Cross Country

Season runs September – December. Practice: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 to 7:30 PM, we meet at the bottom of Derby Hill on the north side of Bush Park.

About Our Program

Cost: Full season $100.00 for first family member ($65 for each additional family member) which includes a T-shirt. Late season, starts after the high school season, $65.00 (no T-shirt)

To get the full family experience we encourage all parents to come out on the track and closely watch their athletes. You can help the coaches as requested. Thank you.

Parents need to come with their athletes when they drop them off for practice. After practice, they can pickup their athletes at the same spot. Athletes need to be a member of the club to practice with the club.

Age Groups – your child’s age by the State/National meet may affect age group

Year Born Age Group Race Distance
2008+ 8 and under 2000m
06-07 9 & 10 3000m
04-05 11 & 12 3000m
02-03 13 & 14 4000m
00-01 15 & 16 5000m
98-99 17 & 18 5000m

Volunteering: We host a meet every year and need everyone’s help. Volunteers are critical to ensure a fair, well-run meet. It will last about 8 hours. Your help is greatly appreciated, thank you!

Clothing: Its important the athletes have on the appropriate clothing for the existing weather conditions. You can always take extra clothing off if you get to warm, but you can not put on non-existing clothing if you get cold. We recommend they bring an athletic bag where they can keep extra clothing, hat, gloves, rain gear, sweat pants, extra sweatshirts or jacket in case the weather turns nasty. We occasionally get caught in a rainstorm. Polytech clothing is recommended over cotton, because it is breathable, and draws moisture away from the skin, and keeps the body warmer in cold temperatures.

Shoes: All athletes need sturdy running shoes. Court shoes will not provide the proper support and could cause injury or damage to growing feet over time. Gallagher Fitness Resources can help you select good running shoes and they offer a discount to Salem Track Club members. Don’t forget to ask for your discount.

Food & Drink: Don’t eat dinner before you come to workout. If you are hungry after school eat something light like fruit. Stay well hydrated during the day and bring a water bottle to practice.

Want to Join the Club?

You can sign up at the beginning of any practice. On the first night of practice we will have experienced parents and athletes nearby to help you sign up and answer any questions. To speed up the process, please register online.