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UPDATE: 2020 Season

This has been an unprecedented year and we’ve all been called to be adaptable to our ever-changing environments. We are appreciative that everyone who’s participated has been extremely supportive and cooperative – your patience and understanding during this time is greatly valued.

We are thankful we have been able to resume our Spring training right through to October 1, 2020, with no issues. It has been terrific to see the athletes be able to engage in active training, and also have fun doing it too. It’s important that we maintain not only our physical health, but also our social & emotional well-being.

As you know, we extended our training period right through September to help make up for the lost time during the Spring lockdown. Normally at about this time, Burnaby Striders begins their indoor training season at Burnaby South Secondary School, and we would train through the winter months. Unfortunately, the School Board is not ready yet to approve any facility use by outside organizations. They are monitoring the situation closely and will advise if statuses change. So for the foreseeable future, we are not anticipating training to start back up for the balance of this calendar year.

We will continue to keep you updated and will share more on what our year would look like for 2021, including details surrounding registration, training & competition. Further conversations will be had with the various governing bodies, including BC Athletics, the City of Burnaby and the Burnaby School Board.

Thank you for your attention and please stay safe!

Executive Board Committee

Return to School Training

We hope all of our members, volunteers and athletes continue to stay healthy and safe, as our summer is coming to a close. With school resuming in early September, there will continue to be uncertainty and we are all asked to be flexible and adaptable, as our health officials evaluate what is best for our community and it’s people. Your understanding and support is extra critical during this time.

As you are aware, Burnaby Striders started back up it’s training on July 20, 2020 and we’ve been running right through with a record number of athletes turning out. This is extremely encouraging to see, that many still want to maintain active exercise while doing so in a responsible manner.

A reminder that we will have our Burnaby Central track facility available for training up until Thursday, October 1, 2020. Thereafter, the City of Burnaby has not given any further approvals yet on training extensions. Traditionally, Burnaby Striders transitions into our indoor facility at Burnaby South Secondary school for the Fall & Winter months. But at this time, we have not received any confirmation yet.

For the time being, we encourage you to continue showing up to our practices at Central until October 1st. Thereafter, we will be sure to keep you posted on any updates and developments on when our Fall/Winter training can restart. The safety of our athletes is our utmost priority.

Thank you and please continue to stay safe!

Practices are held Monday-Thursday from 6:00 – 8:30pm at Burnaby Central (6011 Deer Lake Pkwy, Burnaby, BC) until Thursday, October 1, 2020

Practice Training to Resume July 20, 2020!

We are excited to announce that we will be resuming our training sessions starting on July 20th, 2020 at our outdoor Burnaby Central facility. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding these past few months, as the priority was to ensure health & safety of all of our members, coaches and community. After extensive discussions and review with the City of Burnaby, BC Athletics and all associated governing bodies, we are confident we will be able to restart outdoor training activities for our athletes in a safe and responsible manner. Although all formal track & field competition is cancelled for the season, Burnaby Striders encourages our athletes to remain active through the balance of the summer.

There are a few critical steps that you need to take, before rejoining us on July 20th. An email would have been sent out last week with a MANDATORY requirement to complete before you/your athlete is permitted to attend practice. This relates to:

  • Informed Consent & Assumption of Risk Agreement
  • Release of Liability
  • Waiver of Claims & Indemnity Agreement
  • Covid-19 Questionnaire, Attestation, Participant Agreement and Contact Tracing Information

If you or your athlete choose to return to training, please note that the following will apply at all sessions and will be enforced by our coaches. We would greatly appreciate your extra cooperation, as these are extraordinary times. Please note the following:

  • Participant MUST complete the above mentioned Consent & Attestations before being allowed to train.
  • Participant will be asked a pre-screening “Athlete Check-In Questionnaire” and will let the coaches know if they have experienced any of the symptoms in the last 14 days.
  • Participant agree to stay home if feeling sick and remain home for 14 days if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Participant agrees to sanitize their hands upon entering and exiting the facility, with soap & water or sanitizer.
  • Participant agrees to sanitize the equipment (shared and personal equipment) they use throughout their practice with approved cleaning products provided by the club/training group.
  • Participant agrees to continue to follow social distancing protocols of staying at least 2m away from others.
  • Participant agrees to not share any equipment during practice times.
  • Participant agrees to abide by all of their Clubs/Training Group COVID-19 Policies and Guidelines.
  • Participant understands that if they do not abide by the aforementioned policies/guidelines that they may be asked to leave the club/training group for up to 14 days to help protect the participant and others around them.
  • Participant acknowledges that continued abuse of the policies and/or guidelines may result in the temporary suspension of their club membership.
  • Participant acknowledges that there are risks associated with entering training facilities and/or participating in club/training group activities, and that the measures taken by the club/training group and participants, including those set out above and under the COVID-19 Response Plan and Return to Sport Protocols, will not entirely eliminate those risks.

Practices will be held Monday-Thursday from 6:00 – 8:30pm at Burnaby Central (6011 Deer Lake Pkwy, Burnaby, BC) until Thursday, October 1, 2020. Thereafter, we will be reviewing our indoor contract with the City to better understand what our Fall indoor training schedule will look like, so further updates to follow on that.

We understand these are difficult times, but have been encouraged to see our local communities come together and take the necessary steps to getting “back to business”. We look forward to seeing everyone again, in a safe and responsible manner. Please do take the time to reference the supporting material below. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to let us know. Hope to see you all out soon!

