Cross Country Season is the best! Tuesday/Thursday practices focus on athletic development through agility, efficient running technique and XC "speed". Sunday practices are long-runs in various forest preserves through out the Western Suburbs. Parents are known to run the paths on Sundays.
Sunday runs are at Swallow Cliff, Waterfall Glen, Blackwell Forest Preserve, Bull Frog Lake, Millennial Park.
Athletes, ages 10-15, are already training with their middle school team, participating in a sport that requires a good amount of aerobic activity or are dedicated Flyers, attending 3 practices while running 2 days on their own. They must be able to run 10 minutes, easily, without stopping on the first day of practice.
Questions regarding your child's ability to feel comfortable at a Flyers practice, please email Michelle@chicagoflyers.org to discuss. Our Track season is for everyone but we are a little cautious with our XC season as they need to enjoy practices and be willing to get better and run farther.
Cross country is about teamwork. Our 2014 3rd place national team had a few of the top 20 runners and a few of the last runners in the division, and they all made it possible to run at nationals!
Our girls won the Hinsdale Rotary Run 3k for at least 5 years straight and the boys weren't far behind. Other than the one community race, we gain experience and compete at the Belivdere XC Meet, Elgin Sharks XC Meet, AAU/Rockford Wildcat State Championship, USATF State Meet and the CCCNYC National Meet-November 23rd in Hebron, OH. It is not necessary to run at every event.
There are many ways to qualify for nationals. Achieving a time, be one of the top 20 at a CCCNYC Qualifying event, or being part of a qualifying team. Qualifying times are:
Age Distance Girls Boys
6-8 2K 12:00 12:00
9-10 3K 14:00 13:30
11-12 3K 13:30 13:00
13-14 4K 17:30 16:00
13-14 5K 22:10 20:15