I’m new to Cross Country is that ok?

  • Yes you do not need experience, we do most of the runs together and you can find someone who can run with you or coach will adjust your workouts based on your skill level

What should I bring to practice?

  • You should bring yourself, a water bottle, warm clothes layered..you can always take clothes off but can’t put ones on you don’t have:-)

What type of shoes do I need?

  • Any pair of running shoes will suffice.  Just make sure they aren’t worn out and have good support.  The more support the better.

How much running should be done outside of the 2 day a week practices?

  • We recommend that you run 5 days a week 15 min. a day for beginners, 20-30 min. a day for the advanced athletes.  2 of those days would be the practice days we meet.

Do I need spikes?

  • No you do not need spikes to participate.  However spikes can help you run faster as they are lighter and have…well spikes on the front that will help you get better grip up hills and when it’s muddy.  You would only wear them at races.  You want to buy either Middle Distance or Long Distance spikes.  Either will be good and can be used for our Track Program as well.
Cross Country Running
Length Style Use
1/8″ Needle track or pavement, rarely XC
1/4″ Pyramid most XC courses especially if some pavement
3/8″ Pyramid most XC courses especially if no pavement
1/2″ Pyramid really muddy courses

Where can I buy spikes?

  • EastBay.com is a great place to start.  Also the east side Rogan’s store usually carries 3-5 options for spikes.  Once you find something that works, feel free to google or look on Amazon to see if you can find a better price.

How often do you recommend that someone should race?

  • The general rule of thumb is you can race every weekend in Cross Country or Road Racing if you are doing 5k or less.  Every other weekend is def. a standard.  Racing more than once a week or within 5 day is not recommended because it doesn’t give your body enough time to recover for your next race.

What do I need to compete in the USATF Regional Meet?

  • You need a valid USATF membership.  If you had one in Summer or Spring Track you’ll all good. If you don’t have one you can get one here http://www.usatf.org/Home.aspx  Make sure when you sign up that you enter the following info when prompted for a Club USATF Club # 20-0656: Badger Track Club  Also if it’s your first time signing up you will need to email a copy of your birth certificate or passport to membership@wisconsin.usatf.org.  Copy coach Scott scottbrinen@gmail.com in case there are any questions.  This is needed to verify your age to put you in the correct division.  Ages are what you will be on December 31st of that year.  Turn-around is usually 2-3 days from the time you send the birth certificate in and you are age verified.  You cannot be signed up for the race unless you are age verified so don’t wait on this get it done ASAP once you pay for your membership.  UPDATED:  The new procedure is to login here https://www.usatf.org/home/top-utility-nav-content/membership and  go to USATF Connect Login on the upper right.  Login with your USATF login and then navigate to the area where you can upload your birth certificate.  You CANNOT qualify for any National or Regional Meets without this step completed.
  • USATF Memberships are from December 31st to December 31st.  So if you sign up in November it will most likely expire that December and need to be renewed. (Note they have talked about changing this but I’m not sure what the decision was)  In order to run in the Track Regional in the summer you will need a valid membership.  The membership is for a calendar year and would cover CC and Track once you get it in sync.

Can I come watch practice if I want?

  • Not this year due to COVID sorry.

What are the distances for Juniors 18-Under at the USATF Meets?

  • Girl’s 2000m Run 8 & Under DivisionBoy’s 2000m Run 8 & Under DivisionGirl’s 3000m Run 9-10 DivisionBoy’s 3000m Run 9-10 DivisionGirl’s 3000m Run 11-12 DivisionBoy’s 3000m Run 11-12 DivisionGirl’s 4000m Run 13-14 Division

    Boy’s 4000m Run 13-14 Division

    Girl’s 5000m Run 15-18 Division

    Boy’s 5000m Run 15-18 Division

How many athletes qualify out of the WI USATF Association Meet?

  • Top 15 in each age group or each gender.  Example 15 athletes from Girls 13-14