Practices have Start for the Cape Fear Flyers 2014 Cross Country Team

By / Local Sports / Wednesday, 29 October 2014 04:00

You can Register for the Team at anytime so Join the Team Today or help out By Sponsoring the Team or a Individual Athlete

The Cape Fear Flyers Junior Olympic Cross Country Team are currently holding practices on Monday’s and Wednesday’s at Veterans Park. While some of you may have missed the 1st practice they are still accepting registration for the Fall 2014 Season. The Cape Fear Flyers is starting again (after a 10 year break) by a former member Shawn McKee, current Head Cross Country Coach at Ashley High School and Assistant Track & Field Coach. Cape Fear Flyers will participate in the Junior Olympics Cross Country program in the fall and plans to have a Track & Field program this spring.  
Look for more information on that when the Cross Country Season wraps up.
What is Cross Country? Cross country running is a sport in which teams and individuals run a race on open-air courses over natural terrain. The course, typically 4–12 kilometers (2.5–7.5 mi) long, may include surfaces of grass, and earth, pass through woodlands and open country, and include hills, flat ground and sometimes gravel road. It is both an individual and a team sport; runners are judged on individual times and teams by a points-scoring method. Both men and women of all ages compete in cross country, which usually takes place during autumn and winter, and can include weather conditions of rain, sleet, snow or hail, and a wide range of temperatures.
What are the USATF Junior Olympics? Dating back to the mid-1960's, the USATF Junior Olympic program is the most visible youth athlete developmental program in the world. Nearly 70,000 youth athletes compete each year in the Junior Olympic Track & Field and Cross Country programs. Many of America's Olympians began as youth athletes, including stars such as Maurice Greene, Allyson Felix, Bryan Clay, John Godina, Deena Kastor, and Allen Johnson.
Through a series of events that progress from preliminary Association meets to Regional and State meets and finally some athletes have the opportunity to advance to the National Championships in track & field and cross country.   Age Divisions for runners are 6-8 (must be able to Run 1 mile non stop or be accompanied by an adult), 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18. The Distances Run for Cross Country will be: 2K for 8& under, 3K for 9-10, 4K for 11-12 and 13-14, and 5K for 15-16 and 17-18.
The Cape Fear Flyers will compete as a Junior Olympic Team and prices for entering the Club are:
• $150 for full membership, which includes: uniform, coaching, form work, core work, endurance training, interval sessions, USATF membership, and some travel expenses;
• $100 Membership includes coaching, form work, core work, endurance training, and interval sessions
• HIGH SCHOOL FEE for Cross Country Runners is $50 and includes: uniform, coaching, form work, core work, endurance training, interval sessions, USATF membership, and some travel expenses.
Practices are set to begin October 6th and will be held every Monday andWednesday from 5-6:30PM. We will meet at Veterans Park at the concession stand closest to the playground. Meets will begin in November with the National Meet being held in December in Myrtle Beach, SC.  
Register online at our website Also like the Cape Fear Flyers facebook page for more information. Contact Coach Shawn McKee at (910)233-3234 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The Cape Fear Flyers also needs the help of Sponsors and Donors to help pay for expenses in starting this team and to also help pay for athletes that may not be able to afford to run. Please contact us to help be apart of this group geared to engaging the youth into goal-orientated training with a fun and positive atmosphere!


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