August 25, 2019

It is hard to believe that summer is coming to a close and fall is right around the corner.  Every season has its own special moments, but for me, I love fall because it signals the beginning of cross country running.  Back in 1998, when I started our first cross country teams in Portland, Oregon we had a large group of runners come out (over 100 for two teams).  It was a great beginning, and I still remember the energy and enthusiasm for practice and meets. We had a lot of fun that first fall then transitioned to track and field in the spring, and just like that Runner2Runner was born.

Cross country is a beautiful sport, set in a park or trail against the backdrop of leaves changing colors, runners wearing colorful kits, with flags and spectators lining the course. Athletes run distances specific to their age or ability (typically ranging from 1k-3k for elementary age). One of my favorite things is the personal growth athletes experience during the season; self discipline, pushing beyond their comfort zone during training, positive self image and talk, the importance of nutrition and hydration, and TEAMWORK. In my opinion, this lays the groundwork needed for future personal and sports endeavors.

Welcome to Runner2Runner teams this fall, we hope you love cross country as much as we do!

Melissa Hill

Founder and President, Runner2Runner