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GRANITE STATE FLASH?
Granite State Flash (GSF) is a southern NH based Cross Country and Track & Field club for youth ages six through eighteen. The focus of the Flash program is teaching running as a life long pursuit, increasing athletic skills and personal fitness levels, team competition, and sportsmanship and friendships. Flash athletes compete in the USATF Junior Olympics competitions as well as various local races and meets throughout the year. Our seasons focus on Cross Country in the Fall/Winter and Track & Field in the Spring/Summer.
The Flash began in 2001 with just two teams and twenty one runners. The program has grown since 2001 to include runners from more than 55 towns and cities throughout New Hampshire, Vermont and northern Massachusetts. Over the past 14 years more than 850 youth runners have participated in the program with multiple teams advancing to the New England, Regional and National competitions.
Through 2016, Flash teams have won 4 National team championships, 1 silver team medal title and 4 bronze medal titles, as well as numerous Regional and New England team and individual titles. Dozens of Flash runners have earned individual National All-American honors (top 25 individually in the U.S.).
Flash runners have also gone on to success at the high school and collegiate levels capturing 56 State of New Hampshire high school titles (cross country, indoor and outdoor track), setting 11 Class and/or State records as well as winning 4 individual New England High School Championships. More than 35 Flash runners have gone on to compete at the Division I, II and III collegiate level. Flash runners have competed for such schools as Hartford, Assumption, Naval Academy, Dartmouth, Keene State, UNH, Penn, Columbia, Yale, Quinnipiac, Brown, Tufts, Villanova, West Point, Norwich, UMASS Lowell, Franklin Pierce, William & Mary, MIT, Bentley, Bucknell, Franklin & Marshall and Dickinson College.
2017 USATF Junior Olympics
Track & Field
Who: This program is for youth runners and/or field athletes ages 6-18 interested in learning and/or competing in track and field events, or would like to participate in a structured program to continue running through an off-season. For athletes involved in their school’s T&F program, you are encouraged to join and participate after your season ends or as your school coach allows.
What: Flash coaches will lead 2-3 workouts each week designed to prepare runners for the USATF Junior Olympic T&F championships beginning in June. We will participate in a series of optional preliminary meets prior to the qualifying meets in June. There will also be instruction provided for additional training between coached sessions.
When: Practices begin Apr 10th, and will vary each week based on track and coach availability. Final schedule will be posted. Optional preliminary meets will be scheduled on weekend days prior to the first USATF qualifying meet on 6/17.
Time: Weekday practices will begin at 6:15pm and Sunday practices 3pm, and will last approximately 1.5-2 hours depending on number of events. Meet start times will vary. Coaches will provide more details when the season opens.
Where: Practices will be held at Milford High School (100 West St, Milford, NH 03055) with some at other local tracks or locations as needed. We’ll work to accommodate runners that can’t always make practice due to commuting distance.
Cost: $95 for a new Flash athlete, which includes 2017 USATF membership, Flash T&F program registration, and Granite State Flash racing singlet and shorts. Cost will be less for existing Flash athletes that already have a uniform, bring their own plain black shorts, and/or current USATF membership. Note that matching or plain black shorts are REQUIRED.
USATF membership is good for the calendar year, so payment for the T&F season will also cover the cross country program beginning in October. Flash singlet and shorts are USATF required uniform.
As the costs of meet registrations is variable depending on the number of meets and events an athlete participates in, they are not included here and must be submitted by the athlete at each meet registration.
Questions and next steps?
Send an email to Coach Justin Platt (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or to confirm participation, including athlete’s first name, gender, town and date of birth. Mail completed Registration and Uniform forms along with a COPY of the athlete’s birth certificate (required for USATF membership for new Flash members), and cash/check (make checks payable to "Granite State Flash") to:
Granite State Flash
PO Box 6194
Amherst, NH 03031
Or bring all completed paperwork and payment to first practice you can attend.