Bobcat Run Cross-country meet draws 11 schools

The look of determination on some of these young runners faces bodes well for their future in cross-country sport.

WHITEFISH RIVER FIRST NATION—Laughter and the voices of happy children filled the air as 370 runners from 11 schools across the district gathered at Shawanosowe School for the return of the annual Bobcat Run cross-country competition. This year was slightly different as the run was held strictly for fun without winners or losers at the finish lines.

Youth set out with plenty of enthusiasm during their division of the Bobcat run. There were no winners or losers in this year’s edition of the event as the goal was just to get out and have fun.

The Bobcat Run was held October 12 from 10 am to 1 pm and students engaged in runs ranging from 400 metres to 3.5 kilometres, depending on age, according to host Shawanosowe School principal Steven Whitaker.

Participating schools included AB Ellis, Biidaaban, Central Manitoulin, Lakeview, La Renaissance, Little Current, Pontiac, S. Geiger, Sacred Heart, St. Joseph’s, Anishinaabek and Shawanosowe.

Running pals display their poster encouraging the Shawanosowe team to do its best.

“It has been an awesome day,” said Whitefish River First Nation communications officer Tammy Nahwegahbow as students gathered by their buses for their return trips home—many carrying handmade banners. “It is so nice to be able to do these things again.”