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Thu, Aug 10


Pelona Park

Cross Country Summer Series

Time & Location

Aug 10, 2023, 6:50 PM – 8:00 PM PDT

Pelona Park, 37720 Tierra Subida Ave, Palmdale, CA 93551, USA

About the Event



The High Desert Runners again sponsors its annual series of all-comers cross-country meets for Antelope Valley area distance runners this summer. These are ALL-COMERS meets, and runners of all ages and abilities are welcome. This year's series will include six weekly meets on Thursday evenings from July 13 through August 17. All meets feature a 3-mile open race and a 1-kilometer fun run for children aged 12 and under. Parents of children running the kids’ fun run are encouraged to run with their children.

LOCATION: This year’s meets will again be held at Pelona Vista Park, on Tierra Subida Road at Rayburn Road in Palmdale. Both courses will be marked with course monitors at all key junctures. The start, finish, and staging areas are at the northwest corner of the north soccer fields area below the restrooms. Restrooms and parking are adjacent to the soccer fields. Runners are asked to do warm-ups on the jogging path around the soccer fields, not the course itself.

DATES: Thursday, July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10(coed relay), and 17 (finals). TIME: Mandatory registration (a legal requirement) starts at 5:45 p.m. The kid’s run will begin at about 6:30 p.m., with the main race starting at about 6:45 p.m. Don't be late!  

COED RELAY: The fifth meet on August 10th will be run as a single three-segment COED RELAY on the long course. At least one male and one female must be on each two- or three-person team. Each segment will be about a mile long. Runners should recruit their partners well in advance.

AWARDS: All kid’s race participants will receive a participation ribbon. Awards will be based on the entire series, meaning the four preliminary meets and coed relay, in addition to the final meet, to determine the overall series champion. Medals will be awarded to the top three male and female in age groups 0-13, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. Every finisher of the preliminary meet will receive eight series points for finishing. The top six finishers in each age division will receive bonus series points (6 for first, 5 for second, 4 for third, 3 for fourth, 2 for fifth, and 1 for sixth). Only series participation points will be awarded for the coed relay. Participation in the final meet is mandatory to be eligible for awards. The bonus points for the final meet will be doubled (12 for first, 10 for second, 8 for third, 6 for fourth, 4 for fifth, and 2 for sixth).

DONATIONS ENCOURAGED: There is NO entry fee! However, we ask for a minimum $1 donation per meet (includes both races) from all participants to defray series expenses. The High Desert Runners is a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation; all donations are tax-deductible.

MISCELLANEOUS: Water and a sports drink will be available at the finish. Watermelon at the finals! For more info: contact series director James Mitchell at 661-313-6349, email

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