How fast does my son or daughter need to be to join the Harriers?

The Harriers take runners of all abilities and coach them for consistent improvement during the season and throughout the year. We want kids who love running and want to get better.

Does my child need to go to all of the practices and meets?

Yes, as many as possible! Cross country and track are not the types of sports that you can do well in without practice. If your child wants to do other activities and running is just an after-thought, then this is not the team for you!

If your athlete does not come to the practices, or consistently misses practice, he or she will not improve with their running and will be highly discouraged during practices and races. We usually use the comparison of our running team to club soccer. Being involved with our club practices and meets is expected. It would be counterproductive to sign up for a soccer team and miss practices and games, just as it would be to sign up to be a part of the Harriers and miss practices and meets.

Can my child do just cross country or just track, without doing both?

We don’t recommend it. The Harriers train year-round for optimum results.

How much does it cost?

The Club director sets the fees for the season at least a month before the season begins, depending on the races that we have added to the calendar for the team to run in. We are one of the least expensive sports to participate in. Running is much cheaper than Soccer, Lacrosse, Dance, Football, Baseball, Gymnastics, and almost every sport. The fee for fall 2022 was $225 and will be a similar fee for the spring season.

The Club fees go towards AAU cost of membership, the cost of running the club, race fees, and of course your child’s uniform is included. Fees are collected twice a year.

Parents are also expected to purchase proper running shoes. The coaches are very happy to direct you on that matter and save you money in the process.

Where do you practice?

The Club practices in the North Tampa/Lutz/Citrus Park area which is convenient for runners there and a very short drive from places like Land O’ Lakes, Westchase, Carrollwood, Northdale, etc.

Do you have to live in Hillsborough County?

No. The Hillsborough Harriers name is just for alliteration. A lot of our runners and even coaches are from Pasco County.

Bay Area XC Championship – 2022

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022

Hosted by The Hillsborough Harriers

Where: Mary Help of Christians Center, 6400 E. Chelsea St., Tampa (Temple Terrace area)

Times: 8:00 am – Middle School Girls  (3K)

             8:30 am – Middle School Boys (3K) 

             9:00 am- Combined Girls & Boys Kindergarten – Grade 3 (2K)   

What: Join over 400+ area youth runners in the largest middle school and youth cross country meet in Tampa Bay! Compete for prestigious Florida-unique medals!

The Top 20 4th-8th Graders in each race (boys and girls) will receive a medal confirming their achievement as one of the fastest runners in Tampa Bay! This race is a 3km race (~1.86 miles)

NEW MEGA GIANT team trophies will be given to the top 2 teams in each gender in the Middle School Division.

K-3rd grade compete in the fastest 2k ever! Top 5 of each gender will win a medal.

The race event will also be full of fun! It is the “Don’t Miss” youth running event for 2022 in Tampa Bay.

Club/School/Charter schools please sign up here:


Unattached runners can contact the Harriers Club Director at HarriersXC@gmail.com