Centennial Stadium. Photo courtesy of UVic Vikes.

The running track at the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium has once again benefited from Canada’s birthday, with the federal government investing $254,000 in the installation of a new surface as part of the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.

Of course, the aptly-named Centennial Stadium’s infrastructure was originally constructed in 1967 – Canada’s 100th birthday.

Work has begun on the $694,000 project with completion projected for mid-August.

The track’s renewal was a high priority for the university, as it’s the primary track facility for all of Greater Victoria. Its use varies from elite athletes to school children as well as other teams and clubs.

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is part of Canada 150 Celebrates, which will distribute $92.4 million over two years in the western provinces.

“Centennial Stadium’s running track is a key part of the UVic campus and community,” said Director of UVic Vikes Athletics and Recreation Clint Hamilton. “The support from the Canada 150 community infrastructure program is going to ensure that both the legacy of excellence previously achieved and yet to be achieved can continue for our entire Vikes community for many years to come.”

The track was replaced back in 1987, refurbished for the ’94 Commonwealth Games, and since then has endured the 2000 BC Summer games, the 2003 U-19 Women’s World Cup, and the Canadian University Soccer Championships – both the men’s in 2011 and the women’s in 2012.

With the original infrastructure built in 1967, a new surface in 2017, you can’t help wondering what amazing things will be on the agenda in 2067.

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