Updated 2016 Schedule for XC (Minor Changes)

I got a few dates wrong (not by much, just accidentally put a few meets on Fridays and Sundays when they are almost always on Saturdays).  As of today here is the schedule:

September 24th (Sun City Home Meet, I accidentally put the 23rd on the brochure). Meet is on Saturday.

October 1st (Sunfair Invitational)

October 8th (Travel meet to Cascade Striders in Bellevue at Wilburton Park, 12400 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98005), there is also a local road-race that day one may run if you do not want to travel to Bellevue for the meet.

October 15th (Apple Ridge Invite), I had the date wrong on the brochure. I had the 22nd listed and it is the 15th. This is also the last day of the regular season.

The first four regular season meets have been confirmed. The Junior Olympic Meets have not been confirmed but should be:

November 12th (Once again I got the dates messed up, I accidentally put Sunday on the brochure), this meet will be in Spokane or Pasco.

November 19th (This date has not been confirmed but usually falls the Saturday before Thanksgiving), this meet will be in Oregon.

Looking forward to the season!

Sun City is a USATF Club

Sun City is a USATF Club so what does this mean? It means coaches Erik and Casey have gone through a full background check and have also passed several classes on coaching young athletes. Second, it means we are under the authority of USATF and obey by their rules.  We fall under their insurance policy but we get the benefits of competing in their Association (Inland Northwest), Region (Washington, Oregon and Idaho), as well as National meet.

Practice Times

Monday: 5:15-6:30 at Franklin Park (2101 Tieton Dr, Yakima, WA 98902; meet by the Rotary Pavilion)

Wednesday: 5:15-6:30 at Kissel Park (3000 W Mead Ave, Yakima, WA 98902; meet by the big toy)

Friday: 5:15-6:30 at Franklin Park (Full-Season only athletes)

* Warmup starts for group 1 and full season members at 5:15, the other half is at 5:30. Check out the page on groups for full explanation.

* Friday practice this year replaces last year’s Saturday practice and is geared for kids training for the post-season.

If your child is five and under, they can run in group 3 but a parent/guardian must run with them and oversee them at all practices. These parents love doing this by the way!

Information on the different groups at practices

  • Regular Season: Sept. 12- Oct. 12th: 5:30pm – 6:30pm on Mondays & Wednesdays only; $40, t-shirt, all local meets, and popsicles!Extended Season: Sept. 12-November 20: 5:15pm – 6:30pm; Monday, Wednesday, & Fridays; $70, t-shirt, all meets (local, statewide, and post-season), and popscicles!
  • Post-Season: $40, Oct. 24th-November 20th, same time as other practices (remember daylight savings). Three practices a week, shirt, and all post-season meets.We say the season ends on November 20th. There will be a handful of athletes who decide to go to nationals in Alabama but this is the exception, not the expectation. The last meet for the post-season is November 20th for everyone.
  • Those running in the post-season must have a valid USATF card which are good from last track season or cross-country season for previous athletes. For new athletes, they run about $30.
  • If you are interested in being a coach, contact coach Erik. We need ten coaches for the ideal coach/athlete ratio.
  • Download registration form off suncityharriers.com
  • $10 discount for each additional child (i.e. first child is $40, 2nd is $30, 3rd is $30, etc. if you get it post-marked by September 5th, take another $5 off each child).
  • $5 discount per child if post-parked by September 5th plus your child gets their shirt sooner!

How do practices work and what group does my child fit in?

We have always had different groups of Harriers at practice.  This year, we have three distinct groups:

Group 3–Coach Aleah and Tracy’s group strive to learn the basics of running XC, build fitness, have fun, and play a few games. These kids wouldn’t mind running in a meet but only if there is a special prize like a ribbon or ice cream afterwards. Most kids range in age from 4-9. If your child is five or under, parent must practice with the child. (Only practices Monday & Wednesday)

Group 2–Coach Erik helps these harriers start to think about being serious about running but still never forgets about the game and popsicle at the end of practice. Age range for this group is 6-12.

Group 1–Former University of Oregon XC Duck, Coach Casey helps these harriers develop speed and endurance to run fast and compete well. This group is designed for runners interested in competing in USATF local and regional meets and maybe even the national meet. This group meets the full-season and practices Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.

*Kids can always change groups at anytime


This is our tentative schedule for the 2016 cross-country season:

  • September 23rd–Sun City Home Meet at Franklin Park
  • October 1st–Sunfair Invitational at Franklin Park
  • October 8th–Travel meet to Bellevue’s Wilburturn Hill Park for the Cascade Strider Cross-Country Meet (12400 Main St, Bellevue, WA 98005)
  • October 22nd–Apple Ridge Invite (last race of regular season)* in Cowiche
  • November 13th–USATF Junior Olympic Association Finals. We would like to field a full team in each age group at this meet. (Either Pasco or Spokane) This is the first race of the post-season. Athletes cannot miss any meets from here on out if he/she would like their season to continue.
  • November 20th–Junior Olympic Regionals in Oregon (top 25 individuals and top 5 teams advance to nationals in Alabama)
  • December 10th–Junior Olympic Nationals in Hoover, Alabama
  • *These two meets have not finalized their dates at the time of this brochure production.