Winter Try-Me Try-Athlon

Winter 2018 Try-Athlon: Coming Friday, February 16 (Weather Permitting)

Please note: The following information is about the 2017 Try-Athlon event. Information about the 2018 event will be posted once it becomes available.

About the Winter Try-Athlon

All PSD students in Grades 1-6 are invited to participate in our first annual Winter Try-Me Try-Athlon! In the spirit of fostering physical literacy and lifelong movement, come try out our winter course and ski, skate and snowshoe your way to frosty fun as you challenge yourself to learn new ways to get outside and get active during our cold Canadian winters.

Race Kit Check-In

Date: Monday, February 13, 2017
Time: 5-8pm
Location: PERC Building (5413 51 St, Stony Plain)

Review your equipment and turn in your parent permission form, review the course and check in your race equipment. Please bring any equipment, including your helmet, to be checked in at this time.

Race Day

Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017


  • Registration Opens - 8am
  • Event Begins - 9am (Students will be released in separate age group heats)
  • Equipment Pick-Up - 2:15pm

Location: Glenn Hall Arena - Finish & Pick Up Point (5300 52 St, Stony Plain)

Try-Me Try-Athlon FAQs

What is Parkland School Division's Try-Me Try-Athlon?

This event is a district-wide celebration of physical literacy and movement in 2017 using these three skills: skating, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. The Try-Athlon will encourage students to train with their schools and at home in order to learn new physical skills and movements that will allow them to feel more competent and confident in multiple environments.

Who is able to take part in the Try-Athlon?

All PSD students in Grades 1-6 are welcome to register for this event with the support of their classroom or school-based teacher. This event has a maximum capacity of 150 students.

Are there any additional fees outside of the $30 registration fee?

Most students will not have their own equipment for this learning experience, so the equipment will be provided by PSD schools. Please indicate what equipment you need when registering for this event.

Participants gathering all or part of their own race kit must ensure that their race kit is dropped off at the PERC Building on February 13, 2017 from 5-8pm.

Subsidies are available for families requiring support; please contact Felicia Ochs at 780-690-2835 or

How old do you have to be to participate?

Students must be between 7-12 years old to participate in this event. Grade 1 students who have not yet turned 7 will be allowed to participate.

How do I register for this event?

Registration and fee payment can be made through the PowerSchool Parent Portal:

  1. Log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal at If you have not yet set up your PowerSchool account, please contact your school for your access ID and password, and see our PowerSchool page for more information on how to set up your account.
  2. Click on Student Fees in the Navigation menu at the left of the screen.
  3. Click on the tab labelled with your child's name at the top of the screen.
  4. Click on the Winter Try-Athlon logo in the Additional Items list at the bottom of the screen.
  5. Complete the registration form and pay the $30 registration fee.
  6. Print out your registration fee receipt (as proof of purchase).
  7. Repeat this process (from Step 3) for every child you wish to register for the event.

Remember to bring your completed Parent Permission Form and your Registration Fee receipt to the Race Kit Check In on February 13.

Can parents or the community get involved?

Teachers, emergency personnel, district supports and trained volunteers are the only adults allowed on the course.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to join the event as a volunteer or to donate to the Wellness Initiative to support physical literacy events and opportunities like this in Parkland School Division schools. Please indicate that you would like to volunteer on your child's online registration form.

How long is the race?


Grade 1 & 4

Grade 2 & 5

Grade 3 & 6

8-9am Registration Registration Registration
9-9:15am Kick Off Kick Off Kick Off
9:15-9:30am Transition to First Station Transition to First Station Transition to First Station
9:30-10:30am Snowshoeing/
Skating Cross-Country
10:30-10:45am Transition to Second Station Transition to Second Station Transition to Second Station
10:45-11:45am Skating Cross-Country
11:45am-12:30pm Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:30-12:45pm Transition to Third Station Transition to Third Station Transition to Third Station
12:30-1:45pm Cross-Country
1:45-2pm Return to PERC Building Return to PERC Building Return to PERC Building
2-2:15pm Wrap Up  Wrap Up  Wrap Up 
2:15-3pm Equipment Pick Up Equipment Pick Up Equipment Pick Up

What are the rules?

All competitors are expected to know the rules and follow them at the event.


  • Students must be dressed in appropriate, layered winter clothing to participate in this outdoor event safely. It will be left up to the discretion of the event director in consultation with First Aid personnel to determine whether or not a participant has appropriate clothing to stay safe during this event.

  • A safety briefing will be provided by each of the course captains before the commencement of each part of the course to ensure that students understand how to move with their equipment safely. Parents have also consented to allowing their children to participate in the following activities: snowshoeing, orienteering, ice skating, and cross-country skiing


  • Transition times have been scheduled to allow students to move safely from one activity to the next.

  • Lunch time runs from 11:45-12:30pm and will be held in the PERC Building. Families are welcome to join their student athlete and are encouraged to pack a healthy lunch for their child.  


  • Athletes will be asked to traverse a groomed cross-country trail where they will be presented with challenges to overcome (e.g. moving a ball using only their skis, traveling over uneven ground, etc.).  

  • Grade 1-3 students will travel 600m on their skis; Grade 4-6 students will travel 1000m.

  • Much of the course will be designed with a focus on speed and technique, aiming to get the participants moving quickly from point A to point B.


  • Students will test out their snowshoeing skills while completing an orienteering course. Participants will be put into groups and given a map in order to complete the course. 

  • Participants will need to work as a team in order to find all the controls in order to solve the secret message. Once students solve the code, it is a mad dash back to the finish line where they will be able to relax by the fire and discuss their next snowshoeing adventure.


  • Students will have an opportunity to work at two different stations: skating fundamentals and hockey basics.

  • Inside the Glenn Hall Arena, athletes will work with Tri-Area skating instructors to develop their skating skills, and on the outdoor rink they will work with Spruce Grove Saints players as well as former NHL player and Meridian Heights alumni Steven Goertzen to learn a little about the game of hockey. 

What equipment is needed for each participant?

You can enter the Winter Try-Athlon with a minimum of equipment. All you need is:

  • Cross-country skis and poles
  • Snowshoes
  • Skates and a CSA-approved helmet
  • Layered winter clothing for all exposed skin
  • Change of clothing for post-event
  • A smile and a desire to have fun

Participants can bring their own equipment, or use that provided by PSD schools. Please indicate what equipment you will need for the event when registering.

Register & Pay Entry Fee >>>


For more information contact:
Felicia Ochs
Wellness Coordinator
Learning Services
Phone: 780-963-8465