Welcome to the Asheville Lightning Junior Olympics Team website. Junior Olympics (affectionately known as JOs) is the top youth Track & Field and Cross Country program in America and is sponsored by USA Track & Field, our national track and field organization. It is open to boys and girls from ages 6 to 18, from beginners to advanced high school level. The Asheville Lightning is one of the most respected and well known Junior Olympics teams in the southeast and in 2012 it received the prestigious North Carolina Track & Field Association President’s “Youth Best Practices Award”, a recognition from the state level of the superior organization and administration of the Asheville Lightning. Over 2000 young athletes from Western North Carolina have been members of the team since it was first formed in 1991 and many of these have been State, Regional and National Champions. The team annually has over 20 volunteer coaches, a dedicated administrative staff and is supported by many youth-oriented organizations. Typically over 100 young athletes are on the team each summer. Practices are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 6:15 to 8:00 PM at the Straus Track – UNCA , beginning May 1, 2017.
The Distance Demons is a new club for kids in grades 3-12 who enjoy distance running. It does NOT interfere with school running seasons. The club is an especially good place for runners who have lots of motivation and love to compete -- but there is also plenty of...read more
Didn't qualify for Regionals, or decided to take a hiatus from competition this year? Seeking additional opportunities to practice your events in a competitive environment? There are several meets coming up throughout July that might meet your needs! See the list...read more
Congratulations to all of our qualifying athletes! If you are interested in the results from this past weekend's meet, you can view the results by downloading the file below. 2015 State Meet Results The Regional Meet will be held at Hampton University, with some...read more