Summer Program

Who: High school runners from the greater Boston area

What: Summer cross country training group meeting three times weekly

When: July 9th, 2019 through August 18th, 2019

Where: Locations around Boston—Harvard University, Battle Road Trail, Western Greenway, Chestnut Hill Reservoir, Walden Pond, etc.

Skill Level: Program will be tailored to each individual's needs and capabilities

Crimson Cross Country is more than just a training group: it’s a close-knit community of high school runners from all over Boston who want to improve, get to know other runners, expand their network in the running community and learn from expert NCAA DI coaches. In addition to training runs, participants will learn techniques and training protocols that will sustain performance and focus throughout the season.

This program will help athletes build momentum during the summer months so that they come back to school in the fall feeling fit and excited to compete.

Our Goals:


Our club is led by NCAA Division I coaches with decades of experience in working with high-level athletes. Club founder Jason Saretsky will be assisted by the husband-wife team of Coach Alex Gibby and Kathy Newberry.

Coach Saretsky, the William W. “Bill” McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country at Harvard, has been leading the Crimson for thirteen years. His tenure has included 37 All-American honors including the top American finisher at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, as well as Harvard’s first-ever Triple Crown in 2016-2017, when the women’s team took home conference titles in cross country, indoor, and outdoor track. Before coming to Harvard, Coach Saretsky served as an assistant coach at both Iona College and Columbia University. He was also an accomplished runner himself at Columbia.

Coach Gibby and Coach Newberry are in their second year at the helm of the men’s and women’s distance program at Harvard, having recently joined Harvard after working at UNC-Charlotte. There, they oversaw Charlotte’s first-ever individual point-scorer in a distance event at the NCAA Championships in Eugene. Before Charlotte, the pair coach at Michigan and William and Mary. From 2003-2013, Coach Gibby led teams to the NCAA Cross Country Championships ten times in that 11 year period, finishing as high as fifth place. Coach Newberry has represented the U.S. in five World Cross Country Championships and at the 2011 IAAF World Track and Field Championships in the marathon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this program suitable for all runners? Yes, our programs are tailored to each individual's needs and capabilities. There are no performance standards required to participate.  Runners will be assigned to different groups based on their proficiency.

What will we do at each session? It will vary. We will teach active isolated stretching and a variety of active warm-ups. Runs will vary each time in length and location and will be tailored to each individual’s goals. We will discuss racing strategies and techniques, how to maintain running logs and much more. Sessions will also include appropriate cool downs and introduction to several post-workout recovery routines.

What times will the sessions be held? We will meet on Sunday at 9am, and Tuesday and Friday at 5:30pm.

Do you hold the session if the weather is bad? We will meet rain or shine unless the weather is dangerous (i.e. thunder and lightning). In the event of thunder and lightning, we’ll delay the session until the weather passes if possible. If we do have to cancel a session, all parents/guardians will be notified via email at least two hours before the start of the session. Please note that we do not issue refunds for sessions cancelled due to weather conditions.

What do I need to bring to the session? Please come dressed to run and bring water or a sports drink to keep you hydrated during our sessions.

What is your refund policy? A full refund will be issued less a $100 administrative fee up to 3 weeks prior to the start of the first session. We cannot honor any refund requests received less than 3 weeks prior to the start of the program. Please email refund requests to All registrations are non-transferrable and cannot be assigned to another participant.


Cost: $199 per week.

*If six or more students from the same high school sign up for two or more weeks, a $25 rebate will be given to each student. Email with each student’s name and high school to be eligible for this rebate.*

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Jason Saretsky: | 617.694.5807