Re: Relay for Life spokesman Michael Fort’s comment about the date change not causing any problems (TNT, 6-1).
I beg to differ. The date change caused an annual Tacoma elementary school track program to be dislodged from its promised venue site, Mount Tahoma High School, affecting more than 300 fourth- and fifth-grade children, their parents and Tacoma staff members who run the meet.
For 18 years, the Tacoma Elementary Physical Education staff has held this track meet on the first Saturday in June, with the meet being held at Mount Tahoma from the first year it opened. Last year, due to conflicts with middle schools changing their dates, the elementary meet was moved to Lincoln High School with the promise by the school district's athletic department that we’d be back at Mount Tahoma for 2015.
Imagine our surprise when we were booted out again!
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The Lincoln track is an OK venue, like an old Volkswagen Beetle (worn down with a lousy PA system, terrible restrooms, no audience cover and difficult for disabled family members). Mount Tahoma is like a new Mercedes with all the bells and whistles (covered audience area, a PA system that works, good restrooms and easy for the disabled to get into). For good reason it's the site for the state high school track and field meet.
Apparently Tacoma students ages 9 to 11 get the Volkswagen while an outside organization gets the Mercedes. I can only wonder who had the strings to pull this one off.