Instant Replay: Road rage on WV’s May Day

May 20, 2010

By Len Corban, North Shore Outlook

For 25 years, beginning in 1934, North Van and West Van – then the only two senior high schools on the North Shore – engaged in an annual road-race relay to kick off West Vancouver’s May Day.

As far as competition between the two schools went, this was second only to the heavily hyped Vancouver & District inter-high track meet in terms of importance during much of that quarter-century.

Finishing lower in the V&D meet standings than your North Shore rival could be rectified by pounding them into the pavement along Marine Drive from Lower Lonsdale to Ambleside Park bright and early on May Day morning as crowds of people lined the streets and park to cheer the runners.

Each school selected four boys to carry the baton a mile, starting at Lonsdale and 3rd and finishing at the park where the May Queen presided over the colourful parade, maypole dancing and children’s races.

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