Results for 2015 Sun City Track and Field Meet

Here are the  results for the 2015 Sun City Track Meet hosted at West Valley High School

There was no wind and temperatures started at 80 degrees at 9am and rose to 90 by noon when the meet finished.  A huge thank-you to the West Valley School District who has been more than accommodating to our team this season.

Hurdles Sun City Track Meet 2015

100 Meter Dash Sun City Track Meet 2015

200 Meter Dash Results Sun City Track Meet 2015

400 Meter Dash Results Sun City Track Meet 2015

800 Meter Dash Sun City Track Meet 2015

1500 Meter Run Sun City Track Meet 2015

Relays Sun City Track Meet 2015

High Jump Results Sun City 2015

Long Jump Results Sun City 2015

Shot Put Results Shot Put 2015 Sun City Track Meet

 

There were lots of great marks posted today at West Valley High School at the first annual Sun City Track & Field Meet

There were lots of great marks posted today at West Valley High School at the first annual Sun City Track & Field Meet

Sun City Track Meet Schedule and Athlete List

The first annual Sun City Track Meet is less than 24-hours away!  Here is some key information:

1. Here is the entry list so far of those who has registered in track events: Track Events Sun City Track Meet 2015 (In Order Start List)

2. Here is the entry list so far for field events: Field Event Start List Sun City Track Meet 2015

3. Here is the volunteer list so far for parents who have volunteered: Volunteer Schedule Sun City Track Meet 2015

4. Here is the meet schedule: 2015 Sun City Track Meet Schedule

A few ramblings about tomorrow:

The most important thing about track meets is to have fun. Encourage everyone! There may be a few tears, in every race someone will finish both first and last.  Cheer everyone on and props to each and every person who makes it to the track (or field) tomorrow!

Second, it is going to be hot tomorrow!  Predictions are for 99 degrees. Bring water, sunscreen, and umbrellas.  We will run a fast meet but be aware of your child’s exposure to sun.  If they are getting too hot or tired, do not feel bad about pulling them. Good news is the meet starts early and we will be long gone before it gets too hot.

If your child wants to change or add events, this is okay but make sure you do so at least thirty minutes before the event goes off.  Aleah and Megan will be running the registration table on the west end of the track and can accommodate these needs.  Also, if you have friends or other non-Sun City members who want to run this is great!  Just have them sign up at least fifteen minutes before the event goes off.

First field event goes off tomorrow at 9am and first running event goes off at 10am.  It will be a rolling schedule which means as soon as one event is over, the next one will follow up.  We will also combine certain events (such as the boys 800 meters) with multiple age groups so we don’t have a four-hour track meet. We will split out results though.

If you have any last minute concerns, don’t hesitate to text or call me at 941-5191.

Looking forward to tomorrow.

Coach Erik

Sun City Track Meet Schedule 2015

Sun City Track Meet Schedule 2015

Sun City Home Meet Schedule June 6th at West Valley High School

One of our youth athletes practices her run on the high jump at a recent practice.

One of our youth athletes practices her run on the high jump at a recent practice.

Sun City Track Meet

June 6, 2015—West Valley High School

Track Start Time 10am

Field Events Start Time 9am

10:00 am

Hurdles 15-16 boys/17-18 boys 110m

Hurdles 15-16 girls/17-18 girls 100m

Hurdles 13-14 boys 100m

Hurdles 13-14 girls 100m

Hurdles 11-12 boys 80m

Hurdles 11-12 girls 80m

400m all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

4x100m Relay all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

1500m all age divisions (boys will run with girls and open)

100m all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

800m all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

200m all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

4x400m Relay all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

9:00am                 Long Jump Girls; High Jump Boys

10:00am               Shot Put Boys and Girls

10:30am               Long Jump Boys; High Jump Girls

 

A few notes:

