by Graeme Shirley
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - (August 21, 2004) - The fifth year of the Asics Dirt Dogs Cross Country Series begins August 21 with a new 4-Mile race, to be called "Bake at the Lake," at Lake Hodges. The series will continue every other week through six races plus the championships. The second race will be the traditional season-opener, the San Diego Track Club Balboa 4-Mile Cross Country Race, which will be followed by four races returning from the 2003 series.
The November 13 championship races, which move to UCSD with Ted Van Arsdale directing, will award double points.
Runners must complete at least three of the first six races, plus the championship, in order to be in the final rankings and be eligible to share in $3200 in individual awards and $1000 in team awards.
The 2004 edition of the series will repeat the successful formula of last year which saw over 160 San Diego area USATF runners score in that series. The only significant change will be the addition of a new division, for ages 60 and up, which will award $100 each to the top male and the top female in that age group.
For information on the series, the complete schedule, rules, and previous years results, please visit the Cross Country Championship Series page.
For information on joining USATF, visit the Membership page.