What to expect & FAQs

2024 Summer Training (June 3- Aug 5, 2024)

We are planning on a light summer conditioning program to keep the kids in the groove before picking up for fall cross-country season. Subject to coaches’ availability, we will plan to run twice a week, for 2-5 easy miles, starting June 3rd. Cost will be $50.

Schedules for training runs, dates, times, and locations are located in the Stack Team app. New runners please complete the steps on the How to Join page before joining a practice.

We ask that runners come dressed appropriately in running shoes and shorts and bring a water bottle. Please be there on time to start with the group. Consistent with our mission of creating a middle school running community, we will continue to welcome parents to join us in workouts.

2024 Spring Track Practices (Jan 15 – May 2024)

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. Spring practice will begin on Monday the 15th of January. We ask that all BP runners participate in at least two of our team’s scheduled meets.

Practices are 3 days a week and last about an hour. Distance will vary depending on runners experience and comfort level but typically between 2-3+ miles on weekdays and 2-5+ miles on weekends. We ask that runners come dressed appropriately in running shoes and shorts and bring a water bottle. Please be there on time to start with the group. Consistent with our mission of creating a middle school running community, we will continue to welcome parents to join us in workouts.

New runners please complete the steps on the How to Join page before joining a practice.

Practices and meet dates, times, and locations are subject to change during the season. Please check the most current schedule using the Stack Team app.

Day of weekTimeLocation
Mondays6:30pm Ballast Point Park or Coleman Track as we approach state meets
Thursdays6:30pmBallast Point Park (meet at the gazebo)
Saturdays8 amGadsen Park or varying locations to be announced periodically

2024 Spring Track Meets

We ask that members try to attend at least 2 races per season and wear their Bayshore Project uniforms. More race details provided on Stack Team App

RaceLocationDate
Gasparilla Junior Distance Classic & Team One Mile Time TrialJefferson High School
4401 W Cypress St, Tampa, FL 33607
Sat February 17, 2023
*Gasparilla 5k Downtown TampaSat February 24, 2023
Coach Miami Presents The Florida InternationalIMG Academy
5650 Bollettieri Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34210
Sat March 23, 2024
Tampa Elite InvitationalFreedom High School
17410 Commerce Park Blvd, Tampa, FL 33647
Sat March 30, 2024
*Race for Education 5K1701 N Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607TBD
Blazin Ravenz InvitationalClearwater High School
1951 Gulf to Bay Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33764
Sat April 20, 2024
My Brother’s Keeper Track Club InvitationalFreedom High School
17410 Commerce Park Blvd, Tampa, FL 33647, USA
Sat May 4, 2024

*5k Registration Fees are not included in Team Dues

2023 Fall XC (Aug 14 2023 – Dec 2023)

New runners please complete the steps on the How to Join page before joining a practice.

*Practices and meet dates, times, and locations are subject to change during the season. Please check the most current schedule and details using the Stack Team app.

Practice Day of weekTimeLocation
Mondays, Thursdays*5:20pm Bayshore (meet at the gazebo at Ballast Point Park)
Saturdays8:00amGadsen Park or varying locations to be announced periodically

2023 Fall XC Meets and Special Events

Races and Special EventsLocationDate
Shoe Night and Parent MeetingFeet First, 3401 W Bay to Bay Blvd Thursday August 24th 2023 5:30pm
Pre-Race Team DinnerHosted by Coach Tim (Stack Team for details)Fri August 25th 2023 6pm
Jim Ryun FCA InvitationalHolloway Park, Lakeland, FloridaSat August 26th 2023
Holloway Park JamboreeHolloway Park, Lakeland, FloridaSat September 16th 2023
Flrunners.com InvitationalHolloway Park, Lakeland, FloridaFri October 6th 2023
*Spooky Sprint 5KGadsden Park, TampaSun October 15th 2023
Bay Area Middle School Championships6400 E Chelsea St, Tampa, FL 33610Sat October 21st 2023
FLYRA MS State Cross Country ChampionshipHolloway Park, Lakeland, FloridaSat October 28th 2023
*YMCA Turkey Gobble 5k401 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602Thu Nov 23rd 2023
*Publix Gasparilla 5k333 South Franklin Street, Tampa, FL, USASat Feb 24th 2024
*5k races must be registered for individually and are not covered by Bayshore Project dues

2023 Summer Practices (June 5- Aug 5, 2023)

We are planning on a light summer conditioning program to keep the kids in the groove before picking up for fall cross-country season. Subject to coaches’ availability, we will plan to meet most Mondays and Thursdays, 7PM from Ballast Point Park, for 2-5 easy miles, starting June 5th. Cost will be $40.

