Summer Cross Country Series

Tue June 23 - Tue September 1 New Canaan, CT US 06840
New Procedures
  • THE RACE WILL BE LIMITED TO 60 ENTRANTS, in keeping with the state guidelines on group gatherings (this number may be increased as restrictions are relaxed). The race website will indicate when there are 10 or fewer spots left, and registration will close when the limit is reached. You may continue to register and placed on a Wait List (see below). To adhere to this restriction, only participants will be allowed in the registration or race area - no spectators or family, please.

  • All registration must be done in advance, online, using this site. Registration will open 24 hours before the current week's race, and will remain open until the 7 PM start time the following day. Please register only if you are sure you plan to run. You may register on your phone from your car on site if the race cap has not been reached, but there will be no physical pen and paper registration at the race. Online registration is free; however runners are asked to place a donation of $5 ($4 for students) in the box during check in. Please bring exact change to avoid handling money.

  • Participants must be in good health and symptom free from any illness for at least 2 weeks prior to the event.

  • Runners are asked to wear masks any time they are not running (warming up, cooling down, or racing), i.e. stretching or waiting to check in or use the bathroom facilities. While waiting in line runners must maintain social distance as in stores (cones or marks will be placed at appropriate intervals to assist in this).

  • Check in begins at 6 PM on race evening in the West parking lot of the Castle. To check in runners should enter through the gap in the fence and proceed down the chute.  Take a bib from the stack in the box, then tell that number to the race volunteer who will enter it in the scoring database, and put your entry fee in the box. Pin the bib on the front of your shirt or shorts. If you are re-using your bib from a previous race (encouraged) enter that number when you register online, or tell the race volunteer during check-in.

  • During pre-race instructions, runners should maintain proper social distance. We will use a PA system to facilitate this.

  • To maintain social distance, we will utilize a grid pattern for assembling just prior to the race start. We will place survey flags to indicate the marks runners should stand on. Please move to the grid when instructed, and seed yourself according to your expected pace.

    Start grid

  • During the race, runners are asked to follow a "no drafting" rule similar to triathlons - if you are passed, please drop back to maintain appropriate distance.

  • If you have to spit during the race or at other times, please take a second beforehand to make sure no one is in the line of fire.

  • This year all races will be chip timed to minimize runner-race official contact. Run across the timing mats at the finish, listen for the beep, then continue and leave the immediate area as soon as you are able. There should be no congregating in large groups afterward. Results for most of the races should appear in real time online at Athlinks or, as well as by text message should you opt in for that when you register.

  • Prize T-Shirts will be awarded as possible at the finish, otherwise they may be collected at a subsequent race, or will be mailed.

  • There will be no water provided - runners must be self-sufficient and BYO.

  • As soon as runners finish and recover, they should collect their belongings and leave the race site. No congregating in groups near the finish or Race Day Central.

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