The Saratoga Cross Country Classic 5k is open to all athletes. It is also designated as the last of four USATF Adirondack Trail Grand Prix races. It is a USATF Sanctioned event.
Never run cross country before? That's OK...the XC Classic is NOT a technical trail run. This is the same legendary course used by Saratoga Springs XC and for other Section 2 cross country events. It has also been used as the USATF National 5k XC Championship multiple times, most recently in 2015.
Starting in the open grass field just north of the Hall of Springs, the course winds through the beautiful Spa State Park. The surface is a combination of grass, asphalt, macadam, gravel and dirt. The vast majority of the footing is quite even. Even the most novice runners find this course to be very unique and enjoyable event!
Here is a link to the video tour of the 5k course.
We will also be doing several course preview runs, currently planned for the two Sundays prior to the race (10/15 and 10/22). Meet us at 10:00 am at the starting line (far north end of the large grass field north of the Reflecting Pool). Pace will be very causal.
Note: Additional preview on Wed 10/18 at 5:30pm!
5k - Due to the construction work on the Peerless Pool, the course has been altered for 2017. Note the original and updated course maps below. For 2017, the 5k will follow the updated route. Changes noted in red.
2k - The old 2k was more like 2.4k so it has been shortened. It no longer goes up Ferndell Hill like the 3k/5k. See maps for change details (old course labeled 1.47, new course 1.21).
2k UPDATED Course Detail