going off-road

saturday

Between 2 tempting choices tomorrow, decided to run the cross country race.  Thought about running both the 8k road race and the XC, but with only a couple of hours in between, wasn’t sure I’d be able to get to the XC on time, which I wanted to run more.  While the terrain and conditions will be rougher (though dry and cool), in some ways the XC will be better for me with its softer ground and forced use of the entire body while I still recover from last week’s half marathon.  Here’s the description of the XC:

November 6th is going to go down in history!  

We are proud to partner with Cross in the Park Cyclocross and bring you a first in Buffalo:  

THE DOMINATOR-Cross Country in the Park is a cross country/steeplechase inspired running race held completely within the taped course utilized by the cyclists during Cross in the Park.  The course consists of a completely enclosed taped off route between trees, off camber sections, hardpack gravel pathways, grass, short barriers and stone staircase run-ups) that varies from roughly 10-20′ wide for the entire course.  All entrants are required to stay between the tape which may include many creative twists & turns.  Runners start & finish at the stone arch near the Rose Garden in Delaware Park and compete in a single or double lap showdown for awards and prizes.  Noon start for the 4-miler two-lap race, one minute later the 2-mile, one-lap race begins. The run is held during the mid-day bike racing break.

Rain, sun, snow or shine.  

Spikes encouraged.  

Cross in the Park has become a mainstay in Buffalo attracting hundreds and hundreds of entrants, spectators and families cheering, racing and spectating throughout the day.  Food trucks, DJ entertainment and cheering crowds line the courses.  Enjoy the day in one of Buffalo’s jewels of a park system.     

Sounds fun!

And footage from a past bike race:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCZ3YHiowD0

It’s first year for the running portion, so not sure how organized it’ll be – always a concern with new races.  Either way, it’ll be at least be a good workout and festive.

So no run today, taking it easy before tomorrow’s throw down.

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