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About Cross Country
Cross Country is the sport of distance running. Athletes typically run on grass or dirt courses.
Practices during the school year will be held from 2:45-4:30pm. Practices will start with a warmup run and dynamic stretching. The main workout during practice varies between distance endurance or speed. Occasionally, we will use the high school track for speed workouts, but the majority of our practices will be run on mowed grass/trail at the middle school. Practices may include strength and conditioning and stretching.
We usually participate in 6 races during the fall season. The courses vary in distance from 1.5 to 1.75 miles. Typically, each race will have 4 events (6/7 girls, 6/7 boys, 8 girls and 8 boys) with 20 minutes between race starts, with the first race beginning at 4:00pm. To watch a cross country race you need to be active. Parents will often watch the start and finish, but also move to other locations on the course to see the runners during the race. Each course is different and will provide different opportunities to watch the runners.
Athletes will need supportive running shoes. Cleats are not necessary for middle school. Be prepared with running clothes for the variety of weather we experience in Wisconsin. A labeled water bottle and watch for pacing are also recommended but not required. A team shirt will be assigned to each runner for the season and it will be returned after the last race.
Athletes must ride the provided buses to the races. Athletes may chose to ride home from the meets with a parent or ride the bus back to the middle school. ONLY parents can transport their child home per school board policy.
Later in the summer, we will organize some optional runs at the Nordic Trail and/or Kishwauketoe. This will give runners a chance to meet some coaches and other runners as well as get a feel for some trail running! These are optional and will be communicated via the REMIND app.