The New Albany Track Club, a non-profit organization formed to bring track and cross country back to elementary students in Floyd County, is ready to launch its inaugural series of meets.
“Most kids at a young age love running,” said club founder and president Justin Endres, a New Albany-based attorney. “We just want to give kids an opportunity to encourage their enjoyment of running and participation in healthy activities.”
The turnout, Endres lauded, has far surpassed the group’s initial projections.
“We knew there was some level of interest but had absolutely no idea that kids and parents would be this excited to have an opportunity like this back in the county.”
Three of the club’s six meets will be held at Community Park in New Albany, with the first race scheduled for Sept. 20. Other courses will include Floyd Central High School and a route through downtown New Albany just before the annual Harvest Homecoming parade.
“It would be fun to have people come out and just watch and support the kids,” Endres said.
Approximately 400 kids are registered and nearly all elementary schools in the New Albany-Floyd County system will be represented, Endres said. The club will also host runners from other schools, including Christian Academy. Students in grades second through fourth are eligible to participate.