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1 week ago @ 11:42AM

Estes Park Cross Country - Winter Training

We hope that everyone has been enjoying this 'down time' over the past 2 weeks.

Last week, we conducted our end-of-year meetings with all runners. This year was a bit different in that we met with each classification as they will be together throughout their cross country years. It seems that all runners were satisfied with their season and the coaches will be working on the suggestions/feedback that were given.

*Parents*, if you have any suggestions or feedback for the coaches, we ask that you please send us an email. The success of this team is a never-ending process, however, we hope to keep adjusting things to make the preceding season better than the year(s) before. We appreciate the feedback.

Official Winter Training (11/27):

Please note that the official date for winter training will be Monday, November 27th and go up to the official practice date of track & field which is Monday, February 26th. We understand and support those who will be participating in a winter sport. If you are not going to be doing another activity, we highly encourage you to come out for Winter Training. These are low key runs (AND aqua jogging) with just getting out and maintaining fitness leading up to track & field.

Also, we must add, as it is called "Winter Training", please bring appropriate clothing for the conditions outside. You can find our winter training schedule on the team's website: HERE.

Off-Season Races:

The coaches have also put some local-'ish' races on the calendar this winter. These should be fun ways to keep the racing mindset. We hope to be at most of these, but we can coordinate with each other.

Egg Nog Mile:

Lastly, we have tentatively (weather dependent) scheduled the team's annual Egg Nog Mile for Saturday, December 16th @ 9AM at the EPHS track.

Each year since 2014, the Estes Park Cross Country team holds their 'Egg Nog Mile'. The rules are easy enough: runners line up, chug a cup of eggnog, race around the track, chug another glass, and so on, until they have completed a mile. The catch, of course, is that runners may not drop their cups or throw-up at any point in the race. So if you're ready to tackle this challenge, wear your required best holiday outfit and bring your A-game because anyone can win AND anyone can get disqualified!

Although the 'Egg Nog Mile' may leave some runners with a bellyache, the race is all in good fun and give participants an opportunity to 'Tis the Season' of the Christmas/holiday season. YAY!!!!

Lastly, remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com. AND, please frequent our team calendar as EPXC is jam-packed with races, practices, events, etc. throughout the season.

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE! GO BOBCATS!!

Team News

3 weeks ago @ 8:14AM

Estes Park Cross Country - Here's to a GREAT 2017 Season

CHSAA State Meet Recap:

The CHSAA State Meet was this past Saturday and with that, we have officially reached the end of the 2017 Estes Park Cross Country season. EPXC had athletes competing in two races, Nathan as an individual qualifier in the boys 3A race and the EPXC girls team in the 3A girls race.

Nathan was our first athlete to compete on Saturday, in which he finished in 17:21 (a -1:49 improvement on this course) and placed 31st overall (out of 912 3A runners in CO). This was a great race for Nathan, particularly when you consider that it's his 1st cross country season.

The Estes Park XC girls ran in the final race of the day and placed 17th (out of 71 XC teams in 3A). The team also finished ahead of Brush and Berthoud, both which are teams that finished ahead of us at the regional race. The girls were led by Charly who ran another big PR of 21:26 (-26s), placed 82nd overall, and she was among the top 25 freshmen in 3A. Close behind Charly was Annalise who ran 21:37, finished in 91st, and ran a -1:14 course improvement. Zoe was our third, finishing in 115th with a time of 22:30 which was a -3:17 course improvement for her. Mae came in next with a time of 22:32 which is a -1:42 course improvement and she placed 117th. Eva was our final scoring runner, she ran 23:50 which was a -20s PR and she placed 137th overall. Andra and Melia ran the whole race in close contact and finished 146th and 147th. This was Andra's final EPXC race and we are glad that she was able to be a part of the state team this year. It was a great weekend for the EPXC team and a great way to end the 2017 season.

Lastly, a special ‘Thank You’ to all of the parents who helped make this another great state meet experience. We’d especially like to thank Mary Zurfluh for decorating lockers, hallways and state bus, putting together goodie bags, and donating a new team snack box. We’d also like to thank the Igels for buying the team's state meet dinner, Erin Tice for making signs, and the Harroffs for their support. We also really appreciated all of the teammates, parents, alumni, and fans who made the trip down to watch the race and support the EPXC team. 


EPXC Team Banquet (Wednesday, 11/1):

The Estes Park Cross Country Team's End-Of-The-Year Banquet will be this Wednesday, Nov. 1st from 5pm-7pm. The banquet is a time for us to reflect on the season and recognize our athletes for their accomplishments. This year's banquet will be hosted at the Bristlecone Inn (owned and operated by EPXC alumni parents). Athletes, please remember to dress nicely and bring a gift for your secret-psycher. Also, please bring Coach Harris your full uniform ASAP.

Lastly, remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com. AND, please frequent our team calendar as EPXC is jam-packed with races, practices, events, etc. throughout the season.

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE! GO BOBCATS!!

Team News

1 month ago @ 5:37PM

Estes Park Cross Country - State Meet Week

Regional Meet Recap:

The Regional meet on Thursday was a pretty emotional one for the EPXC team. There were feelings of excitement for our athletes who qualified for state mixed with heartbreak for our boys’ team missing qualification by a mere 14 points, feelings of accomplishment for our athletes who took a combined 11 minutes & 57 seconds off of their 5k PRs in this race, feelings of concern for the health of a teammate, feelings of retrospect for seniors, and feelings anticipation for future years for our Juniors and underclassmen. When one has invested so much time and effort into the accomplishment of a singular goal, as we have to in our sport, big meets like Regionals are understandably a very emotional experience. As we look into deeper into the results, the way that the Estes Park Cross Country team ran on Thursday was very impressive, it was a race that everyone should be proud of.

The EPXC girls team placed 4th overall, qualifying for state by a very narrow margin of just 5 points, finishing ahead of Eaton. This particular race was easily the most impressive single that we've seen since both starting coaching here in Estes. Every single member of the EPXC girls team PR'd and took a combined 8 minutes and 27 seconds off of their 5k times!!! Everyone had the race of their lives, literally, and judging by the narrow margin of qualification, everyone needed to. The girls were led by Annalise Basch who placed 12th earning All-Region honors and set a -40s PR. Mae was next across the line with a -42s PR, placing 18th. Charly had a big PR of -1:15, her first time under 22mins, and placed 26th. Zoe had a -1:38 PR and placed 33rd. Rounding out our top 5, Sam broke the 23min mark for the first time with a -36s PR, placing 46th. Eva ran a -1:18 PR, Andra -18s, Meila had the biggest PR of the day -1:44, and Daffeny PR'd by -16s. As the girls’ team looks ahead to the State meet, we hope that they'll be able to maintain the excitement and momentum of this historic EPXC race.

The EPXC boys team also had a very impressive set of performances on Thursday. The boys placed 5th, just 14 points away from qualification. The boys team set 6 new personal PR's for a cumulative of -3:30 from their times. The boys were led by Nathan Zurfluh who placed 7th overall with a -53s PR, earning All-Region honors and qualified as an individual for the state meet. Finn finished in 18th, due largely to extenuating circumstances, and just missed qualification as an individual. Mason was our next across the line in 23rd place with a -1s PR. Lucas finished in 46th with a -19s PR. Derrick rounded out our top 5, finishing in 65th place. Oliver finished 87th overall. Cole and Chase were neck and neck right down to the finish were Chase was edged out by his brother; Cole finished in 91st with a 53s PR and Chase finished in 92nd with a -1:19 PR. Ian placed 98th and had a -5s PR. While the boys team not qualifying was a disappointment, there is nothing that could have been done different or better and we are very proud of the way that all of our athletes competed in this race.

