St. James Thunder is a homeschool Cross Country team located in the Eastern Panhandle of WV. It is under the umbrella of St. James the Greater Homeschool Group. The team is broken into two teams: the Hatfields and the McCoys. Each family who joins is assigned to one team.
We are open to kids K-12 of all levels and abilities. Our pricing is family-friendly so that entire families can participate! We also invite parents to run and train with us.
Our fall season runs August-early November.
Our spring season runs mid March-Mid May.
You are welcome to join us for a practice before signing up for the season.
Kids do not need to attend every practice, though adding running and having a running base before the season starts and as it progresses is encouraged.
Fall Practice days/times: Mondays 3:30pm-5pm, Tuesdays 3:30pm-5pm, Thursdays 3:00pm-4:30pm. There are approx. 3-4 races in the fall and these take place on Friday afternoons. Practices include running, sprints and hills, games, Geocache runs, trail runs, and Parkour.
Spring Conditioning season: Tuesdays: 3:30pm-5pm, Thursdays: 3:00pm-4:30pm with a final Obstacle Course race at the end of the season.
Angie started St. James Thunder and is a homeschoolmom who has always loved sports. She competed in Track and Field, volleyball and co-ed volleyball in high school and played volleyball in college. She started running after graduating from college and has enjoyed 5K's, 10K's, half marathon's and a marathon. She fond out about Dr. Phil Maffetone's training method from Dr. Mark Cuccuzella and uses it as a foundation for building endurance and minimizing injuries.
Paul Koczera, CSCS SMPL
Strength and Conditioning Coach
We are thrilled to have hired Paul Koczera to guide and create custom training programs for our team. He mixes endurance training with strength and is a huge advocate for running barefoot! Some of this amazing feats: . In 2012, he ran his first marathon — half of it barefoot. In 2014, he was elected as one of two runners in the 185 For Heroes fundraiser which involves running seven marathon distances in seven consecutive days. And in 2016, he and three companions set the fastest time for a four man team at the West Virginia Ragnar Trail course. Nowadays he likes testing his capacity for more strength on top of his endurance base -- something he calls Swolistic Running -- feeling awesome, looking great, and enjoying running (running doesn’t have to suck and make you skinny). Besides sharing his awesome talents with our team, he is the Fitness Director at The Fitness Equation, in VA. He can be reached at:
Spring 2019 was our trial for adding two Junior coaches and its success became the springboard to our Leadership Program.
Noah: Strength and Conditioning
Tristan: Parkour and Obstacles