Grasshoppers: Youth Running Club

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The ASICS Grasshoppers is a youth running club hosted by the Columbus Running Company. With three distinct seasons for the kids to take part in, it's our goal to expose the next generation to the love of running. Check out details below and register to join us for a season of fun.
Scroll down to learn about the various Grasshopper seasons and to find contact info for need-based scholarships towards Grasshopper membership
  • When: March through early June 
  • Grades: Current 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders
  • Level: Experienced youth runners (capable of running 2 miles on day 1)
  • Location: One location, practicing at Highbanks (our spring goal is to bring kids together from across central Ohio for one competitive-focused team)
  • Learn More In Person: Join us for a free info session at 6:30pm on Mon, Feb 24 at the Dublin CRC (6465 Perimeter Dr)  RSVP here for the info session
  • Season Focus: Spring time is road racing time for the Grasshoppers, and the kids hit the roads for several 5k races. The spring racing club is a competition-focused club, ideal for kids who are already capable of running 2 miles. We will also compete in one track meet each spring season, focusing on distance - and we'll top off the season with a run at the Columbus 10k. 
  • Member Handbook for Spring Season: Click here to access club handbook, complete with full schedule, price details, expectations, and more.
  • Register Here: Join us for a spring season of running and racing >>>

  • When: June through July 
  • Grades: Going into 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th graders
  • Level: All levels, from beginner to experienced
  • 11 Locations: Bexley, Dublin, Grove City, Hilliard, Lancaster, Marysville, New Albany, Pickerington, Powell, Upper Arlington, and Westerville 
  • Season Focus: The summer running club is our largest program, and it serves as a wonderful introduction to the sport. The kids will practice as a group twice a week, and we'll take part in a variety of racing - from a one mile road race to a series of mile cross country meets and even a parents vs kids day. Our summertime aim is to set lifelong habits while having some fun. All abilities and experience levels are welcome to join us for a great summer.
  • Member Handbooks for Summer SeasonBexley,  Dublin,  Grove CityHilliardLancasterMarysvilleNew AlbanyPickeringtonPowellUpper ArlingtonWesterville (click on your location for full schedules and details)
  • Register Here: Join us for a summer season of running and racing >>>

  • Details on our 2020 fall season will be coming summer of 2020
  • When: Late August through October
  • Grades: Current 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders
  • Level: Experienced youth runners (capable of running 2 miles on day 1)
  • Location: One location, practicing at Highbanks (our fall goal is to bring kids together from across central Ohio for one competitive-focused team)
  • Season Focus: Our fall XC team is a competitive club, with a focus on racing 1 and 2 mile cross country events. We'll race throughout central Ohio during the season, and our practices are geared towards a future of middle school and high school participation in the sport. The fall club is suited for kids already capable of running 2 miles. 
  • Member Handbook for Fall XC Season: Click here to access club handbook, complete with full schedule, price details, expectations, and more.
  • Register Here: Join us for a fall season of running and XC racing >>>

 

A Note About USATF Memberships for Club Members: 

Prior to registering your child for the Grasshoppers Summer Running club, you must have registered them with USATF and be able to provide their membership number. To do so, click here and join USATF today.  This is for insurance purposes: registering your child with USATF does not automatically register them for the Grasshoppers. Registration numbers will be verified with USATF prior to practices beginning.

When registering with USATF, your child's club number is 167 on the registration form.  USATF memberships must be renewed each calendar year, but they are good for multiple Grasshopper seasons if your child took part in the spring program or is planning on participating in the fall program later this year. 

A Note About Scholarships for Club Members: 

CRC offers both half and full scholarships for the Grasshopper program.  If you are interested in applying for a scholarship for your child, please contact us at info@columbusrunning.com and use Grasshopper Scholarship Request in the subject line of your message.  We'll send you a scholarship form to fill out at that time.