Southern California Roadrunners

USATF Nationals 2005 XC 4K Course


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Course Description

The 4,000 meters course starts in the main athletic field and goes 400 meters before any significant turn. The course turns to the right at that point and then turns right again after approximately 100 meters and follows a path that will keep the baseball field to the runners’ left side. At 650 meters, the runners will go through an opening in the stone wall take a left turn, run approximately 140 meters and go up a short hill and back through the stone wall. This is approximately ½ mile into the race. The course then goes between the baseball and softball fields, up a small hill and retraces the first loop in the opposite direction. When they pass the course’s first turn in the opposite direction they will have run approximately three quarters of a mile. From that point they run back into the main athletic field.
At approximately 1,500 meters the course narrows down to a 10’ wide stone dust trail. At 1,600 meters, the athletes will take a sharp right turn on a path that goes behind the physical plant building. This 150 meters path narrows down to eight feet in places.
At 1,750 meters athletes 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 2,000 meters 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 have gone 2,400 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, approximate 1,100 meters from the finish.
From 2,900 meters to 3,100 meters the runners stay on the stone dust path. At 3,100 meters they run into the back field and repeat the first loop of the race. At 3,700 meters the come through the stone wall take a left turn, run 140 meters, then go up and come down a short hill. Fifty 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.