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

2 thoughts on “How do practices work and what group does my child fit in?

  1. My daughter ran her first season this year and competed in the southwest region–she didn’t qualify for Jr. Olympics, but she is determined to do so this year.

    Is the winter/fall just cross-country,, or will training be provided for long jump, relays, etc.?

    Thanks for the info!!

    • I assume you just moved here. The Inland Northwest which is our region is much less competitive than other regions (for better or worse). Would love to see you at practice!

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