  1. We are going to have a 10 & Under hurdles. It will be 80 meters for both boys and girls and will be at the lowest setting the hurdles will be set to. If your child would like to do this, he/she will need to run hurdles at the next two Wednesday practices.
  2. It will be a rolling schedule. First event 80 meter hurdles will go off exactly at 10am. Athletes MUST check into their races 15 minutes before they start. Registration will be at the beginning of the 100 meter dash on the west end of the track. Our estimate is the meet will last about two hours but this is flexible depending on the number of athletes in each event.
  3. There will be medals for the first place finisher in each event.
  4. Parents please help your athletes get registered and to their race on time. Track and Field meets events WILL NOT WAIT for late starters. If your child misses their event, they will receive a DNS (did not start). Listen to the announcer for 1st or 2nd call to their event and they should be down at the start line. By the 3rd call, this means their race will go off is 2-5 minutes and they may or may not miss it.
  5. There will be an adult 1500 meters as well as a mixed ages 4X100 meters dash. Cost is $5 unless you are related to a Sun City athlete and then it is free for parents/families.
  6. If your athlete is going to be competing in both a field event and a running event, check in at the field event FIRST, then listens for the running event. At SECOND call, go to the running event and let the person know who is running the field event he/she will leave run their race and then immediately return to their field event.
  7. We will not be conducting discus, javelin, steeplechase, running events longer than 1500 meters, and pole vault in the meet.
  8. Cost is $5/event for non-Sun City Athletes. Meet is open to the community.
  9. Since it is the first race for most of our team members, we will be starting each event with a whistle and not a starter’s pistol.
  10. Please register for your race/relay the week of June 1st at either the Franklin or West Valley practice. This will really help us plan on the number of athletes per event. Each athlete is allowed to compete in two track events, one field event, and one relay.

Parents: Please contact Aleah at AleahMickelson at msn.com or myself (Erik Mickelson) through Facebook letting us know how you can help in the meet.  We will need:

  1. Nine to help with timing
  2. Two with registration
  3. Two for long jump
  4. Two for high jump
  5. One for shot put
  6. One to run the PA system

 

Junior Olympic Finals Schedule June 20th in Spokane

June 20th Schedule for Junior Olympic Finals in Spokane

June 20th Schedule for Junior Olympic Finals in Spokane

I know it is early but I have had several people already ask about the Junior Olympic Meet in Spokane June 20th.  Here is the schedule so you can plan accordingly.  It is a rolling schedule which means the meet starts at 10am and each individual event follows the previous event.  You will need to check into your even 30-45 minutes before your event starts.  If you or your child is planning on running at Regionals in Portland, he/she must place in the top-8 of their event at this meet.  If we have any 11 and older kids who want to run the 3000 meters (slightly less than two miles) this is the night before on Friday night).

Saturday June 20 10:00 am

Hurdles 15-16 boys/17-18 boys 110m

Events will be held Hurdles 15-16 girls/17-18 girls 100m

in the listed order Hurdles 13-14 boys 100m

Hurdles 13-14 girls 100m

Hurdles 11-12 boys 80m

Hurdles 11-12 girls 80m

400m all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

4x100m Relay all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

1500m all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

100m all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

800m all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

200m all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

4x400m Relay all age divisions (girls followed by boys, youngest to oldest)

LONG JUMP (PIT #2) – 9:00 am SHOT PUT (Ring #1) – 9:30 am HIGH JUMP – 10:30 am

11-12 Girls 8 & Under Girls 2kg 11-12 Girls

11-12 Boys 9-10 Girls 6# 11-12 Boys

8 & Under Girls 8 & Under Boys 2kg 9-10 Boys

9-10 Girls 9-10 Boys 6# 9-10 Girls

8 & Under Boys 11-12 Girls 6# 13-14 Girls

9-10 Boys 11-12 Boys 6# 13-14 Boys

LONG JUMP (PIT #1) – 9:00 am SHOT PUT (Ring #2) – 9:30 am JAVELIN – 11:00 am

13-14 Girls 13-14 Girls 4kg 8 & Under Boys 300g

13-14 Boys 13-14 Boys 12# 8 & Under Girls 300g

15-16/17-18 Girls 15-16/17-18 Girls 4kg 11-12 Boys 300g

15-16/17-18 Boys

 

Field Event Schedule for Junior Olympic Finals Meet in Spokane 2015

Field Event Schedule for Junior Olympic Finals Meet in Spokane 2015

 

 

400 Meters Into The Season

Sun City Athletes doing "Bicycles" to work on our core strength

Sun City Athletes doing “Bicycles” to work on our core strength

One of our youth athletes practices her run on the high jump at a recent practice.

