Penrose Stadium to host high school X-country race

       For the first time, a cross-country event will start and finish inside the Norris-Penrose Event Center's Penrose Stadium.
       In between, following a 5-kilometer course Satur-day, Sept. 10, runners in the inaugural Cheyenne Moun-tain Stampede will run through two barns, along several trails and across four footbridges in adjoining Bear Creek Park.
       The course layout was planned by Chyenne Mountain High School with the Runners Roost shoe store in Colorado Springs, explains the event website, cmstampede.com. The goal is to have a large event that will accommodate parking and spectators and offer runners “a variety of terrain,” the website also states, adding the advisory that “the venue is an active stable, so please be respectful when approaching a horse.”
       Many of the area's top teams, including Coronado High School (regional winner and state qualifier last year) are scheduled to participate in the multi-school event, the website adds.
       The Norris-Penrose Event Center is at 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road.
       Typical of high school cross-country invitationals, there will be six races in all, between 9 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., with awards at 1 p.m. The varsity boys and girls races will start at 10:30 and 11 a.m., respectively.
       Event Center staff worked with Cheyenne Mountain on the race plans. “It should be interesting,” said Bill Miller, the center manager.

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