A youth track and field and cross country team committed to teaching the sport to young people while making it fun.
What's going on week of 9/22/2014 - Week 4
- Our Meet Schedule is up.
In case you missed Team Night, please do not worry:
Each runner is still welcomed by the Big River family to purchse shoes and gear at a 20% off discount through the end of September at any of its four locations.
- Just mention that you are a Blazer and you will get the full treatment.
- You will not only get quality shoes, but great advice about anything running!
- The reason we stress good shoes is to limit the chances of injury.
- We encourage the runners to ask the staff questions about running.
Contact Coach Shelly firstname.lastname@example.org for Uniform Pieces:
- Blazer racing singlets (uniform top/jersey - $20).
- Blazer red-colored racing shorts ($20)
- Blazer warm-up jackets ($45 - Must order this week if interested! See below.)
- Blazer warm-up pants ($35- Must order this week if interested! See below.)
- Blazer hooded sweatshirts ($30).
The Blazer singlet is the only required part of the uniform. The runners may wear any pair of red or black racing shorts they wish. Please make sure they are racing shorts.
Coach Shelly is placing an order for Warm-Ups this Week!
- If any parents wish to order warm-ups for their runners, please notify her by Tuesday night.
- Coach Shelly's email: email@example.com
- If any runners currently have warm-ups from prior years, could you please bring them on Tuesday so as to show others how the sizes fit?
AAU Nationals at Rim Rock Farms in Lawrance, KS
It is time to start planning for the AAU nationals meet. Because the location is reasonably close, we will be planning on traveling as a team for the runners that qualify.
We will be staying at Hampton Inn hotel
- It is the individual runners' family's responsibility to reserve their own room.
- One thing to consider is that there is a University of Kansas basketball home game that weekend, so it is likely that the rooms will be in high demand.
- The KU game is Saturday, but the runners and their families will technically need the hotel rooms only for Friday night as we could potentially drive home after the races.
The Significance of Rim Rock Farms
To put Rim Rock Farms into context, it can best be described as as a Wrigley Field or Yankee Stadium of Cross country. It was designed by Bob Timmons, the retired University of Kansas XC/Track & Field Coach, and there is perhaps no other course in the United States as specifically dedicated to the sport of cross country as the Rim Rock Farm course.
The course has been the home of the University of Kansas Jayhawks since the 1974 season. In 2004, Coach Timmons dontated the land and the course to the university of Kansas. The course is not only quite challenging, but also unusual. In addition to having two covered bridges as part of the course, Rim Rock Farms also features specific hills, turns and other landmarks that are named after former Jayhawk greats. Dispersed throughout the course are silhouette statues of seven legendary Jayhawk distance runners including Herb Semper, Allen Frame, John Lawson and Olympians Billy Mills, Wes Santee, Glenn Cunningham and Jim Ryun.
- Yes! We are still accepting new athletes.
- We welcome our returning team members and those giving us a try.
- We practice every Tuesday and Thursday September-December (cross country) or April-June (track) from 5:45-7:00
- We will be practicing at Laumeier until mid-late October where we will move to Kirkwood Park
- On-line registration is available now Join the Team
Registration is $55 via the website. $60 paper form. Multi-child discounts are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Our program is one of the most affordable, so we don't prorate registration fees.
- You enroll a season at a time. Track (April to June) is separate from Cross Country (September to December)
- Not sure if our program is right for you? Try us out for TWO free practices. Just bring the signed Trial Athlete Wavier
- Your child would do best if he/she did some running before the season begins. A typical practice is between 3-5 miles, but don't be intimidated. It is broken up into many smaller segments.
- We accept ALL kids (age 8-18) who want to run.
- We accept new athletes all season long.
- We let each family select the commitment level that is right for them. We have some athletes who practice, but don't compete
and other athletes that compete, but do all their practicing on their own.
- In 2013, we ended Track season with 87 kids and 84 in cross country.
- Inclement weather policy - We will make a decision at 4:00 and have it commincated via Facebook, Email to Registered Team Members, and on the front page of our website - www.stlblazers.com.
- Water is not always available, so bring your own.
- Bathrooms are not always available, so go prior to practice.