Championship Series

Cross Country Champs

2017 ACXC

November 25, 2017
Kingston, ON


#ACXC2017 – What you need to know

Confirmed entries

Course description

Once again, the Cross Country Championships will take place on one of the most spectator-friendly courses in Canada, featuring outstanding views of Kingston, Fort Henry, Lake Ontario and Wolfe Island.

The course features a 2km and 2.5km loop on naturally winding, rolling grass with the start and finish lines only 80 metres apart. Throughout each race, competitors pass through the start/finish line area on multiple occasions. Course length varies between 4km (U18/youth girls) and 10km (senior women/men).

On-site public address announcers Kevin MacKinnon and Michael Rochus will provide updates and background information on athletes, clubs and more as the event unfolds.

Event site address:
1 Fort Henry Drive
Kingston, ON K7K 5K7

Course preview

The course will be accessible to athletes starting at noon on Friday, Nov. 24.

There is plenty of parking available at the Fort Henry Discovery Center. Do not park on either side of the road leading to Fort Henry as your vehicle will be towed. This will be enforced by the CFB Kingston Military Police.

Official event merchandise

Athletics Canada will be on-site with a pop-up shop on Friday at the Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and Saturday (event site – near the start/finish line). Exclusive #ACXC merchandise will be available, in addition to select items from our National Team collection and

ReRUN Shoe Project

Volunteers from the ReRUN Shoe Project will be on-site collecting lightly used shoes that are no longer fit for running, but still have plenty of life left in them. The shoes will be donated to a local youth-sport organization to help improve the lives of others.

Donations can be dropped off at the ReRUN Shoe Project tent that will be set-up at the event site adjacent to the therapist’s tent.

For more information on the ReRUN Shoe Project, please click here.

Championship awards

All awards will be presented on-site as outlined in the schedule.

Individual Championships
U18 (Youth), U20 (Junior) and Senior
Championship medals will be awarded to the first three eligible finishers in each division at the awards ceremony. Only Canadian citizens can win individual Canadian Championship medals. Top 10 finishers will be acknowledged as part of the awards ceremony in these categories

Canadian Team Championships
U18 (Youth), U20 (Junior) and Senior
A: Team/Club Championships and B: Team/Region-Branch Championships
There will be a Canadian Championship competition for Club and Region-Branch in the U18, U20 and Senior categories. Championship medals will be awarded to members of the top three teams. Team size for both team championships (A and B) will be up to six (with top four scoring) for all divisions. Team scores will be tabulated based on overall placings in the official results. Ties will be decided in favour of the team whose last scoring member finishes nearer to the first-place position.

Please note:
Club teams DO NOT need to declare. Region/Branch teams need to declare in advance. Please send your declarations to Nicole Clarke at by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24.

All competitors on a Club team must be bona fide paid members of the same club. As far as teams are concerned, Canadian permanent residents, non-Canadian residents (claiming refugee status), foreign athletes and athletes that have been members of Athletics Canada for at least six months prior to the Championships, can be scoring members for their team. However, they still are not eligible to win individual Canadian Championship medals.

Masters Awards
Individual age group Master’s medals, Club team awards and the GAAT Trophy will be presented on-site.

Individual Awards
The top three male and female Canadian residents in each Master’s five-year age category will receive CMA medals.  In addition, any non-residents finishing in the top three in any age group will receive duplicate medals

Club Team Awards – 10-Year Age Groups
M70+ and W60+ can declare up to three runners (top two score).  All other age categories can declare up to four runners (top three score). Team scoring will be based on total time.  Females may run on male teams, but not the reverse.  Club teams must declare by 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 23, by emailing

Provincial Team Competition – GAAT Trophy
Results will be based on the top four age-graded provincial results, of whom one must be from each gender.  These teams do not have to be declared.

Technical notes

  1. There will not be a technical meeting. All information pertaining to the Championships is contained on the 2017 Canadian Cross Country Championships webpage. Any questions will be answered at race kit pick-up or can be submitted via email to by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24. Regional Team declarations also need to be submitted via email by 5 p.m.
  2. Doping control tests may be conducted at the 2017 Canadian Cross Country Championships.
  3. On event day, athletes will be prohibited from warming up or cooling down on the race course. The fields surrounding the course provide plenty of room for warm-up and cool down. Please stay off of the CFB Kingston property located to the east of the course.

Race kit pick-up

Friday, Nov. 24, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Participants will be able to pick-up their race kits in the atrium of the Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre (1550 Princess Street, Kingston, ON K7M 9E3).

Should you not arrive in time, race kits will be available at the event site on Saturday.

