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Photos + Video: Energetic Tri-Cities students ignite three-year return of Como Lake Relays

SD43 elementary schools brought spirit and enthusiasm to the 1.2-kilometre loop around the Coquitlam lake for the first time since 2019.

The storm staved off and the sun broke through to allow hundreds of eager Tri-Cities elementary students to race around Como Lake for the first time in three years.

School District 43's (SD43) Como Lake Relays made its highly anticipated return since 2019 on Wednesday (April 19) — and again on Thursday (April 20).

The COVID-19 pandemic's then restrictions on sporting events and public gatherings prevented the Coquitlam catchment from hosting its popular friendly competition.

A total of 47 schools from Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody and Anmore were pinned against one another this week.

Teams of four in each participating division exchanged a baton after each member ran around the park's 1.2-kilometre loop while classmates, teachers, friends and family cheered them on.

The start and finish line was located at the Milford Avenue entrance to Como Lake Park.

The Tri-City News witnessed the Grade 4 girls' and boys' relays on April 19 — Rochester (Coquitlam) and Castle Park (Port Coquitlam) elementary schools placed first respectively.

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