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JRC XC Meet
Cross Country (XC)
The Johnston Running Club has hosted its own cross country meet every year since 2012 and will do so again in 2017.
Since 2013, the JRC's home meet has been held at the Johnston Middle School and features separate races for each age group (8 & Under, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, and 15-18).
In 2015 and 2016, nearly 100 athletes competed from a number of clubs from around Iowa.
This year's meet is scheduled for October 8, 2017.
Teams interested in having athletes compete in the JRC's meet should e-mail email@example.com.
In addition to the youth track & field club, the Johnston Running Club also operates a youth cross country club for the aspiring and developing distance runner age 6 through 18. The cross country club meets from early September through early November and practices on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings and competes in local and regional meets on weekends.
Sunday practices start at 5:00 p.m. while Tuesday and Thursday practices commence at 6:00 p.m. Athletes run approximately two to four miles each practice, depending on age and stage of the season.
At meets, athletes run varying distances depending on their age:
8 & Under: 2000 meters (2k)
9 - 12: 3000 meters (3k)
13 - 14: 4000 meters (4k)
15 - 18: 5000 meters (5k)
For comparison, high school cross country runners run meet distances of 5000 meters (5k). The season builds toward the USATF State Meet in early November, at which athletes can quality for nationals.
Warm-Up (Quick Info)
When: September 5 - November 5
Ages: 6 to 18
Coaches: Kyle Keraus, Luke Craven, and Britta Wey
Registration available here.