Saint Chris has a long tradition of helping to develop strong runners at all ages and our numerous championships show our success in making this happen. In addition to developing young runners, we offer programs that help experienced runners prepare for a higher level of running. Four programs are offered for children in grades 2-6.
Grade 2-3 Program – This program is for the beginning runner and is designed to increase a child’s endurance in a fun and safe manner. The children will not only gradually increase their endurance in order to complete a 1.2 mile course, they will also learn to run efficiently with proper technique. The goal for the younger children is to have fun and learn to run at the same time. The coaches are experienced runners or are experienced cross country youth coaches or both.
Grade 4-5 Program – This program is designed for both new and experienced runners. The goal is to help these children comfortably complete a 1.8 mile course and to continually improve their times with each race. In addition to increasing their endurance, the children will also learn correct and efficient running technique, so they can maximize their ability and reduce the risk of injury. The runners will train at a pace that is comfortable for them. The coaches are experienced runners or youth cross country coaches or both.
Grade 6 Program – The 6th grade program is similar to the grades 4-5 program for both new and experienced runners. The goals are to increase endurance and improve running technique. 6th grade students prepare for the Catholic School meet (they are not eligible for the Nashua Elementary School Championship). 6th grade students are allowed to participate in the elementary school practice races so they can gain race experience and improve their times for the Catholic School Meet. 6th grade coaches have strong running and youth coaching backgrounds.
Grade 6 Advanced Program – Sixth graders who have running experience and wish to train at a higher level are invited to join the upper campus Cross Country Team and compete in meets including the Catholic School Meet and the Nashua Middle School Championship. The runners must meet minimum running standards to be eligible to join this program.