The Awesomness and Funatude that is… Cross Country

Sean Gleason, Print Design Co-Editor

Let’s get one thing straight… I love Cross Country. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about what makes it so great.

What is Cross Country? It is a running sport in which teams and individuals run a race on open-air courses over natural terrain. The course is typically five kilometers or about three miles and may include surfaces of grass and earth, pass through woodlands and open country, and include hills, flat ground and sometimes gravel road.

Too tough for you? Well, if you don’t like running, for starters, you’re probably gonna have a bad time. However, if you can’t get enough of running, then it’s the right place for you.

If you’re interested in staying physically active and healthy, look no further than cross country. Do you know all those health benefits running has? Well guess what, cross country has a lot of running. I can guarantee that you won’t be short of cardiovascular endurance by the time season ends.

Ah, you’re not into the whole health thing, are you? With our lunches, how could you, am I right? Nah, you’re looking for an intense and challenging experience that you’ll miss when it’s all over, aren’t you? For individuals on McKinley’s cross country, this intensity and passion is real and alive. Senior Passina Abe said cross country means a lot to her and that she’s going to miss it. When it comes to the Mitsui brothers, Vincent and Kyle; however, it’s all about improving, outrunning rivals and going to the glorious state championships.

Now, if you like running, having an active lifestyle and like extremely fierce competitions… consider signing up for cross country. Do you want to find out first-hand what cross country is like but don’t want to wait until the season starts? Summer training is what you’re looking for! Until then, lace up your shoes and just get out there and run!