitted using final posted criteria.

2017-18 Athletics Ontario Quest for Gold – Final Criteria


Athletics Ontario Quest for Gold Committee


Athletics Manitoba HIRING: Executive Director

Athletics Manitoba is seeking a new Executive Director. This position is multi-faceted and will focus on building capacity and effectively delivering programs throughout the province.

Athletics Manitoba is a provincial sport organization that promotes performance excellence, the long-term development of Athletics in Manitoba, and sport for life. We are a volunteer-driven, Athletics-focused, not-for-profit organization that operates under the umbrella of Sport Manitoba. Athletics Manitoba programs are supported and delivered in all seven regions of Manitoba.

View Full Job Description

Conflict of Interest
The Athletics Manitoba Executive Director Selection Committee invites all interested and qualified candidates to apply. However, should the successful candidate be a coach of athletes who are receiving or eligible for funding or hold a senior leadership position within a track club, those conflicts will require resolution before the successful candidate can officially begin in their role as Athletics Manitoba Executive Director.

Salary Range: $55,000 – $60,000

Submission of Applications The deadline for applications is January 15, 2018; 4:30 pm CST. Interested candidates are asked to forward a resume and cover letter detailing their suitability for the position to Grant Mitchell, President, Athletics Manitoba.

Applications will be accepted by email: info@grantmitchelladr.com, or mail:
Athletics Manitoba ED Search
Athletics Manitoba
145 Pacific Ave, Winnipeg, MB
R3B 2Z6


AO Indoor Championship Series Meet #1 Relay Team Challenge

We’re offering relay teams the chance to receive reimbursement for our AO Indoor Championship Series Meet #1.

The winning team’s photo will result in their Club being reimbursed for One Relay Team Entry, of $35.00, as well, they will receive a set of four (4) AO buffs and sleeves. Four (4) athletes from the same club, registered to a relay team for the Championship, must be in the photo (wearing identical club tops/singlets). All four (4) athletes must also be registered with Athletics Ontario for the 2018 season to be eligible. Athletes must also tag Athletics Ontario (@athleticsont) in the post and include these two hashtags: #AOIndoors and #AORelays.

We are extending the deadline to submit photos to Saturday January 13, 2018. We will take submissions on both Facebook and Instagram, and the top submission will be selected and announced at the Championship on Sunday January 14, 2018.

Teams do not have to be present to win the contest, we will contact the winning team/Club providing we can determine which club the team is from in their photo.


Team Ontario Athletes Selected for Canadian Cross Country Championships

We are excited to announce the athletes who have been selected to represent Team Ontario at the Canadian Cross Country Championships this weekend on Saturday November 25, in Kingston ON. Join us in wishing these, and all of our other Ontario athletes, the best of luck at the Championship!

Athletics Canada is offering a live stream for those who are unable to attend the event. Click here to go to the Athletics Canada TV page and view the stream.

The athletes are as follows:

Youth Women
Remy Cattell
Aleksa Gold
Eliza Jane Boston
Anna Workman
Tiana LoStracco
Maya Hannagan

Youth Men
Campbell Lee
Joshua Zelek
Evan Burke
Noah Costa
Mathew Lampard
Patrick Dean

Junior Women
Lilly Tuck
Zoe Burke
Hannah Russell
Jocelyn Chau
Cameron Ormond
Martha MacDonald

Junior Men
Edward Hayfron
Brad Sheeler
Cameron Circa
Nick Mota
Thomas Witkowicz
Max Turek

Senior Women
Natalia Hawthorn
Leslie Sexton
Laura Desjardins
Sasha Gollish
Julie-Anne Staelhi
Claire Sumner

Senior Men
Blair Morgan
Andrew Nixon
Kevin Blackney
Phil Parrot-Migas
Trevor Hofbauer
Bonsa Gonfa


AO 2017 Cross Country Championship Preview

Get ready to run!

Our Annual Cross-Country Championship is taking place this Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Morrison Meadows in Bracebridge, ON. We have almost 900 athletes registered to compete on this beautiful course.

Important note regarding parking: Please take note that you can only do drop offs at the site of the Cross-Country Championships. Parking will be located just west of the championships by the JD Lang Activity Park. Shuttles will be available all day long to and from the Championship site.


We have some incredible talent coming to the meet, here are some athletes to watch for:

Christian Barida: University of Toronto Track and Field Club, Athletics Ontario winner of the Bantam Boys Long-Distance Athlete of the Year Category

Jocelyn Chau: University of Toronto Track and Field Club, Commonwealth Youth Games 1500m finalist

Sophie Coutts: Central Toronto Athletic Club, Finished 2nd in the Midget Girls category at the 2017 OFSAA Cross Country Championship

Joshua Desouza: Newmarket Huskies, Athletics Ontario award winner of the Youth Boys Distance Category, Silver in the 3000m at Commonwealth Youth Games

Anne Forsyth: Speed River Track & Field Club, Commonwealth Youth Games 1500m finalist

Dakota Goguen: Newmarket Huskies, Finished 3rd at the 2017 OFSAA Cross Country Championship

Abdullahi Hassan: Phoenix Athletics Association of Ontario, Athletics Ontario Award Winner for the Midget Boys Distance Category

