More than 5,000 Los Altos students and their families, friends and neighbors are scheduled to gather at the Mountain View High School track Saturday to celebrate the 51st Los Altos Junior Olympics.
Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders from seven participating Los Altos elementary schools will compete in sports ranging from the serious to the not-so-serious, with a crowd to cheer them on.
Events throughout the day include the 400-meter relay, the 75-yard dash, the 60-yard hurdles, chin-ups, jump-roping and basketball.
To participate in certain events, students must try out and undergo a rigorous training process that extends over many weeks. For other sports, training is not as tough, though many students practice their events in advance of the competition.
Students are able to participate in three events, and, with the mix of activities, there is something to suit all athletic abilities and interests.
The overriding objectives of the Junior Olympics are to promote good sportsmanship, emphasize the importance of healthy competition and encourage participants to strive for their personal best.
Many Los Altos parents and grandparents participated in the Junior Olympics when they attended Los Altos elementary schools.
Participating elementary schools include Almond, Covington, Gardner Bullis, Loyola, Oak, Santa Rita and Springer.
The first track-and-field event, the 1,320-yard long-distance race, begins at 8 a.m. at Mountain View High, 3535 Truman Ave. The Opening Ceremony starts at 9 a.m. with a parade of participants and VIPs walking around the track.