Clarkston Cross Country

2019 Elementary Race Results

Despite the weather outlook, the race was able to be completed. Thank you to all who came out and supported the cross country team despite what mother nature had planned. Congratulations to Clarkston Elementary winning the traveling trophy for the 4th year in a row. 

To see results of the race, choose the results tab. In the results, times are organized by race and by grade. You can view photos of the race as parents share them with us. Go to our photos page for the photo gallery. Do you have photos to share? This is one of our runner's favorite day's of the season. They love seeing photos of themselves running along with the elementary students. Consider sharing your photos of the race. Use our upload link

Thank you to Planet Sub and Menchies for donating a portion of their sales on Friday to the cross country program and thank you to those of you who enjoyed a sub or frozen treat! Runnin' Gear on Dixie is also a strong supporter of our cross country program. Please consider visiting them for your running needs.

Interested in finding out more about the cross country program? Check out our about page and the guide for propective runners and parents

Come cheer on the high school cross country team! Clarkston hosts the final league meet at Clintonwood Park on Thursday, October 17. Click here for race times and more info. 


Elementary Race is a go for today

Looks like mother nature wants to make this race memoriable. We do run rain or shine. Dress for the weather. See you at the race!

2019 Elementary Cross Country Race

Save the date. The 2019 Elementary Cross Country Race will be on Friday, October 11. Register online before the race for a smooth race day experience. 

2019 Fall Season

Sashabaw Middle School and Clarkston Junior High will be starting practice on the first full day of school (Tuesday, August 27).  Have a sports physical completed BEFORE you start practice. See below for physical information.

New runners, feel free to join us and try us out for a couple weeks. No, we do not make you run 10 miles the first day of practice. We slowly build up so we are ready for the first meet. At each meet, there are separate races for all abilities. It does not matter what your time was in the mile last year. Our team is a very entertaining crew with some who like to race, some who want to get in shape, and some who are just out to talk with their friends and meet new people. Practices vary with endurance training, speed training, game activities, and strengthening exercises.

Check out the links above for more information about what is cross country, our schedule, and other useful tidbits.

How to Sign Up 

The cost to join the cross country team is $150 for the season. We are a club sport sponsored by Clarkston Community Education. Unfortunately, this means the community ed fee does NOT apply towards the athletic pay to participate fee for all other school sports. Example, you also plan to play volleyball (which is an official school sport) in the winter. You would need to also pay the Clarkston Athletic pay to participate fee for volleyball when volleyball season starts.

The following needs to be completed to register for cross country:

  1. Pay and complete the Community Education registration and fee. This is done through Independence Township Parks and Recreation. You can register in person, by phone or online. Visit the township parks and rec website at to register online. Search for community ed then cross country.
  2. Complete the online athletic Contract.  Note: You do not need to pay the Clarkston Athletic pay-to-participate fee. You only pay the Clarkston Athletic pay-to-participate fee if/when you sign up for an official athletic department school sport. 
  3. Complete a physical and turn in a copy to your coach. You can download a copy of the physical form here.


Physicals for the 2019-2020 school year must be dated AFTER April 15, 2019 . Most likely that physical you did for the spring track season or other spring sport is not valid for this school year. 

Can't get an appointment at your doctor that fits your schedule? Pine Knob Urgent Care (Sashabaw Rd) offers sports physicals for $20 (last we checked).  Bring a copy of the physical form. Walk in at any time they are open.  Call 248-274-9910 for info. 

Stay Informed

There are 3 ways to keep up with the team:

  1. View the weekly newsletter detailing the events for the week. Usually updated Saturday/Sunday.
  2. Sign up for text messages using the remind service. We use this method to communicate late breaking news. Maybe a practice had to be canceled last minute or while at a meet we need to send out info, etc.
  3. Occasionally you may also see an email blast. We use this method to communicate information that did not make it into the newsletter or reminders about events or pleas for help. You do not need to sign up. We use the email address you entered when you completed the online athletic contract.

2019 Summer Conditioning

The summer conditioning program is a great way to be introduced to cross country as well as condition for other sports. The program begins the end of June and runs through the middle of August. Sessions will be held Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm at Clarkston High School. See the schedule for specific dates. Practices involve running on the CHS campus and other activities. Two of the sessions will involve bike rides. Workouts are held on the CHS campus; meet behind CHS past the tennis courts next to the stadium. Come dressed ready to workout and bring a water bottle. Athletes are not required to attend every session. This program is for students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.

For information on how to sign up, see the Community Education webpage.

Alternate Location

For the long bike ride we will meet at Independence Elementary.

Parent Volunteers needed 

For both of the bike rides, we would greatly appreciate your help.

Short Bike Ride: One or two parents to ride with us

Long Bike Ride: Three or four parent volunteers to ride with us and another to follow us in a van/truck.

Please contact Coach Rykse if you are able to help.

End of Summer Challenge

You have been working hard all summer. Here is your chance to see the rewards with a 1 mile practice race.

Summer reminders and cancellation notice

Sign up for text reminders regarding special practice sessions and possible severe weather cancellations at It is rare that we need to cancel a session but in case we do need to, sign up using the above link to be notified when we do.