TOP PHOTO: Coach Drew Crabtree along with the young runners of the Campbell County Cross Country Team.

Coach Crabtree reminds his team that arm exercises are just as important as your legs.

By Clayton Carroll

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – The Campbell County Cross Country Team is off and running toward its 2023 season. The team, which operates under the wing of Knoxville Youth Athletics, is open for every student from 3rd to 8th grade that attends school in Campbell County whether it be through a public school or homeschooling.

Coach gets his team ready for their first run of the evening.

Coach Drew Crabtree invites any children who want to run for the team out to summer workouts. These workouts will be held most Monday and Thursday evenings this month at various locations around Campbell County. The workouts are not mandatory, however Crabtree believes this is a good way to determine an interest in wanting to run for the team, as well as to build up strength for when official practices begin in August. There are no physical requirements to attend the workouts as well as to join the team.

These three runners are leading the pack on the Seargeant Park circle..

The cross country team will begin races around Labor Day, according to Crabtree. He noted the races are big events as the team will be competing against teams from all around East Tennessee. During these races, those in 3rd through 5th grade will run one mile, and those in middle school will run two miles. Most races are held all around Knox county and the surrounding areas with Cove Lake State Park being one of those host sites.

The runners enjoy a water break and a quick breather.

The official schedule has not been released. To know when it is released, the locations and times of workouts and practices, to be notified if practices are canceled due to weather, as well as more information about the team, this will be available at the Campbell County Cross Country 2023 Facebook page. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/11/2023-6AM)