The Dinos Track & Field and Cross Country teams usually receive support from the Dino Dash, a road race that occurs in September each year. This year, it's not possible for the race to occur, but the student-athletes still need your support. Participation in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge and the virtual Scotiabank Marathon races allows the team to remain connected to the running community in 2020 and gives you the opportunity to support these national championship teams.
The Dinos Track & Field and Cross Country teams are among the best in the country, having won numerous National Championships. Most recently, the men's XC team repeated as National Champions while the women placed 10th. In Track & Field, the men were second, with the women being the 6th best team in the nation.
Money raised for the Dinos helps fund athletes like Stefan Daniel, an Olympic silver medalist in para-triathlon. When not studying, biking, or swimming, he trains with the Dino's cross country group. He is the reigning Canada West cross country champion and a multiple-time all-Canadian with the two time defending national championship Dinos men's XC team.
Your fundraising also supports athletes like Russell Pennock who represented Alberta at the Canada Summer Games in the 5000M race on the track, and led the men's XC team to two national gold medals. He recently finished 3rd overall in the country and also represented Canada at the World University Games.
Individually in Track & Field, Osereme Omosun won the title in women's shot put, and Eric Lutz took the gold in both the 1000m and 1500m events. These outstanding athletes were supported by other medalists including Colin Unruh (silver, men's high jump), Madison Mayr (silver, women's high jump), Matthew Travaglini (silver, men's 3000m), Mohamed Assiff (silver, men's shot put), Liam Banks (bronze, men's shot put), and Sodienye Nkwonta (bronze, men's triple jump).
So how will the athletes make use of the funds?
$150 buys one year of gear for a Dino.
$150 allows a competition opportunity on the Prairies.
$240 gains access to the Olympic Oval for a winter's worth of training.
Some of these funds are allocated to scholarships that help the students with their tuition or to help them access competition opportunities that would otherwise not be affordable.