The Classsic 10K Directors Invite All Kids to Run for FREE!

The Thunderbolt

- Is a race that is taking place immediately following the Junior Classic On Saturday June 2nd to help support kids with disabilities.

Please show your support and participate in the Thunderbolt Run of 400 meters, or 1 track lap immediately following the Junior Classic on Saturday June 2nd, with the Citizen's Classic Mile (all comers) to follow.

The Junior Classic is honored to be a partner with Healthy Orange and Orange County's Department of Health.


A Note to Parents, Guardians and Coaches

The Junior Classic is for all children. Whether they run, walk or do both, getting to the finish line is the goal! Listen to Frank Shorter talk about the importance of letting children run.

kids racing on the track

The Junior Classic is all about kids in grade eight and under. There is a one mile race for children ready for it and a family fun run with a Parent - Child 800 meter relay.

The day starts with our youngest runners, 5 and under, running 50 meters. Elementary-aged students compete in the stadium under the excellent direction of local elite runners and coaches at distances ranging from 100 meters to 800 meters.

All finishers will receive a Junior Classic Medallion and an event T-shirt. Everyone is invited to come back on Sunday to join us for the Awards Ceremony, to congratulate the winners, mingle with dignitaries and elite runners, and enjoy great food and entertainment.

kids reward themselves with ice cream

These runners know how to replenish their electrolytes, just like Mom and Dad!


There are many ways to prepare for a race. Download an article by Runners World contributor, Hal Higdon, about a program geared to keeping kids interested, while they learn to run better, longer, faster.


Schedule of Events - Saturday Starting at 9 a.m.
Age group races for all kids up through Middle School:
50 meters for ages 5 and under
100, 200, 400 & 800 meters for ages 6 and up
Parent - Child Race: 800 meters
Junior Classic Mile:
For all children. The one mile races may be held concurrently, depending upon participation.

Download Junior Classic Application

Descargar en español Clásico Juvenil solicitud

Olympic Gold Medalist Frank Shorter with Junior Classic Milers

The Junior Classic Races are co-sponsored by our good friends, the Middletown Cares Coalition.

Middletown Cares promotes drug-free living