CQSB Cross Country Championships held at Base de plein air de Sainte-Foy

Mother nature provided the perfect back drop for a classic cross country run, as light rain and autumn winds descended on the assembled athletes and spectators at this year’s edition of the CQSB Cross Country Championships held at the Base Plein Air Ste Foy this past Saturday morning.   Over 400 registered runners from CQSB schools as far away as Chibougamau took part in the event which featured six races.

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Photo Credits: Andrew Aitken - Start of the Administrator’s Cup Race

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Photo Credits: Andrew Aitken  -   Ludovic ST-MARTIN DDO School and Ryan MASSICOTTE Holland School battle it out at the finish line in the pre-mosquito race as race volunteer Bruce Willett looks on from his bike.

New records were established in both the boys and girls division of the Administrators Cup race, with Tyler Vallence and Audrey Cloutier coming away with the respective titles of fastest boy and girl in the CQSB.

St. Vincent School took the banners in three of the four elementary categories with Holland School’s Pre-Mosquito Boys taking the forth title and averting  a second consecutive sweep by St. Vincents.

St. Patrick's High School took home the Administrator’s Cup in the secondary school race, placing five runners in the top seven positions. Finally, Holland School won the Ford Cup awarded to the school to send seven runners over the line in the open division race.

Spectators were entertained between races by the musical duo of Gary Kenler and Paul Hinton  and by the “running” commentary of  M.C. and vice chair of the CQSB Council of Commissioners, Stephen Burke.

Plans are already in the works for next year’s run which will mark the fifteenth anniversary for the event and a reunion year. Teams from past runs are invited to reunite and help their old elementary school in their pursuit of the Ford Cup.

All race results from this year’s run can be found by visiting the Holland School website at: www.cqsb.qc.ca/hes