Monthly Archives: October 2012

Great Cross Country Courses: The South

Yesterday I said I’d go to the Midwest next, and not until Monday, but I found some extra time. Here are the best cross country facilities in the southern parts of the USA. The Unique: Panorama Farms Nominated by Bill … Continue reading

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Great Cross Country Courses: The West

When I first started looking into the nation’s great cross country courses, I thought it would be a short list, maybe ten deep. It turns out that I was very wrong. The number of courses that are beautiful, challenging, well-managed, … Continue reading

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The Weekend’s Best Matchups

There’s a lot going on this weekend. For the fan, which are the most hotly contested matchups, and why? Here’s my top ten rundown. 10. Jo Pavey vs Claire Hallisey Sunday, BUPA Great South Run, Portsmouth ENG From the IAAF … Continue reading

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Great Cross Country Courses: Franklin Park

On a single day in 1992, fans got to see the two greatest runners of all time, Haile Gebreselassie and Paula Radcliffe, competing right here in the USA. The supporting cast was star-studded itself: Hicham El Guerrouj (six-time World/Olympic champion … Continue reading

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Great Cross Country Courses: Rim Rock Farm

Rim Rock Farm is the home of the Kansas Jayhawks, Lawrence’s high school teams, and the KHSAA state championships. It hosted the 1998 NCAA Championships (in a one-off experiment of running the D-I and D-II meets at a single site). … Continue reading

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Great Cross Country Courses: Lavern Gibson

Other courses are notable for their tradition, or their difficulty, or their scenery. The Lavern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, just outside Terre Haute, Indiana, is notable for something different: here, the spectator is #1. If you like to run … Continue reading

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Great Cross Country Courses: Van Cortlandt Park

This is the second in a series of posts about the USA’s great cross country courses. Yesterday the series began with a look at the Mt. SAC course in Walnut, California. The below has been edited since it was first … Continue reading

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The USA’s Great Cross Country Courses

Apologies for allowing this space to fall silent for a while, as other things took precedence for the last week or so. One of those things is coaching a high school cross country team, and we have now entered the … Continue reading

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Weekend Cross Country Report–Women

Yesterday I analyzed the men’s results of the weekend’s two big meets, Wisconsin’s Adidas Invitational and the Pre-National Invitational at Louisville. Today it’s time to look at the women’s side of things. Adidas Invitational In the men’s race in Wisconsin … Continue reading

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Weekend Cross Country Report–Men

Collegiate cross country has a nice rhythm to it. First there are the throwaway meets, the early-season warmups that don’t count for NCAA Championships qualifying. Then there are the first point-scoring meets, about a dozen or so good competitions scattered … Continue reading

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