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As you know, the Furrow Euro races have been the primary fundraiser for El Paso-Gridley Cross Country teams for more than a decade. Here’s an update from Coach Melick on the team’s 2016 season:
The EPGXC Titans have been grinding workouts and logging miles since practice started on August 11, and as the weather changes they are in prime shape to shift gears into big meet season. Coming up are the unofficial Heart of Illinois Conference meet at Eureka on October 15; IHSA Regional at Farmington on October 22; IHSA Sectional at Elmwood on October 29; and the IHSA Class A State Championship on November 5.
The Titan roster has expanded to thirty members this season, with half of them being freshmen. Twenty-five have already ran their lifetime best for three miles and the other five are within striking distance. Some highlights this season include the Fresh-Soph boys dominance- winning FS Championships at both Bureau Valley and Elmwood Invitationals; the girls won the Fred Guyot Comeback Award for dropping the most team places at the prestigious St. Joe Ogden Spartan Classic; and both teams have been ranked among the top 25 in the State this year.
At the junior high level, the Titans have a pair of teams that are looking to repeat history. In 2015, both the boys and girls teams advanced to the IESA State Finals, and the Titans are in great shape to repeat that fantastic performance in 2016. Both squads have already set school records for fastest team in EPG history, calculated by adding the times from the top five runners. They are in their taper week as the IESA Sectional at Germantown Hills is this Saturday, October 8. Go Titans!
Not sure about cold weather running and cycling? Furrow Euro is upping the ante and providing some much needed heat to the November racing scene: Peeler’s Ovenworks will be on site cooking wood-fired pizza!
Join fellow harriers (and running enthusiasts) in Beckman Auditorium in the Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan to hear running legend Craig Virgin talk about preparing for and executing winning race plans while watching film from his past race performances.
Virgin holds the IHSA cross country State meet record, and broke Steve Prefontaine’s high school 3200 meter record as well as Pre’s American record in the 10k. In addition, Virgin is the USA’s only IAAF World Cross Country Championships winner.
Entry is free for all pre-registered for the 2015 Furrow Euro cross country run. If you are not registered you may make a donation at the door. Proceeds benefit EPGXC.
Big news for Furrow Fans! This is the 10th year of the Euro, so Michael has decided to offer a $10 entry for the Furrow Euro 2015 cross-country run:
In addition, the Furrow Euro is going green and no longer offering plastic water bottles at the finish line. We encourage you to bring your own refillable water bottle, or purchase an insulated Polar brand Furrow Euro water bottle for $10 with race entry ($20 without).
What is the Furrow run course like? Check out some video of the first creek crossing…
We will post updates on the cyclocross races soon!
We had a great time this year and hope you all did too. Check out some results and some photos:
Tom Keller and friends were kind enough to come out to the farm and take a spin around the 2014 Furrow CX bike course. Here’s what you can look forward to (I dare you to bomb that flyover and all the way down the big hill):