Welcome to Sun City Harriers
Youth Cross-Country Club
At Sun City Harriers, we’re all about fun and competitive sports. Our experienced coaches train our team to reach their highest potential, and to always have a great time whenever we play. We’ve been around since 2013 and are not planning on going anywhere. See how you can become part of our family and join us from Yakima to Wisconsin.
Practices are from 5-6pm Monday at Franklin Park and Wednesday at Kissle Park. Fridays we have an optional practice for kids gearing up for the post-season that changes location led by our middle-school harriers.
Regular Season Schedule
September 16th-October 12th
Sun City Home Meet
First meet of the season starts off with a very informal meet at Franklin Park. Kids will run either a 1 or 1.5 mile race.
This is the biggest meet of the regular season. Lots of fun and runners storm Franklin Park every year for this meet.
Apple Ridge Run
We close the regular season out with a duel meet against Wenas Valley from Selah. Running at Apple Ridge Run, this is the perfect way to end the regular sason.
October 14th-December 14th
The post-season or Junior Olympic season is designed for the Harrier that wants to compete against the best of the best in the state and region. Our meet schedule for this year is:
Rain City Flyers Stampede October 26th—11AM at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle
Inland Northwest Junior Olympic Championship November 16th—Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Junior Olympic Regionals November 23rd—in Eugene, Oregon
Junior Olympic Nationals December 14th–in Madison, Wisconsin
Franklin Park Course
The Terrace is waiting for you
Franklin Park is perfect for cross-country. Consisting of 1k and 2k loops it is great for spectators and coaches. It also consists of hills and "The Terrace!" At the end of the terrace, each racer has exactly 800 meters to the finish. 3k course button is below. The 2000 meter course, 4000 meter course, and 5000 meter course are here.
Proud Host of 2018 USATF Inland Northwest Association Junior Olympic Championships and Region 13 Championships
November 10th and 17th, 2018
Franklin Park in Yakima, WA
September 15th, 2018
Looking forward to everyone who is coming to this year's 6th Sun City Invitational. The course with terraces will be a blast (click on the link to watch the YouTube video of it, this year we will be running the 1000 meter loop before teh 2000 meter loop to prevent runners from being lapped). Our Harriers run it to prepare for the Junior Olympic Association meet which will be on the exact same course November 10th. The 2018 Region 13 Junior Olympic course will be at the same course as well on the 17th. Results for the meet will soon be at athletic.net as well as but are currently on our Facebook page. Please email coach Erik if you would like them emailed to you.
September 29th, 2018
One of the most epic races of the year. Thousands of runners and fans descend on Franklin Park for the largest cross-country invitational in the state. Our Harriers run in the pre-high-school 6th grade and under mile. Our 7th and 8th graders run in the 2-mile.
October 6th, 2018
This is an optional travel meet to Federal Way. Only a short 2 hour 30 minute drive from Yakima. Coach Casey ran for Federal Way when he was a youth. It is also gives our team a glimpse of the competition we will face for those wanting to compete in the Junior Olympic Regional meet in November. Register at practice or day-of-race registration.
Apple Ridge Invite
October 13th, 2018
This is the meet we call the culmination of the regular season. Wenas' cross-country team's home meet and Sun City goes head-to-head for the bragging rights in the Valley. It takes place at Apple Ridge, a cross-country specific course in Cowiche. If you can only run in one race a year, this is the race you do not want to miss!
USATF Junior Olympic Association Finals
November 10th, 2018
USATF Junior Olympic Association Finals, Franklin Park. (Athletes cannot miss any meets from here on out if he/she would like their season to continue as they are qualifying meets. Top 30 individuals or eight Sun City athletes move on to the next meet in each age division.) Sun City has the privilege of hosting the Association Final Meet this year. To see the course maps, click on the "Sun City Invitational" meet page. Our goal as a team is to field a full team in every race from 8 & under to 14 & under boys and girls. Go Harriers!
Junior Olympic Regionals
November 17th, 2018
Junior Olympic Regionals in Yakima, (top 30 individuals and top 5 teams advance to nationals in Reno, NV.) Next to Nationals, this will be the most competitive meet of the year and what the "Yellow" and "Black" groups will be gearing up for all season. Last year we had 30 Harriers travel to nationals, will we have more this year in Nevada? Our goal as a club this year is to field a full-team in every age group.
2018 Track and Field Season
Thanks to everyone who ran track this last year. Sun City had their best year ever in track in both numbers and people who made nationals.
About Sun City Track and Cross Country Club
You might say the beginning of the Sun City Harriers started back in 1984. This is when Erik started running for the Cascade Strider cross-country team in Bellevue. His wife Aleah ran for the old West Valley Ramblers starting in the late 80’s for their track team.
Aleah and Erik met on the cross-country team at the University of Washington in the fall of 1997. You could easily say cross-country is in the Mickelson blood.
We love the sport of running and are hoping to pass on the joy and passion to you and your family.
"Everyone is born a distance runner, Cross Country Runners are the only ones to fulfill their genetic destiny"