About Federal Way Track Club

The Federal Way Track Club (FWTC) provides a running program for the youth (ages 8-18) in the south Puget Sound area. We provide training, education, opportunity and a safe and supportive environment to develop young athletes. Our volunteer and experienced coaching staff provides the training and education that enables the young athletes to achieve their goals.

FWTC is a sanctioned track and cross country club with the USA Track & Field (USATF) and Pacific Northwest Association (PNA). USATF is the national governing body for track & field, cross country and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, the World's #1 Track & Field Team, the most-watched events at the Olympics, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport, and more than 30 million runners in the United States.

FWTC offers a summer track program for ages 8-14, May through mid-July at Thomas Jefferson High School. Track meets are primarily held on Saturdays and athletes compete in 2-year age groups (age as of the end of this year). Ages 12 and under are limited to three events, including relays; ages 13 and older are limited to four events, including relays.

The cross country program for ages 8-14 is September through November, with practices on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6pm-7:30pm at various local trails and parks. Cross country meets are primarily held on Saturdays and athletes compete in 2-year age groups. Ages 7-8 run a 2000m course, ages 9-10 and 11-12 run a 3000m course, ages 13-14 run a 4000m course; ages 15-16 and 17-18 run a 5000m course.

FWTC offers a mid-winter conditioning clinic for high school-aged athletes mid-January through February, Mondays & Thursdays, 6pm-7:30pm. This clinic is designed to help distance runners (800m, 1600m, 3200m) prepare for their upcoming high school track season, by focusing on strength, form and pace.

A similar clinic is also offered for middle-schools athletes March to mid-April, Mondays & Thursdays, 6pm-7:30pm.

FWTC participates in the local developmental meets which lead up to the Junior Olympic series. The Junior Olympic Association meet is for all athletes in Western Washington. The Junior Olympic Regional meet is for those athletes who qualify from their respective Association – Pacific Northwest Association (Western Washington); Inland Empire Association (Eastern Washington) and Oregon Association. The Junior Olympic National meet is for those athletes who qualify from their respective region. Our three Associations make up Region XIII.


Head Coach - Darryl Genest

Darryl has been affiliated with FWTC since 1993.  He is the head coach and head distance coach for both FWTC’s track and cross country programs.  Darryl began running when he was 12 years old.  He graduated from Mead High School and attended EWU on a track/cross country scholarship. Darryl competed at NCAA Nationals in which he was an All-American and his team won the national title!  In 2008, Darryl competed at USATF Masters Nationals in the 5k and 10k, placing 3rd and 4th respectively. Darryl served as the Youth Cross Country Vice Chair of USATF Pacific Northwest for the past 10 years.

Club Registrar - Holly Genest

Holly has been affiliated with the club since 1993.  She handles club registration and communication, provides team support and can answer any questions.  You will always find her standing behind the registration table at practice or in the bleachers at track meets.  Holly also serves as the Youth Chair USATF Pacific Northwest and oversees all the youth clubs in Western Washington.