Craftsbury Cross Country Invitational

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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.

Schedule of Events: (updated)

Citizens Race Registration: 7:30-8:30am

Open Citizens Race (5k): 9:00am

Middle School Girls (2.75k): 10:00am

Middle School Boys (2.75k): 11:00am

Middle School Awards Ceremony: 11:45am

High School Varsity Girls (5k): 12:00pm

High School Junior Varsity Girls (5k): 12:10pm

High School Varsity Boys (5k): 1:00pm

High School Junior Varsity Boys (5k): 1:10pm

High School Awards Ceremony: 2:00pm

*PLEASE NOTE: We are closing our trails to mountain biking until 2:00pm on race day. 

Parking: Buses will be parked in our lower lot. Parents and spectators can park in our upper main lot by the Activity Center, plus overflow parking down the street. Parking volunteers will be on site to assist. 

Timing: Race timing will be done by 'Back 40 Events'. Link to live timing here.

Concessions: We will be selling up some delicious, locally sourced pulled pork sandwiches (with all the fixings!), pizza from the Craftsbury General Store, and home baked goods. Expect food to be sold 11:30-2:00pm. 

Prizes: Prizes will be awarded to the top two teams in the high school and middle school races.

Race shirts: Will be for sale in a limited quantity! Get 'em while you can! $15/shirt.  

Entry fees:
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)

*Please make checks out to "Craftsbury Outdoor Center"

Entry Deadline: Wednesday, September 4th at 7:00pm; all high school and middle school entries through; Citizen's Race entries through There will also be day of race registration for the Citizen's Race on Saturday, 7:30-8:30am. 

Team tents: Given the construction take-over of our Upper Field, team tent space will be more limited. Teams will be able to set up tents along the sides of the upper Activity Center - we will have a volunteer present to show you where to set up. 

Proposed race courses:

High School/Citizens Race 5k Course 

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5k Race Course PDF Download

Middle School 2.75k Course 

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2.75k Race Course PDF Download

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 or (802) 586 – 7767 x223.

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