2020 USATF So Cal Cross Country Championships
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Arroyo Verde Park, Ventura
Information and Registration
As should be obvious by now, the 2020 Southern California Cross Country Grand Prix has not materialized. All the races normally contested in the series have been cancelled in some form. Except one:
The Twilight’s Last Gleaming Cross Country Challenge will be held this year. Because it is so difficult to organize an event in the current COVID-19 environment, this race will also serve as the Southern California Association Cross Country Championships. The date is Saturday, October 24 at Arroyo Verde Park, Ventura.
How are we able to hold this one race when everything else is cancelled? We will adhere to local regulations and conduct this race in a socially distanced fashion by running it as a time trial. All on the same day, everybody runs the same course. Places will be determined by time. There will be no group gathering before or after the race. Because this is going to take much longer, we are offering a morning and and an afternoon session to avoid the heat of the day.
For a race that proclaims its distain for advance registration in normal years, pre-registration will be required. In these times we all have to adjust. We will seed the sessions fast to slow, so by telling us your honest 5K time, it will keep you from getting too close to your adjacent competitors and everyone can run in relative safety. You will be assigned a specific minute to be at the start line available on the website the night before the race.
The course is the same monstrosity that has been used for 35 years. Four miles on a variety of surfaces that include steep hills named Skyline, The Finger and The Wall. Many people come back year after year, others say “never again.” The course record holder used one word to describe it: “Torture.” Not exactly a marathon but you’ll feel like you accomplished something. Everybody gets a special commemorative tile award, pick it up at the finish line.
This being the Southern California Association Championships, we will have SCA-USATF Championship medals for the top 10 individuals in the Open division, 40-49 and 50-59 divisions. 5 deep in 60-69 and 70+ divisions. Team plaques to the top 3 teams in each division. USATF membership mandatory for the championships and if you’re a member you get a $5 discount off your entry fee. More details will continue to be updated at http://trackinfo.org/twilight.html