About Practices

(To Register for Practices, go to Practices & Races in the Menu above)

Important Reminders:

  1. Review Equipment Runners Need Appropriate footwear is important to prevent injuries.
  2. At practices wear a red Claremont Running Team t-shirt, or any Red shirt.  This is important because it helps coaches and volunteers identify and keep track of CRT youth runners, especially from a distance, or when non-CRT visitors are also utilizing the parks.
  3. Due to USATF and liability issues, only team members who have registered for practices (or guests who have signed a waiver) can participate in warm-up, running, or cool-down activities.  This includes stretching.  We'd love to have siblings be able to join in, but unfortunately we can't.  


Help insure Youth Runners arrive to practices a few minutes early, so that practices can start on time.  Likewise,  please make sure minor children are picked up immediately after Practices & Events.  Coaches and Parent Volunteers have been generous with their time and have their own responsibilities.  Please be fair.

Practice Days

During the shorter Winter days, practices will be held M, T, W, and Th from 4:00 pm to 5:00pm.  As the days get longer and the weather changes, practice times will adjust to be held later.  Practices may be cancelled due to inclement weather.  On bad weather days, please check this website.  Notices of changes or cancellations will be on the Home Page or communicated by email.  No practices are held on holidays or race days.

Drop-off and Pick-up

For the safety and protection of all Youth Runners, the following procedures are to be strictly adhered to by Parents/Guardians and Youth Participants:

  • For children grade 4 or under, a Parent/Guardian is to accompany their child during practices and other Practices & Events, including pick-up and drop-off. 
  • For Youth grade 5 or older, parents/guardians are not required to be present during practices (but may be required to be present in special circumstances or at specified events).  They are to drop off and pick up their own children.
  • For all Youth, if an adult other than the parent/guardian, will accompany the child or drop-off or pick-up the child, they must notify and receive acknowledgment from a Parent Volunteer or the CRT Coach or Asst. Coach at the time of drop-off, and their written preauthorization is required using the CRT Drop-off and Pick-up Authorization Form.  
  • Children grade 5 or older may walk/bike home from practices (during daylight), provided the youth’s parent/guardian has provided preauthorization s required using the CRT Drop-off and Pick-up Authorization Form.  It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to keep information updated for Enrollment, Drop-Off/Pick-Up, and authorization for a child to walk/bike home.
  • Valid identification may be requested of adults picking up children not their own. 
  • A parent/guardian should never request a child be picked up by someone unknown to the child.
  • Failure to adhere to these child safety procedures may result in fines or termination of enrollment.
The CRT Drop-off and Pick-up Authorization Form, should be filled out, printed, scanned and emailed to  Parents/Guardians may select the practice days of their choosing for their Youth Runners.  However, CRT reserves the right to establish fines or cancel Enrollment or Registrations due to unaccompanied Youth Runners, chronically late Youth Runners, and for those left without pick-up arrangements at the end of practices or other events.

Reminders:  Not all Claremont Parks or school facilities have consistently available restroom facilities.  Please take that into consideration prior to arrival at practices.  

Youth Runners must bring their own water bottles, water/sports drink, shoes, sweats, and other running gear.  Sunscreen is recommended for sunny days.  CRT does not allow team members or Parent Volunteers having contact with children to use bicycles, skateboards, baby joggers, roller skates or roller blades, animals, and personal music players during or at team activities.   Always report injuries and do not run sick or injured.

We recommend that parents bring a sports/folding chair as many practice locations don't have seating facilities.

We welcome parents exercising while their children participate in CRT practices.  Fitness is contagious!  However, in order to comply with safety and insurance requirements, only CRT certified coaches may run with Youth Runners.   Parent Volunteers may run only with their own Youth Runner on long runs.  Any such Parent Volunteers must sign up online as a CRT Parent Volunteer, join USATF, pass USATF's background screening, and pass SafeSport's online course.  Parent Volunteer costs are reimbursable.   Parent Volunteers running with their own children must comply with any instructions given by CRT's Coaches.  In order to coach children, Parent Volunteer must also meet USATF's coaching educational requirements.  For any questions, please contact CRT's president.

Claremont Running Team is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

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