SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane’s youngest cross-country runners are set to compete at the biggest meet of the year. Thursday marks Active4Youth’s fifth annual All-City Cross Country Meet.
Active4Youth began as a vision to revive athletics in Spokane’s elementary schools. Each year, the number of participants has increased. This year, between 3,700 and 3,900 students are involved. About 1,000 of them will compete in the All-City Meet.
Thousands of parents and family members are expected to cheer them on at Comstock Park on Thursday afternoon. Active4Youth founder Mike Bresson said it’s quite the event to experience in person.
“You could be on one end of the park and not even be within a quarter mile of the starting line, but it sounds so loud, you can’t help but get fired up about it,” Bresson said. “It raises the hair on your neck.”
Active4Youth is free to elementary-aged students at all schools within the Spokane Public Schools District. The students practice after school at least three times a week for eight weeks.
The All-City Cross Country Meet begins at 4 p.m. at Comstock Park.