One of our youth athletes practices her run on the high jump at a recent practice.

400 meters of the way into the track season (pun intended) First and foremost, we want to wish all mom’s out there a very happy Mother’s Day.  There would be no Sun City Track and Field if it wasn’t for all the hard work of the mom’s out there. I want to congratulate all of the kids on finishing the first two weeks of track season. It is always difficult to start a new sport. Some of our highlights so far:

  1. Watching the kids the first two weeks do drills have been remarkable. Their form and muscle mechanics is already getting significantly better. This is a vital component of running and the better one’s form the less of a chance of injury and faster he/she will run!
  2. Andy and Marie have done a remarkable job coaching our field events! It is one thing for the rest of us to coach sprints and distances but they have literally been building from the ground up. Andy built Sun City’s first hurdles and Marie brought a special bungee cord for kids to high jump over. Parent’s when you see the two of them; give them a huge “thank you”!
  3. We’ve had amazing weather. Track takes place no matter the weather (except for thunder and lightning) but it is still a whole lot nicer when we have 70’s.

In the next few weeks we are going to really start gearing up for our home track and field meet June 6th at West Valley High School in three weeks. Each athlete is allowed to compete in up to three events at the track meet. * Start thinking of which events you will want your child to compete in.  I would recommend one field event, one running event, and one relay but you can juggle this if you wish and we will talk more about this as the meet gets closer.  We will also need about twenty parents to volunteer on race day so please plan on volunteering.  We will need parents to: time, check-in, run concessions, etc. The track meet on the 6th will also be open to the entire community as well. So if your child has a friend that would like to run please pass the word around.  For non-Sun City athletes the cost will be $5/event. Last, it is not too late to join Sun City.  Especially for those athletes wanting to go on to competing in the Junior Olympics in the summer, there is a lot of track left to be run.  So let everyone know they can still come.  Anyone is allowed to come to one practice and just “check” things out.  After this, registration is $50 for the season which includes a competition shirt. I’ll be in San Diego this week for a conference so the workout have been written for the coaches. Parents, please consider running with your kids.  The more kids we have running the easier it makes it on the coaches. Coaches Erik and Aleah

Monday practices is at Franklin Middle School from 6-7pm

Wednesday practice is at West Valley High School from 6-7pm

Saturday morning distance practice is at the lower parking lot of Cowiche Canyon at 9am

June 6th–Home Track Meet at West Valley High School, Yakima

June 19th and 20th — Junior Olympic Association Championships in Spokane, WA

Weekend of July 11th — Junior Olympic Regionals (must qualify from the Association meet in Spokane the weekend of the 19th and 20th to move on)

*(It was brought to my attention that an athlete must be born in 2004 or later if he/she is going to do hurdles in a track meet.  These are USATF rules that we have to adhere to.  We are going to let those born 2005 and before practice hurdles but our insurance wont allow it in meets) ** Here is the link to the 2015 Sun City Track and Field Club–Info Packet and Waiver-and-release-form-2015 if you would like to register still.

Practice Selfie yesterday at Cowiche Canyon.  Saturdays are an optional 40 minute run (out and back) for the distance runners.  We have had two amazing weather days so far.  Hope to see you there this next Saturday!

Practice Selfie yesterday at Cowiche Canyon. Saturdays are an optional 40 minute run (out and back) for the distance runners. We have had two amazing weather days so far. Hope to see you there this next Saturday!

