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The Piedmont Cross Country Series is back and better than ever! This series is open to both youth AND the kid in all of us. Run one race or run them all! The Piedmont Series offers individual races in three youth age divisions plus an open race to give everyone a chance to dig out their spikes and run!
Cross Country is more than a road race on trails. It's a team sport, it's exciting and it is for you. The series is open to both teams and individuals with awesome awards for both at each race plus overall series champions at the conclusion of the series. Whether your a former cross country runner excited to get back on the course or new to running, you've got this!
Team competition: 3 or more of same age/gender to score using traditional cross country scoring with runners #4 and #5 displacing. No t-shirts, but plenty of swag.
TEAM ENTRY: please use this downloadable pdf and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can register here or download and send the entry form (and save the processing fees). Entries Due Wednesday, Sept. 25 at midnight. Early-bird registration discount by Sept. 18)
Click here for downloadable entry form, Venmo payment and return via mail or email.
THERE WILL BE NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION
Cross Country is for everyone! Different than a trail run, cross country is run on fields and through woods, but more groomed and more room to run than a trail run. While your individual accomplishments are always important, the team aspect of cross country sets it apart and makes is special. Typically, 5 runners compose a scoring team and each runner is assigned points based on their finishing place. Low points wins, so a perfect score would be 15 points (1 point for first, 2 points for second etc.). In cross country, your 5th runner is as important as your 1st making it a true team sport lending special importance to the ‘middle of the packers’. To make things even more interesting, while a team’s 6th and 7th runner don’t contribute to their team score, they can ADD points to their competition’s team scores. For example, Team A has 2 great front runners but runner #5 is back in the pack, Team B has a tight group of 7, but no front runners. If Team B’s #6 and #7 place in front of any of team A’s top 5 it adds one place to the runners finish. This becomes very important in close races and is often the difference in team titles at Championship races.
In order to allow more teams to compete, we are modifying the number of runners that make-up a team to 3 members, following USATF’s women’s master’s guidelines. Each registered team will be assigned a ‘box’ at the starting line. There also will be plenty of unassigned boxes for open runners.
Cross country is a field leveler…tough enough to utilize a distance runner’s strength yet short enough that middle distance speed can be a factor.
Grand Prix Competition Rules:
Individuals must run a minimum of 2 out of 3 races.
Points earned for place in each race:
4 Points earned for each race completed plus the following for placing:
1st: 10 points
2nd: 8 points
3rd: 6 points
4th: 5 points
5th: 4 points
6th: 3 points
7th: 2 points
8th: 1 point
Series Champions in each division will win a prize package plus bragging rights.
Check back for series rankings.