Bust out your spikes and get ready to dirty them up!
Now that it’s September, the fall cross-country season is upon us, and our first race in the Pete Glavin Cross Country Series is this Sunday, September 10. The series is for open and masters runners. No prior cross country experience is necessary, but if you ran XC in high school or college, it will certain bring back some old memories.
We have more details here, and in addition to letting us know if you can run, you must register for the PGXC series at RunSignUp. During the sign-up process, when you are asked to select your team, pick High Noon for men, or FLRC for women. Each individual race costs $20, or you can register for the entire five-race series for $70 and get a t-shirt. If you can only make a race or two, you can do day-of-race entry too.
On the women’s end we have a strong Master’s team this year, with seven women in the 40-49 age category! Each of these women can run several of the races, and it looks like we will have a strong team for every single race. We can field multiple teams or run people down to the Open team, so there is room for more. For the Open team we have just a handful of open runners generally, and a bunch of Red Newt open runners may join us for two races. If you are under the age of 40 and want to enjoy a cross country experience, you would be very welcome here. Our Veteran’s team (ages 50-59) is still coming into focus. If you are 50 years or older, we could use you to help fill out this team for more of the races. If you’ve never run a cross country race in your life, this is your chance. If you have, that’s good too!
Here’s the schedule. Some of the races are a few hours away, so we always organize a carpool:
#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
Thank you to Adam and Tonya Engst for organizing the teams again this year!