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I'm very sorry to have to cancel this race series. This was my decision, not Verdun's! They continue to be awesome, so please don't blame them. I've been under some personal pressure to keep my own covid-19 exposure (and, hence, my wife's exposure) to a minimum. My wife makes a good argument, and she's... a wife. So, I'm cancelling. Rather than ask anyone if they want to roll the fee into a future race, I'm just going to issue refunds.
I know, this is no fun. I appreciate all the runners who were ready to come out and race, despite the covid issue (not to mention VA summer weather). You guys are cool. Thanks for your support and enthusiasm.
OK, I'm going to try to figure out how to issue the refunds. Bear with me.
Update 3/31/20: The series has been postponed until summer. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY SIGNED UP for the Spring Series, you are good to go for the Summer Series. If you would prefer a refund, drop me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we'll take care of that.
By popular demand, the Spring Series is back! Uh... that's "Summer Series", now.
Race 5K every Tuesday Night for 5 weeks on Verdun's beautiful Cross Country Course. Races will start shortly after 7:00 PM, every Tuesday from July 7 through Aug 4. NOTE: PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE FINAL RACE WILL BE A RELAY RACE with each runner running a total of 3-5K.
NOTE ON WEATHER CANCELLATION: I'll post an announcement here AND on Facebook ("Warrenton Area Runners" page) by 4:30pm on race day if there will be a cancellation due to electrical storms. If we are all at Verdun when bad weather is looming, we will improvise.
The cost is only $6 per race if you sign up for the full series. We will get your times, but this is all for fun. No medals, no t-shirts, just a chance to test yourself and get in a little mid-week speed work. To make it more fun, we will pick teams on the spot and score it like a XC race. The sum of your teams top 5 places is your score, and low score wins. This should take some of us back to our high school and/or college years.
We will gather at the Pavilion for instructions, I'll show you guys a couple turns that might be confusing, and then we'll start. The courses (we use more than one variation) will be essentially the same as 2019. We start and finish at the Pavilion and we don't repeat any sections. The distance is approximately 5K. Your GPS numbers may vary. I promise the course will be well marked, because it's already well marked and I'll add half a dozen signs to make it even easier to follow.
Verdun Adventure Bound is generously allowing us to use their great XC course at no extra charge. They are a non-profit, and all entry fees will go to them. They are being very good to me, and I love them for it! I have virtually no expenses with this race*. That's why the cost is so low.
$30 to pre-reg for the full series. EARLYBIRD SPECIAL $25!
$8 to pre-reg for individual races.
$10 at the venue for individual races.
Get to know Verdun, here (spawns a new window). It's a wonderful place for all sorts of activities. Get your company to use the place for an outdoor event. Send a kid to camp. Host a race, even!
*Water will be provided at the finish. If we have a solid, loyal turnout, I will bring some home baked goods to the later races.
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