Youth Cross Country


Practice is held at 4 of our practice locations, including our new practice location in Lake Oswego!  Practice will be @ 5:30-6:45 for Nike WHQ, NE Portland and Lake Oswego locations and @ 5:45-7:00 for the Sherwood group.  Please see the announcement (on the right-hand side of this page) for a full list of everything you need to know for the start of the season including practice maps, race schedule uniforms and more. Must be middle school aged athlete or younger to participate.

The Bowerman Track Club Fall Cross Country program is one of the best of its kind in the nation. Our program is open to kids ages 7 to 14, the group meets for practices on Tuesday and Thursday evenings with Sunday afternoon long runs often organized by parents (not club organized). Practice starts in the beginning of September and runs through early December. As part of the program, kids are provided with structured practices two times a week and racing opportunities throughout the season. The program is open to kids of all levels. We especially invite those who have never run before to come out and give it a try. We don’t think you will regret it!  If you are interested in helping coach or supervise at practice, please email us at youth@bowermantc.com.

The Bowerman Track Club includes runners of all ages and abilities, and a particularly special aspect of the fall cross country program is that the youth athletes receive coaching from some of our BTC Pro and Elite runners. Check out the BTC Pro and Elite pages to see the list of Olympians, All-Americans and National Champions the kids will receive top-level coaching from.

If you haven't done so already and are interested in participating this year, please complete the 3 step online registration before the first day of practice.  Registration payment for this year should be done online this year so we don't have to collect anything at practice. Registration fees for the season is $100 per athlete or $200 maximum per family.  

The registration fee does not include the race entry fees throughout the fall (usually about 5 - $10 each) and the singlet ($40) and optional jacket purchase ($40). We never want money to prevent any kid from participating, so we offer need-based scholarships.  For more information about these and anything else regarding the youth program, contact us at youth@bowermantc.com. Portions of our registration money are donated Achon Uganda Children's Fund (AUCF), an organization striving to bring education, healthcare and running opportunities to rural Uganda.  For more information about the AUCF click the link on this page.  To receive updates throughout the year about youth practices, races and other events, sign up for the BTC Youth Mailing List.

2019 SUGGESTED MEET SCHEDULE (Subject to Change)
9/21- 3 Course Challenge (Seaside, Oregon)
9/27- Nike Portland XC (Blue Lake Park)
10/10- NW Middle School Showdown
10/12- Stumptown XC Middle School Race (Mary S Young Park)
10/26 or 10/27- Pier Park Race (TBD)
11/3- PDXC Middle School State Championships
11/16- USATF Junior Olympic Association Championships (Western Oregon University) to be finalized
11/23- USATF Junior Olympic Regional Championships (Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon)
12/7- NXN Middle School Race (TBD)
12/14- USATF Junior Olympic National Championships (Madison, Wisconsin)



Youth Practice Locations


Nike Campus

Practice Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Practice Time: 5:30 - 6:45 pm before Daylight Savings, 5:00 - 6:15 pm after

Youth Club Director/Head Coach: Emily Pritt

Contact: emily.pritt@bowermantc.com

Contact: emily.pritt@bowermantc.com

Tuesday Location: Michael Johnson Track


Thursday Location: Michael Johnson Track



Practice Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Practice Time: 5:45 - 7:00 pm before Daylight Savings, 5:15 - 6:30 pm after

Head Coach: Jason Humble

Tuesday Location: Edy Ridge School


Thursday Location: Snyder Park


NE Portland

Practice Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Practice Times: 5:30 - 6:45 pm before Daylight Savings, 5:00 - 6:15 pm after

Head Coach: Larry Merrifield

Contact: lmerrifieldjr@yahoo.com

Contact: lmerrifieldjr@yahoo.com

Tuesday Location: Mt. Tabor Park


Thursday Location: Wilshire Park


Lake Oswego

Practice Day: Tuesdays ONLY (Thursday practice at Nike Campus)
Practice Times: 5:30 - 6:45 pm before Daylight Savings, 5:00 - 6:15 pm after

Head Coach: Chris Cook

Tuesday Location: Forest Hills Elementary


Thursday Location: Michael Johnson Track