Spring Track and Field: (Click "read more" to see full details)
Fairfax: Distance, Sprint, and Field Event (field events as able/as coaches as available) practices will occur each Fairfax practice date at Van Dyck park, Lanier Middle School, and at Fairfax High School.
Accotink: No sprint event (100m, 200m, 400m) workouts are practiced at Accotink. Accotink may include 200m and 400m repeats, but the focus is more for the distance runner, doing repeats, not focusing on only a 200m or 400m sprint race. They do not practice repeat starting line explosive efforts or perfect sprinting form. If your child is more of a sprinter or wants to focus on field events, then Lake Accotink will not be the best place for them.
Accotink For Track and Field and Cross Country: The focus of Lake Accotink will be more distance type workouts. Workouts at Accotink will include some longer distance mile repeats (or age appropriate distances) or progressive ladders (start short and increase distance), shorter repeats of 200m and 400m, and also some hill workouts. There is no track at Accotink (or Van Dyck). Runs will be on the trails there.
There have been fall cross country practices at Accotink each year for a while and this is the 2nd track season that Lake Accotink has been an option. Coaches who live near Accotink manage practices at Accotink to offer an option for those who prefer the trails there and/or who live closer to Accotink and may find it difficult traffic-wise to get into downtown Fairfax or to Lanier MS.
Numbers of Runners: The number of runners at Accotink is significantly less than the number of runners at the Fairfax locations. If there are close to 300 kids on FPYC running, we expect between 25-45 of them to go to Accotink.
Practice Meeting Spots:
Van Dyck Park: Athletes should meet at the pavilion at the park.
Lanier Middle School: (Spring Track and Field Only): Athletes should meet at the gravel track located on the school grounds, off of Jermantown Rd.
Providence Park: (Fall Cross Country Only) Athletes meet at the pavilion at Providence Park.
Accotink on Tuesdays: The Tuesday meeting spot for Lake Accotink is under the elevated train trestle that you see if/when you drive in on Lake Accotink Rd. It is near the dam, down the hill from the bathrooms, playground, and merry-go-round. There is also a parking lot off of Heming Ave. You can walk down the path to the merry-go-round area and then continue down to the meeting spot. You can get to Heming Ave. off Braddock or off of Queensbury which is off of Braddock depending on direction from which you are driving. There is a parking area near the elevated train trestle if you drive in on Lake Accotink Rd. Check Googlemaps.
Accotink on Thursdays: Meet in front of Kings Glen ES on Danbury Forest Dr.