THE MOTIVATION

“We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.”  ― Jesse Owens

OUR SPONSORS

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WHY WE STANDOUT FROM THE REST

First in Class Timing

Photo-Finish Timing
Digital photo-finish cameras to determine athletes finishing times and places for all races.

RFID Timing
Integrated directly with the photo-finish system for results verification. This allows us to provide the most accurate results possible. One and Two Mile split data points.

Display Clocks
At the finish and at Split Points to allow athletes to see the running time of the current race.

Display Boards
16'x9' Display boards showing results, splits, team scores and other pieces of information available allowing the crowd to get real-time information updates.

Real Time Internet Results
Using our unique scoring platform we can provide results and team scores for any event and update the internet in real time. Using the internet you can display the current races live split updates, final results, team scores and other pieces of information to the spectators.

Information Systems
Commentator Information System for in-stadium announcers and broadcast production. CIS allows you to follow races with live split information, live final results and team scores updated in real time as the runners cross the finish line.

Local Food Trucks

The Portage Invite features numerous food options to satisfy every culinary desire. Who says a Cross Country Meet has to have boring food options? We have selected the best and brought them here for your enjoyment!

FEATURING FOR 2018

Big Moe's BBQ

Kazoopy's Pizza & Grinders

Peace, Love & Little Donuts of Portage

Coffee Rescue

Rollin' Gelato

Domino's Pizza

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Year History

303

High School Teams

138

Middle School Teams

7460

Entries

MEET INFORMATION

Race Start Time Schedule

Please check in at Registration at arrival to receive
Coach Packet and Race Bibs.

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2018 PORTAGE INVITE COACH PACKET

8:15 Glory Days XC 5K Race (Report 8:05)

Divisions 3 & 4
9:00 Division 4 Men (Report 8:50)
9:30 Division 3 Men (Report 9:20)
10:00 Division 4 Women (Report 9:50)
10:30 Division 3 Women (Report 10:20)
11:00 Division 3 & 4 Reserve Men (Report 10:50)
11:30 Division 3 & 4 Reserve Women (Report 11:20)

Middle School
12:00 Middle School Boys (Report 11:50)
12:20 Middle School Girls (Report 12:10)
12:40 6th Grade Boys and Girls (Report 12:30)

Divisions 1 & 2
1:00 Division 2 Men (Report 12:50)
1:30 Division 1 Men (Report 1:20)
2:00 Division 2 Women (Report 1:50)
2:30 Division 1 Women (Report 2:20)
3:00 Division 2 Reserve Men (Report 2:50)
3:30 Division 1 Reserve Men (Report 3:20)
4:00 Division 2 Reserve Women (Report 3:50)
4:30 Division 1 Reserve Women (Report 4:20)

Parking and Drop Off Information
This is a very large event with crowd sizes between 15,000 and 20,000 people.  There will be traffic congestion so plan ahead to ensure your team and spectators arrive with time to spare.

TEAM DROP OFF
Teams should plan on entering Moorsbridge Rd from the South off of West Centre Ave.  Proceed North on Moorsbridge Rd and enter the Moorsbridge Elementary School Driveway.  Parking attendants will direct you where your team can unload.  There is no parking available for Team Buses at this location.  There is limited parking for Team Vans just to the North of Portage West Middle School on a first come basis.  Team Buses shall exit and proceed North on Moorsbridge Rd to Romence Rd.  Heading East to Sears Drive and enter the Crossroads Mall.  Shuttle service will be available from transportation to and from Crossorads Mall.

PAID EVENT AND HANDICAP PARKING
Handicap Parking is available in front of Portage West Middle School with a valid Plate or Placard.  
Visitors can choose to park adjacent to the event at Portage West Middle School or Moorsbridge Elementary for $10.00/vehicle.  Those leaving will need to pay again to re-enter the lot. 

FREE STREET PARKING
There is an abundance of free street parking surrounding the event.  Short walks of 5 to 10 minutes should be expected.  The Portage Invite has three shuttle golf carts that patrol the street parking to help those in need.  We unfortunately do not have this as a service you can call or schedule.  If you happen to see one, feel free to flag it down and request a ride.

MAP OF EVENT PARKING

 

Join us for a perennial favorite. Get an opportunity to re-run the race you did as a High School Student or test your speed against our future generations of runners. Either way it is a great event, that supports Portage Youth Athletics.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6th @ 8:15AM

Distance: 5,000 meters

Cost:  $15 Pre-registered by October 4th at 5 p.m., includes a Portage Invite short sleeve T-Shirt. (There is an online processing fee by Active.com.)

$20 Day of race/onsite registration (Availability of t-shirts and sizes cannot be guaranteed with onsite registration.)

Onsite Registration/Packet Pickup from 7AM-8AM on Race Day.

Individual Age Divisions:
Men: 17 & under, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50+
Women: 17 & under, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50+

Results/Awards: Medal for top 3 in each age group division.  

It has always been the mission of the Portage Cross Country Invitational to
promote youth running. To enhance our mission, we offer a $1,000 scholarship to
a deserving Male and Female senior in hopes that it will encourage him/her to
continue to develop as a runner and help prepare in the education necessary for
all aspects of life.


ELIGIBILITY
High School Senior Cross Country runner
Team competed in this year’s race
No minimum GPA needed

One letter of recommendation


A ONE-PAGE ESSAY ON ANY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TOPICS

How has running positively affected your life, and how do you see being
able to use running to positively affect others in the future?

What do you believe is the most important aspect of running at the high
school level, and how do you think that will impact you in college?

Since running is one of the few sports almost anyone is able to pursue
after school, how do you think you will continue to participate and why?


ALL ESSAYS MUST HAVE A COVERPAGE CONTAINING: Athlete's Name, Email Address, Phone Number, Home Address, School Name, School Address, Coaches Name, Coaches Email and Coaches Phone Number.

Essays are to be emailed to portageinvitational@gmail.com and arrive no later
than January 31.  Essays will be judged by representatives of the Portage Cross
Country Invitational.  You will be notified if you have been awarded the
scholarship by March 31.

 

HOW & WHERE TO FIND US

Portage Cross Country Invitational

Mailing Address

PO Box 93
Portage, MI 49081-0093

Race Location

Portage West Middle School
7145 Moorsbridge Road
Portage, MI 49024

E-mail

portageinvitational@gmail.com

Phone number

(269) 348-0930

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