While the regular Columbia Track Club events are open to people of all ages, CTC also holds several youth events throughout the year. From the Summer Youth Program to the CTC Colts cross country teams. Below is a list of kids events. For more kids events in the area, please see our links section.
Summer Youth Program
This four-week program takes place on Wednesday nights at 5:45 pm beginning in June and stresses personal improvement for kids ages 3 to 18. More than 100 youth compete in running and walking events (ranging from 50-yard dash to 1-mile run) and field events (long jump and shot put). For more information contact: Dick Hessler 573-874-2906.
Preregister for 2023 Youth Program at RunSignUp
Summer Youth Program flyer (for printing)
Columbia Track Club Colts cross country team runs as part of Central Missouri Athletic Circuit (CMAC). All children aged 6-14 are welcome. Practices begin in late August. A $20 family membership in the Columbia Track Club is the only team cost. For more information contact Greg and Rachel Blomquist (CTC.ColtsXC@gmail.com).
Also, see 2023 Colts Cross Country flyer for further information.
From 1988 – 2021 CTC awarded annually $1,000 Joe Marks Youth Scholarships to students from local high schools. To be considered for the scholarships, students were required to be involved in either track & field or cross country and an active member of CTC where he/she has volunteered in various running/walking events. The scholarships were funded by club memberships, club-sponsored events and private donations.
The Columbia Track Club – Blue Thunder Track Club Scholarship Fund was established in 2022 through the Community Foundation of Central Missouri. CFCM provides scholarships for Columbia Track Club and Blue Thunder Track Club members. To make a donation by check, note “For CTC/BTTC Scholarship Fun” in the memo section. Check should be payable and send to Community Foundation of Central Missouri, PO Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65205. Any donation is irrevocable but provides a charitable tax deduction. The Foundation (CFCM) manages the funds, makes investments, issues statements, sends applications to the schools and disburses the scholarship money to recipients. Contact CFCM for more information.
Below are the 1988 – 2021 CTC Joe Marks Youth Scholarship recipients.