Craftsbury Cross Country Invitational
Craftsbury Invitational: Saturday September 7, 2019
Welcome to the inaugural Craftsbury Invitational hosted by Craftsbury Academy at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center! Our goal is to host a large, early season meet, inviting teams from Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, and Canada. We want to provide teams and athletes the opportunity to race teams they will face in Championship season as well as teams they rarely – or never – compete against. Exposure to a diverse, international field will be a fun and competitive way to kick off the cross country season!
The meet: The meet will include High School Varsity girls and boys 5k races; High School Junior Varsity girls and boys 5k races; Middle School boys and girls 2.75k races; and an open Citizens 5k race. Please see below our proposed race schedule.
The venue: Craftsbury Outdoor Center is located at 535 Lost Nation Road, Craftsbury Common, VT. Annually hosting cross country skiing, mountain biking, and running races, the Outdoor Center is well positioned to host a large, well-run cross country invitational. Courses will be run entirely on our network of wide, grassy ski trails. The courses have challenging hills and excellent footing. Start and finish will be on the Upper Field of the Outdoor Center, adjacent to the Activity Center. The Activity Center will be open for team use, as well as the Upper & Lower fields for team tents.
The mission: Most importantly, the mission of Craftsbury Running is to build life-long runners as we help athletes develop positive, confident attitudes towards running. We see this invitational as an opportunity to promote love of sport, competition, and camaraderie across the New England and Canadian running communities. To increase access to this opportunity, we will offer an entry fee more affordable than that typical of large invitational meets.
HS Team ($40) - plus $2.00/individual over 15 athletes
MS Team ($30) - plus $2.00/individual over 15 athletes
HS & MS Individual ($5)
Open Citizens Race ($10, $5 for Craftsbury Outdoor Center Members)
*Please make checks out to "Craftsbury Academy"
Entry Deadline: Wednesday, September 4th at 7:00pm; all high school and middle school entries through Althetic.net; Citizen's Race entries through RunReg.com
Prizes: Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams in the high school races, and top 10 individuals in each race. You can be sure to expect local Vermont flavor as awards!
Schedule of Events: (tentative)
Citizens Race (5k): 8:30am
Middle School Girls (2.75k): 9:30am
Middle School Boys (2.75k): 10:00am
Middle School Awards Ceremony: 10:45am
High School JV Girls (5k): 11:00am
High School JV Boys (5k): 11:45am
High School Varsity Girls (5k): 12:30pm
High School Varsity Boys (5k): 1:15pm
High School Awards Ceremony: 2:00pm
Proposed race courses:
High School 5k Course
Middle School 2.75k Course
Other information: Parking, concessions, and bathrooms will be available on site.
For more information, please contact Craftsbury Outdoor Center running director and meet organizer Heidi Caldwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 586 – 7767 x223.