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Estes Park Cross Country - Week 5

What a week(end) and week ahead for Estes Park Cross Country. There is a lot going on so pleases ready carefully below:

Wolverine Invite Recap:

It was another strong performance from EPXC this weekend. We won't go into too much detail this time but EPXC had a number of personal bests (PRs), high placing finishers, and course best times. EPXC will be racing this same course again in October, against many of the same teams, as we try to qualify for state at the regional race. 

We'd like to thank the Murray's for hosting an excellent team dinner and the Basch's for filling the snack box this past week.


2017 EPXC Color Run (9/22):

The 4th Annual installment of the EPXC Homecoming Color Run is this Friday! Registration is now closed and currently we have 125 runners signed up to participate. We could use some extra parent volunteers for this event, particularly for the packet pickup between 3:20-4:00pm.

Also, if you signed up and still need to submit your payment, please drop it off to one of the three school front offices OR send it to one of the XC coaches. 

Because of the Color Run on Friday afternoon, practice will be that morning at 6:45am so that the runners can go home as soon as the color run concludes and rest up for the early departure and race on Saturday morning.

Next Race - Platte Valley Invite (9/23):

EPXC's next race will be the Platte Valley XC Invite. We will be traveling with the middle school team again this week and we plan to leave at 6am from EPHS on Saturday morning. We will send out a meet sheet with more information later this week.

Our team dinner this week will be hosted by the Steins in the EPHS Commons following the color run; more details later this week.

Longs Peak Invite & Patriot League (9/30 & 10/7):

We need as many volunteers as possible for our two consecutive Saturday home meets on 9/30 & 10/7 from 7am - 12pm. If you are available, please consider helping out with one or both meets. Please also extend this invitation to friends and family.

There will be a race volunteer meeting on 9/29 @ 5:30pm in the EPHS Commons. This meeting will cover information for both meets. At this meeting we will assign volunteer positions and explain responsibilities. If you plan to volunteer for either meet, please also plan to attend this meeting so that everyone knows where to go and what to do on the mornings of 9/30 & 10/7.

Team Shirts/ Parent T-Shirts:

Athletes, if you have not done so already, please bring your $8 for the team shirt to practice by the end of this week.

If you ordered a parent shirt, they should be done by this Thursday. If you still want a parent shirt, we have ordered a few extras in various sizes, so let one of the XC coaches know. **These shirts will be $10 each.

Team Photos Rescheduled (10/11):

EPXC's team photos have been rescheduled for October 11th at 5pm. Athletes received a photo order form at the team meeting on Friday.

It's going to be a busy and exciting week for the EPXC team and we're looking forward to it! 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 4

Things have started to pick up speed (not just EPXC runners) as we start getting into the thick of the season, EPXC runners are finding their stride, and we have a lot of events coming up in next month. Please read carefully...

St. Vrain Recap:

EPXC had an excellent showing at the St. Vrain Invite this past Saturday. In summary, the team had 3 individuals finish in the top-20, 4 course PR's, and 8 lifetime PR's! 

The varsity girls ran in the first race of the day and were led by Annalise Basch who finished 20th overall in 22:25, a -2:09 improvement from her time on this same course last year. The girls also had notable finishes from Zoe Stein, who ran a time -1:11 from her time last year, Julia McMillan who took -4:25 off of her best 5k time, and Charly Raymond who ran 23:00, a new 5k PR and a significantly faster pace average pace than she ran for the St. Vrain 2-miler as an 8th grader. The girls placed 10th as a team.

The varsity boys ran next and were led by Finn Tierney who placed 7th with a time of 17:30, a course PR of -15s and Nathan who placed 18th with an 18:07, a -40s PR! The boys also had notable performances by Lucas who ran an 18:43, a -41s PR!, Hayden who ran a -38s course PR, and all 4 boys in the JV race set new lifetime PR's! The EPXC boys placed 6th out of 21 teams.

Thank you to the Basch and Raymond families for hosting a great team pre-meet dinner this past Friday and to the Harroff's for filling the snack box (& cooler!) for the St. Vrain meet.

Next Race - Wolverine Invite (9/15):

EPXC's next race will be the Wolverine XC Invite at Monfort Park in Greeley. This is the course that Regionals will be run at again this year. The middle and high school teams will be riding down to and back from this meet together. Class dismissal will be at 12:15pm and we will plan to be on the road by 12:30pm.

2017 EPXC Color Run (9/22):

The 4th Annual installment of the EPXC Color Run is fast approaching. Registration for a guaranteed t-shirt and sunglasses ends on Friday 9/15 @ 11pm, please register and encourage others to do so ASAP! The entry is online and entry fees can be paid at any of the district front offices or brought to the coaches. 

