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Juniors racing Fall 2016 - Cross Country

Want to take your running to the next level? Want to join a competitive, performance oriented youth team. Try USA Track & Field Junior Olympics (USATF JO)!

GMAA invites cross country runners to join and represent our club at some exciting races this fall. We will be focusing on the USATF Cross Country Junior Olympic meets that will be hosted later in November, with a National meet being held in December.

USA Track & Field's Junior Olympic program brings top talent together through a series of meets. At the conclusion of the regular season with your middle school, the next level is the New England Association Meet in Amherst, NH. This meet will have the top athletes from Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts coming together to compete with each other to advance to the Regional Meet. The Regional Meet brings in more selective athletes from a larger pool to compete and qualify for USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Nationals!

GMAA will be providing an opportunity to join, train and compete with a local team. There will be guidance and organization about how to enter and become a part of the JO program as well as USATF Certified coaching and organized practices to keep athletes in shape for the post season. The overall goal is to have a competitive team that develops youth team training/racing and expose them to Regional and National level competition.

What is it?

The USATF Junior Olympic program is an age group competition program held in track & field and cross country. Competition is held in two year age groups, based on year of birth.

Age divisions are named for athlete Age as of December 31

Age Division Birth Range for 2016
8 and under Born 2008+
9-10 Born 2006-2007
11-12 Born 2004-2005
13-14 Born 2002-2003
15-16 Born 2000-2001
17-18 Born 1998-1999

New England association meets are open to all youth in the states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Region I is composed of the following associations: New England, Connecticut, Maine, Adirondack (NY), New York (NY), and Long Island (NY). The Region I Championship site rotates among the associations. Youth may ONLY compete in their association of residency.
Green Mountain Athletic Association (GMAA) a Vermont USATF club, supports athletes participating in Junior Olympic events.

Green Mountain Athletic Association (GMAA) is developing a USATF Juniors running program. The New England Meet will be held Sunday, November 13, 2016. We will provide coaching starting October 19 through the USATF JO National Meet in Hoover, AL for those that qualify.

For more details about the training plan, please email Each week we will provide a detailed training plan outline starting for the week of October 23.

Important dates:

Oct 20 5:30 PM Meet and Greet nightSkirack
85 Main St
Burlington, VT
Meet with GMAA and discuss Juniors Racing with GMAA. We will have information about our training program, go over the racing schedule and what is required to participate.
Before Nov 5 Become a member of GMAA. $10 individual/$15 family
Online here or mail in by November 5.
GMAA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) club. Membership affords you with a few discounts, including 15% discount off all running gear at Skirack.
Before Nov 5 Register for the program.OnlinePlease find the form here. Fill out, scan and send back to
October 29, 2016 Vermont State Middle School ChampionshipStowe, VT
Nov 10 Registration due date for New England's GMAA will register runners. First a USATF membership is required. For online membership - use this link - Please affiliate with GMAA during the membership process.
Age verification is required. Please send proof of age (birth certificate) to USATF-New England at or FAX 617-939-0992
Note: If the athlete was registered with a different club previously, an email can be sent to indicating the membership ID and club 079 - Green Mountain Athletic Association.
Lastly, please register with GMAA as a member.
By Nov 13 Acquire GMAA SingletSkirack in Burlington, VTTo run with GMAA, you need a GMAA singlet. We have ordered smaller sizes which will be available shortly. Please contact if you need assistance.
Nov 13 New England Association MeetAmherst, NH Top 30 individuals and top five teams advance to Regionals.
Details here.
Nov 20 Region I MeetSaratoga Springs State Park, NYTop 30 individuals and top five teams advance to Nationals.
Dec 10 National Junior Olympics MeetHoover, AlabamaNational Meet Website


Email with any questions.

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Track 2015:

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