BTC Youth Sunday Runs

BTC Youth Families,

There have been some questions about Sunday organized runs. A few of our parent coaches have offered up the below information regarding Sunday runs:

Meet at the Leif Erikson trail head at the end of NW Thurman Street in Portland at 1pm on Sundays. This is a social event and intended for families to run together. A great opportunity to meet other BTC families. The younger athletes will start out with a 2.5 mile run and the older athletes will start at around 5 miles or whatever is comfortable. We will slowly add to the distance from week to week. Running will be fun, easy paced, and conversational. Rain or shine.

This is a parent/volunteer-led event. Parents who are not running should check-in with the leaders before the run starts (i.e. please don't simply drop off your child without knowing who they are running with).

For more information or questions regarding Sunday Runs please email mikelauruhn@gmail.com or pete.brefczynski@nike.com



Portland Marathon Volunteer Opportunity- Kate Grace

BTC Youth Families,

BTC Pro Kate Grace is helping the Portland Marathon recruit and manage course marshals for this year's race on Sunday October 6th. They are looking for volunteers for 5-6 hours on race morning (this can also be split into two 3-hour shifts). This is an unpaid position, but the marathon is donating to any clubs who send 10 or more members to volunteer.

In addition to raising a bit of money for BTC, this is a way to give back to a great local race, cheer on runners, and maybe show off some BTC gear in the process. Details of the position are below (you man an intersection, make sure all traffic abides by the course markings, and serve as first contact for runners who have any questions or medical issues).

Please contact kate.c.grace@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering!

Additionally, please reach out if you are a member of another running club, or coach of a high school team, and think there might be interest in sending a group. As well as netting a club donation from Portland Marathon, serving as a marshal counts for volunteer hours to fulfill high school quotas.


Position details:
Course Marshals are volunteers who man an intersection on the marathon course on Sunday, October 6th from roughly 6:30AM to 1PM. Course marshals are in charge of keeping traffic away from the marathon course, marking the marathon route, and keeping an eye out for runners with medical emergencies. Course marshals are assigned to a specific intersection on the route, and must be in place when the police conduct a pre-race course run through. The race cannot start until all course marshals are in position.

To help with recruiting, the Portland Marathon can make a donation to clubs or groups that "volunteer" as course marshals. In order to receive a donation, clubs/groups must have more than 10 members, and fulfill all race day duties. Club donations work out to roughly $10/volunteer per 3 hour shift.

3 Course Challenge 9/21- BTC Athlete Entries

BTC Youth,

To the athletes racing at the 3 Course Challenge this weekend, please see the entry list and schedule below.

Directions to Race (Camp Rilea): HERE

3 Course Challenge Race Entries: HERE

Schedule:

Boys Race 9:00am
Girls Race: 9:05am
Note:  Boys and girls will finish in separate chutes.

If you are driving to the race, please have your Drivers License ready to show at parking. Parking costs $5. It’s an early morning but allow for 2 hours driving time from Downtown Portland.

Please plan to arrive 1 hour before the start of your race. We look forward to seeing everyone out this weekend.

2019 BTC Youth XC Registration Live!

BTC Youth,

The 2019 season is quickly approaching and registration is now live! Registration is completely online (including online payment). Please make sure to follow all of the steps to complete registration. NOTE: Payment will be accepted online only. No in-person payment. 


IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING YOUTH CLUB BELOW.
PLEASE READ ALL

BTC Youth Athletes and Parents,

The Youth XC season is here!  The first practice will be Tuesday, September 10th at all 4 of our practice locations, including our new Lake Oswego practice location on Tuesday nights! 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. Summer goes fast, but we're excited to get the XC season going with all of our new and returning athletes.  Please see below for a full list of everything you need to know for the start of the season including practice maps, race schedule uniforms and more.  

Registration

If you are interested in participating this year, please complete the 3 step online registration before the first day of practice.  Registration payment is required online. No checks or cash please!  Registration fees for the season is $100 per athlete or $200 maximum per family.  If the registration fee is a financial issue, please contact us about scholarships at youth@bowermantc.com. Registration is limited to middle school athletes and younger (7-14 years old). Any athletes that do not fit in this criteria but are still interested in participating will be considered under special circumstances. Please email youth@bowermantc.com if you have questions about registration.

