Bill Brown Cross Country

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The series, in its 34th year, consists of three introductory/development cross-country meets in Bel Air, on
Oct. 1, Oct. 15, and Oct 29, 2023. Open to all boys and girls under age 14, it is named in honor of Bill Brown, 1951 Pan-American Games gold medalist, NCAA 880-yard run champion, and successful Harford County coach and physical education teacher from 1952 to 1983.

This introductory running series has been held each fall at various parks in and around Bel Air for the past 32 years. Named for Bill Brown, a world-class half-miler and outstanding coach from Bel Air, the series includes three meets for boys and girls under the age of 14. Races are held on Sunday afternoons two weeks apart and are conducted in five age groups: a quarter mile for ages 5 and under; half-miles for ages 6-7, 8-9, and 10-11; and a mile for ages 12-13. A short warmup and clinic on the basics of training and racing is held at the beginning of each meet.

Races are held Sunday afternoons with registration beginning at 3 p.m.

Venues and Dates

Oct 1- Tollgate Park (lower fields), 800 N. Tollgate Rd, 21014 
Oct 15 – Churchville Rec Center, 3023 Level Rd, 21028 Disc Golf Course (Open Fields)
Oct 29 – John Carroll High School, 703 E. Churchville Rd. 21014

Race Day Schedule and Distances

Race Day Schedule and Distances
(Times after first race are approximate)
3:30 Clinic and Warm-up
3:45 Ages 5 and under -- 1/4 mile
4:00 Ages 6 and 7 -- half mile
4:15 Ages 8 and 9 -- half mile
4:30 Ages 10 and 11 -- half mile
4:45 Ages 12 and 13 -- 1 mile
Boys’ race follows girls’ race. In age
12-13, boys and girls race together.

Do we give awards?

In each race, medals will be awarded
to the top 3 boys and top 3 girls. At the
third meet of the series, awards will be
presented to the fastest boy and girl
overall, in each age group, and to the
10 most improved (two per age group).

Inclement Weather ?

 In the event of rain, a
decision to postpone will be made by 1 p.m.
race day. Registered runners will be notified.
by email.

Who to contact ofr more information?

For more information contact

Bill Blewett


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Contact Info

Bel Air Recreation Committee
525 W. MacPhail Rd.
Bel Air Md. 21014