Acadia Relays set for May 3 in Wolfville

John Decoste
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After a hiatus of more than 40 years, the Acadia Relays track and field meet was successfully revived in 2013 and is once again scheduled for Wolfville this spring.

This year's event is set for Acadia's Raymond Field on May 3.

The Acadia Relays, an annual track and field competition for high school athletes, was first held in 1926. Last year's revival meet, the first since 1967, attracted student-athletes from most Valley schools and from as far away as Barrington and Bridgewater. 

Maintaining the original spirit of the competition, last year's Acadia relays included six events. Four of the six competitions were co-ed, with both male and female competitors taking part.

Two of the races, the 2x1,600-metre and the 4x200-metre co-ed relays, are events outside the traditional mainstream of track and field competitions today. 

Retired Kings County educator and athletics coach Richard Foot part of the organizing committee for both last year's and this year's Acadia Relays. He confirmed this year's meet would be in most ways similar to the 2013 event, with one significant change: moving the event from Friday evening to a Saturday for 2013.

"We plan to have a larger contingent of Acadia students and student-athletes helping out," he added.

There will also likely be a larger contingent of athletes as well. In 2013, only schools in Western Nova Scotia were extended invitations.

"This year, the meet will be open to the entire province,” Foot said.

Another of the organizers, Acadia professor Dr. Rene Murphy, said the 2014 Acadia Relays would include the same events as last year - six team relay races and two field events, long jump and shot put. Two new Special Olympic events will also be added for the first time this spring..

Foot said that as part of a "five-year growth cycle," the plan is to eventually - possibly as soon as 2015 - open up the competition to New Brunswick and P.E.I. as well.

"We've scheduled it so that from now on, the Acadia Relays will always be held on the first Saturday in May, providing an opportunity for athletes to travel to the warmest part of the province," Foot said.

"We're trying to revitalize the old tradition by holding a nice traditional event," with lots of throwbacks to the original incarnation of the Acadia Relays. 

For this year's meet, a cut-off of 32 teams per event has been imposed, with registrations accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Any participating school is permitted up to two teams per event.

Information on the Acadia Relays is available on the Acadia Athletics website,, and interested schools and participants can register via a link on the website.

"We're all excited about the Relays this year. There should be a lot of fun involved, and it should be a lot of fun to be involved," Foot said.

Geographic location: Wolfville, Barrington, Retired Kings Western Nova Scotia New Brunswick P.E.I.

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