Welcome to Mt. Diablo Heat
We are a Junior Olympic Track & Cross Country team for youth athletes ages 7 to 15.
Head Coaches: Paul McCandless and Katherine Loberg
Our team is led by two head coaches with decades of experience coaching youth runners between them and many successful runners from high school to college. Please click on the Coaches' Profile to view details.
We have two training group locations to serve the Bay Area (Danville & Pleasanton) with weekly joint practices on Sundays.
Our team competes in USA Track & Field (USATF) cross country races in the fall and track events in the spring. During the track season, our training primarily focuses on distance events: 3000m, 1500m, 800m, and 4x800 relays.
The official start for the 2020 Cross Country Season will be August 10th!
Currently the Danville team is full for the Cross Country season. The Pleasanton team does have some availability, but will be capped at 20 athletes.
If you are interested in joining the Mt. Diablo Heat please visit the NEW? - START HERE link, read about our team, our philosophy and expectations for athletes and families to see if your athlete will be a good fit for our team. If your athlete and family seem like a good fit, please feel free to email one of our team managers or coaches.
Mt Diablo Heat is following all county and USATF guidelines in regards to preventing the spread of Covid19. We are limiting the number of athletes on the team and breaking into smaller, consistent training pods. Temperatures of athletes and coaches are taken before all practices, all parent coaches are wearing masks and all athletes are signing Covid waivers. If you have any questions about the measures we are taking please reach out to either of our head coaches.
Our team has three main goals:
1. To provide a structured training program that encourages each athlete to reach their fullest potential.
2. To promote running in a FUN, enjoyable way that translates into lifelong fitness and achievement.
3. To prepare our runners to be competitive in high school and college. For most of our runners running is their major sport.
While our training program is adapted to each runner's training age and current fitness, a runner considering joining our program needs to be able to run 3 miles continuously without stopping and run a single mile in <8 minutes to be appropriate for the Mt. Diablo Heat. The coaches regularly check in with every runner and customize training plans based on each runner's goals and needs.
What's the Best About Our Club?
We are a family oriented, fun loving group that happens to love running! Many of our athletes achieve results at the national level - including several All American runners.