Youth Cross Country

The Bowerman Track Club Fall Cross Country program is one of the best of its kind in the nation. Open to kids ages 8 to 14, the group meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons for long runs. Practice starts around the beginning of September and runs through late November/early December. As part of the program, kids are provided with structured practices three times a week and guidance for training on the other days. 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

When we go to competitions we run as a team, but for practices we offer 3 different locations for convenience—Nike Campus, NE Portland, and Sherwood (see below for location details). Runners are welcome to join for practice at any of the 3 locations.  Always attending practice at the same location is not required.  We strongly believe that running is a great activity for the whole family to do together, so we welcome any parents that are interested in coming out to run with us at practice.

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.

Cost for the Fall Cross Country Registration is $100. We have a family maximum membership fee of $200, so the registration is free beyond the second child. The registration fee does not include the optional race entry fees throughout the fall (usually about 5 - $10 each) and the optional singlet ($30) and 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 our Youth Director, Chris Cook, at Our registration money is 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.



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

Head Coach: Chris Cook

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: Richard Punches

Tuesday Location: Mt. Tabor Park


Thursday Location: Wilshire Park