Fred Chesnut was the first winner of the Cross-Country Run in 1902 and was the first Andrean to have his name inscribed on the Wallace Cup.
Neebin Elliott will have the same honour as the 2019 Upper School winner after he came in first in the October 10 race. The winner of the Middle School Olympic Medal Plaque this year was Luis Valencia. The run was held under sunny blue skies as the boys raced in their clan T-shirts.
The run is SAC’s longest-standing tradition and the Wallace Cup our oldest trophy. The inaugural race was held in November but was moved to the Thanksgiving weekend. The present-day route takes runners through campus, but in the past included a stretch of Bathurst street (where some boys decided to hitchhike part of the way).
Approximately 50 boys have raised the Wallace Cup in victory over the years; many have been repeat winners so only had their names added once.
“Times are faster, runners have put more effort into their race, and the race has evolved into one of the largest inter-house clan competitions of the year,” said Jamie Inglis, SAC’s Coordinator of Student Life.
While the tradition continues, the focus has expanded to include a charitable component. As we head into the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, the Andrean community shared approximately 2,000 pounds of food items and diapers with local food pantries, which had reported their shelves were fairly empty. This was donated by students, parents, faculty, and staff.
As a community, we also raised $2,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation, which is dedicated to cancer research in the name of Canadian hero, Terry Fox.
Also this week, our jack.org committee asked boys to jot down what they are thankful for and these notes were posted outside Cole Hall.
This was quite a week of giving and sharing at St. Andrew’s. Happy Thanksgiving!