The Canadian Centre for Running Excellence and Speed River Track and Field Club are one step closer to their dream of making Guelph, Ontario into the “Running Capital of Canada” with the receipt of a $99,500 investment from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
The funding will be used to purchase much-needed equipment for the Guelph Track Project. According to the press release:
Among these items will be age-appropriate implements that will allow athletes of all ages in the community to participate in the sport. The equipment will be readily available for other user groups within the area to borrow and use for their track and field needs. “We have a very high demand for the use of quality equipment in the area and this is going to be a huge factor in creating access for people of all abilities and ages. We’re proud of our role in helping motivate and create a more fit, physically skilled, and enthusiastic population,” commented the Speed River and University of Guelph Head Coach Dave Scott-Thomas. “I’ve built a lot of stuff in my garage over the years and it will be great to have quality gear that we don’t need to lug around just to get a basic practice in.”
The indoor field house component of the Guelph Track Project is slated for completion in May 2012, and progress on the outdoor facility, including an 8-lane track, continues to move forward. The new equipment will be housed by the University of Guelph, where the facility will be located.