Registration for the 45th annual Colgate Women’s Games has begun. The season of track and field events officially begins Friday, Dec. 14, at the Pratt Institute Recreational Center on Willoughby Avenue in Brooklyn. Registration is free.

More than 9,000 runners are expected to participate in the following categories: Elementary A, Elementary B, Middle School, High School, College (open) and 30 Plus.

First-grade through third-grade student athletes will participate in the Elementary A Division, fourth-grade and fifth-grade students in the Elementary B Division, sixth-grade through eighth-grade students in the Middle School Division and ninth-grade through 12th-grade students in the High School Division. Categories in various divisions are 55 Meters, 55 Meter Hurdles, 200 Meters, 400 Meters, 800 Meters, 1500 Meters, High Jump and Shot Put.

The games conclude at Pratt in January with the semi-finals. The championships will be held in February at The Armory, the New Balance Track and Field Center in Upper Manhattan.

The Colgate Games provide a major platform for college recruitment and host some of the nation’s most heavily recruited, top-ranked athletes. In the past, student athletes from a variety of states on the East Coast, from New England to Georgia, have competed.

The games are meant to encourage young girls and young women to strive and to challenge themselves in a friendly and a competitive atmosphere. Meet Director Cheryl Toussaint emphasized, “It’s a means to empower young girls and women with self-esteem and an experience to last a lifetime.”

Excited about Colgate’s 45th anniversary, Toussaint said, “With all of our participants, especially our returning CWG rising stars as well as newly crowned 2018 AAU Junior Olympians in over a dozen events, we expect this season’s competition to be fierce, fun and even better than ever.”