Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have programs that run all year long?

Yes we do! Although the summer months tend to be the busiest time for the club, we hold sessions for ages 6 and up all year long. During the spring, summer, and fall we train at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility by Mooney’s Bay and during the winter we train at the Louis-Riel Dome in Gloucester.

What ages does your club, coach?

The Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club has programs beginning at 6 years old and up. We do not allow children under 6 years old into our programs.

What is the appropriate attire for track and field?

We suggest wearing shorts and short sleeve shirts for nice days, but bringing layers in case of cold or wet weather. Running shoes are also recommended for all programs. Spikes may be useful for more advanced training.

Where can I park?

The Terry Fox Athletic Facility has on site parking at 2960 Riverside Drive, Ottawa. It also has 4 designated accessible parking spaces.

Do I have to pay to use the track?

As a part of the Ottawa Lions, you gain access the the track and field facilities, coaching from NCCP certified coaches, and the ability to compete as a part of the club.

Do run rain or shine?

YES! We run in both good and bad weather! Please come prepared in both types of weather unless your coach tells you otherwise.

Do we have an indoor location?

During the winter months, we train at the Louis-Riel Dome (an indoor facility). During the spring, summer, and fall we train at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility (an outdoor facility). We train rain or shine, unless your coach tells you otherwise.

What do the programs entail?

The Youth, Foundation, and Aspire programs allow athletes to attempt and excel at all disciplines. The Competitive programs have athletes specialize in specific disciplines.

What is the etiquette for training days? Where do I go?

The Youth Programs meet in front of the main building directly off the parking lot at Terry Fox. Foundation and Aspire programs meet by the High Jump area, or up on the North Field.

All programs are expected to be changed and ready for their practice when their class starts. They are welcome to use the change room facilities located in the main building.

Do my kids need spikes?

No! Your children can participate in our programs without spikes, but are advised to wear running shoes. If your child progresses into more advanced programs, their coach may suggest spikes.

How long are the sessions?

Majority of sessions are 1.5 hours long, and run many different days throughout the week. Please look at program descriptions for more information.