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(ISN) – Athletics Canada announced today the three communities which will host HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games™ Day in Canada events during the upcoming month of May. Grande Prairie, Alta., Surrey, B.C., and Saskatoon, Sask., will all host competitions as part of this national celebration of grassroots athletics.

The participating competitions were chosen from nationwide applications.

The selected competitions are targeted to midget aged participants and younger and are hosted as part of a school or community club event. Each competition will be provided with an event kit and will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $1,000 grant to be used to support grassroots athletics in their community.

2012 Hershey’s Track & Field Games in Canada events

  • Ocean Athletics Invitational, May 9, Surrey, British-Columbia
  • Peace Country Classic / Grande Prairie Hershey Meet, May 12, Grande Prairie, Alberta
  • Saskatoon City Hershey Meet, June 2, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

For more information on Hershey’s Track & Field Games Day in Canada visit www.athletics.ca/hersheyday.

Athletics Manitoba Spring Open to host World Athletics Day

Athletics Canada also announced today that the Athletics Manitoba Spring Open in Winnipeg, Man., will play host to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Athletics Day on May 11 and 12, 2012. The event takes place at the University of Manitoba Stadium, site of the 2011 and 2012 Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships.

The Athletics Manitoba Spring Open will receive a grant from the IAAF to assist in the organization and operation of the competition, promotional materials will also be made available to enhance awareness around World Athletics Day 2012.

About the Hershey’s Track & Field Games

HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games was founded in 1975 by Dr. Donald P. Cohen in Charleston, W.Va. It has grown from a local playground event in a single community to an international program encouraging youth physical fitness and sportsmanship. More than 10 million children from the United States and Canada have participated in the HERSHEY’S Track & Field Games to date. Children interested in participating in the Games or adults interested in hosting a local meet in their town can visit www.hersheystrackandfield.com. Additional program partners include the National Recreation & Parks Association, National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and Nike Grind. Visit Hershey’s Track & Field Games at www.hersheystrackandfield.com.

About World Athletics Day

Now in its 17th year, World Athletics Day is an initiative to promote athletics to youth worldwide. Last year’s edition featured participation from 140 countries. This year youth athletes (born 1995 and 1996) and school based aged groups (born 1997 to 1999) are the focus of the event. For more on World Athletics Day visit www.athletics.ca/page.asp?id=657.