The 12th Annual Warner Pacific Open welcomes the region's best cross country athletes for a day of college and high school competition, an open 5K run/2K walk, and Junior Olympic races at beautiful Lents Park in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, October 13, 2012. A fixture of the fall cross country season, this year the field of teams and athletes is bigger than ever.
The first race begins at 9:15 a.m. with an open 5K run/2K walk, presented by Red Lizard Running Club. The 5K run is a USATF sanctioned event and is the second race in the Stumptown Cross Country Series. The Junior Olympic races start at 10:00 a.m. and will feature kids from multiple age groups navigating the Lents Park course.
Top collegiate teams from around the Northwest compete in the main event, with the women running a 5K, while the men face off at an 8K distance race. This event also serves as the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) Preview Meet, giving CCC teams a taste of the course that will host the conference championship meet in November.
Capping the day are four high school races, attracting top teams from the Portland Metro area across 1A to 6A classifications. Prizes are awarded to the top finishers in all of the day's races.
"Warner Pacific is proud to host such an exceptional athletic event and provide opportunities for our urban community," said Jamie Joss, the College's Director of Athletics. "The Warner Pacific Open is an exciting day of racing for runners and spectators of all ages to showcase their talents and support their athletes."
Founded in 1937 in Spokane, Washington, as Pacific Bible College, Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, liberal arts college dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world.