NERC Cross Country Series I

Event Description: 
What: Series of three 5K Cross Country races plus a 1 mile Fun Run after each.
When: 8-5, 8-12, and 8-19. Each race starts at 6:30 pm. The Fun Run starts at approx. 7:15pm.
Where: Penitentiary Glen, in Kirtland, 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Rd.
Cost: Only $5 per race and the Fun Run is free!

Each week's race is scored separately, with awards for each age group. Bring the whole family and have a picnic!
When:  08/05/2014    6:30 PM 
Where:  Kirtland, OH
Distance:  5K & 1 mile
Contact Name:  Steve Novak
Contact Number:  440-286-5521
Contact Email: 
Entry Form: 
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Course Map: 
Race Photos:  click here for race photos
Previous Results: 
2010  2008  2009  2009  
2011  2011  2012  2012  
2013  2014  
Course Description:  Rolling and some hills. Grass, dirt trails, some asphalt sections and the rest is gravel over dirt. Great spectator course.
Directions:  From south: SR 306 (Chillicothe Road) north past SR 6 (Chardon Road) to Eagle Road( first traffic light), turn right, continue to stop sign. Turn left (Booth Road) to stop sign. Turn left ( Kirtland Chardon Road), park is 1/4 mile on the left. Please follow parking lot directors instructions.
From the North: Take SR 306 south from the I-90 exit. Turn left at the bottom of the hill at the light (Chillicothe Road). Turn right at the next light, Kirtland-Chardon Road. The park is two miles on the right (south) side of the road.

Runner Comments
I've run this race, and I want to add my comments.
Average Ratings as of 09/16/2014: Course: Overall

Year: 2011
Name: Trevor
Pros: On trails out of the sun, mostly.
Cons: Some inclines like last 3/8 mi.
Comments: This is the true test of your running. Want to improve, try these. I can't wait for tonight.

Year: 2013
Pros: Fun
Cons: Hills!!!!!

Year: 2012
Name: Chris
Pros: You won't find a less expensive race than this! Also, it's ultimately a downhill course - you finish at a lower elevation than you start.
Cons: There is a LOT of congestion at first few turns at the start of the race. Also, the finish (probably last 1/3 mile) is all uphill to the finish line.
Comments: Lots of variety in the terrain - some flat, some rolling hills, some short but very steep hills, and some longer hills. Also, although it is only scored individually and not as a team race, you'll see lots of high school teams here, so it can be very competitive.

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