Mean Green Cross Country to Host Community 5K

Aug. 7, 2015

Denton – The North Texas cross country team is hosting the North Texas Community 5k on Saturday, Sept. 12th at the Eagle Point Cross Country Course.

“Hosting a large festival of races at North Texas is so special because it allows us to share with so many members of the greater DFW community what the University of North Texas has to offer,” said head cross country coach Stefanie Slekis. “Last year we had 1,992 participants between the middle school, high school, collegiate and community races."

"I was motivated to add the community race last year after having the privilege of working with head coach of Justin Northwest High School, George Lutkenhaus, who is a North Texas Cross Country and Track & Field Alumni, in putting on the event," said Slekis. "When I arrived two years ago it was quite apparent that he had established an excellent middle school and high school invitational that was well known in the state of Texas. My goal in adding the community race and actively recruiting more colleges to attend our meet was to follow his lead on making it a premier event in the state of Texas across all age groups. We are on the right track after having 1,992 participants between the middle school, high school, collegiate and community races last year and we're excited to hopefully have over 2,000 participants this year."

The race begins at noon on the Eagle Point Cross Country Course near Apogee Stadium after the conclusion of the Ken Garland/Northwest High School Invitational. Register by August 24th to guarantee receiving your North Texas Cross Country shirt (see the image above) with your registration fee. Online Registration ends Thursday, Sept. 10th at midnight. Race-day registration will be available, but official timing and shirts will not be guaranteed.

This is the second year of holding the North Texas Cross Country 5k race and D & D sports medicine will be the presenting sponsor. They are an experienced and comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation clinic with locations in Denton, Sanger, and Aubrey/Little Elm. They have partnered with us to improve the experience for our participants by providing a water station during the Community 5k as well as other medical services to those participants. Community participants can look for their tent near the Start/Finish area to help them with both their pre and post-race needs.

Also new this year is adding a chip timing company, Adkins Trak Timing, through our partnership with Justin Northwest High School, which is an exciting addition for our community participants. Adkins Trak Timing is one of the premier timing companies in the state of Texas and timed both of the 2013 & 2014 Conference USA Cross Country Championships that North Texas hosted on the Eagle Point Cross Country Course.

The top three male and female finishers will receive prize packages with values on $75, $50, and $25, as well as two random finishers who will be drawn for a chance to win a prize package valued at $25. The top male and female master's finishers (40+) will each receive a prize package valued at $50. The prize packages will include gift cards and vouchers to the following North Texas restaurant partners: On the Border, Chicken Express, McAlister's (Denton Location), Cowboy Chicken and Whataburger. 

“The collegiate races at the Ken Garland Invitational are the perfect early season opportunity for our team,” said Slekis. “We usually have three or four Division I teams attend and several other non-division I programs as well. We are able to use the opportunity to work on one of our team strategies of racing in packs. Our student-athletes are able to focus on closing out the last 1k or mile of the course hard since they are so familiar with our home course. With the community race being added we are also hoping to increase the feeling of really being a “home game” for our student-athletes with many North Texas Athletics supporters being able to attend and cheer on our team. Our men have won the past two years and the women have maintained a top three finish the past three years.”

Don't miss out on a fun way to stay fit and support Mean Green cross country.

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