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Stumptown Cross Series Kicks Off Sept 29

As the days get shorter, the morning air gets cooler and dew begins to settle on the grass, the only thing that makes things seem more fall-like is the start of cross country season. For all of you big kids who like to get out there and race across grass, dirt, wood chips, or anything unpaved, your race series is about to begin.

There are 4 races in this year’s Stumptown Cross series. We kick it off with a classic – a 5k at Lents Park. This 3-lap tour of the park is fast and fun. A great way to kick off the series. Men and women will both be running the same 5k course in separate races. The women’s race kicks things off at 9:00, followed by the men at 9:30 (or right after the final female finishes). Registration will be set up by 8:00 and ready to hand out race bibs and trucker hats (if you were one of the lucky first 50 registrants… although if you really want one, we will also have them for sale). Registration will be under the Red Lizard tent that you will find near the stadium on the east side of the park (off 92nd Ave).

One thing to note is that registering ahead of time will save you from having to go through the same exact on-line process at the kiosks we will have at the registration table. So if you want to save time and standing around, get yourself signed up now (Registration link).

Looking further ahead than Lents, we will be adding in a new venue for our second race on October 13. Mary S. Young Park in West Linn has some amazing wide soft surface trails that should make for another fun and fast race. The Strava segment might make you think the course is going to be short, but depending upon which measurement method you believe more, the official MilerMeter map shows this being a perfect 5k. Regardless of which one you believe, this 2-lap tour of the park should be fun.

We will be heading to Fernhill for a twist on the classic course on October 20. We have typically done a women’s 6k and men’s 10k at this park, but this year we are going to have an 8k for both men and women. We will run separate races, but both will follow a slightly different course than what we have used in the past. Part of this was making it an 8k. The other part we were working around is some construction currently happening near the playground at the park. So you will see on the course map how we adjusted the route to make the 8k work.

Then we wrap up the series on November 3 with the USATF state championship races at Pier Park. We will have women running 6k and men running 8k at this venue on the courses that we have been using for years.

You can find link to all the course maps and the registration link on the Stumptown Cross home page. See you out there soon for the best races of the year!

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