Reed City runners stayed active over summer

Reed City runners get ready for a team run last week. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

Reed City runners get ready for a team run last week. (Herald Review photo/John Raffel)

EED CITY – Turnouts have been impressive for Reed City’s cross country team during the summer.

The Coyotes have been doing group runs twice a week in getting ready for the fall season, which starts with official practices on Aug. 9. The runs begin behind the Reed City Middle School.

“We’ve had kids on vacation and spread out all over the place,” Reed City coach Rich Saladin said. “But we have pretty good tryouts. We’ve had 15 to 20 kids here every night. We do a little bit of core workouts and some light running. We’re building up some base and getting ready for the first workout on Aug. 9. We’re starting a little bit earlier this year.”

Being able to have official workouts two days earlier than normal “I think help prep us for the first race,” Saladin said. “Then we’re at the Chippewa Hills Early Season meet (in late August).”

The summer runs are usually on Tuesday and Thursday.

“The kids will organize some individual runs on their own,” Saladin said.

Next week is down week and the group run this past Thursday was the last one for the summer.

Having the summer runs pay off during the fall season, Saladin said.

“It builds good teamwork and gets the kids to knowing each other a little better,” Saladin said. “They have fun and we play some games. Sometimes they run around town or come back and run around our course. I follow around on my bike because I can’t keep up with my group.”

This year, compared to a year ago when the pandemic prevailed, provides a different atmosphere.

“I think the kids are more confident in what they’ll do because they know what they’re working toward,” Saladin said. “Last year, everyone was wondering when it might be pulled from under them. But unlike other sports, we got a full season in.”