It may still be summer but the start of the 2011 Pete Glavin Upstate NY XC Series is less than a month away. Now in its 21st year, the series has been a staple for post collegiate runners in Western New York looking to relive or find for the first time that team oriented challenge that xc racing brings. The 5 race series takes place on various courses in a 2 hour radius of Rochester, NY and was started by the late Pete Glavin in 1990. Any individual can sign up to race, but most who participate in the series do so as part of a team which can consist of up to 8 runners. Teams are scored in 4 divisions: Open, Masters (40+), Veterans (50+) and Super Veterans (60+) the winning team for each race is suppose to win a “case of good beer”, although for some reason last year RKR was given a case of Genny Light cans. Whether this was an intentional slight, or gross lack of taste by whoever was charged with providing the prize beer I do not know.
The races range in length from 5k to 8k and are sometimes odd distances somewhere in between, it is xc after all where placement not time is what counts. Most of the races have about 5 or 6 teams and a few hundred runners spread out in the various divisions. Below is a list of the teams that compteted in last years series.
Here are the dates/times and locations for this years races.
Sunday 9/18/11 – Race #1 – Greenlakes Park 5k, Fayetteville, NY 11:00 am
Sunday 10/9/11 – Race #2 – Beaver Island State Park 5K , Grand Island, NY 11:00 am
Saturday 10/22/11 – Race #3 – Center Park 5K, Fairport, NY 9:30 am
Sunday 11/6/11 – Race #4 – Stone Hedges Golf Course 6k – Groton, NY 11:00 am
Sunday 11/20/11 – Race #5 Championship Day – Finger Lakes Community College 8K 11:00 am
We should be sending a team to all of the races but #4, I’m not sure we will be able to get 5 people to drive out to Groton. While we have a full team of 8 runners, not everyone will be able to make every race, so if you have interested in running a few xc races with us or you know someone who might want to let us know.