Next Race - CHSAA State Meet (10/28):

Believe it or not, we are only a week away from the final race of the season. The 2017 CHSAA State XC Meet will be hosted on Saturday, October 28th at the Norris Penrose Equestrian Center in Colorado Springs. Qualification for this race, as we learned this season, is never a guarantee and our participation in this race is a big accomplishment in itself. This year we will be taking all 9 girls who competed at the regional meet (7 competitors + 2 alternates) and Nathan down to the meet. For these athletes, the next week of training will be an extension of our taper and short intervals to stay sharp for this final race. 

As per tradition, we will be taking the team down to Colorado Springs the afternoon before the state meet and spending the night there. We will plan to leave after lunch on Friday. Every season we make a stop at a professional athletic training facility of some kind on the way to the state meet. This year we will be touring the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. In past years’, parents have organized individual bags for athletes which included snacks, motivational notes, and anything else you'd like to include. If you have anything that you'd like to contribute to these bags, please drop it off at the high school by this Thursday.

EPXC Team Banquet (11/1): 

Estes Park Cross Country Team's End-Of-The-Year Banquet will be next Wednesday, Nov. 1st at 5pm. The banquet is a time for us to reflect on the season and recognize our athletes for their accomplishments. This year's banquet will be hosted at the Bristlecone Inn (owned and operated by EPXC alumni parents).

We opted to choose the $14/per person catering for the event, and all athletes' meal costs will be covered. We are asking all parents to please RSVP and pay $14 per person who will be attending by this Wednesday (10/25). ***Please note that if you would like to attend but are not planning to eat, please still RSVP so that we can plan the seating accordingly. RSVP’s can be sent to either Coach Harris or Coach Stafford.

Uniforms:

Athletes who are done competing for the season, please turn in your 4 piece uniforms (singlet, short, jacket, & pants) ASAP. Uniforms can be dropped off at Coach Harris’s classroom and please make sure that he is there to check them in for you. We'd like to have all uniforms returned before the banquet this year. Thanks!

Lastly, remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com. AND, please frequent our team calendar as EPXC is jam-packed with races, practices, events, etc. throughout the season.

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE! GO BOBCATS!!

Team News

1 month ago @ 8:17AM

Estes Park Cross Country - It's "Regional Week"!

Please take note of all information in this email, this is a very important week for the EPXC team.

Next Race - 3A Region 4 XC Meet (10/19):

Estes Park Cross Country’s next race is the 3A Region 4 meet which qualifies teams for the CHSAA State XC Meet. Only the top 4 teams and top 15 individuals will advance to the state meet. Since this race is the only way to make it to state, it is important that everyone toes the line on Thursday afternoon ready to run their best race of the season! This is going to require additional diligence from the EPXC athletes and parents in the coming days.

The coaches have built the team's training plan this year with the intention of peaking (running the best race of the season by gradually reducing training intensity leading up to the peak race) at Regionals. We are confident that our athletes are primed and ready to run great races on Thursday, but it is up to the athletes to ensure that they are well rested, hydrated, and nourished over the next few days leading up to the race. Please make getting race ready over the next few days a priority.

The Estes Park Cross Country team has a long tradition of qualifying for the state meet. This isn't because qualifying is easy (it's always challenging) it's because EPXC has consistently had groups of athletes willing to meet the challenge and preform well when it really counts. This year's team is no different, and we have full confidence that everyone will rise to the occasion by preparing smart over these next few days and racing with everything they've got on Thursday. Let's continue the tradition and bring two teams to state! 

Lastly, remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com. AND, please frequent our team calendar as EPXC is jam-packed with races, practices, events, etc. throughout the season.

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE! GO BOBCATS!!

Team News

1 month ago @ 10:54AM

Estes Park Cross Country - Week 8

This was a solid week for Estes Park Cross Country; plus EPXC has got a TON of stuff coming up this week. Please read carefully below:

Patriot League Meet Recap:

Congratulations to both of the EPXC teams on finishing 2nd place in the Patriot League! Both teams significantly improved on their projected places and likely surprised some of the league teams in the process. These 2nd place finishes make both teams the highest placing Bobcat athletic teams in conference competition in at least the past year and probably longer.

The EPXC boys ran in the first race section led by Finn who placed 4th earning All-League honors and improved his course time by 2:33. Right on Finn's tail was Nathan, who placed 5th and also earned All-League honors. Our 3rd man was Lucas, who placed 11th and receives All-League Honorable Mention recognition as a sophomore! Mason and Derrick rounded out our top 5, Mason was in the top 20 (19th). The EPXC boys also had stand out performances from Cole (-10s course PR), Woody (-35s PR), and Blake (-2:38 course PR).

The EPXC girls team ran in the second race section and were led by Mae who placed 6th, earning All-League honors with a -3s course PR. Annalise also earned All-League honors finishing 7th. Charly came across the line 3rd for the ladies and finished 21st as a freshman! Zoe was our 4th runner, finishing in 26th with a -34s course improvement. Sam finished 5th for ladies, locking in our 2nd place team finish with a -1:19 course improvement! The remaining EPXC lady runners all ran great races, setting either a lifetime or course PR. Eva (-1:30 course PR/ 35s PR), Melia (25s course PR/ 11s PR), Andra (1:37 course PR), and Daffeny (36s course PR).

Monday Trail Run (10/9):

The team will meet for mandatory practice at the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead from 3:50pm-5:00pm for a trail run. Please email Coach Harris or Coach Stafford if you will not be able to attend.

Team Photos (10/11):

EPXC team photos are this Wednesday October 11th at 5pm. Please plan to bring your full uniform to school on Wednesday. Athletes received a photo order form 3 weeks ago but coaches have extras if anyone still needs one.

Saturday Mandatory Practice (10/14):

The EPXC team will meet at the high school for a mandatory practice from 9:30am-12:00pm on Saturday. Please email Coach Harris or Coach Stafford if you will not be able to attend and we will give you the workout.

Next Race - 3A Region 4 XC Meet (10/19):

Estes Park Cross Country’s next race is not until a week from this Thursday. This is the Regional Meet which qualifies teams for the CHSAA State XC Meet. Only the top 4 teams and top 15 individuals will advance to the state meet. This meet is also limited to 9 entries for the boys and girls race. Coaches will be sending more information out about this meet and our entries early next week.

Team Shirts/ Parent T-Shirts:

Athletes, if you have not done so already, please bring your $8 for the team shirt to practice by the end of this week.

If you ordered a parent shirt, they are done and ready for pick-up. If you still want a parent shirt, we ordered a few extras in various sizes, so let either coaches know. These shirts will be $10 each.

We are really excited about the excellent performances of the EPXC team this past weekend and hope that everyone will be able to direct the momentum of this weekend's excitement, positivity, and competitiveness into the last 3 weeks of the season. Please keep in mind that from this point on, nothing is guaranteed and we will need everyone to run their strongest performances of the season at the Regional Meet if we want to punch our tickets for the state meet. During the next week and a half, we need all runners to be more deliberate than ever in doing all of the "little things" that will help us be successful on October 19th (regionals). This team has a long tradition of qualifying for the state meet and we have full confidence that this team will continue to live up to that legacy.

Lastly, remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com. AND, please frequent our team calendar as EPXC is jam-packed with races, practices, events, etc. throughout the season.

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE! GO BOBCATS!!

Team News

1 month ago @ 8:44AM

Estes Park Cross Country - Week 7

Please read thoroughly below for a recap of this past week and what in store for this upcoming week.

Longs Peak Invite Meet Recap:

The first annual Longs Peak Invitational was largely a success, and for the most part, free of any hiccups you might expect from an inaugural race. The meet hosted 9 schools (a majority of which were 4A & 5A), a total of 200 athletes, and ran 4 race sections on the course. The initial course records were set this weekend and currently stand at 17:21 for boys and 20:02 for girls. After speaking with other teams and coaches following the race, it sounded like everyone enjoyed the race and visiting Estes Park and we only expect this race to grow in future years.  Our Estes Park XC teams had some great performances at their home meet this weekend as well.

The EPXC Boys team ran first and placed 4th overall behind one 3A and two 5A schools. The Boys were led by top 20 finishes from Nathan (7th), Lucas (16th), and Mason (20th). Several boys team members also set new PR's including Nathan (-7s), Oliver (-1:01), and Ian (-55s).

