by Nicole Betker
January 22, 2014, Saskatchewan (ISN) – On your mark, get set, GO! The University of Saskatchewan Huskies, along with the Downtown Lions, is pleased to present the 45th Annual Downtown Lions Sled Dog Open Track & Field Meet featuring elementary school relays.
Running Friday, January 24 to Saturday, January 25 at the Saskatoon Field House, the Sled Dog Open is a community fundraising event for Huskie Athletics. Highlights of the event include Elementary School Relays and a full complement of track & field events for athletes in the bantam, midget, juvenile, junior and senior age categories.
“The Sled Dog continually gets people involved and contributes a great deal to track & field in the city and the province,” said Huskie track & field head coach Joanne McTaggart. “It’s a big exciting event for the elementary school students, who get to run their relays on a grand stage.”
Huskie athletes from the track & field team will volunteer at the event to interact and support the hundreds of elementary school relay kids.
Admission for the event is $5 to help support Huskie student-athletes. All fans can park free of charge at the Saskatoon Field House or in the Stadium Parkade, just west of the Saskatoon Field House. The Stadium Parkade will be courtesy of Huskie Athletics on Friday night only. The Stadium Parkade is available for parking on Saturday for an exit fee.
The action begins at the Saskatoon Field House on Friday at 4 p.m. with the heats for the elementary school relays, which features 500 teams from almost every school in the Catholic and Public School system in the city as well as teams from across Saskatchewan. The elementary school relay finals run Saturday. The open and age class events run throughout Friday and Saturday. Events get started at 9:30 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday.