Richard Burke

USATF Thunder Hawk Head Coach

​Dan Steplight: Assistant Coach

A quality partnership for Vacaville's youth.

​City of Vacaville's one and only youth track and cross country team.



Summer OF 2018 Introduction to cross country running

It's official. The summer program is continuing.

Call coach Richard for any questions. 707-330-0020 

Training Days:  Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Training Time:  8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a. m.
Start Date:        Monday, June 11, 2018

Location:Vaca Valley Lagoon / Pena Adobe


​​Closed for the 2018 season

Training Days:  Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

Training Time:  4:00 to 5:30 pm at Al Patch Track in Vacaville

Start Date:        Monday, January 1, 2018



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are tomorrow's champions! As the #1 high school ,junior high school  and grade school participatory sport, track & field, X-country, long distance running, and race walking offer a variety of competitive and fitness opportunities. Youth competitions takes place in 2-year age divisions starting from 8 years old, for both boys and girls.

Youth meets and races are often more than competition--they're also fun! And, regardless of whether young athletes achieve a personal best, win a medal, or earn a shot at national competition, they'll have the opportunity to make new friends--and a lifetime of memories!

​ Most of my running and coaching career has been spent on constantly improving my methods, and although the core of them stays true to basic fundamentals, they remain flexible depending on the circumstances of each youth athlete. These methods have not only produced regional and Junior Olympic champions, but they have also instilled pride, confidence and passion about the sport of running.

Part of my coaching process is being able to understand that each youth athlete has their own unique process for learning, moving, and achieving. Some are more athletic or motivated, while others have less enthusiasm or have not developed the necessary skill sets. Myself and coaching staff work hard at developing these skill sets for the more advanced youth as will as those that are new to a professional youth fitness program.

As a coach, part of my job description is to  continually adjust my temperance without losing the essence of the team or individual goals.

​I have always believed that the most important function in youth athletics is education, not only for the coach or athletes, but for the parents too. Educate yourself, understand the process, be willing to change, and success will come to you and your son or daughter.

Head Coach
Richard Burke
Certificated USATF  Award Winning 
Endurance Running Coach, Masters Marathoner and Ultra Mountain Trail Runner. 
USATF is the governing body of the United States Olympic Running Team


2017/2018  Track & Field / Closed for the season.
Registration opens December 4 and closes December 20th or until roster fills up

For both boys and girls:  Age divisions start at 8 years old thru 17 years old


Today's Youth Athletes








​Junior Olympic, Regional and National Championship Team

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