Canadian Cross Country Championships
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 girls) and 10km (senior women/men).
On-site public address announcers Kevin MacKinnonand Michael Rochuswill 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
The course will be accessible to athletes starting at noon on Friday, Nov. 23.
There is plenty of parking available at the Fort Henry Discovery Centre. 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 Shop.Athletics.ca.
All awards will be presented on-site as outlined in the schedule.
U18, U20 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, U20 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.
Club teams DO NOT need to declare. Region-Branch teams need to declare in advance. Please send your declarations to Mitchell Torres at Mitchell.Torres@athletics.ca by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23.
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.
Individual age group Master’s medals, Club team awards and the GAAT Trophy will be presented on-site.
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. 22, by emailing email@example.com.
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.
FREE COACH EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY
Alex Hutchinson on the Science of Endurance
Date: Friday, Nov. 23
Time: 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre (1550 Princess Street, Kingston, ON K7M 9E3)
Great coaches have always known that races aren’t won only with VO2max and lactate threshold, in addition to other “physical” traits. But scientists have only recently started to delve into the role of the mind in setting our physical limits. In this talk, Alex Hutchinson will discuss what the latest science tells us about the limits of endurance, and how that knowledge can be incorporated into training and racing plans.
Hutchinson is an author and journalist in Toronto, and the author of the recent New York Times bestseller ENDURE: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. His primary focus these days is the science of endurance and fitness, which he covers for Outside (where he’s a contributing editor and writes the Sweat Science column), The Globe and Mail (where he writes the Jockology column) and Canadian Running magazine.
He also holds the indoor 1500m record at McGill University and represented Canada on several occasions.
- There will not be a technical meeting. All information pertaining to the Championships is contained on the 2018 Canadian Cross Country Championships webpage. Any questions will be answered at race kit pick-up or can be submitted via email to Mitchell Torres at Mitchell.Torres@athletics.ca by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23. Regional Team declarations also need to be submitted via email by 5 p.m.
- Doping control tests may be conducted at the 2018 Canadian Cross Country Championships.
- 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.
Please note: All second-year U20 athletes will be provided with two competition bibs to wear during their race. One is to be worn on the front of the singlet, the other (a different colour) is to be worn on the back. By wearing a secondary bib, all competitors will be able to clearly identify who is eligible to be selected to a National Team (NACAC Cross Country Championships / IAAF World Cross Country Championships) and who is not due to age restrictions that are outlined in the selection criteria.
RACE KIT PICK-UP
Friday, Nov. 23, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Participants will be able to pick-up their race kits in the East Ballroom 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 meet hotel:
Ambassador Hotel & Conference Centre
1550 Princess Street, Kingston, ON K7M 9E3
Rate: $119 per night (room with two queen beds and free parking)
Booking code: National XC Championships
Deadline: Monday, Oct. 22 (will honour rate after deadline should availability exist)
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. 23, 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 2018 Canadian Cross Country Championships, click here.
NATIONAL TEAM SELECTION
Do you want to represent Canada in Trinidad or Denmark as part of Canada’s National Cross Country Team? Here’s a look at what you need to know before you hit the trails in Kingston at the 2018 Canadian Cross Country Championships, which will serve as the Selection Trials for both events.
Criteria – 2019 NACAC Cross Country Championships / 2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships
Declaration form – 2019 National Team Declaration Form
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.
2017 CANADIAN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONS
Senior Women: Claire Sumner (34:48.9 – 10km)
Senior Men: Lucas Bruchet (30:20.2 – 10km)
U20 Women: Brogan MacDougall (20:50.9 – 6km)
U20 Men: Kieran Lumb (25:14.0 – 8km)
U18 Girls: Sadie Sigfstead (14:03.4 – 4km)
U18 Boys: Campbell Lee (19:05.5 – 6km)
Masters Women: Sarah Nagy (30:56.7 – 8km)
Masters Men: Michael Gill (27:12.0 – 8km)
More than 1,000 athletes took part in the 2017 Canadian Cross Country Championships. Here’s a look at how the races unfolded:
The following athletes are eligible to compete at the 2018 Canadian Cross Country Championships (U18, U20 and Senior):
Athlete citizenship eligibility
- Canadian citizens who are Athletics Canada members.
- Only Canadian citizens are eligible to be declared Canadian Champion and receive a medal, award or financial recognition.
- 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.
The following non-Canadian citizens are also eligible to compete:
- Canadian permanent residents (landed immigrants) who are Athletics Canada members and full-time residents of Canada.
- 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.
- 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.
Note: Non-Canadian citizens are not eligible to be declared Canadian Champion and receive a medal, award or financial recognition.
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 Masters 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.
|9 a.m.||Community Race – 2.5 km / 5 km|
|9:45 a.m.||Masters – 8km|
|10:45 a.m.||Community Awards|
|11 a.m.||U18 Girls – 4km|
|11:30 a.m.||U18 Boys – 6km|
|11:40 a.m.||Masters Awards|
|12:15 p.m.||U20 Women – 6km|
|12:45 p.m.||U18 Awards|
|1 p.m.||U20 Men – 8km|
|1:45 p.m.||Senior Women – 10 km|
|2:30 p.m.||U20 Awards|
|2:45 p.m.||Senior Men – 10 km|
|3:30 p.m.||Senior Awards|
|*Schedule subject to change|