Cross Country (XC) season is in full swing and it is great to see the kids battle and compete.  Unlike most other sports XC is both a team and individual sport.  What I love about the sport is that anyone can compete…all you need is a pair of shoes and the heart to compete.   You don’t need the best and most expensive equipment nor the fanciest shoes.  It teaches you how hard work, practice and desire can help you improve and excel…great lessons for school, other sports and life.

The favorite part of each race is watching all the parents and fans cheer for each kid from first to last.  It feels like a very different (and healthier) experience than most other youth sporting events.  Perhaps we can all learn from XC as we watch and support our kids in their other sporting endeavors.

For a link to new races in Colorado, see and

Happy running.


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