Cross Country evening series for all ages this summer at Algonquin

Above: All ages are welcome to race Algonquin’s 5k course and/or relays this summer. (image cropped from flickr post by Roman Boed)

Algonquin Cross Country is hosting a running series for all ages this summer. The program will be run on Wednesday evenings in July and August. The fee is $5 per runner. The 5-part weekly series will feature prizes, and changing challenges each week. Events include 5ks and relays.

Here are more details:

ARHS Cross Country summer series flyerRaces will begin July 18th, and continue every Wednesday night at 6:30pm (race start) until August 15th. Our goal is to provide a means for the community to come together and share a love of running. We have a schedule of events that provide an opportunity for all abilities to excel!

Who: Anyone interested! Any age, ability, or town of residence.
When: Wednesdays July 18th – August 15th
Time: 6:00pm Race Day Registration. 6:30pm Race
Where: Algonquin Regional High School

July 18th – Standard Race, 5km
July 25th – Predicted Time, 5km
August 1st – Ekiden Relay, 1k, 3k, 2k
August 8th – Age Graded Race, 5km
Aug 15th – 2 Person 4 Mile Relay
Aug 22nd – Make up Rain Date

According to the flyer, if the event needs to be cancelled for heavy rain, thunderstorms, etc, the postponement will be posted on the website ( by 5:00 pm that day.

Here are more details on the event from the website, including challenge descriptions:

AWARDS: Prize T-shirts to the top 2 overall male and female, and first place age 40 and over, who have not previously won.

COST: $5 Please bring exact cash.

Race Descriptions
ARHS 5k coursePredicted Time 5k – During registration, participants will predict what time they will run for the 5k race. Results will be scored by how close participants were to their actual race time. No watches!!

Ekiden Relay – 2 or 3 person teams. Runners will start with a one kilometer loop, tag the 3 kilometer runner, and finally tag the 2 kilometer runner.

Age Graded 5k – Participants will run a normal 5k, however finishers under 14 years old, and over 30 years old will have their times converted using the USATF age graded coefficients. Final results will be based on the conversions.
FOR EXAMPLE: A 50 year old running a 27:00 5k is equivalent to a 22 year old running 23:37 5k!

2 Person 4 Mile Relay – 2 person teams running alternating 1 mile loops, twice each.

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