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Our race will raise funds for our inaugural Running Ranger program, a four-week Summer camp that will teach children in our community the virtues of running, including: goal-setting, teamwork, leadership, persistence, and dedication. Additional financial support will be used to cover the cost of entry of our athletes to clinics, local races, and necessary team gear. Thank you in advance for your support of the Northwest Area Cross Country runners.
Join us on Saturday, July 31st in Kirby Park for the Christmas in July 5K & Reindeer Relay. Proceeds from this race will benefit the Northwest Area Cross Country Team. Event will be professionally chip timed with splits provided for the 4 loop relay.
The Northwest Area Cross Country program has been dedicated to promoting health, wellness, and a love of running for the students of Northwest Area School District for decades, producing many state-qualifying athletes but more importantly inspiring countless life long runners.
Race Format: To comply with CDC guidelines and an anticipated restriction on group size, the race will be moving to an 8a.m. - 8:30 am Time Trail start format. The Start/Finish line will remain open from 8a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Runners are encouraged to start anytime between 8a.m. and 8:30 a.m., and must finish by 10:00 a.m. The race will be scored off of chip time measured from your individual start time to your finish time.
Packet Pickup: Will be available FRIDAY prior to the event, and throughout the day of race, to avoid any crowd size. Friday pick up will be held at Abide Coffee House (23 W Market St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701) from 8:00-12:00 with a complimentary coffee for all participants.
Overall Awards will be presented as follows:
Men - 1st Place
Women - 1st Place
AGE GROUPS - 10 YEAR INTERVALS
Age group awards will be presented to the top three men and the top three women in the following age groups:
0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 Plus
Top teams for both the Reindeer Relay and Rudolph Challenge will be awarded a trophy and individual medals for team members
RACE START TIMES
7:00 packet pickup & same day registration
8:00 am - 8:30am - Rolling / Time Trial Starts
9:30 Awards to begin
1. When can I pick up my race packet?
a. Registrants may pick up their race packets on Friday, July 30th at Abide Coffee House (23 West Market St. Wilkes Barre, PA) from 8:00 until 12:00. Registrants will receive a complimentary cold brew or drip coffee!
b. Registrants may pick up their race packets on race day, beginning at 7:00am, at Kirby Park.
2. How will the starting line work?
a. Race Format: To comply with CDC guidelines and an anticipated restriction on group size, the race will be moving to an 8a.m. - 8:30 am Time Trial start format. The Start/Finish line will remain open from 8a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Runners are encouraged to start anytime between 8a.m. and 8:30 a.m., and must finish by 10:00 a.m. The race will be scored off of chip time measured from your individual start time to your finish time.
3. How will relay exchanges be organized?
a. Each runner within a relay team will be assigned a bib and receive a chip time
b. An exchange zone will set up at the finish line. Once the runner crosses the finish line and enters the exchange zone, the next runner may begin their run. No contact should be made in an exchange.
c. The times of each runner will be added together for the team’s overall time, however individual splits will be available for each runner.
4. When will results and awards be announced?
a. Individual results will be available shortly upon finishing your run. However, age group standings and ranking may change as more runners complete their races.
b. To provide all runners ample opportunity to finish, awards will be announced and distributed at 10:00 based on all results submitted.
c. During the awards ceremony, participants should maintain proper social distancing.
5. What trophies/medals will be awarded?
Top Male and Top Female Trophy
Top Three Male and Female Medals for the Following Age Groups:
1. 0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 Plus
b. Relays - Shared Trophy and Individual Medals for winning team members
6. What if I can’t stay for the awards ceremony?
a. Any winners not present will be contacted within the week for pick up accomodations
7. What will I receive and be eligible for if I want to run virtually?
a. If registered before the t-shirt cut-off date, you will be mailed your participant shirt. If registered after the cut-off date, your shirt preference cannot be guaranteed.
b. Only runners present on the morning of the race will be eligible for trophies/medals
8. Am I guaranteed my shirt size?
a. Yes, if you are pre-registered by Friday, July 16th.
b. All shirts are automatically going to be Gildan SuperSoft Cotton, but can upgrade to Dry-Fit for an additional $5
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