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Cross country season is about to begin! The registration session will be August 19, Monday, starting at 5:30pm and running (heh, heh) until 7:00. You can get the process started by downloading and filling out an application form. Send to Coach Carl,, or bring it along to registration on Monday Aug 19.

What You Need

Team warm-up sweats and other apparel will be available for sale. Returning AAT 2019 track & field athletes will not need to fill out another registration form.

Costs. Call Coach Carl (328-3835) for information on fees and any other questions.

You can also register by coming by at any practice, 5:30pm Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, starting Aug 19. The team works out at John Robert Dam located on Juan Tabo Blvd NE between Montgomery and Spain. If you like what you see, you can register then!

Cross Country 2019

Do you like to run and have fun? Come join our Cross Country team!

Albuquerque Athletics Track (AAT) is looking for people like you, ages 5-18, for the 2019 Cross Country season. We need athletes to fill out our age group teams. No experience is required, and everyone competes in USA Track & Field's Youth (Junior Olympics) meets. We run at the local, state, regional, and national competitions, in cross country and in track & field. Registration is Monday Aug 19, 2019, 5:30-7pm at the top of the John Robert Dam, on the east side of Juan Tabo between Montgomery and Spain. This is also the first practice session.

2003 State/Region XVI: start of the midget girls race

photo by Cheryl Haaker

2003 State/Region XVI: Start of the Midget Girls race. AAT athletes are in the center, with turquoise tops and black shorts.

Age Groups (2019)

The Albuquerque Athletics Track (AAT) team is a track & field and cross country team for athletes age 5 to 18. The age groups for competition are divided by gender. The USATF division names nominally refer to "age", but actually mean the year of birth. Here are this year's divisions, with a convenient birth year table:

Age GroupBirth YearRace Distance
8 & under2011 & earlier2000m

The "8 and under" age group is allowed to compete at the State, Regional, and National meets. However, in order to compete in the National meet, the athletes must be at least 7 years old on December 31st.


Aerial view of Bear Canyon, showing the main trails.

Image taken from Google Maps

An aerial view of Bear Canyon, showing the trails that AAT will use. Juan Tabo and the John Roberts Dam are at the left (west), and the Tramway Bridge is at the right (east).

Initial signup will be Monday, August 19th, as will the first team practice. Athletes should dress to run! Practices will be held at John B. Robert Dam, which is located on the east side of Juan Tabo Blvd NE between Spain and Montgomery. Practice times are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 5:30 PM. Practice times will decrease in length as day light savings time ends and light permits. All practices will end by 7:00 PM. It is extremely important that parents are prompt in dropping off and picking up your athlete(s) at the practice field.

There will be no practice on the Labor Day holiday Monday Sep 2.

Parents are encouraged to work out on their own during practice. AAT feels that running, walking and exercise in general should be a life style that the whole family can participate in and enjoy. We feel that your presence at practice will serve to encourage your athletes to train hard and keep them at their best behavior. However, we do request that the parents do let the coaches coach and train the athletes at practice and the meets.

Athletes should wear comfortable running attire, including good running shoes ($50-$100), sweats, jackets, gloves, and hats to practice and the meets. No rest room facilities or water are available at the practice site. All athletes should bring their own water to practice. Always bring water to practice!

Cross Country Meets

Local cross-country meets are held on either a Saturday or Sunday. The Meets are usually an all-morning affair and are very exciting for everyone. AAT athletes should bring water to the meets. AAT parents may be required to assist in working at these meets by helping with timing, picking and other tasks.

The cross country season runs through December 14th. The schedule for the 2019 cross country season will be posted on this web site on the Meets page, as well as the USA Track&Field New Mexico page. This information will be periodically updated, as the season goes on, so be sure to check at least weekly!