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INTRODUCTION

One unique feature of the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational is the use of a "Safety Gate." After many years of documented research on the medical issues encountered by participants, we have developed a system in which to determine whether a runner is physically fit enough to run the Mt. SAC Cross Country Course.

Based on past data, we have determined that boys who run the course slower than 26:00 minutes (25 minutes for Varsity races) and girls who run the course slower than 28 minutes (27 minutes for Varsity races) are the individuals most likely to require medical assistance and put a strain our medical resources, thereby dampening our ability to handle other serious medical issues.

THE SAFETY GATE IS FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL OF OUR PARTICIPANTS AND SPECTATORS.

HOW DOES THE SAFETY GATE WORK?

At approximately the 1.5 mile mark of the Mt. SAC Cross Country Course, runners who do not meet the time standards listed below will be removed from the race at the Safety Gate.

SAFETY GATE MINIMUM TIMES
(approximately 1.5 mile mark)
DIVISION CUT OFF TIME PROJECTED
FINISH TIME
Boys Varsity 12:30 25:00
Boys Other Divisions 13:00 26:00
Girls Varsity 13:50 27:00
Girls Other DIvisions 14:00 28:00

The times are very generous considering the first mile is relatively flat and the last half mile is predominately down hill.

COACHES UNDERSTANDING

AS A COACH...
When you enter, you are certifying that your runner(s) are healthy and fit enough to meet our minimum standards listed above.

AS AN "INVITATIONAL"...
FOR THEIR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHERS, WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REMOVE FROM A RACE AN ATHLETE WHO DOES NOT MEET THE STANDARDS LISTED ABOVE OR IN THE OPINION OF THE MEDICAL STAFF SHOWS SIGNS OF "DISTRESS."

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!