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College cross country: Big turnout for XC summer series

Posted: July 31, 2012 8:54 p.m.
Updated: July 31, 2012 8:54 p.m.
 

Racers are turning out in record numbers at College of the Canyons this summer.

The school’s 39th Annual Cross Country Summer Series attracted a record-breaking 682 runners on July 19, and continues to bring hundreds of entrants to the weekly races held on COC’s campus every Thursday.

So far, four of the seven have taken place as part of a series created to raise money for COC’s cross country program.

“Over the last eight or nine years, the numbers have been increasing by about 50 to 100 runners a year,” said Lindie Kane, race director and COC cross country head coach. “We’ve had more runners from out of the area come up because it’s good preseason or out-of-season training.”

Kane said the surge in popularity in recent years coincided with moving the starting line from on top of a hill near campus to its current location in the school’s baseball outfield.

The three-mile race weaves through campus for the first mile before turning toward a hill running near Interstate 5 for most of the final two-thirds.

It finishes in Cougar Stadium, where spectators can look on.

“The course itself is friendly for the more competitive runner and the recreational runner for people that want to do activities,” Kane said.

Each race costs $5 to enter with the exception of the final race on Aug. 16, which will cost $15 and included a meal and prizes afterward.

So far, participants have includes college and high school cross country and track and field runners, as well as plenty of casual runners, Kane said.

The next race begins at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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