Our 2017 fall cross country season is coming to a close with one more practice on 11/12/17. We had to cancel so many Sunday practices due to rain, and for that reason we extended our season an additional two weeks. But, unfortunately, the first practice of that extension was cancelled due to rain.
Registration for the spring 2018 season will begin in January for all current and past participants. What available spots following a 4-week invite will be opened up to newcomers. Our team is comprised of 9-13 year olds who love to run, but through drills and formal instruction learn the finer points of running with good form. Many who enter our program go on to run on their middle school and high school teams. Others take this knowledge and run more efficiently on their selected team sports. One way or the other, running is the basis of EVERY sport.
2014 was the inaugural year of Northport Running Club’s youth running club where we registered 30 youngsters. Now, completing our 10th season in 2017, we have had over 500 families come through our program! Many of our athletes are now on their middle and high school cross-country and track and field teams because of this fun introduction to the wonderful world of running, jumping and throwing. Each season is filled with energy, excitement, and loads of fun, especially with the volunteer efforts of some incredibly talented Adelphi Track and Field/Cross Country athletes. There's nothing like seeing the passion of a college athlete exude through his/her entire being as he shares his knowledge and experience with the next generation.
The spring and summer track and field seasons focus on the fundamentals of running form and technique, track terminology, understanding distances from the dashes and hurdles to mid-distance, as well as field events including the turbo-javelin, discus, shot put, long and high jump. Throughout each season we invite specialists of national and world class caliber to teach event specific skills to our youth. The fall season is all about trail running on the most beautiful trails of the country - Makamah Park Preserve, Greenbelt Trail, Sunken Meadow.
This program is for both the competitive athlete, as well as those who simply want to be part of a running club, but not necessarily compete...yet.
Our coaching philosophy is to present a fun and exciting running program to the local youth of Long Island. Kids are born to run. Just as soon as they walk, their little legs move in rapid succession one after the other, and then they run. Kids run fast until they tire, rest for a moment then take off again. Our desire is to harness that desire to run within a fun, organized setting and prepare their developing wings to soar to greater heights.
Some very special friendships have been formed among our young runners that have continued far beyond the track. We encourage the kids to socialize on the track and learn about their teammates. We spend time sharing stories and ideas to encourage overall fitness and a healthy lifestyle while discussing short-and long-term goals from day one on the track. This is a club where everyone is supported and encouraged as they learn what it takes to cross a finish line.
2017 PROGRAM INFO
SPRING SEASON 2017: April 9 - June 11 / Thursdays 6:30 - 7:30pm and Sundays 1:00 - 2:30pm
SUMMER SEASON 2017: June 25 - August 13 / Thursdays 6:30 - 7:30pm and Sundays 9:45 - 11:15am
FALL SEASON 2017: September 10 - October 29 / Sundays 12:30 - 1:45pm
Spring and Summer - Northport High School Track (Laurel Hill Road, Northport)
September 10, 17: Sunken Meadow State Park
October 1 & 8: Makamah Park Preserve Sunday,
October 15: Upper Greenbelt Trail, Cold Spring Harbor
October 22: Intra-club XC meet at Sunken Meadow State Park
October 29: Upper Greenbelt Trail, Cold Spring Harbor