The cross country season is closely approaching as we are about 4 1/2 weeks away from the official first day of practice (Monday, August 6th). The attendance at each of the summer practices has been outstanding! Both coaches can't say enough how proud we are of those that have been putting in the work. As we said this past week, there are very few teams in the state that are putting in this kind of work AND even fewer teams who have been doing the types of hard runs (trails, tempos, etc.) we have been doing.

If you have yet to be out this summer, it is not too late! 4 1/2 weeks is still plenty of time to build a decent endurance base before the start of the season. Both of us hope to see everyone out for the remainder of the summer runs.

As always, there is a TON of information this week, so please read this email all the way through.

"Pasta Jay's" West End 3K:

On Thursday, July 12 in Boulder, CO is the first race of the Boulder Race Series, the "Pasta Jay's" West End 3K; first wave at 6:00PM. This multi-loop course (very spectator friendly), and the new redevelopment of the West End of Pearl St. completed, is a fun and fast course. Then stick around to watch the Elite Men & Women's races to see collegiate and professional runners tackle the same course.

The west end of Pearl St. also offers plenty of great options to eat while relaxing after your race, there is no excuse not to have a good time! They will also have live bands and plenty of people cheering for you.

Roger's River Run 5K at Rhythm on the River:

The very next evening, Friday, July 13 in Longmont, CO is the Roger's River Run 5K and Glow Party (race start at 7:30PM). Let's dress in our glow and party apparel, to run, walk, or dance the 5K, all the way to the GLOW after party!

EPXC will meet at the registration table at 7:00PM for a warm-up run, dynamic stretches, and strides.

Both coaches really encourage everyone to run at least one of these summer runs as they build confidence in racing 5Ks, in-race strategy, pacing, and most importantly, having FUN!

Longs Peak XC Volunteer Coordinator:

EPXC is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator for this year's Longs Peak XC Meet to be held on Saturday, September 29th. The main role of the Volunteer Coordinator is reaching out  to community members, parents, or anyone else you can think of to volunteer at the race as course marshals, start/finish line marshals, set-up & break down helpers, etc. This role is vital is making our home meet a success!

If you are interested, please email Coach Harris and/or Coach Stafford ASAP.

Upcoming Week Schedule:

Monday - ***There will be a group of us meeting at the high school at 6:15AM. We will do any where from 4 to 6 miles depending on your weekly mileage plan. It is not mandatory but great for accountability to run with a group and get in your mileage***....OR....

O.Y.O (On Your Own) run. Please coordinate among your teammates to get out for some easy miles. **EPXC Team Captains Applicants**, this is an opportunity to show your leadership; get your teammates out! SEND text messages, snapchat, Insta, or whatever you do to coordinate with each other, LOL.

Tuesday - Stanley Run @ 5:30PM (meet at Steamers Cafe). Choose from 3, 4, 5 or 6 low-key/easy effort miles. Afterwards, the Igel's have offered to host dinner at their home. THANK YOU for allowing the team to relax and have some 'down' time to hang out with each other!

If any one would like to host the following week, please let Coach Harris know.

Wednesday – Pole Hill and National Forest @ 6:30AM. EPXC will meet at the top of Pole Hill Rd. at the entrance to the National Forest across from Alpine St.; past Ravencrest Chalet. We will go over the route the morning of for different mileage groups. If you are unsure of how to get there, please refer to EPXC’s trailhead directions HERE. THEN, stick around as chocolate-chip protein pancakes will be served afterwards.

***If you have purchased a hydration pack, please bring it with you on this run. It is getting hot these days, so a pack with water is well worth it.***

Thursday – Cinnamon's @ 6:30AM. EPXC will meet in the parking lot and do a steady uphill along Fall River Rd., touch the Ranger Station at the Fall River Entrance, then turn and enjoy not only the great views but the downhill all the way back. Bring some $$ for afterwards.

Although Cinnamon's has a small menu, they offer four types of delicious cinnamon rolls: a classic (with icing on the side, if that's your preference), sticky pecan rolls, raisin-filled, and fruit-filled.

"Pasta Jay's" West End 3K (Boulder, CO) @ 6:00PM - See above for details.

Friday - O.Y.O (On Your Own) run. Please coordinate among your teammates to get out for some easy miles. **EPXC Team Captains Applicants**, this is an opportunity to show your leadership; get your teammates out! SEND text messages, snapchat, Insta, or whatever you do to coordinate with each other, LOL.

Roger's River Run 5K at Rhythm on the River @ 7:30PM. See above for details.

Lastly, remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team’s 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!

Here is to another AWESOME week! GO BOBCATS!!

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