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The Youth Chips Program

Spring 2024 Schedule

Lots of people have been asking about the spring schedule.  I can't do a full schedule yet because Folsom MS has not yet confirmed our use of the track and the dates of some distance meets are still up in the air.  SO, I'll give a schedule for the first 3 weeks and some dates that seem secure.  Also, register early for the Sac State 5K if you're planning to attend.

Practice will start at 4:30 pm until daylight savings time starts on 3/10.

Monday 2/12 4:30  Willow Hills XC course

Thurs 2/15  4:30  Willow Creek Boat Launch

Sat 2/17 8 am  Willow Creek boat Launch

Monday 2/19 4:30 Willow Hills XC course

Thurs 2/22 4:30 Willow Creek Boat Launch

Sat 2/24  8 am Willow Creek Boat Launch

Monday 2/26  4:30 Willow hills XC course

Thursday 2/29 4:30 Oak Chan Elementary School

Sat 3/2 8 am Beals Point

Known dates:

Miracle Mile (actually a mile, now) - April 7 (this is an early Sunday morning race and free - but we will need a timer since I can't be there.

Sheldon Distance Carnival - April 19

Sac State 5K - April 25 - register asap

Paiute Meadows Trail Run - (Susanville) - May 11 (this is a travel run - we get a discount on the race - both 4.5 miles and the half marathon + a discount at the casino for lodging.  My middle schoolers with experience should consider challenging themselves with this trail half-marathon.

Golden West Invitational - June 1, Cordova HS

Unknown dates -

possible distance carnival 3/29 (I'm not sure they realize this is during spring break

Fast Five in Chico

Two other possible short distance track meets.

Another possible fast 5K

Coach Linda

The Buffalo Chips Youth Team is a developmental team designed to help each athlete progress as best
they are able.
  • We work with all ages and abilities.
  • We are a TEAM.
  • We compete regularly to see improvement.
  • Cross country and relays are Team Sports.

We have two seasons:

Fall XC season lasts from late August through late November.

Spring Track/Road Season lasts from the last week of February through early July. 


Practice Days and Times

  • Mondays and Thursdays  6-7:15 pm  (4:30 later in the season)
  • Saturdays  8 am



  • Weekdays: (usually) Willow HILLS XC course behind Folsom HS
  • Saturdays: (usually) Willow Creek off Folsom Blvd, across from the light rail station
  • Parking is about $10. Park at light rail and walk, drop off your kids, stay with your car or
    buy a Poppy Pass for parking. The fine is more than $70!



  • ALL youth must be members of Buffalo Chips: Register and update your membership each year here.  Use the Student or Family membership price. Membership must be active to participate in practice.
  • Later in the season, all athletes considering participation in the National Championship
    will have to join the sponsoring organization.  More information to follow.

Come ready to run. Bring water, wear running clothes (preferably not cotton). If it is cold, wear layers. Eat a snack after school so you have some fuel in you. Bring a pad or towel for core work at the end of practice


ALL athletes 9+ years old should be wearing a watch to practice. They should know how to start, stop and clear the stopwatch feature.


ALL athletes with asthma (exercise induced or allergy induced) should have their inhalers WITH them in the car or sports bag. I am willing to lend mine in a true emergency, but an athlete with asthma should come prepared. If your doctor recommends using your inhaler before exercise, be sure to do so.


Singlets: $25-30. I have them in stock and will bring them to designated practices for purchase. They are worn with black bottoms (shorts, leggings). If your leggings are not black, wear black shorts over them in cold weather.

Please contact Coach Linda with any questions.

Linda Frazier