Joe Mis Summer Running Program

The Joe Mis Junior Striders Summer Program runs from May to June each year and is open to current Calumet Region Strider members ages 5 to 18.

Our Track program is ONLY open to CURRENT MEMBERS. If your child is not yet a member, you can purchase the CRS Family membership online here.

Registration is open now!



Practices are held each week in Lake County.  The season begins the Monday after Mother's Day. Participants can attend as many practices each week as they would like. Details on locations and times are posted on Facebook and communicated through the REMIND App. Be sure to check it regularly for any changes.

  • During the first few weeks, we will meet to focus on general conditioning
  • We are planning on meets and details will be communicated later.
  • Practices are rain or shine, unless there is inclement weather. (we practice indoors at the Dean & Barbara white community center during inclement weather).
  • Mondays will focus on speed work
  • Wednesdays will focus on track work (or additional speed work for those not doing traditional track)
  • Thursday practies are focused on those wanting to maintain base running/train for the Friendship 5K (those wanting to do track can come on this day)

Youth runners who want to stay or get in competitive shape should be training 4-5 days a week. Coaches can offer suggestions on the type of training runners should be doing on non-practice days.

Cancellations & Program Updates

Program updates and cancellations will be announced through Remind 101 and our Facebook page. Like and follow us on Facebook here. Coaches will provide details on Remind 101 signup at the beginning of each season.


Uniforms are optional but good to have for meets and other race events. Ordering is done through coach Deanna.

Volunteers Needed!

All of our coaches are volunteers and do not get paid. To help keep costs down, we need parents to volunteer and help at one or more of the youth events during the season.

Optional Competitions

Runners will need to qualify for the optional opportunities provided through the AAU and USATF.

Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympics

    • Annual membership required to participate (Use club code W36FFE)
    • AAU Indiana District Qualifier meet:
    • AAU Regional Championships:
    • AAU Junior Olympic Games:

USA Track & Field (USATF) Junior Olympics

  • Annual membership required
  • USATF Indiana Junior Olympic Championships:
  • USATF Region 7 Junior Olympic Championships:
  • USATF Junior Olympic National Championships:

Optional Local Opportunities

Junior Striders can participate in a variety of local events, including:

  • The Gold Cup Series, the Calumet Region Striders competitive race series: youth earn age-group awards after completing just 5 races
  • Sponsored races and other local 5K races (not recommended for kids under 7 years of age)
  • Chick-Fil-A Youth Track Meet
  • Indiana State Athletic Club Invitational
  • Midwest Youth Championships

Please note that coaches are not always available at these events.

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