Bowring Park, St. John's
Sep 23, Sep 30 & Oct 7, 2023
The Cross-country Running Series for Schools are organized by the Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association (NLAA) and is held annually on the last two Saturdays in September and the first Saturday in October.
The meets are open to students competing in the designated categories and offer individual and team competition. All students are eligible to win individual awards, but only NLAA affiliated schools can score in the team competition. Schools are not asked to designate their team members as the top four finishers will score. Schools can register their teams, or individual students can sign-up independently. Schools can enter an unlimited number of participants.
Shelter - There is no shelter on site. Please come prepared for all weather conditions. All races will go ahead, rain or shine. Throughout the 30th year of history of the Cross-country Series, we had the following cancellations or postponements: the 2020 Series was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic; during the 2021 Series, Meet #1 was rescheduled due to Hurricane Larry, and Meet #3 was cancelled due to lightning.
Athletes born in 2011 and earlier (Grade 7 and up), finishing in the top 3 places during the 2023 Cross-country Series, will receive complimentary registration for the NLAA Cross-country Championships on Saturday, Oct 28. Registration is not automatic and must be claimed by contacting the NLAA office via email at email@example.com by Thursday, Oct 26. Requests received after this date will be directed to register and pay online by the meet late registration deadline.
Bowring Park is located in the Waterford Valley, St. John's. No Change rooms on-site.
Participants and spectators should use the Western entrance Parking Lot to park and enter the Park. Walk to the field.
Please comply with all on-street parking restrictions. The City of St. John's will ticket vehicles that are parked in violation of posted parking restrictions. Vehicles that are deemed to be obstructing traffic will be towed.
Vehicle access to Bowring Park is limited to service vehicles. Vehicles are not permitted on landscaped areas. Vehicles access is not permitted during the event.
Scores are determined by summing the top four individual finishing places on each team. Points are assigned equal to the position in which they cross the finish line; the team with the lowest score wins.
Displacers: While we allow unlimited entries per school, only the places of the top four runners will be recorded toward the team results; all other team members from the same school will be assigned points allowing them to “displace” scoring runners from other teams.
New Participants from non-affiliated schools and teams with less than 4 members will not be assigned team points.
* Schools can avail themselves of the benefits only when they affiliate with NLAA and cannot retroactively claim team points and discounts.
(categories based on school grades New)
All races will be held on the trails of Bowring Park. The course is hilly; most of the trail surface is covered with gravel. The racecourse is NOT suitable for using spikes. The course is marked with orange ribbons, flags, and traffic cones – approximate length course loop 1,200m and 1,800m. There will be no Course Tour.
Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals will be awarded in each race to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in each category.
Team scores will be kept in all races but no meet awards will be presented; however, overall Series awards will be given at the end of the Series.
The overall series awards are based on the best 2 placings out of 3 races in each applicable category. Only NLAA affiliated schools are eligible for team awards.
Visit the Overall Awards page for more information on the Series Awards and for a list of award winners.
For information on the Cross-country Series or other programs offered by the NLAA, please contact us at:
All races will go ahead rain or shine.