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Welcome to the Lakes High School Cross Country Team. On this page, you can find out basic information on our summer program, team camps, parent involvement, and other activities. Our summer program now begins in earnest. Between now and the beginning of the season, we will meet in at Lakes Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. Seniors will be leading additional runs. There is no secret to geting fit, you need to train. There are just overtwo months from the end of school until the beginning of the season. An experienced runner should run at least 60 days, with beginning and intermediate runners getting 45-58 days of running. During the season, practice will run from 3:00 to approximately 5:00. For more information, contact  Coach Clark. You can also follow us on Twitter @lakesxc

Parent Support:

The Lakes Cross-Country team has a tradition of outstanding parent support. Our parents are largely responsible for the running of the Fort Steilacoom Invitational (Over 60 teams), the SPSL Sub District and West Central District meets, and a host of other activities. We rely heavily on having parents volunteer for these events and they provide the majority of our budget for things like the overnight trip, banquet, camp scholarships and more. We have a booster club, which all parents are automatically a part of. You are a valuable and important part of our team.


Cross Country should be a rewarding experience for our athletes. The join the team for a variety of reasons, with a variety of abilities and expectations. Like anything else, the athlete will get more out of the sport the more they commit to it. With that said, these are our expectations.

Special Events: Participation in the team camping trip and the ovenight trip to Sunfair is a privilege that is earned. To be invited to these events, athletes must do 3 of the following four items.

Who can compete:

Lakes Cross-Country is a "no cut" sport open to everyone. Runners who help with fund raisers and take part in summer training are also eligible for our overnight invitational. All eligible runners will run in all regular season meets and several invitational meets as well. 


Athletes must have a current physical (good for two years), copy of their medical insurance, A.S.B. card, and all paperwork filled out prior to the first day of practice. Packets can be picked up at the student accounts office.

Tips for young runners:

Coach Bridges put together a informative document with tips for young runners. It helps explain the nuts and bolts of training, and why we do things the way we do. You can view it here.

Team Camp:

Lakes runners go on a team camping trip every year at the start of the season. This years Team Camp will be on August 26-28 after the start of the season. The camp is on Anderson Island.We liek to take a few parents to ehlp with the cooking. If you are interested, please let Coach Clark know.

XC Parent BBQ:

Our parent BBQ and informational meeting is held during the first week of practice at Lakes. It is a potluck, and team members will sign up for items to bring. Please make plans to attend.

Team Activities:

We maintain a Google cross country calendar with all of our cross country activities. To get access to the calendar, contact Coach Clark. We traditionally have a barbecue at the start of the season. We also have a planning meeting with our seniors, a team runs at locations like Pt Defiance and other trails, and trips to different locations to run during June and July. Our parent barbecue will be held in the evening during the latter half of the first week of fall practice. The final date has not been determined at this time. We also do several fund raisers which help cover additional expenses such as our overnight trips to invitational meets, summer t-shirts, camp scholarships, etc. 


Cross Country is a no cut sport. Athletes in good standing (academically eligible, no missed practices on meet week) will be able to compete in most meets, including invitational meets. There will be one trip for varsity athletes as well as post season competition. Our schedule and results will be posted on our team page at

Summer Training:

For more information on our summer training schedule and events, visit the summer training page.

Winter Training:

Many of the runners train together to get ready for Spring track (or other sports in a few cases). Remember, it's easier to train together than alone. There is strength in numbers. Runners can meet in Mr. Clark's room and drop off their gear there.


Please see the team handbook for detailed information (coming soon). Most important are good running shoes and a watch. We are requiring all athletes to wear a watch during their runs. South Sound Running (downtown Tacoma, Puyallup, and Olympia) or Route 16 Running in Gig Harbor offer excellent service and selection. Both stores are very involved in the local community as well. There are also Fleet Feet locations in North Tacoma and Bonney Lake. It is well worth it to use the expertise offered by the staff of a specialty running shop.

Fund Raisers:

Our parents are working on some targeted fund raisers. Our major one is the garage sale on Aug 22. We are also will be selling Lakes Umbrellas and scarves for $20 each. See Coach Clark for more information.

Booster Club:   

Lakes Cross Country also has our own booster club. They raise funds for the team, provide grants for cross country camps, and a variety of other activities. They have 501C-3 status, and have really been a great source of support for the team. The booster club is always looking for new members. To find out more information, contact Coach Clark.