• BMS Cross Country BMS
    Cross Country Team
    **  BEARDEN CROSS COUNTRY 2019  ** 

    Goals: Introduce students to the sport of cross country running and help each runner improve his/her speed and endurance over the course of the season. Learn that running is fun! This program is for runners or runners-to-be of all levels.

    Season: 9 August through 5 October (regional) or 19 October (state), 2019

    Training: Two formal practices each week from 3:45-5:15 pm Wednesday and Friday. All practices start at school; meet by the track. All Friday practices will be at Bearden Middle School. Wednesday practice (8/14) will be at BMS. All other Wednesday practices beginning 8/21 will start at BMS and end at the West-Side YMCA. Any deviations from this practice schedule will be announced over the school PA prior to the end of school and e-mailed to the cross country distribution list.  Additional optional workouts will be announced to full team when scheduled.  There will be optional course preview runs the Sunday before each meet. First official practice will be Friday August 9th – meet at tent by the track at 3:45.  Runners will improve faster if they run more than twice per week.

    Races: Six Cross Country races are planned for the fall season. Races are approximately two miles long. The first meet is Saturday 8/31; the 2nd is Thursday 9/5.  Other meets are Tuesdays beginning September 10th and continuing through the 5th meet on September 24th.  The regional championship is on Saturday October 5th.  Assuming we qualify, the State Championship on Saturday October 19th will be our 7th and final meet. Depending on where the course is, for Tuesday meets girls races start between 6:00 and 6:15, and boys start after the girls are done.  1stSaturday meet girls start at noon. Plan to arrive, ready to run, at least 40 minutes before the start of the race (30 minutes is cutting it way too close). Parking is a pain, so carpooling and arriving early is recommended.  


    Meet locations:

    1.  Sat 8/31 at Victor Ashe Park,

    2. Thu 9/5 at Cove Lake State Park,

    3. Tues 9/10 at 1st Baptist Church, Sevierville,

    4. Tues 9/17 at Johnson University.,

    5. Tues 9/24 at Leisure Pools – Forks of the River,

    6. Sat 10/5 Regional champs at Victor Ashe Park, and

    7. Sat. 10/19 State Champs at Victor Ashe Park.

    Transportation: Participants provide their own transportation to and from practices and races.  Carpooling highly recommended.

    Requirements: Athletes are expected to attend 2 scheduled practices each week and participate in scheduled races during the season. Any deviations should be discussed with a coach ahead of time, but we are willing to work with kids to allow doubling up with other activities (i.e., other sports, Science Olympiad). 

    We need two things to officially register your runner on the team:

    1. A completed registration form. You can fill it out online: 

    2. Fees: $65.00 cash or check ($35 if you have singlet from last season). Covers program administration, insurance, entry fees for all meets, and team race singlet. Make checks payable to Chris Welsh (not to Bearden Middle School or Knox County Schools).  Talk to me if fees are a significant issue with being able to participate.

    Shoes and attire: Your runner will also need comfortable running shoes and shorts.  We often deal with a lot of hot weather, so plan running attire accordingly.

    Volunteers Needed!  The Bearden team usually has 40-50 runners.  With that many, it is essential that we have parent help to avoid total chaos at practices.  If you are willing to come and run with a group of kids or just help keep them on task, we would love to have you.  This year Knoxville Youth Athletics insurance requires anyone working directly with the kids to undergo a free background check.  If you can help, contact Coach Chris for a link to the background check site.


    We’ll have our informational meeting on Thursday August 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Runner's Market in Bearden (at Western Plaza; 4443 Kingston Pike). We’ll spend 15-20 minutes discussing the cross country program and answer any questions you may have. For those looking to buy shoes, Runners Mkt staff will be on hand to advise you on shoe fitting (maybe best to come early for that), and they will offer a discount on shoes, spikes, and apparel. 

    Remember, first official practice will be Friday August 9th, right after school at BMS. Practices start at 3:45 and end between 5:00-5:15. Please plan to pick your runner up by 5:15. All Fridays and Wednesday 8/14 start and end at BMS. All other Wednesdays (8/21-10/16) start at BMS but pick-up is at the Westside Y.

    Knoxville Youth Athletics will be managing the overall program as they did last year. For more info, visit

    https://knoxvilleyouthathletics.org/elementary-and-middle-school-cross-country-program/   The site has a full listing of race dates and times, direction to meet venues, and much more. 

    Note: Discounts on shoes and other accessories are available at Runners Market and at Fleet Feet.  Be sure to tell them you on the Bearden Middle team when you make your purchases.


    Coach Chris Welsh, cwelsh@utk.edu or cell 964-3696 (ok to text)

    Coach Ron Campbell, fudgeron@yahoo.com 

    Coach Elizabeth Cofer, elizabeth.cofer@knoxschools.org




Important Files

Contact Info

  • Coach Chris Welsh
      Phone: 766-0368 [cell 964-3696]
    BMS Faculty Representative
    Coach Elizabeth Cofer 
    Cell (423) 504-4376
    Coach Ron Campbell