Cross Country Running Club


SPRING TRACK! The RAIN CITY FLYERS spring track program starts in late March 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 18th, at 6:00pm. For more information, click on Spring Track Info!

The Rain City Flyers cross country program, entering its 31st season in 2019, is open to all girls and boys interested in running, regardless of prior experience, ages 7 to 18. Practices will begin on Tuesday, September 3rd, 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.

2018 Rain City Scholarships Announced!

Please download these Information, Registration, Health, and Concussion Forms:
Welcome to Rain City | Registration Form | Health Form | Concussion Form | 2018 Scholoarship Awards


Beginning September 4, 2018, team practices will be 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 November 4, 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 6th, after daylight savings time ends, practices start at the lighted parking lot between the Greenlake track and the tennis courts, off Greenlake Way.

Spring Track practices start on Monday, March 19th, at 6:00pm. For more information, click on Spring Track Info!

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

2018 Rain City Scholarships Announced

Click here to download the 2019 Scholarship Announcement and Application

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 29 years of coaching RCF. Over time the scholarship has grown to recognize all the many coaches, parents, athletes and others who have contributed to 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.

2018 Scholarship Recipients

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2018 scholarships (download pdf):

Henry Gruen participated with Rain City from 2010 to 2014. He was a member of the 2011 All American 11-12-boys team that finished third at USATF Cross Country Nationals in Myrtle Beach. Henry credits RCF with teaching him many things. Through long and grueling races and in both successful and struggle-filled seasons he learned perseverance. He learned commitment from showing up to weekly practices and racing every Saturday. And he learned leadership as a 7th and 8th grader when he was an older member of the team.

Henry applied this learning when he moved on to high school at Seattle Prep. He ran all four years on the cross country and track teams and was captain of both. Henry is currently a freshman at the University of Wisconsin where he runs on a club team.

Parker Rathbun joined the Rain City Flyers cross country team in 2008. He competed in several Junior Olympics national meets, becoming an individual All American in 2010 (7th place 9-10 boys) and a team All American in 2011 as a member of the third place RCF 11-12 boys team. Parker continued his running career at Bishop Blanchet High School, where he was captain of both the cross country and track teams.

For Parker, games at Rain City practices were a highlight of his day and competing with a team of friends was fun. What he didn’t realize until much later was that he was also learning dedication by showing up to practice and that through competing in races he was learning to build and maintain friendships. And most importantly, he was learning to persevere not only the snow, hail, and rain, but also the bad races. There was always the next day of training, a new season with teammates – who ultimately are what matter.

Parker is taking a gap year after graduating from Bishop Blanchet. He will continue school at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA in the fall of 2019, where he will run for the cross country and track teams.

Veronica Redpath moved to Seattle from out-of-state when she was in 7th grade and Rain City Flyers was a way for her to meet new people and make friends. In her four years with the team, she competed in JO cross country, finishing as high as 2nd at the Regional meet. Veronica attended Ballard HS where she was captain of both the XC and track teams and competed at the State XC meet all 4 years.

Running on the Rain City team helped Veronica develop confidence. She learned the value of practice, setting personal goals, and most importantly teamwork. The skills she learned with Rain City opened doors of opportunity that she enjoyed through high school, and now at the university level. Pursuit of that personal record and being a valued part of the larger team keeps Veronica motivated to compete and support the team.

Veronica is a freshman at California Lutheran University. She was the top freshman for the CLU Regals XC team and is on the track team. She is pursuing studies in film-making, theater and orchestra. Check out her short films on YouTube!
Congratulations to our 2018 RCF Scholarship recipients! They join all nine past recipients as exemplary athlete/citizen role models, having truly demonstrated “... a commitment to working to achieve their personal best, both as an individual and as a member of the team.” We are proud of their accomplishments, within and beyond Rain City.

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