By: Kate Queeney, USATF-NE XC Committee Member

Summer’s heat has just started to creep over New England, but it’s not too early to start thinking about running during the crisp days of fall. The 2014 USATF-NE Cross Country Grand Prix series will again feature five races from September through November. The series, a mix of old favorites and a couple new races, is listed below and on the main cross country schedule page, where you can also find a rich array of other New England cross country races to choose from.

Date Race Location
Sept. 7 GBTC Invitational Wellesley, MA
Oct. 4 WMDP XC Festival Westfield, MA
Oct. 26 Boston Mayor’s Cup Franklin Park, Boston, MA
Nov. 9 USATF NE Championship Franklin Park, Boston, MA
Nov. 30 Warrior Run Brookline, MA

Cash prizes will be awarded to both individuals and teams for performance in the Grand Prix series. To score in the series as an individual you must:

  • Have a valid 2014 USATF membership
  • Run in at least three of the five series races, including the New England Championship race on Nov. 9

To score as a team, your USATF club must field a full team (defined below) of individuals with valid USATF membership in at least three of the five series races, including the New England Championship race on Nov. 9. Full teams consist of a minimum of five runners to score for men’s and women’s open and men’s masters competition, with up to two runners displacing. For all other categories (women’s masters, seniors and veterans for both genders), a minimum of three runners is required to score, and up to two runners can displace.

As an added benefit, this year’s USATF Club Cross Country Nationals will be held almost in our back yard, at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA on Dec. 13. Stay tuned for news about plans to ensure USATF-NE is well-represented at this exciting (and potentially muddy and/or snowy) competition.

In the meantime, put the Cross Country Grand Prix races on your calendar, sharpen your spikes and get ready to Bring SeXC back to New England!