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Best-kept Secret in Colorado Kids’ Sports

I am a firm believer in keeping my kids active. Thankfully, the Recreation Districts where we live offer a wide variety of affordable sports programs that we’ve been taking advantage of since my kids could walk.

Some of the sports in which we’ve participated include:

  • Swimming Lessons
  • Dance Classes
  • Dive Team
  • Swim Team
  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Basketball, and
  • Lacrosse

Over the years we’ve become used to the crowds of parents and family members gathered to watch their kids play.  We’ve learned what to expect out of a kids’ game or meet and had our “been there, done that” mentality firmly entrenched.

Then we went to our first Cara Track meet.

Our expectations for a kids’ sports event were immediately blown out of the water.

CARA track program

Aurora Track Meet Held 06/16/12

These meets are big time.

Big time as in they are held at High School and State track facilities.  Big time in that there are 1,000+ people at a meet.  Big time in the level of organization and coordination it takes to get all the heats run, all the kids lined up, all the winners awarded, and all the events announced.  Big time.

And fun!

Plus I love to see the determination on my kids’ faces as they run as hard as they can to get to the finish line first.

Cara track program

My son placed first in the 50 meter dash.

I like sports because I believe the physical activity is good for them, but I’m equally happy that they learn how to take defeat with grace, how to push themselves to improve, how to work with a team, and how to be a good friend.

I highly encourage you to enroll your child in a sport.  If you think track is a good fit, please check out Cara Track to see which Rec District closest to you hosts a program.  Here are the ones I’m aware of:

  • APEX
  • Aurora
  • Brighton
  • Broomfield
  • Carbon Valley
  • Denver Lightning
  • Evergreen
  • Foothills
  • Fort Collins
  • Golden
  • Greeley
  • Highlands Ranch
  • Hyland Hills
  • Lakewood
  • Longmont
  • Montbello Cheetas Track Club
  • Plateville
  • South Suburban
  • Thornton
  • Wheatridge
  • Windsor

Costs vary by District, but the meets are free.  Yes, FREE.  Plus, there are scholarships to cover the enrollment fees if you qualify.  (If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, you’ll likely qualify to have the sign up fee waived.)

Do your kids play sports?  Which ones? 

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  1. Wow, love this. And you’re correct–I’d never heard of it!

    • Super program! It’s during the summers and through APEX if you wanted your kids involved – Lori Luz and mine are there. 🙂 Practice is at Oberon Middle School.

  2. You rock!! I’ve been looking for a Track program for my 5 year old…. Thank you so much!

    • Yay! I’ve been very impressed with the CARA sports. If you sign up then we can be at the meets together! Plus @Lori Luz son is in track too. 🙂

  3. The best sport I’ve found for my girls? Rugby. Yep. Tackle rugby. They LOVE it. Check it out.

    http://infinityparkatglendale.com/index.php/rugbytown/youth

    • Do you know of other programs for it? Other local places that have rugby on the roster? I’d love to know more.

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