Ed Hayfron: Phoenix Athletics Association of Ontario, Placed 6th in the Men’s Atlantic Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 800m

Trevor Hofbauer: Speed River Track and Field Club, first Canadian man to finish the Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Marcus Kemp: Speed River Track & Field Club, 7th at Commonwealth Youth Games in the 1500m

Campbell Lee: Niagara Olympic Club, Finished 3rd at the OFSAA 2017 Cross Country Championship

Brogan McDougall: Physi-Kult Kingston, Bronze in the 3000m at Commonwealth Youth Games

Nicholas Mota: Newmarket Huskies, Finished 2nd in the OFSAA 2017 Cross Country Championship

Katie Newlove: Ottawa Lions T.F.C., Ontario, Finished 5th at OFSAA Cross Country 2017

Aurora Rynda: University of Toronto Track and Field Club, Commonwealth Youth Games Bronze medalist in the 800m

Leslie Sexton: London Runners Distance Club, first Canadian woman to finish the Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Kyle Smith: Blue Devils AC, Canadian record holder in the 4x800m, previous AO staff member

Thomas Witkowicz: University of Toronto Track and Field Club, Commonwealth Youth Games finalist in the 3000m


Additional Important Information

Please note the distances offered for the 2017 AO Cross Country Championship this year. Girls and Women will be offered slightly longer distances in our effort to get male and female distances equalized. Full details available in the technical package.
  • U14 Girls: 2 km
  • U16 Girls: 4 km
  • U18 Girls: 5 km
  • U20 Women: 6 km
  • 20+ Women: 8 km
There are no changes to boys/men distances.
Masters (30+) will run 5km.
Waivers: Clubs that have power of attorney may sign off for all of their athletes while others will need to sign off on their waiver when they pick up their bibs. Waiver forms can be found on the championship website.
Live Results during the meet can be found here.
There is NO PARKING on site at the race venue at 1177 Fraserburg Rd or along Fraserburg Rd.
Please park at JD Lang Activity Park (approx 1 km from venue) and take the shuttle bus. The shuttle bus will run continuously on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Round trip should be approx. 10 minutes.
Participant drop off on-site will be available when traffic conditions allow it. Please limit your drop off to 2 minutes max to avoid congestion.
No dogs are allowed on site at the race venue. Please leave your pets at home.
Hot food, bottled water, coffee and tea will be available on site.
Cash, credit cards and debit accepted.
Official XC Championships Merchandise
Long sleeve t-shirts $25
Hoodies $45
New Balance jackets $65
They can be personalized with your team name or nickname. Taxes extra.
From the South:
Follow HWY 11 North to Cedar Ln/Muskoka District Road 37 in Bracebridge. Take exit 184 from HWY 11 North.
Follow Cedar Ln to Fraserburg Rd/Muskoka District Road 14.
Shuttle Parking is on the left at JD Lang Activity Park before you cross HWY 11.
From the North:
Follow HWY 11 South to Taylor Rd/Muskoka District Road 42 in Bracebridge. Take exit 189 from HWY 11 South.
Turn Right on /Muskoka District Road 42.
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Cedar Ln.
Follow Cedar Ln to Fraserburg Rd/Muskoka District Road 14.
Turn Left.
Follow Fraserburg Rd.
Shuttle Parking is on the left at JD Lang Activity Park before you cross HWY 11.

Community Development Grant Application

Applications for community programs that will start between January 1, 2018 and April 30, 2018 will be accepted to review until Friday, November 10 at 11:59PM EST. Successful applicants will be advised in December 2017.

To submit a Community Development Grant application, please click here and select the ‘Apply’ tab.

As part of the application, you must upload a detailed budget using the template provided here. Please download the fillable PDF budget template and complete prior to your submission.

Our application system is designed to automatically close at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, November 10 at which point applications will no longer be accepted for programs that will run between January 1, 2018 and April 30, 2018.

The table below outlines the application periods for future programming:

Community Program Period: Grant Applications Open Grant Applications Close
Programs starting between May 1 and Aug 31, 2018 Monday, Jan 1, 2018 Thursday, Feb 1, 2018 at 5pm EST
Programs starting between Sept 1 and Dec 31, 2018 Monday, Feb 5, 2018 Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 5pm EST
Programs starting between Jan 1 and April 30, 2019 Monday, May 7, 2018 Monday, Oct 1, 2018 at 5pm EST
Programs starting between May 1 and Aug 31, 2019 Monday, Oct 8, 2018 Friday, Feb 1, 2019 at 5pm EST

Your Jumpstart Regional Managers will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


Celebrate Ontario 2018 Grant

This is a reminder that the application deadline for Celebrate Ontario 2018 is THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017 AT 5:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time).
Celebrate Ontario is an annual funding program that helps festivals and events enhance their programs, activities and services. This support helps grow tourism in the province by making it easier for event organizers to offer new and improved experiences that will attract more tourists and increase visitor spending.
Information on how to apply to the Celebrate Ontario 2018 program can be found here.
Your Regional Advisor can also help you with any questions that you might have about your application.
When you submit your Celebrate Ontario 2018 application through the Grants Ontario web portal, you will receive a confirmation notice.
If you do not receive confirmation of your submission within 24 hours, please contact Grants Ontario Customer Service.
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