Photo Credit: Scott Mason Photography

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.

Just next week we have the first race of the USATF-NE XC Grand Prix Series, the Thomas Chamberas 6k, which will be held at 9 am on August 24 at the Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle, MA.

While there are a number of XC races held throughout the season, there are just five races that are part of the series. The schedule includes:

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If you’re planning to compete in these races, there are a few things to keep in mind. The rules for the Grand Prix series include:

  • Individual and Team Scorers must have 2013 USATF membership
  • Individuals and Teams must run at least 3 races to score in series
  • Must run USATF-NE XC Championship race to score in series
  • Higher place at the New England Championship is the tiebreaker
  • Mayor’s Cup Championship Race for open runners, 5K for age 40+ runners

Hope to see you out on the course throughout the series. Perhaps you or your USATF-NE club will even take home some cash.