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WEDNESDAY WORKOUT: Meet @ Garfield HS track @ 6:30 warmed up and ready to go. We’ll run together from the track to tackle some hill repeats! Wear bright colours and headlamp as we’ll be running on the road.

The Seattle Running Club is looking forward to another great year of local cross country racing and we’re inviting you to join us! Our workouts begin Wednesday, September 6th (6:30pm) and run through the conclusion of the season in late November/early December. See below for a tentative look at the location of workouts throughout the 2017 season!

Interested in training or racing with us? Contact our team leaders for more information!

You should also get on the XC mailing list by filling out some quick & easy information on this Google form. All the cool kids are doing it.

Meet us every Wednesday after work (6:30pm) for team workouts, led by former Seattle University XC + T&F coaches (as well as renowned local SRC runners) Trisha + Uli Steidl! Meet your teammates and hone your speed for the upcoming 2017 season. Workouts will begin 6:30pm sharp, but please come early to get a warm-up, if possible. Even if you aren’t sure you want to race this season, you are more than welcome to come out and get a good group workout in!

If you have any questions about the club, racing XC, or our workouts please email me (Stefan Refield)

*Meet spot for off-season Wednesday Workouts (also 6:30pm start time) is the Garfield High School track in the Central District.
**The Wednesday prior to the Sundodger Invitational, the workout will be a course preview run on the Lincoln Park course in West Seattle (map).
The Wednesday prior to the Emerald City (Oct 11th), we will work out at Greenlake’s Lower Woodland Park (map) to preview that course.
There may be workouts where we do hill repeats and/or meet at a different location than Genesee Park, and you can find those dates below and will be communicated ahead of time. About half of the workouts will be at Genesee Park.

2017 Cross Country Race Schedule

Date Race Location Result
Sep 16, 2017 Sundodger Invitational* Lincoln Park, Seattle Women 6k OpenMen 8k Open
Oct 7, 2017 WWU Classic Bellingham, WA
Oct 14, 2017 Emerald City Open* Lower Woodland Park, Seattle
Nov 5, 2017 PNTF Championship* Lower Woodland Park, Seattle
Nov 18, 2017 USATF Regionals* Fernhill Park; Portland, OR
Dec 9, 2017 USATF Club XC Nationals* Lexington, KY

*If you still aren’t sure if you should lace up your fastest kicks and race some loops, SRC makes it very easy for current members to try it out for free! The race entry fees are covered by the club for Sundodger, Emerald City Open, PNTF, USATF Regionals, and USATF Nationals…aka “FREE RACES”!

SRC XC 2017 Workout Schedule

Many thanks to Trisha Steidl for her 2017 workout schedule!
Workouts are subject to change, depending on weather, light, location issues, etc., but we will likely stick very close to the schedule linked above and the locations listed below.

2017 workout meeting locations:
Sep 6: Genesee Park, North parking lot
Sep 13: Lincoln Park
Sep 20: Genesee Park, North parking lot
Sep 27: Mt Baker Rowing Center (just north of Genesee Park)
Oct 4: Madrona Hills
Oct 11: Lower Woodland Park
Oct 18: Mt Baker Light Rail Station
Oct 25: Cascadia Hills (meet at Mt Baker Beach)
Nov 1: Genesee Park, south parking lot
Nov 8: Genesee Park, south parking lot
Nov 15: Genesee Park, south parking lot

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SRC XC is…a one of a kind journey into fitness levels you’ve only dreamed of, parties with teammates, glory, pain, 6, 8, or 10km over hill and dale, muddy, jittery-then-relaxing, and unbelievably worth it. Our team has grown significantly in the last couple years. We travel together to the races, cheer at every hill, and chase down as many orange CNW rivals as we can. The cheer last year went something like, “Orange Juice! Orange Juice!” We’ll see what happens first, I catch Tyler Van Dooren or somebody comes up with a better cheer.

Have we piqued your interest? Then here are the details:

  • Women and men race separately. At some events, masters (over 40 years old) race separately from open
    divisions. Women run 6km and men run 8km or 10km, often on loop courses, such as Lower Woodland Park, near Greenlake.
  • The race course surface is generally a combination of grass and dirt. Trails and pavement are accidental – hence the usefulness of spikes, particularly through mud. Spikes by no means are required to race, though.
  • Individuals are recognized for their overall placement but what really matters is how the team’s combined score of the five best runners compares to that of other teams. Each runner gets a number representing his/her finishing order and the team with the lowest combined score wins.
  • SRC participates in about six cross country races throughout the season, which spans from late September to early December. Individuals do not have to come to every race, but the more the better!
  • SRC often sends teams of open men and women and masters’ men and women to Club Nationals. Those who are committed to the team are able to go to this amazing event, which changes venue every year.
  • The format of separate races allows us to race and cheer for our fellow SRC racers (while warming up or cooling down) all in the same day – a fun team-building experience.
  • Entry fees vary, but most are paid by SRC!

Take the next step! Contact our team leaders for more information:

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