The program will take place from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from Aug. 27 through Oct. 4 at Homestake Peak School. There will also be three meets.
Students will learn from local high-level coaching staff including Josiah Middaugh, 2015 XTERRA world champion, former Division I cross country and track and field athlete at Central Michigan University and current coach of a variety of endurance athletes via Middaugh Coaching, and Jared Biniecki, current track and field coach for Homestake Peak School and former Division I cross country and track and field athlete at Central Michigan University.
According to Biniecki, who also manages Dobson Ice Arena for the VRD, the goal is to teach kids how to run in a fun and competitive environment to help prepare them for high school cross country success. "Last year's program was very well attended with over 60 participants," said Biniecki. "We're excited to bring back the cross country program for middle school students and hope our runners not only learn running skills, but have an enjoyable experience that introduces them to a lifelong sport."
Cost is $65 per runner and participants will receive a racing singlet to keep and wear at meets. Practices will be outside and all runners should bring clothing appropriate to the weather conditions. Proper running shoes are recommended.