The sprinters cheering on the distance runners at West Valley Track at a recent workout.

The sprinters cheering on the distance runners at West Valley Track at a recent workout.

Apple Ridge Race (Big day Saturday)

Dear Sun City Harriers,

I am excited for tomorrow’s Apple Ridge Run Invite. Our team is getting fit and fast, and I expect some big PR’s. Please arrive on time tomorrow morning. It will take several minutes to walk from the parking area to the race start area where our team will meet and warm up together.

Here’s a couple suggestions to make sure your harrier runs his/her best tomorrow: Get plenty of sleep tonight. Eat a light breakfast at least 2 hours before the race. (A mix of carbs and protein is good; nothing too fatty or heavy.) Stay hydrated with water and eat a small snack between breakfast and race time if needed. Double-tie your shoelaces. And finally, bring your cowbell and ring it loudly!

Here is the race schedule:
10:15 – Team arrives at Apple Ridge Run
11:00 – 2nd Grade and Under Boys Race (1.0 miles)
11:20 – 2nd Grade and Under Girls (1.0 miles)

11:40 – 3rd-6th Grade Boys (1.0 miles)

12:00 – 3rd-6th Grade Girls (1.0 miles)

12:20 – 12:30 – Awards (top 10 in each race get ribbons and team winner of 3rd-6th grade races get a traveling trophy)
Directions to Apple Ridge Run on Naches Heights:

  1. From HWY 12 West (heading towards Naches), take the 40th Avenue Exit into Yakima.
  2. Stay on 40th Ave. for about 1.5 miles and take a right on Summitview.
  3. Continue west on Summitview for almost 10 miles (towards Cowiche).
  4. While on Summitview, you’ll eventually head down a steep grade into the Cowiche Valley (before you get to the city of Cowiche). At the bottom of the grade on the right is a log cabin called the Summitview Cowiche Veterinary Clinic. Take the right just past the clinic on Weikel Road.
  5. Stay on Weikel for nearly a mile and turn right on Zimmerman Road.
  6. After a mile up Zimmerman, turn left on Naches Heights Road.
  7. Stay on Naches Heights Road for a ½ mile and turn left onto Wherry Road (there’s a big red sign there to welcome you).
  8. After a ¼ mile down Wherry Road, you’ll see the course and signs for parking.

 

Team practice will continue into the month of November. You do not have to compete in the upcoming Junior Olympics meets to continue practicing. If you do plan to compete in the Junior Olympics meets, make sure to join USATF the first week of November. Maps, course information, registration link and all other meet information is now available online at http://inlandnw.usatf.org/Home.aspx.

Finally, be watching for more information on an end-of-season team party. The date and place are TBD, but will most likely be scheduled for mid-November.

Good Luck and Go Harriers!
Aleah and Erik Mickelson

P.S. If you have any questions, please email Aleah (ALEAH at MSN dot com) or call us at (509) 833-5952.

41st Annual Sunfair Results

Here are the official Results of Sunfair: http://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/Results/Meet.aspx?Meet=90871

Official results are not up yet but I took a few pictures of the results.  A few things of note:

1. The clock on the 6th grade and under race was started 20 seconds late.  The times I have posted are correct but many kids thought they had run faster.

2. On the 7th-8th grade race, they accidentally sent the kids on an extra dog-leg making them run about 100 meters farther.  My guess is take off 45 seconds to a minute to get the true time.

Sunfair1

6th grade and under: finishers 1-47

Sunfair2

6th grade and under finishers 48-96

Sunfair3

6th grade and under finishers 97-129; Top 12 of 1.5 mile race

 

Sunfair–Two days until the big race!

Greetings, Harriers!

The Sunfair Invitational is almost here! Here’s our team schedule for Saturday:

8:00 am – Arrive at Franklin Park
8:15 am – Team Warm-up
8:45 am – K-6th Grade Race (Boys and Girls Combined) – 1.0 miles
9:00 am – 7th-8th Grade Race (Boys and Girls Combined) – 1.5 miles
10:00 am – Jr. Class Boys Race (JACOB LAMAY) – 3.0 miles

When you arrive on Saturday morning, please come find me for your race number bib. I will have a race number for everyone registered through the Sun City Harriers team.

