Cross Country Running Club


SPRING TRACK! The RAIN CITY FLYERS spring track program starts on March 20th and continues on through the end of the Junior Olympics, which run through the middle of July. The first part of our season we practice and compete through the Meadowbrook Community Center, sponsored by the Seattle Parks Department, competing against other community center teams. Rain City is primarily a distance club but we do have coaching that includes most the traditional track and field events. Practices start on Monday, March 20th, at 5:45pm. For more information, click on Spring Track Info!

The Rain City Flyers cross country program, entering its 29th season in 2017, is open to all girls and boys interested in running, regardless of prior experience, ages 7 to 18. Practices will begin on Tuesday, September 5th, at Woodland Park in Seattle. Runners are welcome to join throughout the season. The early season club meets on the schedule are developmental.

No prior organized running experience is required, but participants should come with a commitment to working to achieve their personal best, both as an individual and as a member of the team. We have a great group of people involved in our program, and have fun at practices and meets. Invite your friends to join with you. If you are on a high school, middle school or CYO team, you can join Rain City Flyers at the completion of your season.

2016 Rain City Scholarships Announced!

Please download these Information, Registration, Health, and Concussion Forms:
Welcome to Rain City | Registration Form | Health Form | Concussion Form | 2016 Scholoarship Awards


Beginning September 6, 2016, team practices are at Woodland Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings, 9:00-10:30 a.m, when there is no Saturday meet. Practices are rain or shine and you should dress accordingly. Through October 30, practices start at Picnic Shelter No. 3, in Woodland Park, off North 50th just to the east of Aurora Ave. Practices last about 90 minutes. Beginning Tuesday, November 8, after daylight savings time ends, practices start at the lighted parking lot between the Greenlake track and the tennis courts, off Greenlake Way. Updated 2-27-16

How to Join & Coaches

Team membership forms can be downloaded from this website or obtained at team practices. The team membership fee is $15 for an individual and $25 for a family. Race entry fees are separate for each race entered. The cost of a team singlet is $15. Participation in the Junior Olympics meets requires membership in USA Track & Field, which costs $20 for an annual membership.

Jim Neff is the Rain City Flyer head cross country coach. Jim has been a Rain City Flyer coach since the team was organized in 1989 and the head coach since 1994. Corey Batten has been with Rain City Flyers since 1994, starting as the parent of a runner and staying on as a coach.

For Further Information: Contact Coach Jim Neff
Email: | Phone 206•523•4233
You can also contact Coach Corey Batten, | 206•829•9849

2016 Rain City Scholarships Announced

Click here to download the 2017 Scholarship Application and Information Sheet

History: The RCF Scholarship was established in 2013 by the cross country team parent group to recognize Jim Neff for his “. . . generosity and dedication to Rain City and our kids.” Since inception, the parents have collected funds which are designated for the Rain City Flyers Scholarship as an expression of thanks to Jim for his time, energy and effort for their children and for the hundreds of youth he has coached and guided to become responsible athlete/citizens of the world over his 25 years of coaching RCF.

Purpose of the scholarship: The RCF Scholarship recognizes a graduating high school senior with plans to further their education. The recipient will have participated with Rain City Flyers and demonstrated “... a commitment to working to achieve their personal best, both as an individual and as a member of the team.” Additionally, the recipient will be a recognized role model of an exemplary responsible athlete/citizen. In the absence of qualified high school senior applicants, the application process may be opened to current collegians.

2015 Scholarship Recipients

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2016 scholarships:

Flora Davis competed with the Rain City Flyers cross country team from 2008-2014. In 2008 she was a member of the 9-10 girls team that finished second at the Junior Olympics National Championships in Richmond, Virginia. Flora continued to compete in cross country and track at Roosevelt HS. She was a 4 year letter winner in cross country and captain of both the cross country and track teams.
Starting at an early age, Flora states that “Rain City ignited by love of running, and it quickly became my favorite sport. I have grown stronger both mentally and physically through my pursuit of better races and faster times…” She has taken this “can-do” attitude to the University of Washington where she is pursuing a degree in the business program.
During her freshman year in Seattle at UW Flora showed her continuing support for the Rain City Flyers when she returned to the Stampede to volunteer as a course monitor. We look forward to her continuing connections.

Kyle Bretherton competed with the Rain City Flyer cross country team from age 8 through 14, where he was a committed team and individual competitor. He attended Lakeside Upper School where he continued to compete in both cross country and track and field, earning six varsity letters. He was captain of the cross country team as a senior. During the track season he competed not only in the distance events, but also as an unusual combination, in the pole vault. Kyle was a National Merit Scholar finalist and winner of the Lakeside Scholar-Athlete Award.
For Kyle, Rain City started as an activity to help “make it through the day without bouncing off the walls,” and grew to what he hopes will be a life-long passion. We hope running continues to serve him well at Dartmouth College where he is currently completing his freshman year.

Click here for more information about the scholarship program and previous recipients.