For the last 28 years, runners from the greater Ithaca area have come together to compete in the Pete Glavin XC Series, a set of five cross-country races held in Ithaca, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo. Races are open to runners of all ages and abilities, and teams compete in Open (under 40), Masters (40–49), Vets (50–59), and Super Vets (60 and over) categories.
If you miss running cross-country from high school, or you want to experience competing on a team where everyone counts, join us!
WHEN & WHERE
#1, Sunday, September 10th, 2017: 5K for men and women
Clay Central Park, in Liverpool (near Syracuse)
#2, Sunday, September 24th, 2017: 6K for men and women
Akron Falls State Park, in Akron Falls (this side of Buffalo)
#3, Sunday, October 8th, 2017: 6K for men and women
Watkins Glen State Park, in Watkins Glen
#4, Sunday, October 29th, 2017: 6K for men and women
Genesee Valley Park, in Rochester
#5, Sunday, November 12th, 2017: 8K for men, 6K for women
Finger Lakes Community College, in Canandaigua
Races generally start at 11 AM, which provides enough time for travel and warmup.
Carpools for the races leave from the southwest corner of Cornell’s B-Lot by the Vet School. We’ll communicate the time and other details the day before the race to those who have signed up. We can usually coordinate pickups and mini-carpools for people who live en route to a race or far from Cornell.
Women run on the FLRC team. Contact Tonya Engst at firstname.lastname@example.org
Men run on the High Noon AC team. Contact Adam Engst at email@example.com
When you email Tonya or Adam, please provide your birthdate, and if you have one, your USATF number. In addition to contacting Tonya or Adam, you must register at RunSignUp. During the sign-up process, when you are asked to select your team, pick FLRC (women) or High Noon (men).
Each individual race costs $20, or you can register for the entire five-race series for $70 and get a t-shirt as well.
Courses are generally grassy fields with rolling hills. Cross-country is faster and easier than trail running, and the distances are quite short, from 5K to 8K. But it’s also tougher than road races, and the footing can be wet, muddy, and slippery — some runners like to wear spikes.
Depending on the age category, teams can be either 8 runners with 5 scoring, or 5 runners with 3 scoring. Non-scoring runners displace other teams’ runners and are thus still key. If we have enough runners in a category, we’ll field multiple teams.
Scoring is simple. Every runner (separated for men and women) earns points for their place — 1 point for first place, 2 points for second place, and so on. The places of all of a team’s scoring runners are added up, and the team with the lowest score wins. There are individual and team awards for each race and for the series overall.
You can’t run on a team for people who are a category older than you (i.e. a 30-year-old Open runner can’t run with the Masters team), but you can “run down” on a team with people who are younger (a 55-year-old Vet can run with the Masters team). We set up the teams for each race based on who is coming.
Although there are five races, you do not have to run all the races. It’s entirely acceptable to miss a race if you have a conflict for that day. However, to be eligible for individual series awards, you must run at least two races, including the championship race (and realistically, you need four races to be competitive). To be eligible to score for a team in the championship race, you must run at least one race earlier in the series.