Otsego Invitational Sat. 9/2 (High School only)
Results and info available at http://www.baumspage.com/cc/otsego/inv/2017/
Mary Jane Thurston State Park
1466 State Route 65
McClure, OH 43534
8:00am – Bus leaves from High School (est. arrival 8:45am)
10:00am – HS Varsity girls race
10:40am – HS Open girls race
11:20pm – HS Varsity boys race
12:00pm – HS Open boys race
12:40pm – Adult Run (open to anyone for $5 entry)
2:00pm – Expected return to Evergreen
Parking – Parking is limited at Mary Jane. Overflow parking will be located at the Marina located ½ mile west of Mary Jane. A shuttle bus will shuttle spectators to the park and back. Spectators are also welcome to park in Historic Downtown Grand Rapids and walk the scenic tow path to Mary Jane. You can enter the tow path behind Rita’s Dairy Bar, just west of LaRoe’s Restaurant or at the town park. To park in town you will continue straight at the Marathon station instead of traveling left to stay on Rt. 65.
Meet Notes – This is our second time running this course, and hopefully the experience will help! This course can be very confusing; we had one runner get lost and have to back track, and others watch multiple runners go outside the (somewhat poorly) marked course. Still, it’s another traditional cross country course with grass flats, wooded trails, a steep hill, and even a water hazard. This race marked a turning point for a few new runners last year, and hopefully will provide the same opportunity again this year.
This meet does have both a varsity and open race, meaning for the boys team the top 7 from Defiance will run in the varsity race and the rest will run the open race. They also provide an adult open race at the end of the meet where any adult can register for $5 and run the course for time, so it’s a great opportunity for spectator-parents who always wondered what the courses our athletes run are really like.
*There will be concessions available. However, we ask that athletes have a healthy breakfast that morning and NOT eat concession food until after they have competed. We will have healthy snacks provided by parents; athletes are strongly encouraged to partake of these after competing.