The winding down of summer signifies a lot of things. For many, it means back to school time, no more beach weather or vacations. But for distance runners, it represents the start of cross country season – when people battle it out on Saturdays and Sundays through mud, in uneven terrain and up hills in a variety of weather conditions, over the course of anywhere from 3.1 to 6.2 miles. In New England in particular, this season is especially anticipated due to the number of great cross country courses in the region as well as strong team and individual competition.
Nominations are open for the 2012 Male and Female Athlete of the Year as well as Club of the Year. The deadline for submitting nominations is January 1st, 2013. USATFNE members may submit a nomination by email to the Board of Directors, by posting a comment nomination on the USATF-NE Facebook page, or by tweeting your nomination to us with our handle in the tweet (@usatfne).
Who impressed you in 2012? What stories really stick out in your mind? There were outstanding performances by association members from high school through college and on up to the pros, so don’t be afraid to go beyond the Grand Prix standings for your nominations. Speaking of the Grand Prix, you can find final standings for road racing, MUT and cross country on the USATF-NE website to help you jog your memory.
The final 5 nominees for each category will be announced January 3rd and YOU will have the opportunity to vote for your athlete and club of choice.
Stay tuned for more information in upcoming days, including a link to where you can vote.
In the meantime, make sure you purchase your tickets to the USATFNE Awards Banquet in advance here: http://www.usatfne.org/news/aom/banquet.html
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Plots and sub-plots. A championship race to a championship series. Stanley Park was a great venue for the XC series finale in Westfield. So many thanks to Steve Vaitones, BAA, WMDP and so many more. We had a great turnout and great races on a great day. This was XC goodness at its’ best. Thanks to everyone that raced today. It was truly a blast all day long. Let’s kick this series up a notch in 2013…
Series Scoring will be updated soon!
Adam Malek and Amelia Landberg lead the USATFNE XC Series going into the final race on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Stanley Park in Westfield. The race is shaping up to be a fast competitive race in all age divisions. Sign up online now for $15. Day of registration is $25.