Are the Raptors an "official" club?
We are indeed. The Raptors are an official USA Track & Field (generally "shorthanded" as USATF, the sanctioning body of virtually all amateur running in the U.S.) club, complete with insurance and the ability not only to attend all USATF meets and races, but also to host our own. Recently we also have become an AAU (Amature Athletic Union) club, So we have all the bases covered!
Where does the club train?
We train every Sunday at Cougar Field, behind Albany Middle School (1259 Brighton Ave. 94706) and MLK middle School track (Hopkins St. in Berkeley) from 11:00 a.m. unti 12:30 p.m. See home page for dates.
If I join, do I have to compete?
Up until this year, we said no one had to compete. But we ended up with so few kids at meets that we were kind of losing the whole point of the club. Our jerseys do say "Raptors Racing" after all! Meets are really fun and exciting once the initial hesitation has worn off and we felt that kids were missing a valuable experience. So, as of 2021, all Raptors are required to participate in at least two meets or races per year, once we HAVE meets to attend (thanks, Covid).
What if we have more than one runner in our family?
We offer a "sibling(s) rate." Each exta runner added per family is only $100. You will find it under the "options" bar on Paypal HERE
Matteo and Otto at opening ceremony of 2018 Junior Olympics in Greensboro, N.C.