Celebrating 100 Years Of Running Van Cortlandt Park
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friends of Van Cortlandt Park to Celebrate 100 Years
of Cross Country Racing at Van Cortlandt Park at IC4A/ECAC Championships on
Bronx, New York, November 7, 2012 - Friends of
Van Cortlandt Park announced today that they are combining resources with the
organizers of the IC4A/ECAC Championships to host a 5 kilometer race at 1:00
p.m. on Saturday, November 17th.
The event will commemorate 100 years of cross country racing at the
park, which hosted its first slate of running competition at the historic
course in the Fall of 1912.
“This is one of the most renowned cross country
venues in the United States,” said Eric A. Seiff, Chairman of Friends of Van
Cortlandt Park and former Yale cross country team captain. “The Friends organization is proud to be able
to honor the course, the park and its history with this race. We are grateful to be working with the IC4A
organizers, Fordham University and the New York Road Runners through their
generous sponsorship to recognize the long time, great tradition of running at
Van Cortlandt Park,” Seiff added.
Tom Dewey, head track coach at Fordham
University and meet director for the IC4A Championships has seen some great
runners cross the finish line at Van Cortlandt through the years. “Olympians and national champions as well as
countless thousands of collegiate and high school runners have run this course
through the last century,” said Dewey. “This
is a stimulating and physically challenging course that many top runners
consider a Mecca of American cross country.
I hope many alumni will come home to Vannie on the 17th to
experience the thrill of running the course on a crisp fall day while watching
the current crop of talented runners prove themselves during the IC4A races,”
Friends of Van Cortlandt Park
is a strong supporter of cross country. Fifteen years ago, the Friends
provided the leadership and raised funds to refurbish the badly deteriorating
running trail. As a result of the improved surfacing and drainage, the course
moves into its second century of competition as a hallmark for cross country
runners throughout the U.S.
to participate in the race:
A registration site for the 100 Year Anniversary
5K race has been established by the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park. Runners are encouraged to complete their
registration by Wednesday, November 14th at:
Friends of Van Cortlandt Park:
The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park is
a nonprofit, community based organization that actively promotes the
conservation and improvement of Van Cortlandt Park through environmental
education and restoration and enhancement of the Park, its forests and trails.
more information, contact:
Tom Carey, Friends of Van Cortlandt Park
Tel.: 347 497-2115
Friends of VCP web site: www.vancortlandt.org