About

Indoor Team Photo 2014 (2)

Mission Statement

Serving our youth through the sports for cross-country and track & field to achieve their personal goals and achievements while realizing the many benefits of a lifetime commitment to being physically fit and actively involved in our community regardless of their future endeavors ..

History

The Bozeman Track Club evolved in the late 80’s when its founder Dave Skelton recognized the ambition of local high school athletes in the greater Gallatin valley area having a special interest in indoor track & field. Beginning with only six athletes in 1989, the track club now boasts over 200 members actively participating in track & field, cross-country, and road races.

In 1996 the track club started an outdoor track & field season for younger athletes and six years later created an elementary/middle school cross-country program for the Bozeman school district in 2002. The club’s goals are to encourage and help young people to develop physically, emotionally and socially through their involvement in the sports of track and field and cross-country. Also to improve their physical conditioning as they learn skills related to track & field and cross-country.

Student athletes will build a positive self–image as they recognize their individual achievements. They will be part of a team that encourages and promotes the development of friendships, good sportsmanship, encouragement of fellow athletes, and a positive experience in all aspects.

Structure

Club membership focuses primarily on young athletes between the ages of 8 to 18 years old. However, the track club also includes “open” and “masters” athletes. Public, private and home school children living in the greater Gallatin valley are welcome to participate in the program. Experience and knowledge in competition is not necessary and all levels of skill and ability are welcome. At the close of the high school season, members join the younger age groups to participate in the USATF Junior Olympic programs during track & field and cross-country.

The club annually hosts or participates in a number of youth competitions including:

  • Little Bobcat Track – January to February
  • BTC “All-Comer’s” Indoor Track Meet
  • Gallatin Valley Hershey Youth Track Meet – End of May
  • Junior Olympic State/Regional Track & Field Championship – June
  • BTFA Summer Twilight All–Comer Series – June and July
  • BTC Youth Cross–Country Meet – October
  • Junior Olympic State Cross Country Championship – November

The club offers three basic competitive seasons throughout the year:

  1. Indoor Track & Field – December to March
  2. Outdoor Track & Field – May to August
  3. Cross Country – September to November