The spirit of cross country races harkens true grit through inclement weather, dealing with obstacles, spurred on by your teammates and screaming fans. There is rising excitement for locals this year as Boulder will be hosting the the 2014 and 2015 National Cross Country Championships in February. Flowing with that rise, the inaugural Flatiron 4 XC race will be held at Viele Lake in South Boulder this Saturday, July 27th at 8 am. The highly spectator friendly loop course will be held along the rolling grass course that also hosts the Fast and Flurry-ous in early Winter.
Cross Country season usually doesn’t kick off until the fall after students have come back to school and had a few weeks of supervised training on their legs. But race director Henry Guzman wanted to help get a jump start on the season for two good reasons. It will allow high school coaches to use it as a time trial to see where their athletes are with their training, to get a check on who’s been running over the summer and who hasn’t and to bring a warmer version of Fast and Flurry-ous 4 mile which usually hosts weather appropriate to the name.
[box type=”note”]Note: To avoid the heat, all races will now start at 8 am[/box] The high school, mens, and women’s races will all start at 8am. There will be at least five high schools represented and each school can run as many people as they want, but only the top five will score. While the high school teams will be competing for the team trophy, the men and women will have a chance to win cash prizes individually and as teams.
Rory Frasier, the region’s tech rep for Nike jumped at the opportunity to be involved when Guzman approached him.
“It’s a very unique opportunity to start the XC season off early and see where you are at. There are lots of races on the roads during the summer, so I’m excited to get involved in something a little bit different and have people pit their wits on a cross country course.”
“Early season bragging rights are at stake and I’m excited to see how Colorado high school athletes can continue to raise their game and progress on throughout the season, with that hopefully culminating in Nike Cross Regionals or Nike Cross Nationals.”
“Nike has always been involved with the growth of young athletes and its exciting to me to be able to bring that ethos to a very localized level.” Frasier added.
There will also be a kid’s’ 2k race following and will start around 9 am.
The 4 miler benefits Boulder County EXPAND and AIDS Orphans Trust. The kids/family 2k benefits Fragile X Syndrome.
You can register at the Boulder Running Company, 2775 Pearl St. or online @ active.com before Friday, July 26, 2013 @ 1:00 pm.