Additional Resources & Links can be found below:

Burnaby Striders Return to Training

Burnaby Striders COVID-19 Safety Plan

BC Athletics Return To Training Addendum

Athletics Canada’s Back on Track Guidelines

ViaSport Return to Sport Guidelines

BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool

COVID-19 UPDATES – BC Athletics March 24, 2020

BC Athletics issued an update today on COVID-19. Please see below:

Based on the continuing escalation of COVID-19 and in discussion with Greg White, Chair, BC Athletics Board of Directors, together with having received a report of non-social / physical distancing at a Club Track & Field practice and concerns raised by the Provincial Health Officer, BC Health Minister and Mayors of Cities and Districts that the public was not adhering to the absolute need for Social / Physical Distancing, the BC Athletics Board of Directors want to immediately advise all BC Athletics Individual Members, Member Clubs, and Club Members of the following change to the Training Guidelines in the BC Athletics Update – Coronavirus (COVID 19) #4:

2020-03-23 – Until further notice, BC Athletics clubs are to suspend training sessions due to the COVID-19 health crisis. This notice extends to BC Athletics member coaches who are coaching outside of the normal club organized training sessions and coaches who are not members of a club.

Athletes wanting to train through this period can do so on their own, without a coach present.

We expect all of our membership to conform with the spirit and letter of Government (Federal, Provincial, Local) mandates to help reduce the risk to our communities during this difficult time.

Thank you for your attention and stay safe.

Board of Directors and Staff of BC Athletics.

For full announcement, please visit the BC Athletics website here.

Based on this, Burnaby Striders will be suspending all club activities & training, until further notice. Our priority is to ensure our athletes, coaches and communities are safe and healthy. Let’s all do our part with social distancing, practicing good hygiene and staying at home where possible. We will commit to sharing further updates with you in the coming weeks, as we closely monitor further developments.

Thank you for your understanding and patience, during this very challenging time.

Burnaby Striders

BC Athletics Coronavirus (COVID 19) Updates

This is to let you know that BC Athletics is publishing Coronavirus (COVID 19) Updates on the BC Athletics website.

You are advised to check for updates which include:

  • Advisory notices from BC and Cdn Health Authorities
  • Mandates from Provincial Authorities
  • Tips for event organizers
  • Event cancellations
  • Other related information

BC Athletics appreciates that this may be a lot to consider but it is important that collectively we do what we can to help limit the impact of the virus. Please contact the BC Athletics Office – tel: 604-333-3552, if you have further questions or need clarification on any of the information provided.

For Burnaby Striders, we have our Spring outdoor training scheduled to start at Burnaby Central Secondary on March 30th. If there are any required changes or cancellations, further communication will be provided.

Thank you for your attention!

2020 Membership Renewals

For all existing members, it is time to renew your membership for the upcoming 2020 calendar year. All current 2019 memberships will expire with BC Athletics come December 31, 2019. We encourage you to renew your membership at the online link below to avoid your membership from lapsing in the new year. This renewal will be valid until the end of Dec 31, 2020. You will receive an email notification to confirm your activation.


New Striders’ Apparel!

New apparel has arrived for our upcoming 2020 season. Don’t delay and get your new uniforms and other attire now by placing your request order to

We have new for this year, hoodies by Champion and  Striders’ branded drawstring bags – very popular for holding your track spikes, uniform and other essentials for the day’s events. In addition, we have updated our look for the warm up T’s and competition singlets.

Please visit our Uniform page for more details!

2020 Registration is Now Open!

Registration is now open for all New Members & Returning Members to sign up for our upcoming 2020 track season. Our training will commence on October 1, 2019 at Burnaby South, so don’t delay. Sign up now or renew for next year so that your membership doesn’t lapse.

Remember, if you want to see those awesome results next Spring, now is the time to put in those hard working training hours.

If you are interested to join Burnaby Striders as a new member, please review the information in the link below:


If you wish to return as a member of Burnaby Striders for the 2020 track season, we encourage you to renew your membership at the online link below to avoid your membership from lapsing in the new year. The membership renewal will be active until the end of Dec 31, 2020.


Thank you and see you all soon!

JD BC Championship in South Surrey!

BC Athletics Junior Development Championship was held this past weekend in South Surrey, in very hot and sunny weather. A terrific turnout, with some excellent representation from our JD athletes. Over 16 top 8 placements, with special congratulations to Addy Benefield and Andre Meltzer who both captured GOLD – 800m for Addy (2006) and Andre (2009) taking it for both the 60m and 100m events.

Other notable medalist is Joe Georgilas (2007), who secured SILVER in the Long Jump and a BRONZE in the Javelin. Striders also had a 4X100m Boys’ Relay Team represent in the 2006 category, with a 3rd overall placement to end the day.

Fantastic effort by all and huge congratulations on working so hard all season long. We look forward to seeing all of the great success carry over into 2020!

For full JD Championship results, please click here.

BC Championship Jamboree in Kamloops!

Burnaby Striders represented well at this past weekend’s BC Championship Jamboree held in Kamloops, BC. Rachel Roberts, Marisa Mazziotti & Brandon Hsu represented in the U16 category and Katelyn Malmquist competed in the U18 grouping. Every year, the Jamboree attracts athletes from across the province, with a special addition this year from the Australian national team! It was a weekend of rain & sunshine, with the athletes giving it their all to claim provincial rankings and to also strive for a chance to qualify for Team BC at this year’s National meet.

Five top ten finishes with Rachel, Marisa and Katelyn all making it as top 10 finalists for the 200m, with Rachel also representing in the top 10 for the 300m. Marisa landed in 8th spot for the Long Jump and Katelyn captured 10th in the Shot Put throw.

Special shout out to Brandon, who had personal best times in all of his races, capturing triple GOLD in the 100m, 200m and 300m dash!

Congratulations to all of our athletes who came out and competed with such great determination and drive. Well done on an outstanding 2019 season! For full team results, please click here.

And for all the JD’s, please ensure you register for your JD Championship being held from July 19-21, 2019 … deadline is July 13th! You can register here.