Our EPXC Girls team ran next, they also placed 4th overall but were the top finishing 3A school, finishing behind two 5A and a 4A school. The girls were led by top 20 finishes from Mae (9th), Annalise (10th), and Charly (12th). Melia finished 3rd overall in the JV race and EPXC also saw a new PR's set by Julia (-22s).

We are looking forward to improving on these already fast times when EPXC hosts the Patriot League meet on our home course again this weekend.

THANK YOU to all of the volunteers who helped out with the race this weekend, and a special thanks to John Fridrich for coordinating our volunteer efforts.

We'd also like to thank the Harroff, Daley, and Tierney families for hosting an excellent team dinner and for filling the snack box.

Next Race - Patriot League Meet (10/7):

Estes Park Cross Country's next race is the Patriot League Championship meet on Saturday, October 7th. EPXC will be hosting the meet again this week on the same course as the Longs Peak Invitational. There will only be 2 race sections for this meet: 1 boys and 1 girls varsity race with unlimited entries. This means that all our runners gets to compete at the same time and every runner is a potential scorer for our team. Please see the meet information sheet below for more details including time schedule and course map. ‚Äč

 Patriot League Information Sheet 2017

There is no school on Friday but EPXC will meet for practice at the 9-hole golf course at 3pm. The team will do a pre-meet run, set up the course markings, and then drive over to the team dinner. Coach Harris will be hosting the team dinner at 446 Elm Ave.

Patriot League Meet Volunteers (10/7):

Again, we need as many volunteers as possible for the league meet on Saturday. If you are available, please consider helping out with this event. Primarily, we will need course marshals positioned throughout the course to point runners in the correct direction. We will not have a volunteer meeting for this race, however, if you'd like to be a volunteer, please plan to meet outside of the 9-hole Pro-shop at 9am on Saturday morning.

Team Shirts/ Parent T-Shirts:

Athletes, if you have not done so already, please bring your $8 for the team shirt to practice by the end of this week.

If you ordered a parent shirt, they are done and ready for pick-up. If you still want a parent shirt, we have ordered a few extras in various sizes, so let us know. These shirts will be $10 each.

Team Photos Rescheduled (10/11):

EPXC's team photos has been rescheduled for October 11th at 5pm. Athletes received a photo order form 2 weeks ago but Coach Harris has extras if anyone still needs one. 

Lastly, we have just finished our hardest week of training but we still have 4 weeks left in the season. This means that things will begin to get easier from here on out but there will not be a big drop off in training volume or intensity until we approach the regional and state meets. The goal is to get our runners to the line at Regionals and State ready to run their best races of the season. Please help ensure that our athletes are doing all the right things to get them to the starting line of these last three races as well rested, hydrated, and motivated as possible.

Looking forward to another great week. 

Remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com. AND, please frequent our team calendar as EPXC is jam-packed with races, practices, events, etc. throughout the season.

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE!

Team News

2 months ago @ 3:42PM

Estes Park Cross Country - Week 6

WOW! This week really flew by. Please read carefully below for EPXC's recap of last week and this week's happenings:

Platte Valley Invite Meet Recap:

Yesterday, all EPXC teams competed at the Platte Valley XC Invite in Kersey, CO. EPXC finally had its first "real cross country weather" of the season with cool temps and even a little drizzle. The weather seemed to have really benefited our team of mountain runners! At first glance, the results do not look exceptional with only 4 runners PR'ing and many slower than they ran on this course last year. Even more perplexing, most of our runners seemed to be on PR pace through the 2-mile mark. Curious about this, another team's coach and our coaches both measured the course with a GPS watch and both measured 3.3 miles instead of 3.1. While this has no effect on our team standing or on the official results, converting the final times to reflect the extra .2 miles provides some really exciting results. We have shared these times with the runners but told them to keep in mind that these times are not official and will not be considered PR's, however, it is very encouraging to see that many of our runners seem to be running in big PR form! 

Among the outstanding individual results regardless of distance were new PR's from Zoe, Melia, Daffeny, and Julia, AND top 20 finishes from Annalise, Finn, Nathan, and Daffeny. 

EPXC is looking forward to running some really fast times on our true 3.1-mile flat and fast home course this upcoming weekend. 

We'd also like to thank the Stein family for hosting an excellent team dinner after the Color Run on Friday afternoon and the Moreau's for filling the snack box on Saturday. 


2017 EPXC Color Run:

The 4th Annual installment of the EPXC Homecoming Color Run (Purple Pride) was a big success. We had over 130 runners, good weather, and everyone seemed to have had a great time. THANK YOU to all of our volunteers for making this event possible, in particular Bobcat Booster XC liasion, Tia Ginter, for all of her assistance with planing this year's race. 

Next Race - Longs Peak Invite (9/30):

EPXC's next race will be the first of our two consecutive Saturday home meets, the Inaugural running of the Longs Peak XC Invitational. There will be 12 teams and up to 300 athletes attending this year's race. The race will be held on the Lake Estes 9-hole golf course. There will be 4 race sections, boys and girls varsity and open (both). For meet schedule, map, and more information, please visit the meet page on our team website (http://www.estesparkxc.com/longs-peak-run/).

Our team dinner this week will be hosted by the Daley & Tierney families. More details later this week. 

Longs Peak Invite & Patriot League (9/30 & 10/7):

We need as many volunteers as possible for our two consecutive Saturday home meets on 9/30 & 10/7 from 7am - 12pm. If you are available, please consider helping out with one or both meets. Please also extend this invitation to friends and family. 

There will be a race volunteer meeting on 9/29 @ 5:30pm in the EPHS commons. This meeting will cover information for both meets. At this meeting, we will assign volunteer positions and explain responsibilities. If you plan to volunteer for either meet, please also plan to attend this meeting so that everyone knows where to go and what to do on the mornings of 9/30 & 10/7. 

Team Shirts/ Parent T-Shirts:

Athletes, if you have not done so already, please bring your $8 for the team shirt to practice by the end of this week. 

If you have ordered a parent shirt, they are done and ready for pick-up. If you still want a parent shirt, we have ordered a few extras in various sizes, so let Coach Harris or Coach Stafford know. *These shirts will be $10 each. 

Team Photos Rescheduled (10/11):

EPXC's team photos have been rescheduled for October 11th at 5pm. Athletes received a photo order form 2 weeks ago, but we have extras if anyone still needs one. 

Lastly, this week will be EPXC's hardest week of training of the whole season. Athletes, please make sure that you are well rested, hydrated, and eating healthy throughout this week. You can only get the gains from practice if you are doing everything right outside of practice. 

It's going to be another busy and exciting week for the EPXC team and we're looking forward to it! GO BOBCATS!

Remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com. AND, please frequent our team calendar as EPXC is jam-packed with races, practices, events, etc. throughout the season.

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE!

Team News

2 months ago @ 8:41AM

Estes Park Cross Country - Week 5

What a week(end) and week ahead for Estes Park Cross Country. There is a lot going on so pleases ready carefully below:

Wolverine Invite Recap:

It was another strong performance from EPXC this weekend. We won't go into too much detail this time but EPXC had a number of personal bests (PRs), high placing finishers, and course best times. EPXC will be racing this same course again in October, against many of the same teams, as we try to qualify for state at the regional race. 

We'd like to thank the Murray's for hosting an excellent team dinner and the Basch's for filling the snack box this past week.


2017 EPXC Color Run (9/22):

The 4th Annual installment of the EPXC Homecoming Color Run is this Friday! Registration is now closed and currently we have 125 runners signed up to participate. We could use some extra parent volunteers for this event, particularly for the packet pickup between 3:20-4:00pm.

Also, if you signed up and still need to submit your payment, please drop it off to one of the three school front offices OR send it to one of the XC coaches. 

Because of the Color Run on Friday afternoon, practice will be that morning at 6:45am so that the runners can go home as soon as the color run concludes and rest up for the early departure and race on Saturday morning.

