2nd Annual Dan Purdy Memorial Invitational September 16th, with Public 5K!

You are invited to join us for a casual trail race before the official High School Invitational. At 9 AM, a FREE 5K race is open to the public. This is not a road race, it will be on the same cross country trails that the cross country team runs on at the high school. Walkers and runners of all ability are welcome! Registration will be before the race begins, arrive early. After the public race, stay and cheer on the Pawling Tigers Cross Country Team!

This is the second season where the Invitational will be run in honor of Dan Purdy who ran for Pawling from 1998 to 2001. For over 20 years Pawling did not even have a cross country program and it was Dan’s spirit and courage that helped re-establish running at Pawling High school. Never one to quit or give up in anything he attemped, Dan courageously battled a terminal illness finally succumbing in 2015. According to family and friends Dan’s last words were, “I think I’ll go for a run.” So, for Dan, his family, and for all those whose lives he touched. We, the staff at Pawling High School dedicate this event in his honor.

Come and join us and take the opportunity of running on Pawling’s new scenic 5,000 meter championship course located on the high school campus. The course offers a variety of running terrain with most of the grass covered course winding through trails. The first mile is in the primary campus area and is flat, and 2nd half of the course offers scenic trails. Although there are no long difficult hills, the course still has a number of short steep inclines. This is a runner’s course which is challenging but fair to athletes of all ability levels.

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