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Cross Country US Championships

Post  nkrichards on Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:15 pm

The Cross Country US Championships were held in Bend this weekend.  It was a sloppy mess!  I wasn't able to go watch but in the pictures in the paper it looks like portions of the course had several inches of mud.  It was also reported to be quite slippery.  They had volunteers shoveling snow to clear the course for several days.  It was only a 2K course (they ran loops).  Is that normal or did they shorten it because of the snow?  Senior Men and Women ran 10K, Masters Men and Women and Junior Boys ran 8K.  Junior Girls ran 6k.  The community race was 4K.  No wonder it got sloppy.  That's a lot of laps and a lot of footsteps around a short loop.  It seems like it would get pretty beat up in the best of conditions. 

It almost seemed like such poor conditions that it made the event a bit unfair...or is this normal for cross country?
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:24 pm

That is all completely normal!  My first national XC race was in North Carolina in a rain storm, and in 2" of red clay mud.  I slid down a hill in the 2nd loop on my butt - just XC at its best.   And the distances are normal as well.  I ran Club XC Nationals in Tallahassee in December and was thankful that it was just cold and hadn't rained in two days - better footing and only a little mud.
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Re: Cross Country US Championships

Post  Mark B on Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:28 am

I've seen video of XC Nationals in Portland that were also a complete bog.

Isn't that some sort of requirement for that sort of running? It looks treacherous, but kinda fun.

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