High School Cross Country Training Series

The High School Cross Country Training Series is a pre-season program designed to take runners to the next level. Training here is two-fold: physical and mental. Over the course of four weeks, expert NYRR coaches guide runners through workouts that improve endurance, speed, and form with the goal of building a strong foundation for the upcoming cross country season. On the academic side, informative workshops focus on topics such as sports psychology, proper nutrition and race strategy.

Eligibility requirements:

  • You will be attending a New York City public high school for the 2017-2018 school year
  • You will be on a PSAL cross country team at your high school in 2017
  • You can run 3.1 miles (5K) without stopping
  • You are able to attend all practices

2016 Program Update

Twenty high school runners joined NYRR for the 2016 season of High School Cross Country Training Series. After 16 practice sessions and 11 workshops, these athletes were ready to take on their cross country season. Highlights from the 2016 season included: a hill running technique workshop on the famous Van Cortlandt hills; a talk and Q&A with pro runner, Stephanie Schappert; and a dynamic drills clinic that introduced the high school runners to the same drills elite distance runners incorporate into their training.

If you are interested in joining High School Cross Country Training Series for the summer of 2017, please complete this survey to be notified when the 2017 application opens.


Contact High School Cross Country at [email protected] or 212-548-7360.

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