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Shelby County will be offering a new fall sport to ages 6-14.
Coordinator Katie Vannoy said she came up with Shelby County Shock, a youth cross country team, to hopefully give kids another way to be active.
Cross country is the reason why Vannoy still runs today.
“It’s a sport everyone can do,” Vannoy said. “It doesn’t take much skill. Just one foot in front of the other.”
Shelby County Shock will be joining other teams in the Central Missouri Athletics Circuit. The season will start with practice in mid-August and meets will begin in September-November. There will be five to six meetings for the season, roughly every other weekend located throughout central Missouri.
Practices will take place twice a week at the Shelbina Lake.
Distances will be divided by age group. Ages six to eight will run 2K (1.24 miles). Ages nine to 12 will run 3K (1.86 miles) and 13-14 will run 4K (2.48 miles).
“I hope to give children a lifelong joy of being physically active,” Vannoy continued, “It doesn’t matter how fast you are. Trust me, I was not the fastest on my team, but I still enjoyed competing.”
Registration will include membership fees and race fees. Cost will be $40 per student.
Shelby County Shock is looking for sponsors. Those interested can contact Vannoy at 573-694-1771.