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Welcome to Dashers Cross Country

Dashers cross country team welcomes runners of all abilities ages 7-14. We love kids who love to run!  We coach cross country kids in a positive, nurturing, and safe manner.  The Fall 2019 season will officially begin after Labor Day.

  • Practices will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-6:30 at St. Aloysius Academy in Bryn Mawr (map).
  • This is a beautiful campus with ample space to train and hills to run. We will have access to bathrooms and a water fountain.  The campus is nicely enclosed which will provide us with a safe environment for kids running cross country when they may be spaced out over a few miles. 
  • Meets will be on Saturdays mornings at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia (map). Philadelphia Express Cross Country Team (PEX CC) runs the meets.  There are 5 meets and 1 Championship Meet. Runners must run in 4 meets to be eligible for the Championship Meet.  Meets are optional for all runners, yet most of the kids on our team enjoy running in the meets.  Another option for racing is to register for the Healthy Kids running series in your area (Havertown, Lower Merion and Wayne all have a series).  These are shorter courses and much less competitive than the meets at Belmont and a great way to build confidence for some runners.
  • Race lengths - Age determined by child's age at the end of 2019. Click on distance for a map of the course at Belmont Plateau.
    ages 8 and under- 1.5 Miles
    ages 9-10 - 3000 meters 
    ages 11-12 - 3000 meters 
    ages 13-14 - 4000 meters

Post Season 
November 3, 2019 - Cross Country Coaches Youth Regional Meet - Tyler Sate Park in Newtown, PA - ALL team members may participate in this meet.  Parents responsible for meet fees for this meet.
November 23, 2019 - Cross Country Coaches National Youth Championships in Hebron, Ohio - for those who qualify and would like to go.

In the past several years we have had several kids qualify for the national meet and multiple National Medalists.

Dasher Records - Belmont  Plateau Course
8 and under girls - Gabi Sola 11:42 1.5 miles 10/8/16
9-10 girls - Waverly Hassman 13:22 3k 11/1/14
11-12 girls - Chloe Hassman 12:06 3k 10/25/14
13-14 girls - Chloe Hassman 14:56 4k 10/29/16

8 and under boys - Jamie Haskell 9:34 1.5 miles 10/6/18
9-10 boys - Ethan Heyward  - 12:57 3k 10/20/18
11-12 boys - Joey Litvin - 12:05 3k 10/26/13
13-14 boys - Joey Litvin 14:25 4k 11/1/14

Registration Information

  • The fee to participate in the Dashers Cross Country season is $150 (Second child $125 and third child $100).
  • Multi-sport athletes - If your child is playing soccer or another fall sport and will only be coming to 1 practice per week and meets, the fee is $100 per child and $90 for additional sibling.
  • Meets only - Middle schoolers who are practicing with their schools and want to come to our Saturday meets - $35 to cover meet fees.
  • Uniform fee is $30 if you do not have a Dashers uniform from a previous cross country or track season. All age groups will wear the singlet (tank top) this season.  

    Team capacity has been reached for the 2019 season
    . Email M Haskell ([email protected]) to be placed on the waiting list.  Returning runners have until 8/27 to register.


Equipment Needs

Please purchase a good running sneaker to prevent injuries.  A lot of kid’s sized sneakers are more for fashion and not built for distance running on grass and uneven surfaces. If you are unsure about what to buy, you can go to Bryn Mawr Running Co and they will give 10% off the purchase of sneakers to all Dashers. Another great option is John's Sneaks in Ardmore - he sells previous season's running shoe models at discounted prices.

For More Information

Program information: Online registration issues:
Coach "M" Haskell Kath Cloran
610-608-1452 484-486-4089
[email protected]  [email protected]
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