2024 Chasing Excellence Cross Country Camp

Get a head start on the 2024 Cross Country season! This is a high-energy, fun camp available for youth entering grades 6-8 in Fall, 2024.

This is an intermediate level camp; youth must be able to run 3 miles at a moderate pace to participate in this camp. The $25 registration fee covers all camp costs, including a t-shirt, materials and refreshments each day.

Daily instruction includes lessons on team running, racing strategies, mental strategies, footwear, nutrition and more. Sessions will run Monday-Friday, Aug. 5-9 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:55 a.m. at Anneberg Park in Manhattan.

This a great way to set yourself up for success on the cross country course this fall. Signup online at https://runsignup.com/Race/KS/Manhattan/ChasingExcellenceCrossCountryCamp.

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June 21 -- Alert 5K (Green, Kan.) REGISTER ONLINE
July 6 -- Fiesta Topeka 5K (Topeka, Kan.) REGISTER ONLINE
July 20 -- Pioneer Days 5K (Manassa, Colo.)

Manhattan Cross Country Kids' Club

The Manhattan Cross Country Club was formed in Fall, 2004 to encourage age-appropriate distance running for youth as a means to lifetime fitness and health. Read more...

ALSO SEE: 2023 Practice Schedule | Info for Parents | Online Signup

RESULTS: 2023 Body First School Fitness Challenge

Here's how each school fared in the 2023 Body First School Fitness Challenge. Total payout to each school is listed in parentheses:

Amanda Arnold -- Second place, highest percentage of participants ($942)
Bergman -- First place, highest percentage of participants ($1,342)
Bluemont -- Fourth place, highest percentage of participants ($692)
Flint Hills Christian -- Seventh place, total participants ($92)
Lee -- Fifth place, total participants ($622)
Manhattan Catholic -- Fourth place, total participants ($742)
Marlatt -- Second place, total participants ($942)
Northview -- Third place, total participants ($842)
Ogden -- Sixth place, highest percentage of participants ($92)
Oliver Brown -- Fifth place, highest percentage of participants ($612)
St. George -- First place, total participants ($1,342)
Theodore Roosevelt -- Third place, highest percentage of participants ($842)
Woodrow Wilson -- Sixth place, total participants ($92)


Results -- all races (Click here)

BLOG: Chasing Excellence -- The Remarkable Life and Inspiring Vigilosophy of Coach Joe I. Vigil

In the book, Chasing Excellence, author Pat Melgares tells the story of Dr. Joe I. Vigil, who rose from poverty to become a towering figure in the running world, having coached 19 national championship teams, 425 All Americans and 22 Olympians, among other honors.

In this blog, we share many more stories about Vigil and his athletes, told by those who lived the experiences. This blog serves as bonus material for those who will read the book, which was released in July, 2020.

To order a copy of Chasing Excellence, go to www.SoulsticePublishing.com. The book sells for $19.95.