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 Serving Central Florida since 1989

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April 29, 2017 Gliders 25th Annual Spring Classic

Central Florida Gliders 25th Annual Track Meet Results

Press Release: Central Florida Gliders 2017 Classic

FOR RELEASE April 30, 2017

25th Annual Central Florida Gliders Spring Track Classic
Brings Area Athletes Together, Sets New Meet Records

Altamonte Springs, FL – Over 700 athletes competed today at the 25th Annual Central Florida Gliders Spring Track Classic, held at Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Florida making it the oldest open and youth track meet in central Florida. With supporters lining the track and filling the stands, the athletes ran, jumped, and threw in competition for commemorative meet medals, ribbons, and a chance to enter the meet records book as three meet records were broken. Although all age groups competed, including athletes from far away as Canada and South America, the Gliders Annual Spring Track Classic was created to give youth competitors a quality, well-run event prior to the state and national championships.

“It’s always an exciting day. Club track is just now getting into full swing before the state and national qualifiers”, said Gliders Founder and Meet Director Craig Wise. “We had good participation from around the state and thank everyone who came out to make this a great competition and a successful event. Since the annual Spring Track Classic is the club’s largest fundraiser of the year, we especially thank those sponsors that helped to make it happen,”, said Wise.

The Central Florida Gliders Track Club, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the oldest youth running club in the Central Florida area serving the community for 28 years. The club has produced numerous individual and team national champions while promoting active, healthy lifestyles, academic responsibility and community service. with area youth. More information about the Glider’s history, accomplishments, events, and community outreach programs as well as the results can be found at

Central Florida Gliders, Inc.
P.O. Box 161965, Altamonte Springs, FL 32716, (407) 682-1368,

2017 Track & Field Season

The Central Florida Gliders Track & Field program is open to boys and girls age division 9 and older.  Our pre-season/conditioning practice  starts on January  9 -March 2nd at Sanlando Park. The conditioning program focuses on sprint, jumps and throws training as well as agility, flexibility, and endurance.

Our Track & Field season starts with an information/registration meeting and first practice at Sanlando Park on March 6th at 6pm.   The season starts in  March and runs through the first week in August culminating with the AAU and/or USATF National Championships.  Athletes may continue to join through the end of April (end of May for high school and experienced athletes). The club also offers an elite training program for  athletes competing in the open and masters division.

Practices will be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at Sanlando Park and later at the Lake Brantley track in Altamonte Springs from 6:00-7:30 . To join the Gliders, simply fill out the online registration form and pay online or by check at the next scheduled practice.  You can contact us at 
Central Florida Gliders Track Club
PO Box 161965
Altamonte Springs, FL  32714


2016 Cross Country Season

For immediate release:  December 7, 2016

Central Florida Gliders Travel to National Cross Country Championship, Bring Home Medals
Altamonte Springs, FL – Twelve athletes from the Central Florida Gliders Cross Country team joined national competitors at the 2016 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Cross Country Championship held here for the first time in Florida on the beautiful Apalachee Regional Park course, made especially for cross country, where numerous cross country events have been held. “It’s been a fun season for our athletes and competing in a national championship here in our own state is a great way to end the season. It’s an opportunity to compete against other runners from across the nation,” said Head coach Craig Wise.

Several Gliders were awarded medals by finishing in the top 25 of their age group race. Glider, Maya Bordrato, was awarded an individual medal for finishing in 11th place in the 13-year-old girl’s age group in the 4000-meter race. A total of three Gliders medaled in the 9-10-year-old age division; Jolynn Rodriguez (13th), Amari Whetro (14th), and Madalyn Falk (24th).  In the youngest age division, 6 & Under, Megan McCarthy took home a 5th place finish.

Our boys also had a strong showing with Anderson Rodriguez taking 7th place in the 7-year-old race and Connor McCarthy taking 24th in the 9-year-old race.  Other Glider athletes competing at AAU Nationals include Madalyn King, Kayla McCarthy, Corey Johnson, Landon Pierce, and Daniel Osterndorf.

