The Corona Golden Elite Youth Track and Field Club

Corona Youth Track Running Club - Speed and Agility Training To Compete or Just To Get Fit!             “Learn by Doing”

Southern Section USA Track and Field member club

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Through athletic training and competition, the CORONA GOLDEN ELITE program seeks to strengthen youth in the basics of citizenship by developing character, confidence, moral and ethical values, and positive self-images.


The CORONA GOLDEN ELITE program is widely regarded as the premiere youth development track and field program in Corona California.

The Corona Golden Elite Track Club is a California based community track and field program that provides training for children between the ages of 6 to 18 years.  In 1999 Coach Sonja and her husband Coach Joel began the early stages of planning and organization of the track team which was Road Runners TC.  The Corona Golden Elite Track Club was officially established and incorporated in 2003 by the Sutherland Family.   Beginning with only the two founders and 20 children, the program has grown to a membership of over 30 children per summer and a staff of approximately 3.  Each year children of all races and backgrounds from Corona and the surrounding communities have the opportunity to learn the self-discipline required to develop their own natural physical and mental talents.  They benefit from the years of dedicated coaching and running experience of individuals who volunteer their time.


The Golden Elite program is "Corona California best kept secret" in terms of quality programming for citizen-development for children.

The purpose of the program is not only to enable children to develop their individual athletic potential but to provide them opportunities to learn lessons of discipline, leadership, sportsmanship, responsibility and character.  These are necessary for their participation in society as responsible and productive citizens.  Combining educational programming with athletic training, the Golden Elite program addresses important issues such as drug awareness and education, teenage sexuality, ethnic diversity, child self-protection skills, career and vocational development, etc.  This is part of the ongoing day-to-day activities of the program.  The program capitalizes upon the multiplicity of role-models available to the children of Corona and the surrounding communities.  Its volunteer staff and Corona Golden Elite’ athlete alumni provide stable, positive and successful adult role-models with whom children identify, form mentor relationships, and utilize for counseling and advice year round, on and off the athletic fields.

PRODUCTS OF THE Corona Golden Elite

Within various limitations, we try to implement a training program which addresses the basic physiological and biomechanical needs of the sprints. These limitation include our facilities, weather, environments, school calendar and the scholastic and social demands placed on an athlete.  As well, our training program athletes are given continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness through strength and speed training.

Some athletes will compete at Youth meets and road races giving their maximum effort, continuing to learn and improve, and dealing well with mistakes when they happen. 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! experience joy and participate in the sharing of skills and friendships with other athletes.
The Golden Elite program is not about just running and athletic conditioning; it's a training ground for our next generation of productive citizens.

While children and young adults, team members learn the lessons that competition teaches.  To realize any goal both on the athletic field and in life, they must combine self-discipline, training, and dedication; lessons that carry over into all aspects of their lives.  It should be no wonder that Corona Golden Elite Alumni represents a proven commodity in the community.  Every year, an average of five youngsters receives college scholarships and some have continued to excel and achieve national fame (see Milestone Notes and Scholarship recipients).


The Corona Golden Elite operates like a corporation, but interacts like a family.

Executive Committee

The Golden Elite program is administered by The Corona Golden Elite Executive Committee.  They are volunteers to the organization whose duties are outlined in the by-laws of the organization.

Advisory Board
The Advisory Board, consisting of community leaders with an interest in children and athletics, periodically review the program’s overall direction.  The board provides guidance for the fund-raising, budget, athletic scheduling, transportation and coaching programs of the Golden Elite organization.

Coaching Staff
The coaching staff consists of more than 10 adult volunteers who support the Head Coach in the capacity (ies) of Chief Age Group Coaches and/or Special Event/Field Event Coaches.

Chief Age Group Coaches and Special Event/Field Event Coaches
The responsibilities of the Chief Age Group Coaches and Special Event/Field Event Coaches include directing the training of children during the late winter, spring and summer months by developing specific conditioning workouts (Individualized for each age-group) and supervising these workouts each practice day.  Other responsibilities include evaluating the progress and athletic potential for specific events for each of their assigned children.

The Head Coach
The Head Coach coordinates and directs the activities of the Chief Age Group Coaches and Special Event/Field Event Coaches.  Other responsibilities of the Head Coach include:  approving and overseeing the athletic programs for the children; arranging the competitive schedule during the spring and summer months; representing the organization in all athletic arrangements; and, (or the Chief Age Group Coaches) conferring with parents on a periodic basis as to the progress of their individual child.


Volunteers are the backbone of the organization.  Many volunteers contribute more than 40 hours per week during the summer months.  They work as coaches, officials and administrative staff.  Over the past 8 years, volunteers have evolved into experts in their particular positions with the team.  All Corona Golden Elite’ coaches and track meet officials are properly trained, certified and knowledgeable of the many Track and Field rules, regulations and procedures.  Other volunteers contribute in ways not easily noticed at track practice or at track meets.  For example, a community member who works as a mechanic may help maintain the Corona Golden Elite’ team SUV’s or, a community member who is a public relations specialist may assist the team in developing promotional materials.

Scholarship Recipients (Academic and/or Athletic)

Milestone Notes:  Athletic Achievement & Professional Sports Prestige

Corona Golden Elite Hall of Fame Members