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Cardinal Cross Country Series

Tue July 10 - Tue July 31 Westerville, OH US 43082 Directions

Tuesday nights this summer are going to be awesome! Join Columbus Running Company and Otterbein University for this summer's hottest events, the Cardinal Cross Country Series.

Held on Otterbein's cross country course, we'll get you out on the grass for some summer evening fun. Young athletes will have an opportunity to compete in their favorite sport during the offseason, and the adults will have get a unique opportunity to join in the fun, too. All ages are welcome to these events.

This year we'll again have a youth 2-mile race (must be 13 or younger to participate) each evening in addition to the open 5K. At 6:30 pm, we'll start with the 2-mile event for the youngsters. At 7:00 pm, the 5K will begin.

Come run with us this summer, and have a blast on the grass!

Additional Information

Packet Pickup

For each race there will be no early packet pickup. Your bib number and safety pins can be picked up at the race site on race day beginning at 5:30pm. Come to the CRC tent near the finish line to check-in. Simple! We will have on-site race-day registration available by cash/check/credit card for $15.


There is ample parking for this event at the Otterbein football stadium, a 3/4 mile walk from the race finish line. You can also park across Cleveland Ave from the course at the soccer complex (please use the crosswalk appropriately, as Cleveland Avenue is BUSY at this time of day). Please do not park at the Westerville Recreation Center right next to the course.

What shoes should I wear?

If you've got cross country spikes, we highly recommend bringing 'em out and lacing up. Regular running shoes will serve you fine if you don't have a set of spikes at home. If you think you might want to get a pair of spikes, visit your nearest Columbus Running Company location to try some on. The course may occasionally be a bit muddy in places. If you are concerned and have an older pair of shoes, it might not hurt to pack them in your bag just in case things are a little sloppy on race day. 


Results will be based on gun time and will be published live for each event. Be sure to bookmark https://runsignup.com/cardinalxcseries/results on your phone so you can check your time right after you finish. Be sure to select the correct date and event when viewing results.


In order to keep costs down and provide a great race day experience, event shirts for single-race participants are optional and available for purchase during the online registration process. Full series registrants (5K and 2 Mile) not only receive discounted pricing, you also get a t-shirt included! Shirts are only available for ordering through July 16th. What's stopping you? Register now and join us for all four events! 

Race series points scoring

We're going to do series scoring again for those who want to see how they stack up against the competition on a week-to-week basis. Full details and scoring are available at https://runsignup.com/Series/cardinalxc  

Not allowed

No pets, bicycles, pogo sticks, hoverboards, or drones allowed. This event is all about the running!

Race Contact Info

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350 N Cleveland Ave
Westerville, OH US 43082
5K route
Youth 2-mile route