27th Annual Cross-country Running Series for Schools

Pippy Park Golf Driving Range (across from Marine Institute), Ridge Road, St. John's
Sep 21, Sep 28 & Oct 5, 2019
(Since 1993)




Weather Information

All races will go ahead rain or shine.


The Cross-country Running Series for Schools are organized by the Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association (NLAA) and 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 (born in 2012 through 2004) 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 first four girls/boys to arrive at the finish line will score. Schools can register their teams or individual students can sign-up independently. Schools can enter an unlimited number of participants.

New Team Scoring Rule change in 2018. Read below for more information.
Basic Information
2019 Meet Dates
- September 21, September 28 and October 5.
Event Location
- Pippy Park Golf Driving Range, across from Marine Institute Ridge Road, St. John's.
- There is no shelter on site. Please come prepared for all weather conditions. All races will go ahead rain or shine. In the 29 year history of the Cross-country Series, we have never canceled a race. Lightning will be the only reason to delay or cancel a race.
- Please comply with all on-street parking restrictions. All participants, spectators and volunteers MUST only use the Marine Institute west side parking lot. 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.
Washroom Facilities
- There will be portable toilets on-site for use by participants, spectators and volunteers.
Course Tours
- No Course Tours
- Online registration & payment must be completed before 1:00 PM on Friday.
- Students must register for each meet they take part in; new race numbers will be issued upon registration.
- $6 Online; $11 in-person ($1 discount for NLAA affiliated schools or NLAA competitive members, that enter school code or membership # during the registration process)
Meet Schedule
- Meet schedule is the same for all three meets.

  • DON’T come to event site 5-10 minutes before the start of your race and expect to pick up your number immediately; don’t forget that you would also have to use safety pins to affix the bib of your jersey.
  • DON’T be a “poacher” and take with you golf balls from the driving range and adjacent areas; golf balls are property of the Driving Range.
  • DON’T crowd, come near, or rush to provide cover for your child while in the finishing chute; It only takes several minutes for Organizers to process and record the athletes’ finishing order. Any interference in the chute area will slow them down and also leads to errors if non-participants are walking by, chatting, taking pictures, dropping off clothes, or otherwise distracting the organizers or participants.
  • DON’T park on Ridge Road.
  • DON’T drop off participants near the temporary crosswalk; park first at the Marine Institute west side parking lot.
  • DO stay behind the ropes/fencing, and stay away from the competition areas at all times, including finishing chute.
  • Teachers/Team leaders - DO identify yourself to your students wearing distinct clothing and colour; DO advise your students of your location during the meet.
  • Registering on-site? DO come earlier to fill out the registration form, allow line-up time, time to affix race number, and get your child to the start line; bring exact change - $11 non-affiliated schools.

Competition Categories (based on YEAR of birth)

Race Course

All races will be held on the Driving Range (across from the Marine Institute), Ridge Road, St. John's. The course is hilly and it is suitable for using spikes. The course will be marked with cones. The course distance is measured in metres. A loop is approximately 500 metres.

  • Distances (all distances are approximate)
  • 1130m (2 loops) Born in 2012 / 2011 / 2010
  • 1630m (3 loops) Born in 2009 / 2008 / 2007
  • 2130m (4 loops) Born in 2006 / 2005 / 2004

Team Scoring Rule change in 2018 New

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.

Technical Notes

  1. Course tour - there will be no course tour!
  2. All entry forms MUST clearly indicate athletes' Year of Birth, Gender, Name and School Affiliation. School coaches should not assume their athlete's year of birth is based on school grade. Registrations will be returned for missing information.
  3. Athletes can ONLY compete in the category determined by their YEAR OF BIRTH. In cases where athletes compete in the incorrect category, they will be disqualified. It is the school's responsibility to ensure that their athletes compete in the correct race.
  4. Athletes can represent their school only, and can not compete for another school.
  5. Bib numbers will be issued to all competitors; bibs must be worn visibly on their chest (not belly). The race number must be worn as issued and may not be crumpled, cut, folded or obscured in any way. DO NOT REMOVE THE AFFIXED BARCODE LABEL!
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  6. Athletes be must at the start area on time - 15 minutes prior to race scheduled times.
  7. Students born in 2013 but attending single-grade 4 (excluding combined Grades 3/4) are permitted to take part as long as they provide proof of registration signed by a school principal. Proof of enrollment to be submitted to the NLAA office before entry in a race.
  8. DO NOT JUMP THE CHUTE - All points are tabulated based on the athlete's finishing position. It is therefore imperative that athletes, after crossing the finish line, stay in line and keep the order of finish until the END of the chute, where a finish line official records his/her number.
  9. The FINISH TIMES are recorded at the front of the chute. The ORDER  is recorded at the end of the chute. After crossing the finish line, participants MUST stay in line, in arrival order, and MUST NOT PASS other runners while in the chute. To avoid from bottle-necking the finish line, participants must keep WALKING forward in the chute until they exit.
  10. Athletes will be disqualified (DQ) when:
    • start the race early or take shortcuts during the race
    • they do not go through and have their number recorded at the end of the chute
    • they cross the finish line without a number
    • they compete in another race
    • they run without a shirt having their number displayed
    • the bib number is somewhere on their person, but it is hidden or not prominently displayed on their chest.
  11. Where possible we will notify athletes of their DQ. This is generally not possible for people who skip the finish chute. You have from the end of your race until the start of the next race to make any protests.


Meet Awards

Gold, Silver, or 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.

Series Awards

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.

- Category Winners
- Participation Certificate
- The "Paul McCloy" Award
- School with the Most Participants
- School Category Awards

Visit the Overall Awards page for more information on the Series Awards and for a list of award winners.

contact us

For information on the Cross-country Series or other programs offered by the NLAA, please contact us at:

call us

(709) 576-1303

office location

NLAA, The Didham Building, 1296 A Kenmount Rd, Paradise NL A1L 1N3