Hi IXC'ohana,

Hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy! It seems like the challenges of 2020 just keep on coming with the pandemic starting early in the year followed by stay at home orders, working from home, and then starting the school year from home. This year has been tough, but everyone has been adapting and finding creative ways to adjust to a 'new normal' from at home gyms, remote conferences, to do it yourself haircuts, the ideas keep coming and life keeps going. This also rings true for the IXC program as we look to keep teaching our core values of the program and 'One Team' philosophy while making the best out of a season that is unlike any other.

2020 Fall Virtual Season

The Boy's IXC program is excited to announce the 2020 Fall Virtual Season. The Virtual Season will run from September 7th to October 24th and will feature three 1-hour sessions a week that may include strength workouts, yoga, individual running sessions, guest speakers, and other sport experiences related to cross country. 9th-12th Grade will be eligible for PE credit but must signup here to be added to the roster and attend all sessions. Attendance will be monitored at all Zoom sessions and running sessions will be tracked through Strava. Our goal for this season is to continue to develop everyone as runners by getting them active and involved through zoom sessions or individual running sessions.


The school and athletic department are continuing to work with the ILH and the HHSAA to look at every possibility to have a competitive season later in the year or early 2021. No decisions have been made on the schedule or format yet due to to the ever changing circumstances of this year.

We look forward to seeing everyone on the Zoom sessions and can't wait for those hot and humid Saturday mornings when we can cheer everyone on together as 'One Team'!

Coach Matt

Hi IXC ʻohana,

I hope everyone is healthy and safe during this unprecedented time. 2020 presents one hurdle after another, and we continue to hope and keep an open mind in making the best out of the new normal. On that premise, I hope this overdue update sheds light on the uncertainty and challenges we are facing, as well as some positive steps we can take towards a gainful fall XC season.

IXC Alum Panel Zoom Series

IXC hosted a series of zoom panel with alums of the program earlier in May and June. The topics revolved around college and professional life as well as running post IXC. It was great to reconnect with alums, both young and old, and hear a wide range of experiences and sage advice for our current students.

Return to Practice, HHSAA Update & Fall Season

The school, athletic department, and IXC have been working continuously since the spring to monitor and respond to the evolving COVID-19 health & safety situation. IXC, along with other fall sports, carefully developed a sport specific Return to Practice Plan. We were very close to returning to limited on-campus practice for a small group of varsity students. Ultimately we were uncomfortable with the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases & canceled the returning to practice date. We continue to adapt the Return to Practice Plan based on health advisory.

Congruently, the HHSAA also re-established a "No-Contact" period through Tuesday, August 18. This means no in-person practices. However, HHSAA specifically states that virtual communication & individualized workouts are allowed, given that participants take all the necessary precautions as well as practice general healthy habits.

Rest assured that the HHSAA, the ILH and our school are responsibly looking at every possibility to have a gainful and competitive fall season. However, it is just too early to make any decision regarding format, schedule & even the season itself. The season itself will ultimately be in accordance with the ever-evolving health and safety standards.

Silver Lining & Steps Ahead

The uncertainty notwithstanding, we can only prepare to be prepared. Exercise is a integral part of maintaining good health, and we are fortunate that XC training translates fairly well to a virtual individualized format. Of course running in a group & feeding off the camaraderie is always a welcomed boost, but our sport definitely suffers minimally from virtual individual training, especially during the summer base building phase.

We have been using a live Google Sheet training template with our returning group 1 as a pilot to monitor and train remotely. The coaches upload a general training plan in a calendar format and work with each student to tweak and tailor the plan as best fit. Students are responsible to update the Google Sheet with feedback for the coaches to adapt the workload. We also have a quick weekly Zoom check-in session to assess and "feel out" the progress and plot ways ahead.

The collaborative process has been very fruitful for our Varsity group 1 students. We are now ready to roll out this virtual training template to the entire team. Students who are committed starting training & be part of the team this fall, please signup here. The coaches will develop a training plan for you to follow and update, this includes workouts, mileage, and even suitable routes near your location. Note that you are responsible to update the log as it is our only way of communication & progress tracking. This training methodology may become a participation requirement into the fall, therefor it would be a good idea to start acclimatizing to the routine ASAP.

Health & Safety

We are asking everyone to start experimenting wearing face covering to run as it may be a requirement when the season resumes. The school will provide gaiter style face covering, but please experiment with various types to find the one that suits you the best. Be aware that something that feels fine walking around may be intolerable on a sweaty run. Please experiment and find the ones that work for you the best.

While you can't rely on the actions of others, your immune system is something you CAN control. Make every effort to build up your immune system: Proper diet, rest, supplements.

Head Coach Matt

Lastly & most importantly, I am currently overseas indefinitely tending to family matters. In order to ensure our team has great experiences this fall regardless of the season, Coach Matt Imada will step in as the head coach for IXC. He is now in charge of the boyscrosscountry@iolani.org account and, for the sake of continuity in communication with everyone, is the primary point of contact for the team. Coach Matt has been an integral part of our program and will do an wonderful job leading the team. Our coaching staff remains one of the most experienced around, and our primary goal to create positive experiences for the students through high level competition remains unchanged. I will continue to help IXC behind the scenes & wherever possible. I can be reached at jkuo@iolani.org, and as always, contact us if you have any questions.

2020 may be challenging, but we have the tools and fortitude to still make memories together. After all, as runners; we can always fall back on simply going on a run. What better way to decompress and revitalize than that?

Coach Jack

IXC Ohana,

I hope everyone is staying healthy during these uncertain times. I bet everyone is itching to run together once again, but please continue to stay safe. We are one of the more fortunate that running can be enjoyable even on our own; I know it's not the same as when we are together, but we'll get there.

IXC College & Running Panel

In the spirit of celebrating our seniors, we are hosting a zoom panel series with IXC alums joining us to discuss everything including running, college, post-grad, life skills & beyond. These will be short & sweet since I'm sure everyone has had enough Zoom by now; quick 40 minute round-table followed by 10 minutes of Q&A. We can also go longer if the discussion is vibrant. Please see the dates, times & our distinguished alums below:

Use your school Zoom account to access the sessions. Meeting link emailed to your school email each week. Hope to see many of you this Sunday.

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