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Learn Stretching Exercises for Cross Country!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, November 1, 2015

Kristy Popp, former assistant cross country coach at Iowa State University, runs a couple athletes through stretching exercises designed for long distance running. The stretches in this video are designed to help runners become more flexible and also avoid injuries.

Stretching & Flexibility

Drill Summary: There are three different stretches in this video that can be used after a cool down.

The first stretch is Groiners. The athlete sits on the ground with their knees bent and a little wider than their shoulders. In that position, they rotate their knees side to side, touching the ground (if they can) on every rep.

The second stretch is the Hurdle Trail Leg. For this exercise, find a fence or wall to hang on to. Face the fence/wall and act as if one of your legs is going over a hurdle. Make sure to go both backward and forward over the hurdle and work both legs.

The final stretch is Leg Swings. Use the wall/fence to anchor yourself, and swing your leg back and forth as well as side to side.


This video came from Championship Productions’ video “How to Build a Championship Cross Country Program.” View other world class Track & Field videos!

New Cross Country DVD Jerry and Kristy Popp!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Take a look at this brand new Cross Country DVD featuring Jerry and Kristy Popp.  Jerry Popp is a 3x National High School Coach of the Year and Kristy Popp is an Assistant Coach at Iowa State University.  This recently released Cross Country DVD is called:

How to Build a Championship Cross Country Program

  • Get coaching and program building ideas from 39x State Championship Coach Jerry Popp
  • Learn 10 effective recruiting and retention ideas to build your program
  • Get step-by-step early season to late season training ideas
  • Learn how to add strength and circuit training to your cross country program
  • Motivate and provide feedback to you athletes to keep them enthused throughout the season
  • Learn what do at meets to prepare your team to run a “complete” race

Looking for more high quality Cross Country instruction, check out the DVDs below:

Coaching High School Cross Country: Training and Racing Strategies 
Coaching High School Cross Country: Building a Championship Program
2011 National Distance Running Summit
Jack Daniels: The Grassroots of Coaching Cross Country


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