WTC's fall cross country program is open to boys and girls, ages 8-14. There are no try-outs or cuts. Practices are held five nights per week (Sunday through Thursday) from early August through late November. Participants choose which nights they want to attend, but are expected to come to at least two practices per week and are encouraged to attend three nights per week. All practices are at 6 PM.
The XC Program involves training and racing for distances of 1.1 - 2.4 miles through wooded trails and grass fields. Age groups are 8-10, 11-12, 13-14.
Boys and girls who are also on their middle schools' cross country team may train with those teams until the scholastic season concludes and then join our program on a regular basis (though they are welcome to practice and compete with WTC on days they do not do so with their schools' team). However, all middle school Club members are expected to attend our Club’s practices each Sunday during the season and are expected to compete in our Club’s two main regular season competitions – the Wayland Classic and the Boston Mayor’s Cup.
USATF membership is required if a member wishes to compete in the JR OLYMPIC races in November – members should wait until Nov. 1 to become a member so that their membership will be good for this year and for 2019 . At these meets, athletes will compete in USATF age groups: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16, 17-18; each age group is determined by the member's age on December 31 of the current year.
All sessions are held at J Lee Gould Track & Field Facility, located at the John J. Leary Field (19 Athletic Field Road, Waltham)