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YOUth FIT provides youth with skill and fitness instruction for successful cross country (long distance) running. YOUth FIT believes that teaching the foundations and strategies for health and fitness associated with running is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Fundamental knowledge skill development, proper progression, lead-up games, and seminars provide YOUth FIT participants with an opportunity to emphasize development of cross country running and health in a fun and stimulating environment.

2015 Schedule
  • June - July
  • Days
    • Tuesdays, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Betty Virginia Park
    • Thursdays, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM at various SPAR parks
All levels welcome.  Participants either start with a mile or 5K.

YOUth FIT is the perfect program for any male or female, 7-17 years old, who has the desire to:
  • Challenge themselves through exercise
  • Learn about health and well-being
  • Learn the fundamentals of endurance running
  • Make new friends
  • Practice goal-setting
  • Prepare for track or cross country season
  • Simply get involved in a healthy lifestyle sport

Benefits of YOUth FIT
  • Organized around National Association for Sport and P.E. (NASPE) content standards
  • Student-centered and developmentally appropriate
  • Physical activity and skill development form the core of YOUth Fit program
  • Teaches management skills and self-discipline
  • Promotes inclusion of all participants
  • Focuses on process over products
  • Promotes lifetime personal health and wellness
  • Teaches cooperation, responsibility, and sensitivity to diversity

$20 Membership to the USA. Track and Field Cross Country Organization includes:
  • Age-based coaching, ability-based group workouts
  • A training journal
  • Health seminars
  • Participation in the Summer Fun Run Series
  • Water bottle
  • Weekly training
  • YOUth FIT tank top

To register for the 2015 YOUth FIT program:
  1. Register online for USA Track and Field
  2. Complete the SPAR registration form
  3. Email the completed SPAR registration form and the USA Track and Field membership receipt and registration form to Coach Armstrong at

Space is limited and is first-come-first-served.

City of Shreveport, Louisiana