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Cross Country Season is HERE!

WE MADE IT! The “Official First Day” of cross country practice starts this coming Monday, August 14. Please note that we will be meeting at the high school track PROMPLY at 7AM. If you are unable to attend for whatever reason, contact Coach Harris (alexander_harris@psdr3.k12.co.us) or Coach Stafford (tony_stafford@psdr3.k12.co.us) as soon as possible. Cross country practice will resume the following Monday (21st), the first week of school, at 3:30 through the end of the season.

FOR RUNNERS: On Friday, we’ll conduct a 1-mile time trial on the track to judge current fitness levels for all runners. Make every effort to be there. Based upon the time trial, we can individualize training plans to optimize meet performances; so ensure you give your best effort.

FOR PARENTS: **WE NEED YOU TO ATTEND** Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 16 which is EPHS’s Fall Sports Meeting. Assuming they will let parents in the high school auditorium (because of the flooding a few weeks ago), the Fall Sports Meeting will meet there at 6PM. EPXC will break out for a brief meeting (max 30-45mins) following the main meeting in Coach Harris's room. This is where we’ll go over specific XC logistics (meets, team dinner sign-up, Color Run fundraiser, snack bin sign-up, Longs Peak Meet, Patriot League Meet, etc.).

**IMPORTANT** Per Athletic Director, Mr. Collins, ALL athletes must give Coach Harris / Coach Stafford a "golden ticket" to practice on the 14th. Runners can get them from the HS office which signifies they have all necessary paperwork for participation; they may have gotten them at registration last week. If you do not have one, please still attend practice on Monday and stay until school opens at 8AM to speak with the front office of necessary paperwork to participate.

Lastly, we could not be more excited to start this upcoming season. With day-in and day-out dedication and commitment to this team, to yourself and the training process, everyone should be successful this season!

Here's to the start of an awesome season ahead! Happy Running and GO BOBCATS!

Remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com. AND, please frequent our team calendar as EPXC is jam-packed with races, practices, events, etc. throughout the season.

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE!

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Estes Park Cross Country - Week 10 - Summer Training

As EPXC enters August, the summer is drawing to an end with the cross-country season quickly approaching. From now through mid-November, EPXC’s calendar is jam-packed with races, practices, events, etc. on a weekly basis. We encourage everyone to check out our team calendar frequently for these important dates.

Below is the upcoming week, please read carefully below:

Monday - O.Y.O (On Your Own) run. Please coordinate amongst your teammates to get out for some easy miles. We recommend anywhere from the 3 to 6 mile range.

Tuesday - Stanley Run @ 5:30PM (meet at Steamers Cafe). This will be the last Tuesday evening Stanley Run of the summer. Choose from 3, 4, 5 or 6 low-key/easy effort miles AND stick around afterwards for a FREE delicious pasta dinner served by the Stanley staff. Excellent post run replenishment.

Wednesday – Longs Peak Trail to Chasm Lake @ 6:30AM. EPXC will meet at the Longs Peak Trailhead. Chasm Lake is located 4.2 miles (8.4miles round-trip) from the Longs Peak Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. The trail climbs steadily from the Longs Peak Ranger Station (2,456ft. of total elevation gain) through lodgepole, spruce and fir. At Chasm Lake, are large boulders with an uneven talus which rings the lake, requiring some minor scrambling to the best viewpoint. AND, rumor has it that EPXC created a tradition of jumping in the lake marking the end of summer…BE THERE to find out. As always, pancakes served afterwards.

Please also note that this Wednesday is high school registration. Freshman & Sophomores are from 8 to 12 and Juniors and Seniors are from 1 to 3.

Thursday – Mountain Home Cafe @ 6:30AM. EPXC will meet in the parking lot and do the Black Canyon Loop. Afterwards, we will treat ourselves to this breakfast and lunch eatery in the heart of Estes Park, which serves up some serious delicious meals. Please bring some $$ for breakfast.

Friday - O.Y.O (On Your Own) run. Please coordinate amongst your teammates to get out for some easy miles. We recommend anywhere from the 3 to 6 mile range.

OR, participate in the inaugural Rocky Mountain 5K! The race will be on Friday, August 11 at 6:30PM, the evening before the half marathon. Runners can register here: https://runsignup.com/Race/CO/EstesPark/RockyMountainHalfMarathon

Saturday – EPXC’s biggest fundraiser of the summer, the Rock Mountain Half Marathon @ 5:00AM - ~10:00AM. The Estes Park Cross Country is the sole responsible team for all aid stations on the course. We need EVERYONE to volunteer! Coach Harris will be sending an important email with details for this event.

Here's to another awesome week ahead! Happy Running and GO BOBCATS!

Remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE!

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Estes Park Cross Country - Week 9 - Summer Training

As EPXC enters August, we are quickly approaching the beginning of the season. You’ll notice the calendar starting to ramp up with events as the school year and XC begin; please check our team calendar frequently for weekly updates. The first meet will be here in a blink of the eye.

Below is the upcoming week, please read carefully below:

Monday - O.Y.O (On Your Own) run. Please coordinate amongst your teammates to get out for some easy miles. We recommend anywhere from the 3 to 6 mile range.

Tuesday - Stanley Run @ 5:30PM (meet at Steamers Cafe). Choose from 3, 4, 5 or 6 low-key/easy effort miles AND stick around afterwards for a FREE delicious pasta dinner served by the Stanley staff. Excellent post run replenishment.

Wednesday – Little Valley Rd. / Pierson Park @ 6:30AM. EPXC will meet at the base of Little Valley Rd. (right off Fish Creek Rd.) and make our way up to Pierson Park. We’ll run up through the infamous ‘Puke Hill’, pass the ‘Overlook’ which has spectacular views of Estes, and continue climbing the rutted & rocky ATV road topping out just above 9000ft. The inclines on this route are moderate-to-difficult reaching up to 15 degrees….eh, a walk in the park after all the trails we’ve been doing this summer J . Make sure to bring your hydration pack and snacks for along the way. As always, pancakes served afterwards.

 

Also on Wednesday evening, there will be an EPXC Team Camp meeting in Coach Harris’s room at the high school at 5PM. This meeting is for both parents AND runners. If you’ve been invited to team camp, please make every effort to be there for important info.

Thursday – La Cocina de Mama (formally Mountain Strong) @ 6:30AM. EPXC will meet in the parking lot and make our way around downtown Estes. Afterwards, we’ll treat ourselves to this family owned & operated local business. They serve top-notch breakfasts all day; omelettes, bacon & eggs, skillets, breakfast burritos and MORE! Mmmmmmmm, can’t wait!

Friday - O.Y.O (On Your Own) run. Please coordinate amongst your teammates to get out for some easy miles. We recommend anywhere from the 3 to 6 mile range.

Here's to another awesome week ahead! Happy Running and GO BOBCATS!

Remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE!

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