the bayshore project

South Tampa Youth Running Club

Summer training starts Monday June 3. Click for details!

The primary goal of The Bayshore Project is to create and foster a community of middle school distance runners in South Tampa that will promote fun and fitness while developing a child’s character and discipline and providing opportunities to develop friendships and run competitively.

The Bayshore Project is open to anyone in 5th through 8th grade regardless of school affiliation or ability level. Our program is all about developing healthy habits, self-confidence, and fitness. The program is ideal for athletes looking to prepare for cross country, cross-train for another sport, or begin running for the first time. Endurance makes every athlete better!

We train year round in three separate seasons: Spring Track, Summer Conditioning, and Fall Cross-Country “XC”. We participate as a team in a number of local races during the track and cross country seasons. Our summer focus is not on competition, but to demonstrate how running can be part of a lifelong healthy lifestyle. Grab your water bottle and come join us for a practice!

“I don’t run to add days to my life, I run to add life to my days.” – Ronald Rook

Running Seasons

Spring Track

For Bayshore Project members, track season is a way to work on speed and lay a foundation for fall cross country. As such, we do not train for the shortest track events (100M, 200M). Bayshore Project runners primarily focus on the 1500M (almost 1 mile) but also frequently compete in the 400M and 800M. We ask that all BP runners participate in at least two of our team’s scheduled meets.

Summer conditioning

Bayshore Project runners do the important work of creating a base of mileage over the summer to prepare for the fall cross country season. The summer running will consist of longer, steady-paced running and will not include any speed work. While some Bayshore Project runners may participate in races over the summer, we do not participate in any competitions as a team over the summer. Summer conditioning beginsearly June and runs through August.

Fall Cross Country

Bayshore Project runners compete in 3k races through the XC season as a middle school club team. The workouts progress from steady-paced running to also include track work to improve speed as we move into the later portions of the season with the goal for the runners’ performances to peak for the state meet. We expect to run in 6-8 races beginning the end of August and concluding at Florida’s Middle School State Cross Country meet at the end of October. Races will be held in Tampa and at other locations in Central Florida. We ask that all BP runners participate in at least two our team’s scheduled races.

“In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.” — Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

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