The 2018 OFSAA Cross-Country Championships are happening in Hamilton this November. Canadian Running caught up with organizers and runners of the 2018 meet. 

OFSAA is one of the largest cross-country races in North America, and has some of Canada’s greatest distance runners as its former participants such as Canadian Olympic marathoner, Reid Coolsaet. 

Mike Smith, the 2018 Championship Convener, said, “The course is going to be flatter than they’re used to. The course has a roughly 200m run out before it comes around a sweeping turn and narrows into some field running.”

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With that in mind, runners are going to be looking to get a good position off the gun. That can be easier said than done, as most OFSAA races will include roughly 250 participants per event.

Smith also cautions that there is a slight hill with 300 metres to go. So when you’re kicking for home, be sure to save a little extra for that final incline.

OFSAA will run November 3, 2018 at the Christie Lake Conservation Area in Hamilton, Ont., starting with the midget girls at 10:15 a.m. 

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