Dear Sun City Harriers,
Welcome to our second season of cross country! We are excited to launch this upcoming season on Tuesday, September 9th at 4 pm. Practices will be on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4 pm to 5 pm. Most races (which are optional) are held on Saturdays, beginning with our team Time Trial on Saturday, September 20th. Please refer to our Fall Race Schedule for more info on upcoming races.
This year we are moving our practice location and home cross-country course to Franklin Park, located between Tieton Drive and Chestnut Ave. on the south and north; and South 17th and 23rd Ave. on the east and west. Kissel was a great park, but its flat course limited our ability to train on hills. Franklin Park offers a more diverse course and will help us become stronger and fitter runners.
This fall we also will host our very first cross-country meet to go along with the other two local meets we are scheduled to run: the Sunfair Invitational and Apple Ridge Invitational. There will also be a few other races for team members and families willing to travel to Western Washington and other areas in the Northwest.
One last note: We strongly urge all parents (regardless of experience) to consider volunteering as a Parent Coach. You may choose to run with your child, time intervals, manage workouts, lead game time, or otherwise assist in team practices and meets. All parent volunteers with receive a free Team T-Shirt/Sweatshirt. Please let me know whether you are interested in helping.
In the following pages you will find our 2014 Registration Form, Team Fees, Release Forms, and Team Schedule. The program cost for athletes registering before 9/8/2014 is $25 (which includes a team shirt); on or after 9/9/14 the cost is $30 per child (including shirt). This year we also have optional team warmup gear available for purchase.
Feel free to call us at (509) 833-5951 (Erik) or (509) 833-5952 (Aleah) if you have any questions. See you September 9th!
Coaches Erik and Aleah Mickelson
2014 Registration Form Sun City Harriers
Waiver and release form 2014
2014 Meet Schedule for Sun City Harriers
As we start to gear up for another fall of cross country with the Sun City Harriers, I wanted to let you know about a great local race series. Sponsored by the Hard Core Runners and put on by longtime Selah High School cross-country coach Rick Becker, the Summer Cross-Country Race Series is comprised of 5 races, held every other week on Wednesday nights at Franklin Park.
This Wednesday’s race (August 6th) is 3 miles long, and consists of three 1-mile loops around Franklin Park. The race starts at 7 pm (registration starts at 6 pm). The final race of the series is scheduled for August 20th, and will be a short 2-mile race. The races are low-key and family friendly. Another thing I love about the race series is it costs only $3/race/athlete. Having paid for many a $45 5k on the west side of the mountains, $3/race is one heck of a deal. To top it off, they offer post-race snacks and awards to the top-5 finishers in each division!
It’s hard for me to admit this, but last year two of my daughters ran only a quarter-mile of one of these races before, awash in tears, they insisted they had to quit the race because they hurt so bad. One of the many things I love about distance running is how it develops character, discipline, self-control, and how to deal with suffering (how to combat life’s challenges when it hurts). When it comes to running, it’s not about how well you place or how many victories you garner, but HOW you play the game. When my daughters dropped out of last year’s summer race, I praised them for trying and doing the best they could do. Running is about competing against yourself and pushing to always do better. In the case of my daughters, we tried again this year and I am proud to say both finished their two-mile race. No, they didn’t win. But they were tougher and faster, and enjoyed the experience. So where am I going with this? I want to strongly encourage you to sign up for the Hard Core Runners Summer XC Race Series.
Do it because it is a fun way to spend your summer evenings here in Yakima. Do it because it is a great way to burn 200 calories. Do it because it will be a great excuse to take your kids out to ice cream afterwards. Do it because it can be the beginning of a great family summer tradition. Do it because there is nothing better than watching an amazing University of Washington bound runner run gracefully through the Franklin Park course. Do it because you want to do it! See you this Wednesday!
I love the picture in this blog because it illustrates the diversity in running. You have a 4:07 miler in Drew Schreiber leading the pack; however, you have young kids starting the same race with them. Who knows, one of the little kids in the same race may be a sub four minute miler in fifteen years!!!
We are excited to announce we are moving the Sun City Harriers home cross-country course from Kissel Park to Franklin Park! The first day of practice is Tuesday, September 9th, and like last year, we will practice Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4 to 5 pm.
Kissel was a great park, but its flat course limited our ability to train on hills. One of the great things about hills is they aid in perfecting form for the developing runner. Running hills in practice will also help us compete better on hilly race courses like the Sunfair Invite (One of the largest XC races in the NW, held at Franklin Park).
Some of the things that Franklin Park (located between Tieton Drive and Chestnut Ave. on the south and north; South 17th and 23rd Ave. on the east and west) also offers is a more diverse course. For our older runners, it will allow us to run 1000 meter and mile repeats. For our young kids, we have a great 200 meter and 400 meter loop.
Starting this fall, the Sun City Harriers will also host our very first cross-country meet to go along with the other two local meets we are scheduled to run: the Sunfair Invitational and Apple Ridge Invitational. There will also be a few other races for team members and families willing to travel to Western Washington and other areas in the Northwest.
Looking forward to the fall!
Coach Erik and Aleah