Next Race - Platte Valley Invite (9/23):

EPXC's next race will be the Platte Valley XC Invite. We will be traveling with the middle school team again this week and we plan to leave at 6am from EPHS on Saturday morning. We will send out a meet sheet with more information later this week.

Our team dinner this week will be hosted by the Steins in the EPHS Commons following the color run; more details later this week.

Longs Peak Invite & Patriot League (9/30 & 10/7):

We need as many volunteers as possible for our two consecutive Saturday home meets on 9/30 & 10/7 from 7am - 12pm. If you are available, please consider helping out with one or both meets. Please also extend this invitation to friends and family.

There will be a race volunteer meeting on 9/29 @ 5:30pm in the EPHS Commons. This meeting will cover information for both meets. At this meeting we will assign volunteer positions and explain responsibilities. If you plan to volunteer for either meet, please also plan to attend this meeting so that everyone knows where to go and what to do on the mornings of 9/30 & 10/7.

Team Shirts/ Parent T-Shirts:

Athletes, if you have not done so already, please bring your $8 for the team shirt to practice by the end of this week.

If you ordered a parent shirt, they should be done by this Thursday. If you still want a parent shirt, we have ordered a few extras in various sizes, so let one of the XC coaches know. **These shirts will be $10 each.

Team Photos Rescheduled (10/11):

EPXC's team photos have been rescheduled for October 11th at 5pm. Athletes received a photo order form at the team meeting on Friday.

It's going to be a busy and exciting week for the EPXC team and we're looking forward to it! GO BOBCATS!

Remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com. AND, please frequent our team calendar as EPXC is jam-packed with races, practices, events, etc. throughout the season.

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE!

Team News

2 months ago @ 3:49PM

Estes Park Cross Country - Week 4

Things have started to pick up speed (not just EPXC runners) as we start getting into the thick of the season, EPXC runners are finding their stride, and we have a lot of events coming up in next month. Please read carefully...

St. Vrain Recap:

EPXC had an excellent showing at the St. Vrain Invite this past Saturday. In summary, the team had 3 individuals finish in the top-20, 4 course PR's, and 8 lifetime PR's! 

The varsity girls ran in the first race of the day and were led by Annalise Basch who finished 20th overall in 22:25, a -2:09 improvement from her time on this same course last year. The girls also had notable finishes from Zoe Stein, who ran a time -1:11 from her time last year, Julia McMillan who took -4:25 off of her best 5k time, and Charly Raymond who ran 23:00, a new 5k PR and a significantly faster pace average pace than she ran for the St. Vrain 2-miler as an 8th grader. The girls placed 10th as a team.

The varsity boys ran next and were led by Finn Tierney who placed 7th with a time of 17:30, a course PR of -15s and Nathan who placed 18th with an 18:07, a -40s PR! The boys also had notable performances by Lucas who ran an 18:43, a -41s PR!, Hayden who ran a -38s course PR, and all 4 boys in the JV race set new lifetime PR's! The EPXC boys placed 6th out of 21 teams.

Thank you to the Basch and Raymond families for hosting a great team pre-meet dinner this past Friday and to the Harroff's for filling the snack box (& cooler!) for the St. Vrain meet.

Next Race - Wolverine Invite (9/15):

EPXC's next race will be the Wolverine XC Invite at Monfort Park in Greeley. This is the course that Regionals will be run at again this year. The middle and high school teams will be riding down to and back from this meet together. Class dismissal will be at 12:15pm and we will plan to be on the road by 12:30pm.

2017 EPXC Color Run (9/22):

The 4th Annual installment of the EPXC Color Run is fast approaching. Registration for a guaranteed t-shirt and sunglasses ends on Friday 9/15 @ 11pm, please register and encourage others to do so ASAP! The entry is online and entry fees can be paid at any of the district front offices or brought to the coaches. 

Registration Link: http://www.estesparkxc.com/colour-run-17/

We are also still accepting sponsors for 2017 Color Run. With a minimum $40 donation, a sponsor's business logos will appear on the back of the race shirt. If you or anyone you know owns a business and would like to be a race sponsor, please send $40+ and a business logo to either Coach Harris or Stafford before 9/15 at 11pm.

Longs Peak Invite & Patriot League (9/30 & 10/7):

We need as many volunteers as possible for EPXC's two consecutive Saturday home meets on 9/30 & 10/7 from 7am - 12pm. If you are available, please consider helping out with one or both meets. Please also extend this invitation to friends and family.

There will be a race volunteer meeting on 9/29 @ 5:30pm in the high school commons. This meeting will cover information for both meets. At this meeting we will assign volunteer positions and explain responsibilities. If you plan to volunteer for either meet, please also plan to attend this meeting so that everyone knows where to go and what to do on the mornings of 9/30 & 10/7.

Team Shirts/ Parent T-Shirts:

Athletes received their new team T-shirts at the team dinner on Friday, we were a few shirts short but a new order is currently in the works. This year's shirts cost $8 each, please bring your money to practice by the end of this week.

We will also be offering parent shirts with the same logo but these will be done in purple ink on white cotton. If you are interested in purchasing a parent shirt, please send either coaches your size by the end of the week and we'll make a new order; these shirts will be $10 each.

Team Photos Rescheduled:

EPXC's team photos have been rescheduled for the last week of this month or the first week of the October. Athletes received a photo order form at the team meeting on Friday. Stay tuned for the new reschedule date soon.

Little Things... Big Effects:

Lastly, as we head into some of the hardest training weeks for the XC season it's more important than every one of our athletes are doing all of the "little things" necessary to stay healthy and get the most out of their workouts. Athletes, please make it a priority to be doing all of theses things every day; parents, please support them in doing these things however you can.

Looking forward to another great week of EPXC! GO BOBCATS!

Remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com. AND, please frequent our team calendar as EPXC is jam-packed with races, practices, events, etc. throughout the season.

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE!

Team News

2 months ago @ 11:23AM

Estes Park Cross Country - Week 3

Below is a quick recap of the great set of races that the EPXC team had this past Friday at CSU / Frontier Academy Invite. Looking over the results, there was not a single bad race in the heat. 

The EPXC girls team placed 12th overall and 4th in the 3A division and were led by Annalise Basch with a time of 22:54, a -22 second course PR for her. We also had a course PR of -27s for Mae and a huge course PR of -2:44 from Zoe. Charlotte and Eva ran new 5k PRs of -32s and -1:13 respectively. Meila and Julia ran for the first time ever in high school EPXC uniforms and both set initial 5k PRs. We also had strong preformances from Sam and Andra, this was Sam's first time on the CSU course and Andra's first race of 2017.

The EPXC boys team placed 7th overall and 3rd among 3A schools present and were led by Finn Tierney with a time of 17:25, a -16s course PR over his 2016 CSU time. We also had big course PRs from Lucas and Oliver who bettered their 2016 CSU times by -1:22 and -46s respectively. We had new lifetime 5k PR's from Nathan who took -23s off of his time and a big lifetime PR and course PR double from Hayden who ran 20:50 which was a -1:55 improvement from this CSU time last season. Mason and Derrick both significantly bettered their times from last Friday at CMS. Lastly, we had high school EPXC debuts from Cole, Chase, and Woody, all of who set automatic 5k PRs.

We were all very pleased with the results and we are looking forward to another strong week of training as set our sights on the St. Vrain Invite this weekend.

Important Dates This Week:

-Team Photo (9/6): Please make sure to have your full uniform with you on Wednesday. *Girls we will be wearing the older uniform shorts.

-Team Dinner (9/8): Team Dinner hosted by the Raymond and Basch families.

-St. Vrain Invite (9/9): At Lyons High School. More details later this week.

Important Upcoming Dates:

-Color Run: The EPXC team will be hosting the 4th annual EPXC color run this year on September 22nd at 4pm. Please mark your calendars and spread the word! Sign-up and sponsor information will be available soon.