PLEASE NOTE: Franklin Park will be fenced off for the meet. Admission gates will be established at various locations around the park. All participants will be admitted for free, but all adults (yes, even parents) will be charged $5.00 to enter the park. Seniors, children and students with ASB cost $4.00.

The Sunfair Invitational is a large, prestigious meet with more than 2,000 runners from schools across the Northwest. (For more information on the meet, check out www.sunfairrun.com.) You can expect the elementary and junior high races to start promptly on time, so make sure you know where the start line is and get there with plenty of time to spare before the posted race start time!

I expect our team to run well on Saturday — the course is drying out, the weather looks perfect, and our team is getting fitter and faster by the week.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to respond to this email or give Erik (509-833-5951) or me (509-833-5952) a call.

Go Harriers!
Aleah Mickelson

We love living on Franklin Park.  It has been a blast watching the course come together this week.

We love living on Franklin Park. It has been a blast watching the course come together this week.

Sun City Harrier Invitational Results

Sunny, wet grass, 56 degrees in the morning

K-2: 1 Mile

Boys Girls Team Scores
Place Name Time Team Grade Place Name Time Team Grade Boys
1 Zachar Wagner 7:34 SCH 2 1 Bevani Yrigoyen 8:13 SCH 2 Sun City Harriers    Score: 25 1, 3, 6, 7, 8
2 Keaton Pitzer 7:59 WV N/A 2 Joy Lally 8:31 SCH 1 Wenas Valley    Score: 34 2, 4, 5, 11, 12
3 Isaac Gutierrez 7:59 SCH 2 3 Eliza Cardon 8:32 WV N/A
4 Sam Rettig 8:10 WV N/A 4 Kate Mickelson 8:37 SCH 1 Girls
5 Dominia Ayala 8:14 WV N/A 5 Hazel Douglas 8:48 WV N/A Sun City Harriers      Score: 23 1, 2, 4, 7, 8
6 Paul Lally 8:16 SCH 2 6 Abigail Cardon 8:50 N/A N/A Wenas Valley      Score: 37: 3, 5, 6, 11, 12
7 Lorenzo Alvarado 8:25 SCH 1 7 June Sawyer 8:58 SCH 1
8 Mack Stephenson 8:44 SCH 1 8 Danika Gaethle 9:02 SCH 1
9 Liam Roberts 9:03 SCH 1 9 Freya White 9:33 SCH N/A
10 Lane Dauer 9:16 SCH 1 10 Kiara Roberts 9:35 SCH N/A
11 Joshua Strand 9:16 WV N/A 11 Gabby Landvoy 10:11 WV N/A
12 Milo Douglas 9:32 WV N/A 12 Karis O’Brine 10:16 N/A
13 Luis Slowe 9:34 SCH 1 13 Kennedy Day 10:34 SCH 1
14 Amos Douglas 9:38 WV N/A 14 Brenna Gamache 10:52 WV N/A
15 Brent Johnson 9:58 SCH 1 15 Clare Richards 11:04 WV N/A
16 Jackson Powell 10:11 SCH 1 16 Ava Christianson 11:44 SCH 2
17 Alonzo Yrigoyen 10:21 SCH 1 17 Kenzie Pitzer 12:33 WV N/A
18 Riley Smith 10:52 SCH 1 18 Lydia Woodall 12:52 SCH 2
19 Casey Smith-Apperson 11:04 SCH K 19 Katya Reiss-Kupp 12:58 SCH 1
20 Sheppard Lally 11:40 SCH PK 20 Anya O’Brine 15:40 WV N/A
21 Drew de Wet 11:48 SCH K
22 Jaxon Beck 12:41 SCH 1
23 Jackson Snow 12:50 SCH 1
24 Sean de Wet 13:36 SCH PK
25 Johah Travers Powers 13:37 WV N/A
26 Cole Taylor 14:58 WV N/A

