Structured high performance middle distance training
Absolutely, in fact we require all new members to attend at least two "test drive" sessions before registering, and you are welcome to attend a maximum of three sessions before you register.
The Test Drive Week is a three session trial period any time during the season so your young athlete has an opportunity to come out and see if they enjoy the sport of competitive running. Athletes should be ready to participate when they arrive for their Test Drive.
Contact one of our coaches to coordinate your Test Drive with the appropriate group.
If your inquiry is for our high school group your contact is David Christiani firstname.lastname@example.org
If your inquiry is for our development group (grade 6-8) your contact is Brent Lockridge email@example.com
Also check our website for training group times and locations. Please arrange Test Drives ahead of time so our coaches know to expect your athlete.
Click here to see the 2018/2019 training locations and schedules.
CTAC has three age groupings for their competitive athletes. We make every effort to place athletes with their peers, but periodically an athlete may train with a higher or lower group. These three groups often train at the same time and venue, so moving to another group does not always mean a changing your training schedule. The groups are listed in the table below.
|2018/2019 Groups||Born in|
|Ages||11,12&13 year olds*||14&15 years old*||16,17 (youth), 18,19 (junior)*|
|Program Season||September 1 – August 31||September 1 – August 31||September 1 – August 31|
|Training sessions per week||3**||3**||3**|
|Training session duration||1:30 per session||1:30 per session||1:30 per session|
|Meets attended||School , Minor Track Assn., Athletics Ontario||School and Athletics Ontario||School, Athletics Ontario and Athletics Canada|
*As of December 31 of the competition year
**Please note that these session numbers only reflect our time together as a group. These numbers will change depending on the time in the season, and the number of ROYO (Run On Your Own) sessions athletes are expected to complete on their own time.
See the 2018/2019 Fee Schedule.
Our season starts at the beginning of September, and new members can join the team anytime during the season.
We do hold informal training starting in mid August for returning members and any new prospective members that would like to do a test drive. Contact one of our coaches (see above) to arrange a test drive.
CTAC athletes compete in three different meet seasons. They are:
Cross Country Season – September – November (pre-season in August)
Indoor Track Season – December – March
Outdoor Track Season – April – June (select midget, youth, junior and senior runners will compete into August)
While our registration dates are September 1 to August 31 each year, we do have a number of transition periods where there are no scheduled training sessions, or we meet informally as a group for low intensity training runs.
Late November (1 or 2 weeks depending on competition level)
School Winter Holidays (2 weeks)
March Break (1 Week)
Late June to Early August (4-8 weeks depending on competition level)