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Mayor’s Cup XC This Sunday!

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Lead pack in the 2013 men’s championship 8k, courtesy of Scott Mason Photo.

The Mayor’s Cup returns to Franklin Park this coming Sunday (October 26th) for more exciting cross country racing action.

Last year the BAA men lost to Bryn Mawr Running Co, which dominated. Bryn Mawr scored 21 points and boasted the top 4 finishers, including winner Cameron Marantz. Dan Harper was the top finisher for the BAA (5th place), but the squad had a couple of other guys named Brian Harvey and Eric Ashe who finished 7th and 11th, respectively. Those guys have made a pretty big leap in the year since, and if they are recovered enough from their Olympic Trials Qualifying performances at Twin Cities then they will be guys to look out for.

In the women’s championship 5k, the ladies of New Balance Boston made a valiant effort but ultimately lost out to their sister club, Central Park Track Club. Jillian King and Sydney Fitzpatrick went 1-2 but it wasn’t enough to hold off those pesky New Yorkers. Rolanda Bell led the charge as the visitors took 5 out of the next 6 spots to seal the team win.

Click here to see all of our Mayor’s Cup coverage from last year.

The race is the 3rd event in the 5 race series known as the USATF-NE XC Grand Prix. Next after this is the New England Championships on 11/9, also at Franklin Park, so it’s a great way to preview the course (or more likely get reacquainted with it) ahead of the championships.

Coming into this race, Sam Alexander and David Wilson are in a dead heat in the men’s open standings (29 points each) while Caroline Martin (27 pts) holds a slight edge over Meghan Sommerkamp and Ashley Krause (22 pts each). The GBTC leads the way in both men’s and women’s open team scoring categories.

For more on the series and a deeper look at the standings (including all age group categories), check out these links:

USATF-NE Grand Prix Standings 2014
USATF-NE Grand Prix Schedule & Rules 2014

From the BAA website:

EVENT INFORMATION & SCHEDULE

DATE:   October 26, 2014
LOCATION:   Franklin Park, Boston, MA

RACE TIMES (tentative)

10:00 a.m. 6 to 10-year-old and under boys and girls race
10:15 a.m. 11 to 12-year-old boys and girls race
10:30 a.m. 13 to 14-year-old boys and girls race
10:50 a.m. Women’s 5K Championship Race
11:15 a.m. Men’s 8K Championship Race
12:00 p.m. Franklin Park 5K*

*Entrants should be capable of running 5K under 45 minutes. Minimum age for participation in the Franklin Park 5K Open Cross Country Race is 15-years old.

ENTRY FEE

Youth Races  –  $5.00 (pre-event) or $10.00 (day of event)
Adult Races  -  $20.00 (pre-event) or $25.00 (day of event)

If pre-registering in advance and with entry paid by club (that is, if club submits entry), then entry is $18.00 per person.  Applies to pre-event entry only for adults.

HISTORY

The Mayor’s Cup began in 1990 and the B.A.A., in partnership with adidas, has supported the event since 1997.  Over that time, the event has grown to include multiple races for athletes of all ability levels, has become one of the premier cross country meets on the East Coast, and has been regarded as an important tune-up for the USA Fall National Club Cross Country Championship.

The Mayor’s Cup is directed by USA Track & Field – New England, and is staged with the cooperation of Boston Parks & Recreation and Boston Centers for Youth & Families.  Improvements to drainage, run-off areas, pathways and entrance ways began in 2012.  As a result of the improvement project, all cross country meets were relocated from Franklin Park during the 2012 season.  While Franklin Park has received regular maintenance annually, the last major improvement to the cross country course was in 1991 which was in preparation for the 1992 IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

All of the above information is subject to change.

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