3rd-6th Grade

Boys Girls Team Scores
Place Name Time Team Grade Place Name Time Team Grade Boys
1 Brayden Packard 5:54 SCH 6 1 Anna Landvoy 7:18 WV N/A Sun City Harriers 19 1, 3, 4, 5, 6
2 Cooper Quigley 6:22 WV N/A 2 Kieryann Mattson 7:24 WV N/A Wenas Valley 43 2, 8, 10, 11, 12
3 Ben Connell 6:22 SCH 6 3 Caitlin Strand 7:26 WV N/A
4 Henry Robbins 6:31 SCH 4 4 Kara Mickelson 7:50 SCH 5 Girls
5 Nathan Stephenson 6:53 SCH 3 5 Chloe Covell 7:51 WV N/A Wenas Valley 19 1, 2, 3, 5, 8
6 Ty Dauer 7:16 SCH 6 6 Brooke Bauer 7:53 WV N/A Sun City Harriers 36 4, 6, 7, 9, 10
7 Tyrell Waddle 7:21 SCH 5 7 Emma Christianson 8:12 SCH N/A
8 Trevor Wilson 7:30 WV N/A 8 Adelyn Cardon 8:16 WV N/A
9 Nathan Johnson 7:36 SCH N/A 9 Katie Barnes 8:21 SCH 4
10 Sam Rees 7:41 WV N/A 10 Bwendolyn Dawes 8:32 SCH 3
11 Jaden Gaudet 7:41 WV N/A 11 Anna Seal 8:43 SCH 5
12 Orin Douglas 7:45 WV N/A 12 Lauren Thomas 9:00 WV N/A
13 Benicio Yrigoyen 7:49 SCH 5 13 Ava Alvarado 9:05 SCH 4
14 Caleb Stephenson 8:09 SCH 5 14 Leah Knudson 9:07 SCH 5
15 Bryce Harrison 8:11 SCH 3 15 Cindy Nulsen 9:07 WV N/A
16 Ben Wagner 8:14 SCH 6 16 Lucy Sawyer 9:14 SCH N/A
17 Jon Barnes 8:21 SCH 6 17 Khalia Yrigoyen 9:26 SCH N/A
18 Colin Thomas 8:24 WV N/A 18 Mary Mickelson 9:56 SCH 4
19 Keegan Hull 8:28 WV N/A 19 Emma Welch 10:02 SCH 6
20 Tyler Welch 8:29 SCH 4 20 Eloise Anderson 10:05 SCH 5
21 Jacob Rettig 8:32 WV N/A 21 Cadence Day 10:12 SCH 3
22 Spencer Johnson 8:37 SCH 3 22 Liztte Vazquez 10:32 SCH 4
23 Jarden Smith 8:51 SCH 3 23 Emma Slowe 10:37 SCH 4
24 Michael Strand 9:08 WV N/A 24 Brenna Baker 12:25 SCH 5
25 Christian Taylor 9:12 WV N/A 25 Julia Snow 13:40 SCH 4
26 Tristan Temple 10:35 WV N/A 26 Emma Woodall 14:00 SCH 4
27 Sean Mefford 10:48 SCH N/A
28 Simon Anderson 13:39 SCH 3

 

7th – 8th Grade

Boys Girls
Place Name Time Team Mile Split Place Name Time Team Mile Split
1 Shea Mattson 10:05 WV 6:48 1 Bailey Christianson 13:50 SCH 9:10
2 Riley Christianson 11:12 SCH 7:27
3 Drew Waddle 11:25 SCH 7:40
4 Isaac Barnes 11:56 SCH 7:56
5 Matt Hernandez 12:02 WV 8:10
6 Joshua Becker 12:23 WV 8:17

Summer Cross-Country Race Series

SummerCrossCountryRaceSeries2014As 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!

Coach Erik

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!!!