From early September through early November, the Johnston Running Club operates a youth cross country club for the aspiring and developing distance runner, ages 7 through 14.
The cross country club practices: **2023 locations subject to change.**
**Practice times will shift earlier on Tuesday/Thursdays around early/mid October due to diminishing daylight.
Athletes run approximately two to four miles each practice in shorter intervals, depending on age and stage of the season.
The cross country club competes in local and regional meets on weekends. Athletes run varying distances depending on their age (age is determined as of age on 12/31 of current year):
For comparison, high school cross country runners compete meet distances of 5000 meters (5k).
The season builds toward the USATF State Meet in early November, at which athletes can quality for nationals. If athletes choose to participate at nationals, practice schedule will be discussed with those families.
September 17 - Hilltoppers - Birdsall Park Cedar Falls
September 24 - Cedar Rapids Youth Track Club - Jones Park Cedar Rapids
September 30 - Johnston Running Club - Johnston
October 8 - Valley Youth Running Club - West Des Moines
October 15 - Solar Powered Cross Country Club - Rockford Fossil Park
October 22- AAU District Meet - DMACC Ankeny
October 29 - USATF State Meet - West Des Moines
2022 JRC Cross Country Meet Course maps
2019 Cross Country Club
JRC hosts a country meet each year (since 2012), featuring separate races for each age group.