All twelve runners set season PRs at AAU Nationals. Complete results can be found at: or

The Central Florida Gliders Track Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the oldest youth running club servicing the Central Florida area for more than 25 years. The club has produced numerous individual and team national champions while promoting active, healthy lifestyles and community service with area youth. Coach Craig Wise founded the Central Florida Gliders in 1989, and the club has been attending national cross country championships since 1990.  Now a long-standing member of both USA Track and Field (USATF) and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), the Central Florida Gliders is run by volunteer coaches, assistants, and other volunteers.

More information about the Gliders’ history, accomplishments, events, and community outreach programs can be found at  Central Florida Gliders contacts via

Central Florida Gliders
P.O. Box 161965
Altamonte Springs, FL  32716

2016 Cross Country Season Summary
The Cross Country season started later this year in the middle of September with the registration meeting and first practice on September 12th at Sanlando Park. This year Coach Wise took over the cross country program and received help from long-time mentor Ted Benz and also Neamen Wise. Coach Tony started a fall conditioning program for the sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers that focused on sprint and jumping mechanics. The first race of the season was the FLYRA qualifier at Holloway Park where several Gliders qualified for the Middle School State Championships the end of October.  In the middle of October, the Gliders returned to Sanlando Park from the Forest City course to host its annual cross country meet. The race was the qualifier for the FLYRA Middle School State and it was beautiful weather.

Several Gliders performed well in the FLYRA Middle School State Championships and in the elementary race, a Glider won the gold medal. In mid-November, several Gliders competed and one Glider alumni won the gold medal in the 4A division of the high school state championships in Tallahassee. The next week the team competed in the AAU district meet in Ocala and qualified for the national championships in December.
The following week several Gliders competed and medaled in the USATF regional meet on the same course as the upcoming AAU nationals.

In December, the Gliders competed in the AAU National Cross Country Championship on the beautiful challenging course at Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee where the Florida high school and NCAA regional championships where held this year. First time for any national cross country championships hosted in Florida. Of note the USATF national youth championships will be held there next year in Tallahassee.

This year 12 Gliders competed at the AAU Nationals and all ran PRs and won 5 medals by finishing in the top 25 finishers. While in Tallahassee, the Gliders visited the Mission St Luis museum and park. The Gliders finished up the cross country season with the year-end party at Congo River and Chuck E Cheese. The club continued its tradition of helping several needy families during the holidays. Through the generous donations of our present and past members, the Gliders were able to provide food, presents and support for six families over the holiday.  

Many thanks go to the Track Shack Foundation and many other donors for supporting our cross country team and charitable efforts this season.

Congratulations Coach Wise!


Congratulations to our executive director and head coach, Craig Wise for being inducted in the Seminole County Sports Hall of Fame for the work he has done with youth and the Central Florida Gliders Track Club #Kudos #hardworkpaysoff


Gliders in the News

To start the 2017 track season, Central Florida Gliders athletes traveled to the Alabama Striders Indoor Classic held at the Crossplex in Birmingham, Alabama. Jordan Butler placed 2nd in the high jump with 4’9” jump while Roderick Horton took, 1st place in the high Jump 4’09”; 2nd in the 60m Hurdles with a time of 10.31; and 5th in the Long Jump with a leap of 16’03” . 

Glider alum Donald Scott placed 4th at the recent 2016 USA Indoor nationals in Portland, Oregon with a massive leap  of 54'10" (16.71m).  Last year Donald finished 2nd place in the long jump at the 2015 NCAA D1 Indoor T&F National Championship with a PR jump of 55ft 3in, breaking the indoor school record at Eastern Michigan University.

Glider Juan Moscoso (freshman) placed 3rd in the one mile racewalk at the 2016 New Balance Indoor Nationals Championship with a 27 second PR time of 6:43.


Track & Field Season: February – July

Sign-ups: January - May

Cross Country Season: September – December

Sign-ups: August – October

Conditioning (all sports): December – January

Sign-ups: December - January