Accommodations and shuttle service

Official host hotel:
Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre
1550 Princess Street, Kingston, ON K7M 9E3
Rate: $115 per night (room with two queen-sized beds)
Booking code: NationalXC
Deadline: Monday, Oct. 23 (will honour rate after deadline should availability exist)
Phone: 1-800-267-7880

Shuttle service: There will be a shuttle running between the Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre and event site. The shuttle will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on race day. The bus will leave the hotel hourly on the hour and will leave the event site hourly on the half hour. Travel time between the two locations is approximately 15 minutes.

For a complete list of hotels in Kingston that are offering group rates for the 2017 Canadian Cross Country Championships, click here.

National Team Selection

Prior to hitting the trails in Kingston, please make sure you complete the 2018 National Team Declaration Form in order to be considered eligible for selection to a national team event, such as the 2018 Pan American Cross Country Championships.

Representatives from Athletics Canada’s National Teams Department will be on-site in Kingston and available to answer any questions you may have pertaining to team selection and criteria.

Criteria – 2018 Pan American Cross Country Championships

2016 Canadian Cross Country Champions

Senior Women: Sasha Gollish (33:53.5 – 10km)
Senior Men: Ross Proudfoot (29:52.7 – 10km)
U20 (Junior) Women: Hannah Bennison (20:35.1 – 6km)
U20 (Junior) Men: Ehab El-Sandali (24:49.2 – 8km)
U18 (Youth) Girls: Savanna Jordan (13:58.8 – 4km)
U18 (Youth) Boys: Tyler Dozzi (18:50.9 – 6km)
Masters Women: Genevieve Shurtleff (30:58.4 – 8km)
Masters Men: Jeremiah Ziak (25:47.2 – 8km)

2016 Results

More than 1,000 athletes descended on Kingston to participate in the 2016 Canadian Cross Country Championships. Here’s a look at how the races unfolded:

Individual results
Senior: Women / Men
U20 (Junior): Women / Men
U18 (Youth): Girls / Boys

Team results
Senior: Women / Men
U20 (Junior): Women / Men
U18 (Youth): Girls / Boys

Provincial results
Senior: Women / Men
U20 (Junior): Women / Men
U18 (Youth): Girls / Boys


The following athletes are eligible to compete at the 2017 Canadian Cross Country Championships (U18, U20 and Senior):

Athlete citizenship eligibility

  1. Canadian citizens who are Athletics Canada members.
  2. Only Canadian citizens are eligible to be declared Canadian Champion and receive a medal, award or financial recognition.
  3. All athletes must be a member of Athletics Canada in order to be eligible to compete. Membership must be obtained through one of Athletics Canada’s provincial branches.

Non-Canadian citizens

The following non-Canadian citizens are also eligible to compete:

Note: Non-Canadian citizens are not eligible to be declared Canadian Champion and receive a medal, award or financial recognition.

  1. Canadian permanent residents (landed immigrants) who are Athletics Canada members and full-time residents of Canada.
  2. Athletes who are claiming refugee status and foreign athletes who are temporary residents of Canada due to business, study or family reasons, providing that they are Athletics Canada members and have been a resident in Canada for at least six months prior to the date of competition.
  3. Foreign athletes who are in good standing with their national athletic organization, who have been invited and have had their applications accepted. Acceptance of these entry applications are at the approval/discretion of Athletics Canada. Athletes in this category will not be required to obtain an Athletics Canada membership.

*Please refer to Athletics Canada’s Competition Rule 86 for all rules regarding athlete eligibility at National Championships.


The Canadian Masters Championships are open to all male and female masters (age 30+ on race day). Male and female competitors will run in the same race. All Master athletes, if a resident in Canada, must be members of Canadian Masters Athletics (CMA) by taking out a full Master’s membership of any Athletics Canada provincial affiliate. If a resident outside of Canada, Master athletes must be members of USATF or another World Masters Athletics (WMA) national affiliate.

Course Map

9 a.m. Masters – 8km
10:15 a.m. U18 (Youth) Girls – 4km
10:45 a.m. U18 (Youth) Boys – 6km
11:30 a.m. Community Race – 2.5 km and 5 km
11:45 a.m. Masters Awards
12 p.m. U18 Awards
12:15 p.m. U20 (Junior) Women – 6km
12:30 p.m. Community Awards
1 p.m. U20 (Junior) Men – 8km
1:45 p.m. Senior Women – 10 km
2:45 p.m. Senior Men – 10 km
3:30 p.m. U20 Awards
3:45 p.m. Senior Awards


Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre
1550 Princess Street, Kingston, ON K7M 9E3
Rate: $115 per night (room with two queen-sized beds)
Booking code: NationalXC
Deadline: Monday, Oct. 23 (will honour rate after deadline should availability exist)
Phone: 1-800-267-7880


Technical Director
Nicole Clarke
613-260-5580, ext. 3317

Andrew Cameron  
613-260-5580, ext. 3320

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