Many of our graduates join their respective school teams as one of their top runners. A typical Lake Cities graduate will be well versed in individual race performance, race strategies for both xc and track, aerobic and anaerobic training, interval work, heart rate fitness, hydration and nutrition, sportsmanship, team concepts, mental preparation and mental toughness, distance runner specific strength training, negative splitting and more. Most, if not all, will have competed at the national level against the very best youth runners in America. Stepping up to the starting line for their first school xc race will still be nerve-wracking for a Lake Cities grad … but only until the start of the race. With multiple races in their past, the distance isn’t intimidating … many have been running them since they were 8 years old.