We ask that runners come dressed appropriately in running shoes and shorts and bring a water bottle. Please be there on time to start with the group. Consistent with our mission of creating a middle school running community, we will continue to welcome parents to join us in workouts.

We will tentatively plan to run a Cross-Country pre-season race Aug 5th in Hernando County. There will be an open 3K and open 5K, in which any age can run (so our 8th graders can run one more BP run if they’d like!) More info to come.

Fall 2023 XC will start on Aug 14!

New runners please complete the steps on the How to Join page before joining a practice.

Practices and meet dates, times, and locations are subject to change during the season. Please check the most current schedule using the Stack Team app.

Day of weekTimeLocation
Mondays, Thursdays7:00pm Bayshore (meet at the gazebo at Ballast Point Park)

2023 Summer Meets

RaceLocationDate
TBD – 3k or 5k optionsHernando County (more details to come)August 5th 2023

Dues

Dues are paid per season (Spring Track, Summer conditioning, Fall XC) and may be paid via Zelle (John.connery08@gmail.com), Venmo (@Jaclyn-Cahill-2), or check payable to “The Bayshore Project, Inc”. New member dues include racing uniform, white short sleeved training shirt, car magnet, and registration for the scheduled meets. Dues are non-refundable after 2 weeks of practice.

Dues do not cover any race registration fees that are not listed in that season’s team race schedule. We typically participate in a few local 5K races per season that are not included in dues. Additional uniform pieces are available but must be ordered and paid for separately. See Uniform Order Form for more details.

DUES FOR SPRING TRACK SEASON: $170 for new members, $140 returning members. 50% discount for each sibling ($170/85 or 140/70)

DUES FOR SUMMER TRAINING: $50

DUES FOR FALL CROSS COUNTRY: $170 for new members, $140 returning members. 50% discount for each sibling ($170/85 or 140/70)

FAQs

What should I wear/bring to practice? 
Come dressed in shorts, t-shirt, and running shoes – it’s hot, so no long sleeves or long pants. Bring a filled water bottle.

Is previous running experience necessary? 
No. Anyone at any level is invited to join us.  The goal is for each individual to improve their fitness and ability. We will ask the kids to do things outside their comfort zone. 

How many weeks is the Middle School program? 
Spring Track season will begin early January and run through the end of May. Summer conditioning May-Aug and Fall Cross Country Aug-Dec.

How far is a Middle School Cross-Country race?
The competition distance for Middle School is 3K or 1.86 miles.

My Girl/Boy Hasn’t Done Any Kind of Running – Can She/He Participate?
Most of the kids in the program are beginner runners and everyone is a first-time runner at some point. The program does not require any previous running experience. Many kids have gone from beginner, first-time runners to multiple season, experienced runners!

My Girl/Boy Already Loves Running – Is This Program for Her/Him Too?
We have EVERY skill level of runner on the team including those who have won multiple age group 5K runs. The Bayshore Project is a running club registered with USA Track & Field. We have had multiple runners qualify for regional and state races both as individuals and there may be opportunities to compete in USATF local, regional, and national cross-country and track competitions.

Does My Girl/Boy Need to Attend all Practices Each Week?
All practices are voluntary however we recommend that your child attend as many as possible as that’s the best way to make meaningful running progress. We ask that members try to attend at least 2 races per season and wear their Bayshore Project uniforms.

May younger siblings participate?
The Bayshore Project has had a number of 3rd-4th graders participate in the program with very good success. If they have an older sibling on the team they are welcome to join for practices but for races there is a different age range for younger competition. Siblings get a 50% discount on dues!

If you have any questions not listed here please ask using our Contact page. During scheduled practice time we want our coaches attention on the athletes!