After the hiatus in 2020, I’m happy to report plans are well underway for the PGXC series this fall! GVH Race Director Mike Nier has been in touch with me and Adam with a tentative schedule (way below) plus this additional good news: GVH is giving “a $500 stipend back to each club hosting a series race. This will be in addition to the series covering the site fees and insurance. We appreciate the host clubs and would not be able to have the series travel outside the Rochester region without your support. Use this money as needed to help the club to stay strong and prosper. The series cost will remain at the reasonable $70 for the 5 races to encourage participation.” How great is that!!
This year we are hosting race #4 on October 31, 2021. The question is: where should we have it? If you’ve got ideas please post them! In thinking about what makes a suitable site for a PGXC series race, here are some criteria to keep in mind.
- A shelter or building for pre-race registration and post-race conviviality and warmth; if not a physical shelter then enough ground space for tents; power outlets for clocks, computers, etc.
- Parking for 125-175 cars
- Bathrooms, or a place for port-a-johns to be setup
- Important course characteristics: enough space for 6k distance, wide start line for 200+ runners, ideally ½ mile from start before course narrows, mix of grass (open or lanes) and trail, hills and flat.
- GVH has expressed a preference for a site on the west side of Cayuga Lake, such as, for example, Taughannock Falls State Park or Watkins Glen State Park.
In the recent past we’ve run at Taughannock (2018 & 2019), Watkins Glen (2017 & 2015), at the Cornell golf course in 2013 & 2016, and at Treman State Park in 2014. We’ve also run at Ithaca College and Stonehedges Golf Course in Dryden. FYI, Cornell, IC, and Stonehedges are no longer options.
If you’re aware of a large piece of property, public or private, that might serve for an XC course, please post here.
And, if you have a suggestion for the best use of the $500 give-back from GVH, we welcome that too!
Here is the working schedule for PGXC 2021:
Sunday Sept. 12, 2021 PGXC #1 5k: Long Branch -STC - New Course
*Sept. 19, 2021 USATF Masters 12k Championships (By Hook or By Crook) Highlands, NJ
Sunday Sept. 26, 2021 PGXC #2 5k - Everest Park - Auburn Pulsars
Sunday Oct. 10, 2021 PGXC #3 6k - Akron Falls Park - Checkers
*Oct. 17, 2021 USATF Masters 5k XC Championships Boston, MA
Sunday Oct. 31, 2021 PGXC #4 6k - Ithaca, NY - High Noon/FLRC
Sunday Nov. 07, 2021 PGXC #5 8K - TBD
*Nov. 14, 2021 USATF Masters Half-Marathon Championships, Syracuse, NY
*Dec. 11, 2021 USATF Club Nationals Tallahassee, FL