-Longs Peak/ League Meets: Please mark your calendars for both of our home meets this season on 9/30 and 10/7. We will need as many volunteers as possible from 6am-1pm. Thank you!

*Team Shirts: We have ordered team shirts for the season and they should be done by mid-week. We do not have the final price but we'll send out more info once the order comes in.

We'd also like to thank the Moreau's for hosting an excellent team dinner, the Russell's for filling the snack box, as well as Erin Tice for being the stand in coach for the ride back from CSU.

Thank you all for being a part of the EPXC team! GO BOBCATS!

Remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com. AND, please frequent our team calendar as EPXC is jam-packed with races, practices, events, etc. throughout the season.

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE!

Team News

2 months ago @ 9:00AM

Estes Park Cross Country - Week 2

The first week of the school year and the second week of the fall XC season is in the books. The team is looking strong and we are excited to see all of these runners continue to get stronger throughout the season. Here's a quick recap of last week and preview of the upcoming week. 
 
CMS Meet Recap:
On Friday, EPXC took a team of 12 (6 boys, 6 girls) down to Colorado Springs for the Cheyenne Mountain Stampede XC Invitational. This race is run on the same course as the state meet, so it was a great opportunity for our athletes to preview the course that they'll be racing on again on October 28th. Our girls ran first and placed 10th as a team. The girls were led by a good performance from Annalise Basch (45th, 24:56) and the 5 behind here pushed the pace as well. This was also the first ever high school race for Charly Raymond and Eva Stein. The boys ran in the afternoon and placed 9th as a team. The boys were led by Finn Tierney (9th, 17:58) who was the first Estes Park male to make the podium at this race in recent memory. The next 5 ran well including a first ever XC race by Nathan Zurfluh who placed 2nd on the EPXC roster. Regardless of time and place, we are very pleased with Friday's performance from all of our runners. It's a starting point for the season and hopefully we only improve from here. 
 
This Week (Important Dates):
  • Monday - Wednesday: Normal Practice (3:30-5:30)
  • Thursday: Practice followed by team dinner at the Moreau's Home.
  • Friday: CSU Frontier Invitational at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins. More details later this week. 
Team Dinners:
We'd like to thank the Ginter family for hosting us at their home for team dinner this past Thursday, the food was excellent! We'd also like to thank the Ginter and Tice families for filing the snack box for Friday's race. This weeks team dinner will be hosted on Thursday night by the Moreau's, more details later this week. *Please NOTE that we are still looking for a host for the team dinner before the Regional meet on the evening of Wednesday October 18th, please let us know if you are interested in hosting.

Girls Team Shorts:

As I mentioned at the parent meeting, we have decided to have the girls team order new spandex race shorts to be worn as part of the official uniform for this season. The current shorts are wearing out quickly and need to be replaced, but we are not scheduled for new uniforms until next season. The shorts are plain black New Balance brand and cost $28.95. We have ordered a pair in three sizes for the girls team to try on this week and we'd like to place an order for everyone by Tuesday. The girls will be able to keep the shorts and use them as normal running spandex following this season. Please let us know if you have any concerns about purchasing these shorts, we can find money in the budget for individuals if there are monetary concerns.

A reminder from the Booster's Club:

Senior Banners - If your senior athlete did not participate in the professional photo shoot in August, please submit a high resolution athletic pic of your athlete to Danielle at bacers.vicepresident@gmail.com
Banners will be ordered the first week of September, November, and March. 

Happy Running and GO BOBCATS!

Remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com. AND, please frequent our team calendar as EPXC is jam-packed with races, practices, events, etc. throughout the season.

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE!

Team News

3 months ago @ 8:03AM

Estes Park Cross Country - Week 1

What an awesome first week of cross country practice! Coach Harris and I will continue with our weekly emails but will be sent out on Mondays thru the end of the season…please note the change.

Lots of things to cover, so please read through everything. We are in full swing with the season and school starts this upcoming week! YAY, we know you all are excited about that! Remember, ONLY freshman are reporting to school on Monday, HOWEVER, all runners are expected to be at practice at 3:20PM. This will be our practice time throughout the season usually ending between 5-5:30 depending on the day.

Before we get to the upcoming week, Coach Harris and I would like to recap the parent meeting this past Wednesday for those that were unable to make it.

8/16 Parent Meeting Recap:

Introduction:

At the start of the meeting we covered coach introductions, team philosophy, rules & expectations, parent & coach roles, and athlete defined goals. If you would like more clarification on any of these topics, please contact us.

Team Dinners & Snack Box

If you have not already signed up to host a team dinner OR to provide snacks for the snack box, please look over the following link and add your name to the list or send one of us an email.

TEAM DINNER & SNACK BOX

Meet Schedule:

We’ve attached a copy of EPXC’s meet schedule to this email. The most significant change from last season is that we will be hosting two home meets at the 9-hole golf course in Estes Park on 9/30 & 10/7. We could use as many parent volunteers as possible, so please mark your calendars.

New Team BACers Liaison:

Lastly, we'd like to thank Tia Ginter for stepping up and taking over as our new BACers liaison. Tia will be our representative at BACers meetings and will be coordinating team spirit event like locker decorations, Color Run packet pick-up, etc. 

Now on to this upcoming week, read carefully below.

Monday – 9th Grade ONLY New Student Orientation from 8AM – 3:20PM.

Tuesday – First Day of School for ALL EPHS’s students.

Monday thru Thursday – EPXC practice meeting at ‘The Shed’ PROMPLY at 3:30PM. Please dress out quickly after school and be ready to run by 3:30PM.

Thursday – Team dinner @ 5:30PM hosted by the Ginters & Tice families. Coach Harris and I will provide more details during practice by Wednesday.

FridayCheyenne Mountain Stampede (Colorado Spring, CO). This meet in Colorado Springs is the state meet course and we’ll be taking down those runners who have the endurance base, consistency this past summer and are ready to race. For those that are new, be prepare to race the follow week at the CSU/Frontier Academy Meet. Coach Harris will provide meet sheets at Thursdays practice to everyone.

Lastly, we could not be more proud of this team thus far. As I stated in the last email, with the day-in and day-out dedication and commitment to this team, to yourself and the training process, everyone should be successful this season!

Here's to the start of an awesome season ahead, remember, dedication, hard-work and commitment! Happy Running and GO BOBCATS!

Remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com. AND, please frequent our team calendar as EPXC is jam-packed with races, practices, events, etc. throughout the season.

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE!

Team News

3 months ago @ 8:39PM

Cross Country Season is HERE!

WE MADE IT! The “Official First Day” of cross country practice starts this coming Monday, August 14. Please note that we will be meeting at the high school track PROMPLY at 7AM. If you are unable to attend for whatever reason, contact Coach Harris (alexander_harris@psdr3.k12.co.us) or Coach Stafford (tony_stafford@psdr3.k12.co.us) as soon as possible. Cross country practice will resume the following Monday (21st), the first week of school, at 3:30 through the end of the season.

FOR RUNNERS: On Friday, we’ll conduct a 1-mile time trial on the track to judge current fitness levels for all runners. Make every effort to be there. Based upon the time trial, we can individualize training plans to optimize meet performances; so ensure you give your best effort.

FOR PARENTS: **WE NEED YOU TO ATTEND** Mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 16 which is EPHS’s Fall Sports Meeting. Assuming they will let parents in the high school auditorium (because of the flooding a few weeks ago), the Fall Sports Meeting will meet there at 6PM. EPXC will break out for a brief meeting (max 30-45mins) following the main meeting in Coach Harris's room. This is where we’ll go over specific XC logistics (meets, team dinner sign-up, Color Run fundraiser, snack bin sign-up, Longs Peak Meet, Patriot League Meet, etc.).

**IMPORTANT** Per Athletic Director, Mr. Collins, ALL athletes must give Coach Harris / Coach Stafford a "golden ticket" to practice on the 14th. Runners can get them from the HS office which signifies they have all necessary paperwork for participation; they may have gotten them at registration last week. If you do not have one, please still attend practice on Monday and stay until school opens at 8AM to speak with the front office of necessary paperwork to participate.

