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Welcome to MARA Track


MARA Track is excited to present it’s first ever Cross-Country program! This fall program begins Saturday, August 28 and is scheduled to end Saturday, October 2 with an end-of-season cross-country meet for our MARA athletes. 

  • Ages 9-13 years old (as of August 1, 2021)

  • The program is limited to the first 25 athletes to sign up.

  • All athletes will participate in an end of season MARA cross-country meet

(There may be an opportunity to have our 12 & 13 year-old athletes participate in locally sponsored cross-country meets - dates TBD)

Coach LaKisha Williams and her team will train your athlete in long-distance performance. Our goal is to train your athlete to race to their appropriate age level - all athletes will start with a half mile, we'll train them up to one mile and if appropriate, your athlete will train up to a 2.5K. We will focus on building stamina, resilience and character in your athlete. Athletes will also be taught proper pre-race and race-day nutrition, hydration, and dynamic stretching to warm up and cool down before and after races.

  • Cost of the program is $175.00, consisting of 8 sessions and athletes will receive a team shirt. Note: families will be required to pay additional entry fees for their athletes if we are able to secure sponsored meets for our 12-13 year old athletes.
  • We will meet at James Boyce Park (3000 Boyce Rd., Charlotte)
  • Practices are Tuesday evenings 6-7:00pm and Saturday mornings 10-11am.
Very important - your athletes must arrive at all practices and events properly hydrated. Please ensure they are drinking plenty of water the day before and the day of practices and events. You may email MARA Track Commissioner Tania Erman at [email protected] with any questions.

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Matthews Athletic & Recreation Association
Kathy Duncan MARA Administrator, PO Box 1023
Matthews, North Carolina 28106

Phone: 704-847-0752
Email: [email protected]

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