NYLON – Cross country runners of all ages turned out on August 6 for the first of four cross country race events, part of the Innovative Edge Sports Cross Country Summer Race Series in Cobb’s Hill Park in Rochester.
The Genesee Valley Harriers running club is hosting race days every Wednesday in the park for the next three weeks. There will be great races and prizes for runners age 5 to over 70. Last week, 50 kids age 13 and under especially loved the “Popsicle Fun Run” and Youth Races, which reward each finisher with a ribbon and a popsicle.
“It is so much fun seeing the kids race,” said Race Director Colleen Magnussen. “Seeing their smiles is what it’s all about. This is an amazing series for young children and I feel very lucky to be able to participate as the Race Director this year.”
The top three finishers of adult-level age groups win free merchandise from Innovative Edge Sports. Age categories are High School, Open (19-39), Master’s (40-49), Veteran’s (50-59), Super Vets (60-69) and “70+’. Chris Mateer and Elizabeth Matthews won first place at last week’s race, against 59 other runners.
The series will conclude on August 27, with the infamous Tour de Pain. The day will feature a 5k cross country race, a 1 mile road race, and a 400 meter run. Runners who finish all three brutal events will win an “I Finished the Tour” tank top.
Runners in at least one of the next two 5k races, on August 13th and 20th, or the Tour de Pain will have a chance to win merchandise or cash prizes.
An awards ceremony, with pizza, will immediately follow the Tour de Pain in the Lake Riley Lodge.
Cost for each individual Youth Race is $5, and the cost for the entire Youth Series is $15. Children 5 and under run for free.
Registration for each adult race is $8, and pre-registration for the four 5k cross country races is $35. Registration for the four races plus the Tour de Pain finale is $40.