Lastly, we could not be more excited to start this upcoming season. With day-in and day-out dedication and commitment to this team, to yourself and the training process, everyone should be successful this season!

Here's to the start of an awesome season ahead! Happy Running and GO BOBCATS!

Remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com. AND, please frequent our team calendar as EPXC is jam-packed with races, practices, events, etc. throughout the season.

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE!

Team News

3 months ago @ 12:48PM

Estes Park Cross Country - Week 10 - Summer Training

As EPXC enters August, the summer is drawing to an end with the cross-country season quickly approaching. From now through mid-November, EPXC’s calendar is jam-packed with races, practices, events, etc. on a weekly basis. We encourage everyone to check out our team calendar frequently for these important dates.

Below is the upcoming week, please read carefully below:

Monday - O.Y.O (On Your Own) run. Please coordinate amongst your teammates to get out for some easy miles. We recommend anywhere from the 3 to 6 mile range.

Tuesday - Stanley Run @ 5:30PM (meet at Steamers Cafe). This will be the last Tuesday evening Stanley Run of the summer. Choose from 3, 4, 5 or 6 low-key/easy effort miles AND stick around afterwards for a FREE delicious pasta dinner served by the Stanley staff. Excellent post run replenishment.

WednesdayLongs Peak Trail to Chasm Lake @ 6:30AM. EPXC will meet at the Longs Peak Trailhead. Chasm Lake is located 4.2 miles (8.4miles round-trip) from the Longs Peak Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. The trail climbs steadily from the Longs Peak Ranger Station (2,456ft. of total elevation gain) through lodgepole, spruce and fir. At Chasm Lake, are large boulders with an uneven talus which rings the lake, requiring some minor scrambling to the best viewpoint. AND, rumor has it that EPXC created a tradition of jumping in the lake marking the end of summer…BE THERE to find out. As always, pancakes served afterwards.

Please also note that this Wednesday is high school registration. Freshman & Sophomores are from 8 to 12 and Juniors and Seniors are from 1 to 3.

ThursdayMountain Home Cafe @ 6:30AM. EPXC will meet in the parking lot and do the Black Canyon Loop. Afterwards, we will treat ourselves to this breakfast and lunch eatery in the heart of Estes Park, which serves up some serious delicious meals. Please bring some $$ for breakfast.

Friday - O.Y.O (On Your Own) run. Please coordinate amongst your teammates to get out for some easy miles. We recommend anywhere from the 3 to 6 mile range.

OR, participate in the inaugural Rocky Mountain 5K! The race will be on Friday, August 11 at 6:30PM, the evening before the half marathon. Runners can register here: https://runsignup.com/Race/CO/EstesPark/RockyMountainHalfMarathon

Saturday – EPXC’s biggest fundraiser of the summer, the Rock Mountain Half Marathon @ 5:00AM - ~10:00AM. The Estes Park Cross Country is the sole responsible team for all aid stations on the course. We need EVERYONE to volunteer! Coach Harris will be sending an important email with details for this event.

Here's to another awesome week ahead! Happy Running and GO BOBCATS!

Remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE!

Team News

3 months ago @ 12:37PM

Estes Park Cross Country Heads to Breckenridge, CO for EPXC TEAM CAMP
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As summer draws to an end, those EPXC runners that have consistently been logging miles, volunteering with summer fundraising events, attending practices with the team are heading to beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado for team camp! Stay tuned for photos. http://www.estesparkxc.com/qualification-for-camp/

GO BOBCATS!!

Team News

3 months ago @ 8:07AM

Estes Park Cross Country - Week 9 - Summer Training

As EPXC enters August, we are quickly approaching the beginning of the season. You’ll notice the calendar starting to ramp up with events as the school year and XC begin; please check our team calendar frequently for weekly updates. The first meet will be here in a blink of the eye.

Below is the upcoming week, please read carefully below:

Monday - O.Y.O (On Your Own) run. Please coordinate amongst your teammates to get out for some easy miles. We recommend anywhere from the 3 to 6 mile range.

Tuesday - Stanley Run @ 5:30PM (meet at Steamers Cafe). Choose from 3, 4, 5 or 6 low-key/easy effort miles AND stick around afterwards for a FREE delicious pasta dinner served by the Stanley staff. Excellent post run replenishment.

WednesdayLittle Valley Rd. / Pierson Park @ 6:30AM. EPXC will meet at the base of Little Valley Rd. (right off Fish Creek Rd.) and make our way up to Pierson Park. We’ll run up through the infamous ‘Puke Hill’, pass the ‘Overlook’ which has spectacular views of Estes, and continue climbing the rutted & rocky ATV road topping out just above 9000ft. The inclines on this route are moderate-to-difficult reaching up to 15 degrees….eh, a walk in the park after all the trails we’ve been doing this summer J . Make sure to bring your hydration pack and snacks for along the way. As always, pancakes served afterwards.

Also on Wednesday evening, there will be an EPXC Team Camp meeting in Coach Harris’s room at the high school at 5PM. This meeting is for both parents AND runners. If you’ve been invited to team camp, please make every effort to be there for important info.

ThursdayLa Cocina de Mama (formally Mountain Strong) @ 6:30AM. EPXC will meet in the parking lot and make our way around downtown Estes. Afterwards, we’ll treat ourselves to this family owned & operated local business. They serve top-notch breakfasts all day; omelettes, bacon & eggs, skillets, breakfast burritos and MORE! Mmmmmmmm, can’t wait!

Friday - O.Y.O (On Your Own) run. Please coordinate amongst your teammates to get out for some easy miles. We recommend anywhere from the 3 to 6 mile range.

Here's to another awesome week ahead! Happy Running and GO BOBCATS!

Remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE!

Team News

4 months ago @ 8:50AM

Estes Park Cross Country - Week 8 - Summer Training

There were a lot of adventures this past week/weekend with the EPXC team. On Saturday, there was both the Run Like the Wind 5K in Allenspark and the 1st Annual RMNP Team Trail Marathon. Also, rumor has it, that some runners decided to summit Longs Peak on Tuesday, and Wednesday runners were jumping into Sandbeach Lake. WOW!

In the Run Like the Wind 5K, senior Finn Tierney took 2nd O.A., recent EPHS graduate Harrison Daley finish 4th O.A. and Coach Stafford snagged 5th O.A. This is probably one of the toughest 5Ks in the state of Colorado. Here is a link to the finishing results: https://www.finishlinetiming.com/results/run-like-the-wind/2017/overall.html

Also on Saturday, inside Rocky Mountain National Park, Coach Harris and EPXC parents participated in what’s to be an annual summer tradition for a team relay of 26.2 miles of beautiful trails. The weather held up nicely and everyone was treated to a spectacular post-race BBQ at Endo-Valley. Rumor here has it a parent or two did the WHOLE thing SOLO! Another WOW!!

Nice work to everyone who put in the miles this past weekend. Now on to Week #8. Please NOTE that we are officially one-month out from the first week of school which means the cross-country season is ALMOST HERE! Continue logging miles and if your running has been a little sporadic this summer, there is still time to get some consistency.

Below is the upcoming week, please read carefully below:

Monday - O.Y.O (On Your Own) run. Please coordinate amongst your teammates to get out for some easy miles. We recommend anywhere from the 3 to 6 mile range.

Tuesday - Stanley Run @ 5:30PM (meet at Steamers Cafe). Choose from 3, 4, 5 or 6 low-key/easy effort miles AND stick around afterwards for a FREE delicious pasta dinner served by the Stanley staff. Excellent post run replenishment.

WednesdayLumpy Ridge Loop @ 6:30AM. This is one of many summer traditions that EPXC has started. Parking at the Lumpy Ridge Trailhead, we’ll headed up to Gem Lake, go on the backside to Cow Creek, climb up to McGregor Mtn. junction and head back on the valley floor. Sounds easy, right? Don’t be fooled, this is a tough BUT fun run where true team building occurs. Bring your hydration pack and snacks for along the way. As always, pancakes served afterwards.

