Cross Country is open to boys and girls entering grades 3-8 in the fall. Registration opens on June 1 and closes on July 15. The fee is $62. We highly encourage middle schoolers to join their school’s team. However, we also realize that some kids may enjoy the flexibility of the EVAA program.
Our season runs from August 15-October 1. Generally, the first half of the season consists of two practices per week and the last half of the season consists of one practice and one meet. Practices will be held on Mondays and Thursdays from 6-7PM at Johnny Cake Park East, located at 5800 140th Street West in Apple Valley. We meet in the grassy field south of the parking lot off of 140th street. All meets will be 1-1.5 miles in length. They take place in the south metro area; Apple Valley, Eagan, Lakeville, Farmington, and Rosemount. All schools aim to have the meets on Thursday, but occasionally another day may be used based off of location availability.
Our team is made up of runners of all levels. Typical 1 mile times range anywhere from 6-12 minutes. Personal growth, positive attitudes, being supportive teammates, and having fun are our goals. During the season we emphasize having fun by incorporating relays and games into our training.
"My son really enjoyed his experience. Thank you for making it fun! I think he is hooked. This is the first time that I really noticed him pushing himself to do the best he can do. He was even practicing over the weekend without any encouragement from his mom or I. You made the experience one where he could grow." – GL’s dad
"I wanted to thank you guys one more time for your efforts this year. After every meet my son says "I am never doing this again", which was then followed with "when is my next practice". You do a great job of making running enjoyable and fun and it is great to see healthy, fit and happy people at the meets." – TM’s dad
"We really, really appreciate that you chose to add 7th & 8th graders to the team. It meant a lot to those kids." – JM’s mom
"Thank you for your training and giving my son the confidence to compete in something like this given he just turned 8!" - WK’s mom
"Thanks for talking with my son about his running today. He takes your insight seriously. You're a great coach!" – SS’s mom