Registration Link: http://www.estesparkxc.com/colour-run-17/

We are also still accepting sponsors for 2017 Color Run. With a minimum $40 donation, a sponsor's business logos will appear on the back of the race shirt. If you or anyone you know owns a business and would like to be a race sponsor, please send $40+ and a business logo to either Coach Harris or Stafford before 9/15 at 11pm.

Longs Peak Invite & Patriot League (9/30 & 10/7):

We need as many volunteers as possible for EPXC's two consecutive Saturday home meets on 9/30 & 10/7 from 7am - 12pm. If you are available, please consider helping out with one or both meets. Please also extend this invitation to friends and family.

There will be a race volunteer meeting on 9/29 @ 5:30pm in the high school commons. This meeting will cover information for both meets. At this meeting we will assign volunteer positions and explain responsibilities. If you plan to volunteer for either meet, please also plan to attend this meeting so that everyone knows where to go and what to do on the mornings of 9/30 & 10/7.

Team Shirts/ Parent T-Shirts:

Athletes received their new team T-shirts at the team dinner on Friday, we were a few shirts short but a new order is currently in the works. This year's shirts cost $8 each, please bring your money to practice by the end of this week.

We will also be offering parent shirts with the same logo but these will be done in purple ink on white cotton. If you are interested in purchasing a parent shirt, please send either coaches your size by the end of the week and we'll make a new order; these shirts will be $10 each.

Team Photos Rescheduled:

EPXC's team photos have been rescheduled for the last week of this month or the first week of the October. Athletes received a photo order form at the team meeting on Friday. Stay tuned for the new reschedule date soon.

Little Things... Big Effects:

Lastly, as we head into some of the hardest training weeks for the XC season it's more important than every one of our athletes are doing all of the "little things" necessary to stay healthy and get the most out of their workouts. Athletes, please make it a priority to be doing all of theses things every day; parents, please support them in doing these things however you can.

Looking forward to another great week of EPXC! 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 3

Below is a quick recap of the great set of races that the EPXC team had this past Friday at CSU / Frontier Academy Invite. Looking over the results, there was not a single bad race in the heat. 

The EPXC girls team placed 12th overall and 4th in the 3A division and were led by Annalise Basch with a time of 22:54, a -22 second course PR for her. We also had a course PR of -27s for Mae and a huge course PR of -2:44 from Zoe. Charlotte and Eva ran new 5k PRs of -32s and -1:13 respectively. Meila and Julia ran for the first time ever in high school EPXC uniforms and both set initial 5k PRs. We also had strong preformances from Sam and Andra, this was Sam's first time on the CSU course and Andra's first race of 2017.

The EPXC boys team placed 7th overall and 3rd among 3A schools present and were led by Finn Tierney with a time of 17:25, a -16s course PR over his 2016 CSU time. We also had big course PRs from Lucas and Oliver who bettered their 2016 CSU times by -1:22 and -46s respectively. We had new lifetime 5k PR's from Nathan who took -23s off of his time and a big lifetime PR and course PR double from Hayden who ran 20:50 which was a -1:55 improvement from this CSU time last season. Mason and Derrick both significantly bettered their times from last Friday at CMS. Lastly, we had high school EPXC debuts from Cole, Chase, and Woody, all of who set automatic 5k PRs.

We were all very pleased with the results and we are looking forward to another strong week of training as set our sights on the St. Vrain Invite this weekend.

Important Dates This Week:

-Team Photo (9/6): Please make sure to have your full uniform with you on Wednesday. *Girls we will be wearing the older uniform shorts.

-Team Dinner (9/8): Team Dinner hosted by the Raymond and Basch families.

-St. Vrain Invite (9/9): At Lyons High School. More details later this week.

Important Upcoming Dates:

-Color Run: The EPXC team will be hosting the 4th annual EPXC color run this year on September 22nd at 4pm. Please mark your calendars and spread the word! Sign-up and sponsor information will be available soon.

-Longs Peak/ League Meets: Please mark your calendars for both of our home meets this season on 9/30 and 10/7. We will need as many volunteers as possible from 6am-1pm. Thank you!

*Team Shirts: We have ordered team shirts for the season and they should be done by mid-week. We do not have the final price but we'll send out more info once the order comes in.

We'd also like to thank the Moreau's for hosting an excellent team dinner, the Russell's for filling the snack box, as well as Erin Tice for being the stand in coach for the ride back from CSU.

Thank you all for being a part of the EPXC team! 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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