ThursdayDonut Haus @ 6:30AM. EPXC will meet in the parking lot across the street at Piccadilly Square and run the Peakview Loop. Afterwards, we’ll hit the Donut Haus for THE best donuts in town! This is definitely a favorite stop for both locals and out-of-towers!

Also for Thursday, the Bobcat Boosters Club and All-American Sports will be having a photo shoot for all EPHS athletes. EPXC has been slotted for the 5PM time and uniforms will be handed out beforehand. Please plan to meet outside the weight room around 4:45PM to get a uniform. These photos will be used for senior banners and team posters.

Friday - O.Y.O (On Your Own) run. Please coordinate amongst your teammates to get out for some easy miles. We recommend anywhere from the 3 to 6 mile range.

Here's to another awesome week ahead! Happy Running and GO BOBCATS!

Remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE!

Team News

4 months ago @ 8:09PM

Estes Park Cross Country - Team Camp Important Info

Here is a quick update on this year's EPXC Team Camp plans. Coach Harris and Stafford have decided to move team camp to Brekenridge, CO! The dates will still be August 4-7, and EPXC will plan to leave in the afternoon on Friday the 4th and return in the afternoon/evening on Monday the 7th. Coach Harris will send a more detailed schedule following camp invitations next week. 
 
Coach Harris will also be sending out invitations to camp early next week. 14 athletes will be selected to attend and invitations will be sent out based on the consistency of summer training, miles run, and participation in team events and fundraisers. 
 
Athletes interested in attending, please email Coach Harris pictures of your summer training log OR bring it to practice with you at some point this week. Both coaches would like to have seen all training logs before this Friday so that invitations can be sent out early next week. 
 

Happy Running and GO BOBCATS!

Team News

4 months ago @ 8:05PM

Training Plans for Summertime

This is a great article written by Olympic Coach Ryan Ponsonby of the value of cross country summer training for high school, collegiate, and even professional runners:

I hope your first month of training has been great, and you are feeling accomplished by the progress made thus far. For this week's article, I reached out to a few trusted professional and collegiate coaches, elite athletes and some of the most highly recruited high school athletes in the country. I wanted to share their advice on summer training with you. I hope that what you read below provides simple yet effective advice to propel you through month 2 of training.

Run with your teammates 

This is important. I truly believe individual gains are made in a team atmosphere. More importantly, cross country is a team sport. You're only as good as your 5th man or woman. And in the sport of XC, nothing is more rewarding than achieving success with your team!  

Wake your teammates up. Have a regular meeting spot and time

Make a plan, and have your teammates hold you accountable. Generally mornings are better, especially for warmer climates. Most high school races are in the morning anyways, so get used to training in the morning this summer. Get up and get after it, together! If you're to achieve success in a team sport, you need them, and they need you! 

Find a group. Don't run alone

If you cannot connect with your team over the summer, find a group to run with. Running with others is a good way to log some quality miles by avoiding the monotony of running solo. Chatting with others at "conversation pace" during your easy runs will make them more enjoyable.

Run early, run often. Consistency is key!

Do you see a common trend developing? You should gradually build up your mileage throughout the summer, as you'll see in my training plans. But it's important to stay at it each week.  

Don't overdue the mileage, and stretch

I've talked on this topic in the past. There is no secret number in your mileage that equates to success. More does not mean better. The key is finding the right amount of mileage that works best for you and your body. Consider your mileage in the past and any history of injuries. I recommend keeping a running log so you can track and learn what works for you. Maybe you're logging 12-20mi/week (like me in High School) or maybe you're really up there at 75mi/week. (If you are, I hope you're doing the drills and exercises necessary for injury prevention!)  

Regardless of your mileage, don't overlook the importance of preventative maintenance, i.e. dynamic flexibility, static stretching, sprint drills, gym sessions and general strength development. All of this together will aid in your running, make you a better all around athlete, and minimize your risk of injury.

Find places to run near you. Explore, and get creative. Summer training should be fun and enjoyable. Find loops that work for you

In college, we had a "happy loop." It was shorter in volume, and no matter how bad we were feeling, it was always enjoyable to run. If it's possible, have running options on soft surfaces like grass, dirt, or gravel trails. Find your favorite loop or trail and run on it when you need a little more motivation. It may sound crazy, but it helps on the days that are harder to get out the door.

Good Luck. Get after it!

Team News

4 months ago @ 6:43PM

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Team News

4 months ago @ 8:40AM

Estes Park Cross Country - Week 7 - Summer Training

WOW, the summer is really rollin’ as Estes Park Cross Country is heading into its 7th week of training. Both coaches are very impressed with the work that has been put in over these 7 weeks and looking for continuing the consistent running. For those runners that have yet to make it out, there is still PLENTY of time as all of these runs are casual and are the foundation to the 2017 XC season. Make every effort to attend these practices…they will be the difference come August!

Also, please continue logging miles as Coach Harris will be asking REAL soon for the log books.

Here is the upcoming week, please read carefully below:

Monday - O.Y.O (On Your Own) run. Please coordinate amongst your teammates to get out for some easy miles. We recommend anywhere from the 3 to 6 mile range.

Tuesday - Stanley Run @ 5:30PM (meet at Steamers Cafe). Choose from 3, 4, 5 or 6 low-key/easy effort miles AND stick around afterwards for a FREE delicious pasta dinner served by the Stanley staff. Excellent post run replenishment.

WednesdayWild Basin Trail (Sandbeach Lake) @ 6:30AM. EPXC will be in the Allenspark park area for this awesome trail run. Please plan on meeting at the 1st Wild Basin Entrance Station (the one closest to the Wild Basin Lodge & Event Center). Sandbeach Lake is located 4.4 miles from the Wild Basin Entrance and it’s one of RMNP’s deepest lakes at nearly 50'. Aptly named for its wide, sandy shore, Sandbeach Lake is ringed by gnarled limber pine in a broad flat free of confining valley walls, and its open perimeter gives the area a uniquely spacious feel. As always, pancakes served afterwards.

ThursdayCinnamon’s Bakery @ 6:30AM. EPXC will meet in the parking lot and do a steady uphill along Fall River Rd. then turn and enjoy not only the great views but the downhill all the way back. Bring some $$ for afterwards. Although Cinnamon's has a small menu, they offer four types of delicious cinnamon rolls: a classic (with icing on the side, if that's your preference), sticky pecan rolls, raisin-filled, and fruit-filled.

Friday - O.Y.O (On Your Own) run. Please coordinate amongst your teammates to get out for some easy miles. We recommend anywhere from the 3 to 6 mile range.

Saturday - RMNP Team Trail Marathon Relay @ 7:00AM. On Saturday, July 22nd, the Estes Park Cross Country Team will be running the 1st Annual RMNP Team Trail Marathon Relay. This will be a 26.2 mile full trail marathon across Rocky Mountain National Park from Cow Creek to Bear Lake. Teams will run the marathon in 8 segments which are 3-6 miles each and teams will drive between handoffs. There will be a BBQ grill out in the Bear Lake parking lot following the run.

***MORE DETAILS WILL BE PROVIDED BY COACH HARRIS LATER THIS WEEK OF THE TRAIL MARATHON***


Here's to another awesome week ahead! Happy Running and GO BOBCATS!

Remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE!

