FARC’s youth running club, the Rappahannock Ospreys, are kicking off the start of their cross country season. Our club is open to kids ages 8-18, and the only requirement is to have a FARC membership. There will be a parent’s meeting on Tuesday, August 3rd at 6pm (Pratt Park pavilion near the tennis courts) where we’ll cover the season, upcoming meet schedule, etc. We practice on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6-7pm at Pratt Park. If you have any questions, or are interested in joining the team, please contact Coach Dana Mills at (540) 760-6373 or prettyinpinkmk@hotmail.com.

Our club is open to kids of all abilities, and they have opportunities to race in local road races and cross country invitationals.

The Rappahannock Ospreys ended our Fall cross country season at the VA Middle School XC Championships with great races & a lot of PRs! The middle school girls were led by Hailey Lemke who came in 8th place in a time of 15:42. The girls finished in 2nd place overall for the team competition with strong performances by Sierra Poorbaugh (16:20), Ellen Gallagher (16:36), Kate Loescher (16:36), Haley Walsh (17:06), Scarlett Smith (17:43), Savannah Duffy (17:44) & Olivia Smith (18:47).

The middle school boys were led in the 4k by Brady Brennan who came in 2nd place (13:39) and broke the course record along with the winner! We had 3 boys in the top 10 to help finish in 1st place for the team competition: Justin Rau (13:56), Tyler Arnold (13:56), Ethan Lapier (14:37), Jacob Korn (15:15), Landon Watterson (15:59) & Malcolm Lee (16:01).

We also had great performances in the high school 5k competition. Justin Polcha led the way finishing in 2nd place with a time of 16:35. Almost everyone ran a PR to end the Fall cross country season strong: Samuel Yakulis (17:10), Craig Swain (17:11), Cameron Sidebotham (17:13), Charlie Schilling (17:40), Christian Glauber (18:18), Landon Mills (20:42) & Caitlyn Wingeart (22:24). These runners will all be back for their official high school season this February.

The Ospreys will be taking a break soon and will start training again in January. For anyone interested in running with us this Winter/Spring, please reach out to us and we can get you more info on the team!

Middle School Girls
Start of the High School 5k

The Rappahannock Ospreys are kicking off a full cross country season this Fall! This weekend’s Wilderness Run Invitational will be the first of 4 cross country meets that will take place over the next month. Next weekend we have the Fork Union Invitational, followed by back to back weekends at Pole Green in Richmond. The kids have been working hard at practice, and we’re excited for them to have an opportunity to get on a course and race. We’ll have kids represented in elementary, middle school & high school divisions.

Take a minute and learn some more about the ospreys.

The Rappahanock Ospreys was founded in 2015 under the Fredericksburg Area Running Club (FARC). The team is a youth running club primarily for elementary through middle school aged children. The goal of the Ospreys is to provide the area youth a safe and fun environment where they can learn the fundamentals of running through interaction with other children of similar ages and abilities, who have the desire to learn and improve their running skills. The Ospreys train year around, two to three times a week, weather permitting, with training centered on preparing to compete in local age appropriate road races, cross-country competitions in the fall, and track meets available in the winter, spring and summer seasons.

The Ospreys are coached by volunteers from the running club as well as parent volunteers who share a passion for running in the local community. Some Osprey coaches have been certified and taken part in the following nationally recognized coaches running courses; Road Runners Club of America Certification Level 1 Course and the USA Track and Field Level 1 course. Many coaches and volunteers have current and past experiences with running at the high school and college levels, as well as coaching at the area middle and high school level.

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