It has been a busy few days! It was a big week for my track and field club as we hosted the PanAmerican Combined Events Cup (also known as the heptathlon and decathlon) and the Canadian Junior/Senior Combined Events Championships. Decathlon/Heptathlon are a gruelling two-day event where athletes compete in seven (women) or ten (men) events. They occur fairly close together and involve a wide range of athletic ability.
The women compete in the following events:
– 100m Hurdles
– High Jump
– Shot Put
– Long Jump
The men compete in the following events:
– Long Jump
– Shot Put
– High Jump
– 110m Hurdles
– Pole Vault
Usually track and field athletes compete in a set group: sprints/hurdles, middle distance, long distance, throws and jumps. Sometimes there is cross over, for example my group does train for the long jump and high jump in addition to sprints/hurdles. But, usually one who runs the 100m does not also run the 1500m. Athletes are mostly strong in a few set events, but are still really competitive in their more weaker events. An athlete is awarded points, which are awarded based on time/distance/height – not who came in first or second. Also, most athletes separate their PB’s (personal bests) by individual event PB’s and multi-events PB’s.
My role over the past few days was to help run the meet. On Tuesday I was one of the drivers responsible for picking up athletes at the airport and bringing them to the hotel downtown. I picked up two groups, all from the United States. It was fun standing outside customs looking for “athletic looking people with lots of bags”. I ended up bringing two back to the track after my second run so they could get a sense of the track and brought them back to the hotel after. That was fun.
On Wednesday and Thursday I was part of the volunteer crew that helped run the events. Although in official events we do things like raking and putting the high jump bar back – not officiate. We do officiate the jumps during twilight meets and during the high school season – but for bit events there are proper officials. During the meet, we would get a group of volunteers and be assigned roles as directed by the officials. The first day we went as one group and followed the women to their events (while another group followed the men) – but on Thursday, there were more events so we just assigned positions as needed. Although I mostly delegated and supervised as I was one of the few adults around (people have things called work) – I still ended up putting hurdles up, sweeping and at one point was the washroom escort. But – it was still fun. OH – and I was able to watch Canada’s top decathlete, Damian Warner compete yesterday – well that and I was *this* close to him a few times.
In the morning on Thursday, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson stopped by to announce that Ottawa was the location for the 2017 and 2018 Canadian Junior and Senior Track and Field Championships. In addition to hosting the country’s top athletes, the Terry Fox facility will also get $300,000 in upgrades to prepare for hosting the event. SWEET!
It was a fun but really busy couple of days. We were supposed to go camping this weekend, but are totally unprepared for it, so I cancelled our reservation this morning. Might still try and go out and do something though!
Have a great weekend!