Eagle Valley Track Club gets kids up and moving

11-year-old Emily Mires was one of the 25 members of the Eagle Valley Track Club who competed in Thursday’s Lincoln Park Track Meet. The club is in its first year and coach Myriah Blair hopes being a part of the team helps kids develop their skills and knowledge about running.

Photo by Gretel Daugherty—Kaydence Waymire, 2, of Grand Junction races down the track as she competes in the 50-yard dash Thursday at the all comers track meet at Stocker Stadium. Kaydence won first place in the 2 and under division.

The Eagle Valley Track Club gives participants an opportunity to run.

Thursday at the Lincoln Park Track Meet at Stocker Stadium, the blue-uniformed track club from Eagle had 25 participants at the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation-sponsored meet.

“This is the fun part — when they get to go and compete,” Eagle Valley Track Club coach Myriah Blair said. “They love getting to go somewhere different and race.”

Blair started the first-year club after assisting with another Western Slope track team, the Glenwood Springs Springers.

Blair has 60 kids in the Eagle Valley club, ranging from ages 7 to 17.

“I’m a big runner myself and I like working the kids,” said Blair, who has two daughters, ages 7 and 9, in the club. “A lot of the kids don’t love the competition side as much as they just like being active and being outside.”

The club practices three days a week and has the Junior Olympic meet in Parker and the Glenwood Springers meet both coming up this month.

The club allows kids to develop their skills and knowledge about running.

“We do a team warm-up, team stretching and team drills to help the kids with their form,” Blair said. “A lot of the kids where we are from have no foundation and haven’t done track much, so this is a great introduction because they learn about track and running form.”

Many of the older kids in the club enjoy the chance to run against kids their age. Harry Trotter, 12, competed in the 400-meter dash, 800 dash and long jump during Thursday’s meet.

“I wanted to get involved right away,” Trotter said. “I’ve always wanted to run against competition and it sounded like fun.” With the initial interest in the club, Blair said she hopes to continue getting more kids involved.

“This is our first year and we are really happy with the turnout,” Blair said. “We love doing it for the kids.”

The club attended what is usually the most popular Lincoln Park track meet of the year. Meet coordinator Shon Birch said numbers were down because of the late afternoon weather scare.

“Every other call between 4:30 and 5 p.m. was wondering if we were canceling,” Birch said. “A typical June meet we’ll have over 120 participants but I don’t think we have that many this year because of the weather.”

Birch said with the construction at Stocker Stadium, Thursday’s meet could possibly be the only city sponsored meet until next spring.


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