Southern California Roadrunners

USATF Nationals 2005 XC 3K Course


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3K course

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Course Description

The 3,000 meter course starts in the main athletic field and goes 400 meters before any significant turn. There will be a small down and side hill at 550 meters. The 800 meter mark will be between the two ball fields. There will be a small downhill just after that, at 860 meters, when the runners pass through an opening in a stone wall. They will then run approximately 250 meters across the main athletic field.
At approximately 1,100 meters the course narrows down to a 10 wide stone dust trail. At 1,200 meters, the athletes will take a sharp right turn on a path that goes behind the physical plant building. This 150 meter path narrows down to eight feet in places.
At 1,350 meters runners will descend a 270 meters hill that takes the athletes into a lower athletic field. The hill is broken into two sections and is not one continuous descent. The mile mark is right after the runners enter the lower field. After making a wide turn in the lower field, the athletes will cross a road and have a gradual uphill then downhill loop of approximately 300 meters.
When the athletes enter the lower field a second time they will have gone 2,000 meters and begin a climb of approximately 270 meters, ascending the hill they just came down but by a slightly different course to prevent any two way conflicts. They then run the path behind the physical plant and 100 meters of the stone dust trail. At that point athletes are next to the main athletic field, 500 meters from the finish.
From 2,500 meters to 2,700 meters the runners stay on the stone dust path. At 2,700 meters they take a right turn, run 140 meters then go up and come down a short hill. Sixty meters after that, the runners make a right turn, run approximately 100 meters in front of the football stands, and finish in front of section 1 nearest the parking lot.