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|Nothing against this course (I haven't seen it yet) but there's got to be a good public park somewhere around Moco to hold a regional meet at. I don't know any of the logistics of getting a suitable place but there's plenty of parks that come to mind.
|much much better than the current county course which is contained in the farm park. If they were looking for a good buildup to Hereford, the best bet imo is Watkins Mill.
|The course yesterday seemed to run not fast but not slow. I am not a big fan of track finishes especially anything over 200 meters. It was very easy to follow, my kids seemed to enjoy it and Gathersburg and surrounding parks offered a nice venue. I touch too much pavement in the first mile but I don't know how you could avoid that. The coaching staff knows how to run a great meet there!
|Definitely agree with Ryun. This is supposed to be cross country not run on a flat path around a school. Although high point farm became too difficult to use and the hosts would alter the course and change it each race (3.2miles in 2015), the course was excellent and 100% what cross is about.
The Watkins mill course is always an option as is the Rockville Civic center where the region meet used to be held. The WMAL towers is textbook cross country but obviously meets there have never been possible.
Hope next year the region meet finds a real course. We already get track season november through may plus at the xc county meet
|can't believe coaches are trying to move the state meet away from hereford. Just teach your runners to run hill and to have some heart and they will succeed.
|How about Smokey Glenn Farm?
|@ f;jk..... the whole hubbub about the MD state meet - at least from what I've heard - has to do more with the surrounding community rather than the course itself.
|Coaches also have to consider severe weather and medical emergencies, bus access, the cost of facility, ample parking and rest rooms, the ability to mark and rope off the course exactly how they want, and so on. It is what Tolbert meant when he said things like 'economically' and 'more control.' With that said, Smokey Glenn is a great challenging cross country course!
|Cant argue with smokey glen, although its no fun to run, it is a real XC course no doubt. Would be interesting to see how it would be as a regional venue
|Kevin, did the group that worked on finding a course consider the Farm Park? That would be a tremendous regional course or even a great alternate state course (heaven forbid it moves from Hereford!) It's an option that would ease some of those logistical constraints Coach Tolbert was talking about. After all, it did host the USA XC championships.
|Don't they hold the MD-DC Private School State meet there? Seems like a good enough place although I've never been there and I don't know the logistics behind securing a place like that.
|Ag Farm was looked into as a possible venue. A couple of issues with the Ag Farm: 1)They worry heavily about parking and bathrooms. 2) If there is inclement weather, we need to be able to have the venue the next day. That cannot be guaranteed. As much as the quality of the course matters, all of the logistics (that Kevin mentioned) involved make it really difficult to go away from a County controlled facility.
|tbh why wasn't there like a vote or something before deciding on a new regional course at G burg. Like c'mon, we already have counties at G burg.