The Rain City Flyers cross country program, in its 26th season in 2014, is open to all girls and boys interested in running, regardless of prior experience, ages 7 to 18. Practices begin on Tuesday, September 3rd, at Woodland Park in Seattle. Runners are welcome to join throughout the season. The early season club meets on the schedule are developmental.
No prior organized running experience is required, but participants should come with a commitment to working to achieve their personal best, both as an individual and as a member of the team. We have a great group of people involved in our program, and have fun at practices and meets. Invite your friends to join with you. If you are on a high school, middle school or CYO team, you can join Rain City Flyers at the completion of your season.
Beginning September 2, 2014, team practices are at Woodland Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings, 9:00-10:30 a.m, when there is no Saturday meet. Practices are rain or shine and you should dress accordingly. Through October 30, practices start at Picnic Shelter No. 3, in Woodland Park, off North 50th just to the east of Aurora Ave. Practices last about 90 minutes. Beginning Tuesday, November 4, after daylight savings time ends, practices start at the lighted parking lot between the Greenlake track and the tennis courts, off Greenlake Way.
Team membership applications can be obtained at practices or by contacting Jim Neff. The team membership fee is $15 for an individual and $25 for a family. Race entry fees are separate for each race entered. The cost of a team singlet is $15. Participation in the Junior Olympics meets requires membership in USA Track & Field, which costs $20 for an annual membership.
Jim Neff is the Rain City Flyer head cross country coach. Jim has been a Rain City Flyer coach since the team was organized in 1989 and the head coach since 1994. Corey Batten has been with Rain City Flyers since 1994, starting as the parent of a runner and staying on as a coach.
For Further Information: Contact Coach Jim Neff
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Phone 206•523•4233
You can also contact Coach Corey Batten, email@example.com | 206•829•9849
History: The RCF Scholarship was established in 2013 by the cross country team parent group to recognize Jim Neff for his “. . . generosity and dedication to Rain City and our kids.” The parents collected the funds which have formed the basis of the Rain City Flyers Scholarship as an expression of thanks to Jim for his time, energy and effort for their children and for the hundreds of youth he has coached and guided to become responsible athlete/citizens of the world over his 25 years of coaching RCF.
Purpose of the scholarship: The RCF Scholarship recognizes a graduating high school senior with plans to further their education. The recipient will have participated with Rain City Flyers and demonstrated “… a commitment to working to achieve their personal best, both as an individual and as a member of the team.” Additionally, the recipient will be a recognized role model of an exemplary responsible athlete/citizen.
2013-2014 Inaugural Recipient
We are proud to announce Jackson “Jack’” Pearce as the first RCF Scholarship recipient. Jack graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School and will attend Gonzaga University pursuing a degree in nursing. Jack joined Rain City Flyers as a bantam in 2005 and was a member of the cross country team for nine seasons. He was a USATF Junior Olympics All-American 4 times, including being national champion in 2005. Jack had an outstanding cross country and track career at Mountlake Terrace HS, where he was recognized as one of the Edmonds School District scholar athletes of 2014.
While Jack always gave his personal best, where he truly separated from the field was in his support for his teammates and all other competitors. Jack is always the first to offer encouragement and congratulations to everyone in the race. As a Rain City Flyer he has been a mentor to many younger team members, both by the example he sets and by the encouragement and advice he shares with them. Jack will continue his commitment to running in Spokane, wearing Gonzaga Bulldog blue. But he remains a Rain City Flyer forever.