About the St. Louis Blazers Track Club

Our Mission

The Saint Louis Blazers Track Club is a youth cross country and track team dedicated to teaching the sport of distance running to children. Having fun, learning and improving are the club's three main principles and are at the core of every Blazer practice and competition.

We invite ALL YOUTH with an interest in track or cross country to come give our program a try!

What it's all about:

  • Distance-focused running club, specializing in the 1500m and longer
  • Sanctioned by AAU, USATF & RRCA
  • Fun, low-key, but challenging program for all abilities
  • Practices are not mandatory but are recommended
  • Track meets are usually scheduled on Sundays from the last Sunday in April through July
  • Cross Country meets are usually scheduled on Sundays from late September through December
  • You may participate in as many or as few meets as desired -- check the website for all meet information
  • Recommended Ages -- 8 to 18. If outside this range, please contact to discuss. We do encourage High School runners of any age to join us after the official seasons are complete!
  • Club membership cost is minimal
  • The only equipment you really need is a good pair of running shoes! (Coaches can advise)

Whether you want to run for FUN or run for COMPETITION, the Blazers has a place for everyone. We welcome new families and encourage new runners to try a couple practices before joining!

Feedback from one of our Blazers Parents: 

“I wanted to take a minute to say what a pleasure it is to have my daughter work with the Blazers Coaches. The program, while athletically demanding, is always kept positive and the kids are only given encouragement by very knowledgeable coaches. The more youth sports my kids do, the more I recognize how rare this is, so thank you.”

History of the St. Louis Blazers Track Club

Humble Beginnings

St. Louis Blazers Track Club was started in 1992 to provide running opportunities for youth in west St. Louis County. About a dozen kids from a handful of families were involved with Blazers during its inaugural year. Embracing the mission of teaching the sport of running to young people while making it fun, Blazers took off from there. Now in its second decade of existence, more than 500 kids from across the St. Louis Metropolitan Area have been a part of the Blazer family.

Core Principles

Needless to say, Blazers’ foundation is built around running. Some incredible athletes were part of the Blazers program when they were young. While it’s nice to boast that former Blazers have gone on to become Missouri State Cross Country champions, Olympic Trials qualifiers, members of the U.S. Olympic Triathlon team and so on, it’s more important that kids develop friendships and a love for running that continues long after Blazers as part of a healthy lifestyle. Blazers focuses on three principles to achieve its mission.

  • Have fun – Running can be fun! If kids can find the fun in running, they are more likely to continue this healthy habit throughout their lives.
  • Learn about running – Blazers strives to teach kids and their parents about the sport of running. Families involved with Blazers will come away with a wealth of knowledge about proper running form, running strategy and techniques, nutrition, stretching and the ins and outs of track and cross country meets, among other things.
  • Improve – Success is not measured by how many races you win. Instead, Blazers focuses on individual improvement. For some kids that may mean seeing their times drop in a particular race over the course of a season. For other kids, it may mean they felt stronger as they ran hard workouts at the end of the season than they did in the beginning of the season. Blazers celebrates the effort put into a race or workout, not just the time on a stopwatch.

“It’s more than a running club …”

Blazers has always been more like a family than a track club and many Blazers kids over the years still maintain the friendships that started on the track many years ago. Blair Porter, a long-time Blazers’ coach, describes it best: “It’s been more than just a running club, it’s been a place for kids to ‘fit in,’ have fun, share new experiences and learn lessons about self-discipline, patience, goals, long-term achievement and self confidence. I’ve always felt like the kids on Blazers learned much more than just how to be a good distance runner. As I continue to know those same kids as adults, it reinforces to me that Blazers is something special.