Is cross country a real sport? 37 replies

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crisissuit3

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#1 10 years ago

ok first a little backstory. last year one of my buddys started pestering me about joining a sport. i told him no i dont feel like joining anything. now this year i joined cross country. he told me i should join a sport i told him i joined cross country. he then says thats not a real sport and starts giving a speech on how volley ball is better. now i ask you all. do you consider Cross-Country a real sport. I mean we exercise and we compete with other people. so how is it not a sport?




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#2 10 years ago

. . . How is it not? Jogging is a sport, maybe not a competitive, and Cross Country is basically Jogging on . . the country.

I know I was going to join a sport, it would be wrestling.




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#3 10 years ago

In middle school it may be jogging, but "competitive" cross country is running.

As far as I'm concerned, cross country fits the definition of a sport:

Sportan athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature

Just have your friend challenge a few runners. They'll make him crawl into the fetal position soon enough. =p




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#4 10 years ago

Yes. Of course. It is competitive, and it requires physical skill. Therefore, it is a sport.




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#5 10 years ago

I say tell your buddy to put his credibility on the line and see how fast he can run in open terrain for 3 miles. Cross Country is indeed a sport and a tough one. I have a step brother whom went to state in it here in Washington way back in the 70s. By the time he got to the state meet he had a shin splint so bad he had one lower leg fully tapped, yet he still persisted and got 6th out of a field of 18. I was never more proud of him then that day, yet he was not satisfied. Cross Country runners are like that, tough and dedicated.

Bobby used to ask me on a whim sometimes if I wanted to go to the store with him. Out in the valley of Spokane back then, as rural as it was, that meant a mile and a half walk, but no, Bobby meant RUN all the way to the store, spend precious few minutes shopping, then run back, and at a pace I could not hang with.

What's unique about Cross Country and Track is they're team sports that have no feeling of team once you are out there in a race. Once the starting gun goes off it's all on you. This also reflects in the training. No matter what quality of coach you have, you need to discipline yourself to do well in Cross Country and Track and Field. They are sports of solitude, the coaches don't have time to be there for every athlete all the time, yet a good one will know if you are not giving it your all in practice.

I was in Track and Field in my younger school days grades 6-9. I did both field and track events, high jump, triple jump, sprints, relays, and pole vault. In 9th grade I qualified for the state AAU meet in the pole vault, then did poorly there due to being so tense. The 3rd place ribbon for merely making the qualifying height with only 3 vaulters was no consolation either.

I'll offer some words of advice on Cross Country. Get shoes that have a good combination of shock absorption and light weight. Try not to do all your training on hard surfaces like pavement and when you do run on it try and keep a light, momentous stride using gentle arm swing, occasionally dropping your arms to relax them.

Heavy foot pounding running on pavement can cause shin splints. I really believe had Bobby not trained so much on pavement he'd not have had to run with that painful injury at that state meet. You need to stretch religiously both before and after running long distances, esp on pavement, to stay limber and relaxed. Also hydrate well and make sure you keep your electrolytes up, esp in hot weather.

Cross Country is a sport that will test your limits, but when you do well at it it's quite a feeling of accomplishment. Volleyball can be intense too, but I think it's silly someone would mock Cross Country implying it's not even a sport. When you get in top shape for it take your volleyball friend out on a practice run and when he pukes his guts out at the end ask him what he thinks then. If he refuses tell him he's not a real athlete.

Cross Country and Track are not sports you go into trying to impress others. You need to believe in yourself and be willing to endure unnoticed, unappreciated pains to become good at it. Don't think about what others opinions of it and your involvement in it are. JUST DO IT!, but don't think you have to get Nikes, it's not a sport of trendiness. LOL




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#6 10 years ago
crisissuit3;4562010ok first a little backstory. last year one of my buddys started pestering me about joining a sport. i told him no i dont feel like joining anything. now this year i joined cross country. he told me i should join a sport i told him i joined cross country. he then says thats not a real sport and starts giving a speech on how volley ball is better. now i ask you all. do you consider Cross-Country a real sport. I mean we exercise and we compete with other people. so how is it not a sport?

Coming from a person that has done 4 years of X-C in high school: Yes, it is a sport. You're friend is an idiot, to put it bluntly. Another Edit: I've never done a full marathon though. That takes endless dedication to complete. Something I don't think I have now at this point since I haven't ran long distance in a couple of years.

Edit: I've also completed a half marathon (13.some miles) for my senior graduation project. And that was no joke. Most people can't even fathom running more than a couple of miles. But if you really put your mind to it, it's not as overwhelming as people make it sound like.

Cross-country is a very phsycially demanding sport. It takes all of your body and all of your mind to practice and to compete. It's not a sport to be taken lightly.




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#7 10 years ago

yeas, it is a real sport...................and it is great sport....




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#8 10 years ago

Nice story rednecks, I like it when people share moments like that with the rest of us.

I must disagree however on it being a sport.

Personally, and I know people will dislike my opinion, I believe there are only a few true sports. Ahem, the list!

Basketball Baseball Bodybuilding Football Golf Swimming Track [running]

I see all those other "sports" as glorified leisure activities. Also, just because something is hard does not make it a sport. I cannot change what society currently believes are sports but thankfully, God, I am able to possess my own opinion on the matter.




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#9 10 years ago
N88TR;4562538Nice story rednecks, I like it when people share moments like that with the rest of us. I must disagree however on it being a sport. Personally, and I know people will dislike my opinion, I believe there are only a few true sports. Ahem, the list! Basketball Baseball Bodybuilding Football Golf Swimming Track [running] I see all those other "sports" as glorified leisure activities. Also, just because something is hard does not make it a sport. I cannot change what society currently believes are sports but thankfully, God, I am able to possess my own opinion on the matter.

intresting list. but doesnt swimming require basically the same kind of endurance and work as cross country? and what about track? both sports are baiscally the same. its just one is shorter and faster then the other.




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#10 10 years ago

N88TR;4562538Nice story rednecks, I like it when people share moments like that with the rest of us.

I must disagree however on it being a sport.

Personally, and I know people will dislike my opinion, I believe there are only a few true sports. Ahem, the list!

Basketball Baseball Bodybuilding Football Golf Swimming Track [running]

I see all those other "sports" as glorified leisure activities. Also, just because something is hard does not make it a sport. I cannot change what society currently believes are sports but thankfully, God, I am able to possess my own opinion on the matter.

You have 'golf' but not tennis, boxing or beach volley? Golf is an incredibly glorified leisure activity. Personally I don't find golf, swimming or track to be 'sports' per se, because it's not competetive in the way I require for things to be "properly" competetive. It's time attack, or rather, they just compare results. In golf, whether you play Tiger Woods or.. me, you'll have the exact same experience, if we play on the same course. In tennis, for instance, you'll have two radically different experience if you play me or Federer. So, in any activity where you don't play against a person, but against the course or time, and just compare results, they're just ridiculous.

I think you should broaden your view of what makes sports. I agree the definition of what makes a sport has been perverted throughout the years, but your list is even worse.