Welcome to the St. Louis Blazers Track Club!
Last practice of the XC season - Tuesday 12/2
Join us for final race preparation 5:45 - 7 pm
We will not practice Thursday, 12-4-14, as our AAU competitors will be preparing to travel.
Email Coach Sarah (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions regarding race registration for AAU or USATF Nationals
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 12/1/2014 - Week 14
Practice is at Kirkwood Park
We meet near the tennis courts at the West Adams parking lot
Some Blazers will be competing this weekend (12/6/14) in Lawrence, Kansas at the 2014 AAU Cross Country National Championship,
while others will travel the following week (12/13/14) to Myrtle Beach, SC for the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships.
Good luck to all!
This has been a great season for all of our athletes, and we want to thank the parents for sharing your children with us.
We will send out one final season wrap-up email after the AAU Nationals meet.
AAU Nationals is Saturday 12/6 at Rim Rock Farms in Lawrance, KS
The meet flyer is now available HERE
The flyer has tons of information. We recommend printing and bringing it with you to Lawrence.
Look for an additional detailed email this week for all those registered for this meet.
Coaches will pick-up race packets for the Blazers and distriubte before the race.
Plan your travels to get to Lawrence in time to walk the course Friday afternoon.
You can choose the guided option (p. 3) with specific times or walk it on your own. You can also walk the course Saturday morning if you don't get to Lawrence in time.
See Race Schedule on p. 3 of the flyer. The oldest kids run first in this meet!
You will need to be at the Blazers tent at least 90 minutes prior to race time. These are big, hectic events. We don't want anyone to miss their event.
Some of us are staying at the Hampton Inn hotel
Others have reservations at the Super 8 across the street from the Hampton Inn
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 need the hotel rooms for Friday night. Most families are driving 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 Join the Team
Registration is $55 via the website. $60 paper form. Multi-child discounts are available by emailing email@example.com. 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.