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Jumpstart Cross Country Meet planned

Plan is to have group of participants in excess of 300 children signed up

— Tom Conklin wants to keep kids active during the fall months, so the timing of the annual Jumpstart Elementary School Cross country Meet is perfect in many ways.

The event, which is sponsored by the Jumpstart Youth Organization and District 21 Physical Education Specialists and is free of charge, runs from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1 on the grounds of Sorosis Park in The Dalles.

The meet, which is open for children from kindergarten-through-fifth grades competing in this exciting event.

Ribbons are awarded to the top five placers in each age division, boys and girls.

Registration begins at 2:44 p.m. and is open for all kids within the Greater Columbia Gorge area.

Conklin and his fellow instructors will provide the children with directions to help them compete in these runs.

Event coordinators are hoping to get athletes from St. Mary’s Academy, Mosier, Dallesport, Hood River, Sonrise Academy and Covenant Christian to join the fun to get the target number of more than 300 competitors. The aim is to teach all aspects of cross country and overall health and a active lifestyle, so children develop a love of the sport early on.

Area athletes do not start competing in cross country runs until middle school, so this is a teaser for the youngsters as they try to find their niche in the upcoming years.

Elementary school physical education instructors will be training their students in preparation for this grueling event.

Volunteers are still needed to assist in running the event.

As many as eight are needed for the registration table, one for race tag duty, two for pickers, one timer, two for ribbon presentations and two more for the finish board.

For more information or to volunteer your services, call 541-340-9307.

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