LSRC will be participating in a series of cross country races throughout the fall, and we'd love to have you join one of our teams (Women's and Men's Open, as well as Women's and Men's Master's - that's right we hope to have a healthy pool of Masters runners of 40+. 50+, and 60+ plus)! While there is NO requirement for experience or ability level to join our teams and participate in any of the races, we do ask that you bring a competitive attitude and a commitment to do your best! Cross Country (XC) running is a long standing team sport that is common in schools, colleges, and running clubs all over the US and other countries! For this season there will be some casual races and some competitive races where we will be competing against other run clubs in the area for prize money.
How XC works
This race will be fairly similar to a traditional road or trail race with a few exceptions.
The start line will be very wide such that every team will be able to line up evenly. LSRC will have a designated “box” for all of our athletes to start in. This makes for a very exciting early stage to the race as runner jockey for position!
Team scoring: Teams can have up to 8 members. The cumulative overall placement of the five fastest runners on each team will serve as the team score. Lowest sum of the first five positions ranks the highest. Importantly, this means you can only help the team by participating. No need to worry if you feel like you aren't fast or are inexperienced.
Our tentative schedule is:
August 27: Coach Villeneuve Community Run 5k. Hartman Park, Redmond. Casual
September 24: WWU Bill Roe Classic, Bellingham (if enough interest). Competitive
October 1 (pm): Twilight Invitational 5k. Cedarcrest Golf Course, Marysville. Casual
October 8 (am): Emerald City Open, Magnuson Park, Seattle. Competitive
October 8 (pm): Hole in the Wall. Lakewood High School, Arlington. Casual
November 6: PNTF. Lincoln Park, Seattle. Competitive
November 19: PNTF Regionals, Magnuson Park, Seattle. Competitive
December 10: USATF Club Nationals, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Competitive
The casual meets are unscored and bring a variety of runners. The last 3 meets have team scoring and require uniform (LSRC Jersey) and USATF membership ($40/year). You are not obligated to attend all of the meets.
The club will handle registering members for the events and cover the costs of doing so. Some meets do require individual USATF membership ($40/year). We will provide more details on that once the schedule has been determined. For now, simply register for this event on the LSRC website to indicate interest. One of our team captains will be in touch as the season draws near.
Please note that you must be a Full Member of LSRC to receive all of the amenities that LSRC can offer for XC. Some events will require you to wear a club singlet to be counted for team scoring. These are available for purchase although we may provide the option to borrow one for the race on a case by case basis