Summer Grand Prix Cross Country Race Series

Summer has officially arrived! Last week, the Summer Grand Prix Cross Country Race Series kicked off at Wickham Park in Manchester, Connecticut. The 2nd race was last night. For three Monday’s in July and two Monday’s in August, the runners take over the park and strut their stuff. Mostly used as a training race, the event draws a lot of folks, especially for the one mile kids race. The 2.6 “adult” race is pretty harmless and run through the beautiful park fields, roads, and trails. If you have never been there, Wickham Park is a gem.

Debbie ran the first two races and felt pretty good despite the distance. No, it wasn’t too long. For her, 2.6 miles is a sprint and requires a minimum 5 mile warm-up if she has any chance at running well. With multiple 50 milers in her 2008 plan, she needs all the miles she can get. I pushed Shep in the the Kelty in week one and in the Chariot in week two. You could ask him, but I guarantee he would say that the Chariot provides a smoother ride, but that there are better views from the Kelty. I’m still not sure when I’ll ditch the stroller, hire the baby sitter, and run solo.

Β© 2008, Brett Stoeffler

Grand Prix info and race results are available at the Silk City Striders homepage.

This coming weekend, we will be testing our trail legs again at the Soapstone Assault. This is another Shenipsit Striders event, and once again,Β uses the modified Dipsea Race handicap start format. If you ever wanted to run up Soapstone Mountain in Somers, Connecticut, well this is your chance. You can do it six times during the race. The last trip up to the top of the fire tower will reward you with fine views and free bagels.

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