Are the Raptors solely a youth team?
While the Raptors was formed as a youth team, it has also attracted the interest of parents, friends, etc. So, we do have runners of all ages that occasionally compete for Raptors (it's fun to race for a club!) but, in the main, we are a youth club.
How young can kids be?
We've had kids as young as six and we've had seven- and eight-year-olds too. They seem to have fun, and are always welcome but they do tend to drift away. Life presents a lot of fun distractions for kids so young! The ages that seem to get the most from Raptors and stay with the club are mostly kids between nine and maybe fifteen.
What are our goals?
Our number one goal, far out ahead of any others, is for the whole enterprise to be fun. Yes, it would be great to evolve into a very competitive club with many successful runners but that only happens if every participant truly enjoys taking part. In other words, we don't have tryouts. Anyone who wants to join is welcome. You don't have to be a runner. We have lots of room for those who want to learn to run. We are looking for spirited, basically nice people who like running/jumping/throwing more than we are seeking raw talent. Although there is always room for that too!
Six-year-old Kenzo racing the 5K at Lake Merritt. He beat a lot of adults!