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Cross Country

Registration opens April 1.
Read the Program Dates/Policies page for program dates/deadlines.

New in 2023:
Due to fewer high school coaches being available this summer, there will be ONE team with 2 - 3 different practice days/locations. Athletes may attend all practice options or one or even none if they don't fit into your schedule.
Athletes will receive a daily training plan for workouts at home, if desired (max 4 - 5 days a week).
The races will take place at a new location this year as well - Olentangy High School.

About the program:

The OYAA cross country program offers an organized youth cross country team in the summer that is for athletes in the Olentangy community who are entering grades 3 - 6 for the 2023-24 school year. This gives boys and girls the opportunity to have fun while also developing their skills in the sport of cross country.

*Students entering 7th grade should be training with their middle school teams in the summer and are too old to compete in OYAA cross country races.

OYAA’s Cross-country program will include:

1. Instruction and Team Practices for ALL Participants - Sponsored by the Varsity Cross-Country Programs.

2. Cross-Country Meets – all races will begin at 6:30 pm (Girls race first, then boys). All races will be held at Olentangy High School, 675 Lewis Center Road in Lewis Center.

3. All athletes will receive a running singlet, a t-shirt, and finisher awards at the final XC Meet.

4. All athletes will receive discounts at Fleet Feet Sports for shoes and running apparel.

COST - $95.00 per runner

2023 Practice times & locations (edited 3/22/23):

There is a decent chance we will offer a 3rd practice day on Wednesdays at either Orange MS or Olentangy HS, but we are still confirming locations and coaches. 
Final schedule will be posted by May 1.

Practices will include instruction on warming up, running, and skill-based activities. Team building and the joy of running will be a primary focus!

Practices will begin early June and end with the 2-mile race on July 20.

Sizing Info:

Click here to see a size chart for training tanks. Sizes are collected in the registration questionnaire.


Parent volunteers are needed to lead and assist with all areas of the program. If you are interested in helping, you may sign up as a team aide in the online registration system.

HS Coach Contact information (click to email):

Orange High School: Adam Walters
Olentangy High School: Dwight Dewese and Ken Whalen

2022 Race Results

Race 1
Race 2
Race 3

“If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.”  ~ Priscilla Welch, Olympian and New York City Marathon Champion

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