What to bring to practice?

Please get in the habit of bringing pants and long sleeve clothes for before and after practice.  There are drinking fountains at most of the practice locations, but it is also ok to bring your own water bottle.  Whatever is brought to practice, please label it with your name. We know things can get misplaced and will try to keep a lost and found box but we are not responsible for lost items. Please, please, please write your athletes first and last name in clothing items to avoid mixups.

Parent Coaches

If any parents are interested in becoming involved as coaches throughout the season, please contact us at youth@bowermantc.com.  We also encourage parents to run on their own or with other parents while practice is going on.  Running is a great activity to enjoy as a family and it is always good to have more people out running looking out for our kids.

2019 Race Schedule

Below is the proposed race schedule for the season. It is subject to change and will be updated on a weekly basis. On weekends where there are multiple races, please only plan to attend one of the races to avoid racing too much.  Multiple meets are offered to provide different opportunities for people with busy schedules.  Participation at the races is not required.  The only time participation is required is for the Junior Olympic part of the season where you must run each race if you want a chance to participate in the next race.  For meets where specific schedule information is available, you can click on the race to view the race schedule.  We will send out announcements sign-ups for all of the races about a week out from each race.  For all races before the Junior Olympic season, registration fees are included in XC sign-up.  For the Junior Olympic season we will collect race registration later in the season.  You can see more updates to the race schedule and race results throughout the season at Athletic.net.

9/10 - FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE
9/12- McMinnville Middle School Invite (Joe Dancer Park, McMinnville, OR)  
9/21- 3 Course Challenge (Camp Rilea, Warrenton, OR)
9/27- Nike Portland XC (Blue Lake Park)
10/10- NW Middle School XC Showdown (Avery Park, Corvalis, OR)  
10/12- Stumptown Series (Mary S Young State Park, West Linn, OR)
11/3- PDXC State Middle School Championships (Western Oregon University Ash Creek Preserve, OR)

Junior Olympic Season
11/9 - Junior Olympic State (TBD)
11/16- USATF Junior Olympic Regional Championships (Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon)
12/14- USATF Junior Olympic National Championships (Madison, Wisconsin)

Uniforms

We have new singlets this year! After five years in our current singlet, it is time for the entire club to get a kit update. We have excellent, high quality singlets replicated off of our BTC Pros kit materials. Singlets ($40) will be available for purchase the second week of practice. 
Jackets will be available for optional purchase during the season.

More details on purchase of both items will be sent out as announcements and announced by coaches at practice.

Practice Times and Locations

Nike Campus

Time: Tuesday/Thursday @ 5:30-6:45 before daylight savings, 5:00-6:15 after daylight savings
Location: We start and finish at the Michael Johnson Track for both Tuesday and Thursday Practices.

NE Portland

Time: Tuesday/Thursday @ 5:30-6:45 before daylight savings, 5:00-6:15 after daylight savings
Location: Tuesdays @ Mt Tabor Park.  Thursdays @ Wilshire Park.

Sherwood

Time: Tuesday/Thursday @ 5:45-7:00 before daylight savings, 5:15-6:30 after daylight savings
Location: Tuesdays @ Edy Ridge School.  Thursdays @ Snyder Park.

NEW LOCATION
Lake Oswego

Time: Tuesday nights only @ 5:45-7:00 before daylight savings, 5:15-6:30 after daylight savings
Location: Tuesdays @ Forest Hills Elementary School

Sunday Long Runs

In addition to our Tuesday/Thursday practices, we will also have optional/unorganized Sunday runs @ 1:00 pm from the Leif Erikson gate entrance to Forest Park.  We recommend that if you are new to running, start out for at least a few weeks with the just the Tuesday/Thursday practices until you are comfortable with that.  Sunday runs are organized by parent participation as the Forest Park trail system is less confined than our during the week practice locations. Athletes are also encouraged to meet up with small groups of teammates over the weekends. 

Time: Sunday @ 1:00 pm 
Location: Leif Erikson Gate (Forest Park)

We look forward to a great season ahead!