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First Annual Timber Wolf Run celebrates new track at Land O' Lakes

by Jeff Green

Last year, the Parents’ Council at Land O’ Lakes Public School in Mountain Grove, led by chair Lisa Ferguson, decided the school needed a regulation 400-metre track for its running program. As Madelaine Tarasick of the Limestone District School Board said at the grand opening of the track last week, the Board is supportive of these kinds of projects but cannot pay for them.

That’s where fundraising comes in. Through various events the Council raised $2,800, and the school Board found $2,000 to kick in.


Normally $4,800 is not nearly enough money to build a 400-metre track, but that’s where local construction companies came in. Between them, four local construction companies made $4,200 worth of in-kind donations to the job, and other companies made monetary donations. Construction on the track began on August 2 and was completed by the time school started.

To help raise funds for the upkeep of the track, the Parents’ Council asked teachers Janet Revell and Brian Robertson to organise a race.

Last Wednesday, two streams of runners, competitive and recreational, from Land O’ Lakes, Hinchinbrooke, Sharbot Lake and Clarendon Central Schools descended on the field behind Land O’ Lakes School for a series of cross country races, which made use of the new track and the trail adjacent to the school. The race was a fun tune up for the Joe Goodfellow qualifying meet at Hinchinbrooke this week, and included runners from Grades 1-8.

A track Plaque of Honour will be erected at the school, listing sponsors of the track for $100 in either monetary or service value. The trust fund will be open at the board until the end of October. Anyone who would like to donate can make cheques payable to: LDSB Charitable Trust memo Land O' Lakes Running Track. Tax donation receipts will be issued for amounts of $10 and over. They can be dropped off at Land O' Lakes or sent directly to the LDSB.

The Parents’ Council would like to give special thanks to the Drew and Ferguson family crew members for the tree, brush, staking, fencing, raking, and backstop work on the track site.

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