Team News

4 months ago @ 3:27PM

Estes Park Cross Country - 2017 XC Schedule

Here is the Estes Park Cross Country Team's 2017 schedule for the upcoming season:

8/25/2017: Cheyenne Mountain Stampede - Colorado Springs, CO

9/1/2017: Colorado State Frontier Academy Invitational - Fort Collins, CO

9/9/2017: St. Vrain Cross Country Invitational - Lyons, CO

9/15/2017: Wolverine XC Invitational - Greeley, CO

9/23/2017: Platte Valley XC Invitational - Kersey, CO

9/30/2017: Longs Peak XC Meet - Estes Park, CO

10/7/2017: Patriot League Meet - Estes Park, CO

10/14/2017: EPXC Mandatory Saturday Practice - Lyons, CO

10/19/2017: Regional Meet - Greeley, CO

10/28/2017: Colorado State Cross Country Championships - Colorado Springs, CO

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Team News

4 months ago @ 3:28PM

EPXC and EPHS T&F needs ALL HANDS on DECK

Coach Harris, Stafford, & Soviak would like to send a quick note regarding the annual ‘Shed’ clean-up, which will take place NEXT Thursday, July 13th after the run & breakfast; at 9:30AM. ‘The Shed’, as its referred to by the Estes Park Cross Country  and Track & Field teams, is the small building inside Bobcat Stadium where EPXC & EPSH T&F meets before practices.

Each summer, students and parents lend a hand to clean it up for the upcoming school year. This gives each of you, XC runners and track & field athletes, ownership in your program. Additionally, it provides a ‘home-base’ like its yours; its your home away from home. Coach Harris, Stafford & Soviak want each of you to ‘own’ it and take care of it.

The clean up shouldn’t last more than a few hours. PLEASE make every effort to be there.

Lastly, don’t forget about the Roger’s River Run – The Greenway Glow 5K this evening in Longmont. EPXC will be meeting at 7PM at the registration table to pick up packets then a warm-up before the 7:45PM start time. See you all then!

Happy Running & GO BOBCATS!

Team News

4 months ago @ 1:04PM

Estes Park Cross Country - Week 6 - Summer Training

Coach Harris and Stafford hope that everyone is enjoying their summer! Estes Park Cross Country had some GREAT results this past Friday at the Roger’s River Run – Greenway Glow 5K. Here’s a quick recap: First and foremost, ALL EPXC runners/coaches placed in the top-20. Finn Tierney - 4th O.A., Mason Ginter - 8th O.A., Nathan Zurfluh – 9th O.A., Coach Stafford - 12th O.A., Derek Hamel -16th O.A., Sam Crouse - 18th O.A./2nd O.A. female! There will be a couple of more chances to jump in a 5K over the summer; next one will be the Allenspark 5K…more details to follow as it gets closer.

Here is the upcoming week, please read carefully below:

Monday - O.Y.O (On Your Own) run. Please coordinate amongst your teammates to get out for some easy miles.

Tuesday - Stanley Run @ 5:30PM (meet at Steamers Cafe). Choose from 3, 4, 5 or 6 low-key/easy effort miles AND stick around afterwards for a FREE delicious pasta dinner served by the Stanley staff. Yummy!

WednesdayPole Hill Rd. Trail Run @ 6:30AM; Coach Stafford’s favorite run, LOL. EPXC will meet at the top of Pole Hill Rd. at the entrance to the National Forest across from Alpine St.; past Ravencrest Chalet. Most runners have been bringing some sort of hydration pack or bottle, so please ensure you have those with you. We’ll go over the route the morning of. Pancakes served afterwards.

Thursday – Scratch Deli @ 6:30AM. EPXC will meet in the parking lot and do a steady uphill past the Beaver Meadows entrance to RMNP then turnaround for some nice downhill. Bring some $$ for afterwards. Scratch Deli serves up pretty awesome breakfast burritos.

IMPORTANT: Coach Harris, Stafford, & Soviak would also like to send a quick note regarding the annual ‘Shed’ clean-up. This will be after the run & breakfast at 9:30AM. ‘The Shed’, as its referred to by the Estes Park Cross Country and Track & Field teams, is the small building inside Bobcat Stadium where EPXC and EPHS T&F meet before practices.

Every summer, students and parents lend a hand to clean it up for the upcoming school year. This gives each of you, XC runners, ownership in your program. Additionally, it provides a ‘home-base’ like its yours; its your home away from home. Coach Harris, Stafford & Soviak want each of you to ‘own’ it and take care of it.

The clean up shouldn’t last more than a couple of hours. PLEASE make every effort to be there.

Friday - O.Y.O (On Your Own) run. Please coordinate amongst your teammates to get out for some easy miles.

Here's to another awesome week ahead! Happy Running and GO BOBCATS!

Remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE!

Team News

4 months ago @ 3:42PM

Estes Park Cross Country - Week 5 - Summer Training

What a great week of running by all this past week! The hard work is being put in now and the results WILL speak for themselves on the rapidly approaching XC season in August. As we enter into July, please ensure you all are continuing to log miles, get in strength work 2-3 times per week, stretch, and also recover!

There is a bunch of stuff going on this week, so please read carefully below:

Monday - O.Y.O (On Your Own) run. Please coordinate amongst your teammates to get out for some easy miles.

Tuesday – JULY 4th!! Unfortunately, there will NOT be a Stanley Run. However, EPXC will still be meeting @ 5:30PM (meet at Steamers Cafe) for our summer training run. For those wanting to stick around downtown Estes after the run, we’ll head over to Lake Estes and find a good spot to watch fireworks.

Wednesday – Lily Lake to Estes Cone Trail Run @ 6:30AM. EPXC will be meeting at the Lily Lake parking lot and make our way to the top of Estes Cone. Again, Estes Cone has some great 360 views of Estes Park, RMNP, and the valley. Pancakes served afterwards.

Thursday – Kind Coffee @ 6:30AM. EPXC will be meeting on the front steps of Kind Coffee. Bring some $$ for breakfast afterwards.

Friday – Rogers River Run @ 7:45PM. (Registration HERE) Let’s get a group Friday, July 7, in your glow and party apparel, to run, walk, or dance the 5K, all the way to the GLOW after party! EPXC will meet at the registration table at 7:00PM. Please email Coach Stafford if you plan on attending to ensure everyone is accounted for. If you cannot make it, get in some easy miles O.Y.O (On Your Own).


Here's to another awesome week ahead and with the goal of a great XC season in mind! Happy Running and GO BOBCATS!

Remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE!

Team News

4 months ago @ 4:22PM

Estes Park Cross County - Week 4 - Summer Training

Its seems that summer has officially made its way to Estes Park! This means hotter days, however, EPXC's early morning summer training sessions still have a 'cool' feel to it, WHEW! Please ensure you are drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day as well as eating frequently. Some EPXC runners have also invested in a hydration pack which definitely helps for the Wednesday trail runs OR any runs lasting over 60mins...something to think about.

Coach Harris and Stafford would also like to remind everyone to continue tracking/recording your summer mileage (whether with OR without the team) as this is a criteria/consideration for EPXC's team camp in August.

Here is a brief recap of the upcoming week, please read carefully below:

Monday - O.Y.O (On Your Own) run. Please coordinate amongst your teammates to get out for some easy miles.

Tuesday - Stanley Run @ 5:30PM (meet at Steamers Cafe). These runs seem to be getting bigger and bigger each week; come see what all the hype is about. Also, stick around afterwards for a FREE delicious pasta dinner served by the Stanley staff. Yummy!

Wednesday - Deer Mtn. Trail Run @ 6:30AM. EPXC will be meeting at the Deer Mtn. junction inside RMNP and make our way to the top of Deer Mtn...SUPER cool views. Note that there should be no entrance fee as we'll be in the park before 7AM. Pancakes served afterwards.

Thursday - Clarie's on the Park @ 6:30AM. Let's meet at Bond Park right across then we'll do a run around Estes. Bring some $$ for afterwards. Clarie's has some pretty hearty breakfast's.

Friday - O.Y.O (On Your Own) run. Please coordinate amongst your teammates to get out for some easy miles.

Here's to another awesome week ahead! Coach Harris and Stafford could not be more proud of everyone as these summer training runs will be HUGE for the upcoming XC season! Happy Running and GO BOBCATS!

Remember any and all things relating to Estes Park Cross Country can be found on our team website: www.estesparkxc.com

You all can also follow us on our team Facebook page HERE!


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