Race preview: 2018 Stumptown Cross Country Series Race #1 (Lents Park)

The Stumptown Cross logo looks great on the optional trucker hats!

Team Red Lizard’s Stumptown Cross Country Series has established itself as the Portland area’s premier team-oriented xc circuit, bringing together off-road runners from around the region to compete on fun and often challenging courses in local parks, with separate races for men and women allowing for spectating and cheering as well as racing.

This year’s schedule features four races spread over six weeks, beginning in late September and concluding November 3rd, and ranging in distance from 5k to 8k (woo-hoo, no 10k this year!) 😉 The first race takes place on Saturday, September 29th at Lents Park in southeast Portland. The 5k course takes runners on three roughly rectangular loops around the periphery of the park on mostly grass and wood chip paths.

Runners take on the Lents Park course during the Stumptown Cross Country Series (Win Goodbody photo)

The park is mostly flat, with the exception of one short but steep hill at the south end of the course (down then back up, once each loop). Race #1 is a nice introduction to the series, as it offers a short and relatively fast course on soft but even footing. You can sign up for any or all of the races, individually or as a full series. And don’t forget to add one of the eminently cool Stumptown Cross trucker hats to your order!

What: Stumptown Cross Country Race #1

When: Saturday, September 29th

Where: Lents Park, SE Portland at 92nd and Holgate

What time: 9:00am – Women’s 5k; 9:30am – Men’s 5k

Registration: Online HERE ($15 per individual race or $50 for the series). You may also register for each race on race morning for $20.

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