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Cross-country racing is a supreme test of endurance, and should be indulged in by well-trained, healthy men only. It is a splendid sport, but it is not for young boys, or weaklings. After the preliminary paper-chasing, the work of training becomes more severe, and the men are usually taken over somewhat shorter courses at a greater speed. These courses are usually laid out beforehand and are known to the runners, so there is no stopping to hunt for the trail as in hare and hounds. The athletes are taken over these courses faster and faster as they gradually improve in their work, until the poor ones are weeded out, leaving the fastest to be selected for a team to represent the club.-Ernest Harold Baynes
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As preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games intensify it’s easy to forget that soon, nearly a million runners around the world will be lacing up for cross-country season. Today, July 26th 2016, corresponds with an unfortunate anniversary: four years since the passing of Pat Porter. The legacy of this great American Champion is surprisingly subdued, and yet, now more than ever, his achievements are relevant to the climate within American distance running.
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You may have heard of the Run Gum lawsuit recently, but is this of real concern to the average runner? Read on and find out what’s really at stake.
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Redwood City in California makes an unlikely backdrop for a narrative on the history of cross-country running. A tech-savvy city of approximately 77,000 that sits equidistant between San Francisco and San Jose, it’s home to a surprising secret: venture into its upper-geography and you’ll discover the soul of cross-country.
Piney-track trails sit under a mix of second growth redwood forests and oak woodlands. Huddart is the most well-known park — nestled on a ridge of the Santa Cruz mountains and used as a training ground by Stanford University athletes and elites alike. Crystal Springs Cross Country Course too, a 45-year-old local venue for harriers big and small has seen it’s epic battles: in 1974 it was set to be a clash between four-time national cross country champion Frank Shorter and three-time collegiate stalwart Steve Prefontaine; instead Kenyan John Ngeno stole the show. But notable history is not why Redwood City and cross-country running are connected. In fact, it is quite the opposite: why is the connection so opaque?
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A feature of METER Magazine, Issue #03, a publication by Tracksmith.com
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