Youth cross country is a co-ed sports program for boys and girls ages 6-12 years old. This class helps children develop fundamental skills and incorporates teamwork through instructional play. Whether it’s gaining the confidence that comes from learning to play or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participation in sports at the Y is focused on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. In addition, participants will learn the rules of the game and engage in team play while having fun.


Youth cross country meets once a week for 60-90 minutes of instruction and games. Youth cross country is offered for 7-10 week sessions throughout the school year. Length of session varies by Y location. Two meets are held during the program: one at Genesee Valley Park and another at Camp Arrowhead. All YMCA of Greater Rochester Cross Country programs will join together to run a competitive race at these events.


Youth cross country is designed to provide the opportunity to engage in a pre-competitive, instructional program in which children run on an open air course over natural terrain. The course may include a mix of woodlands, open country, hills, and flat ground. Emphasis is on building stamina and balance.

Youth Cross Country Sessions and Registration Dates

Fall I 2015 (September-November)

Registration and start dates vary by branch. Please contact us for more information.

A Program Membership provides an alternative to facility membership for those who wish to enroll in only selected classes/programs. It does not include fitness or aquatics facility privileges. To learn more about how your family can have full access to the YMCA, save on programs, and receive the benefits of a Y membership, click here.


Suburban Youth Cross Country Locations
Bay View – 1209 Bay Road (Webster)
Eastside -1835 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road (Penfield)
Northwest – 730 Long Pond Road (Greece)
Southeast – 111 E. Jefferson Road (Pittsford)
Westside – 920 Elmgrove Road (Gates)

Rochester City Youth Cross Country Locations
Carlson Metrocenter – 444 East Main Street
Maplewood – 25 Driving Park Avenue
Monroe – 797 Monroe Avenue