Author Archives: Tracy_Barnhart

Rules are there for a Reason in High School Running

High School athletics come with a variety rules in South Carolina, and I suspect other states as well. There are rules for different part of a season such as open season, closed season, and in-season. There are rules for eligibility … Continue reading

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I’m What Age for Track and Field?!

Track season is kicking off here is South Carolina and with a new year, come new age groups for many kids. My kids run USATF meets. Running has different age rules compared to come other sports like swimming. In swimming, … Continue reading

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Top 3 Reasons Your Kids Should Run an Indoor Track Meet

This spring will be my son’s tenth season running track and my daughter’s ninth. We live in South Carolina where there is only an outdoor track and field season. Since my son wants to run in college, he decided to … Continue reading

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My Version of Farklets on the Track

Farklets are a common distance running workout. Typically, runners will do their routine warm up and then for the main set, will run a set distance while rotating through a series of hard sprints followed by easier sections. Some runners … Continue reading

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Cross Country Team Scoring Explained

Cross country meets have a different method of scoring that traditional sports. In most cases, the high score wins. But not in cross country. In cross country, the lowest score wins. At each meet, a team is composed of seven … Continue reading

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Cross Country Meet Procedures

Cross Country season is upon us and that means shorter meets and hopefully, cooler temperatures. If this is your first time having a cross country runner in the family you are in for a wild ride. Here are a few … Continue reading

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Cross-Training Days for Runners Can Be Fun

Today, I jumped back in the pool for my first swim in a long time. It’s easy to forget that cross-training can help your running but picking a few days each week to try something different is great for your … Continue reading

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How to Remove those Stuck-On Track & Field Lane Number Stickers

If you are a Track and Field Parent, there is no doubt that you have dealt with those stuck-on hip numbers. Some of those hip numbers just seem to fly right off as the kids run, but never the ones … Continue reading

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Picking Events for Your Next Track Meet

Track and field meets are great because they give young athletes the chance to try several different types of events. There are sprints, middle distance, and distance running events as well as a variety of jumping and throwing field events. … Continue reading

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My New Favorite Juice…Tart Cherry

I’ve mentioned before on this blog that I did not grow up running. I was a swimmer. But, do MY kids want to swim? NO. One did for a few years and other had no interest at all. So, off … Continue reading

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