Joe LaRocco 5K and 1K Elementary School Run is happening on Saturday, September 09, 2023 at 08:00AM EDT at 2501 Green Hill Park Rd with tickets starting at $15.00
The Joe LaRocco 5k and Elementary School 1k Run are a part of the Knights Crossing Cross Country Invitational hosted by Cave Spring High School. These courses are flat,fast, and 100% grass. If you want to get an early Fall PR, this is your course. Come be a part of a meet with the thousands of runners from multiple states racing in 11 different races.
Joe LaRocco 5k - This race is named after the late Joe LaRocco who was a long-time Cross Country and Track & Field Coach at Cave Spring High School. During his tenure at Cave Spring, he taught History and Government classes from 1980 until his retirement in 2013. Additionally, Mr. LaRocco was a long-time USATF official and starter, starting races at the high school and collegiate level for over 20 years.
Joe LaRocco 5k - All participants will receive a 2022 Knights Crossing T-Shirt and are eligible for multiple awards. Awards will be given to Top 3 Male/Female Overall and as well as Top 3 Male/Female Masters (40+) runners. Additionally, coaches with individuals or teams racing at Knights Crossing are eligible for the "fastest coach" award (Male/Female). Racers can also compete as part of a co-ed racing team using Cross Country scoring to dictate winner. Please note thatteams require 5 or more runners to be scored and be in consideration for the awards (Top 3 teams).
Elementary School 1k - All participants will be given a 2022 Knights Crossing T-shirt at packet pick-up and a medal at the finish commemorating their race.
Concessions: Basic concessions will be available behind the start line along with other food vendors.
Medical: Emergency medical needs will be supported by the Cave Spring HS Trainer and the Cave Spring Rescue Squad.
Packet Pick-up: Packets may be picked up the morning of the race at Green Hill Park starting at 7:00AM. When entering the park, packet pick-up is to the left along the road with the Concessions and is marked with a large blue swooper flag.
5000m Race Records (New Course - 2019):
Men: Luke Mussard 15:18.44 (2022)
Women: Ashley Craig 19:43.00 (2019)
5000m Master's (40+) Race Records (New Course - 2019):
Men: Matthew Wisnioski 17:18.27 (2022)
Women: Lynnie Doughton 19:46 (2019)
2022 Schedule of Events: ***As of 01/28/2022 - Same of last year's schedule
7:00 AM Course Opens - Packet Pick-up and Open Race registration (At Finish line)
8:00 AM - "Joe LaRocco" Open 5K Team Race for men and women
8:30 AM - Coaches Meeting at the Stage
9:00 AM - Elementary School Championship 1K Race - (Boys/Girls)
9:15 AM - Open Race Awards
9:30 AM - Girls Middle School Championship 4K Race (Medals to Top 25)
10:00 AM - Boys Middle School Championship 4K Race (Medals to Top 25)
The "Red" race is for Virginia public schools and all out-of-state teams!
10:30 AM - Girls Red Race 5K (Medals to top 25)
11:15 AM - Boys Red Race 5K (Medals to top 25)
The "Black" race is for all Virginia public and all private schools!
11:45 AM Girls Black Race 5K (Medals to top 25)
12:30 PM Boys Black Race 5K (Medals to top 25)
The "White" race is for Virginia public schools runners and all out of state teams not entered in the "Red" race!
1:15 PM - Girls White Race 5k (Unlimited entries)
2:00 PM - Boys White Race 5k (Unlimited entries)
The "Gold" race is for all Virginia public and all private schools runners not entered in the "Black" race!
2:30 pm - Girls & Boys will race together in Gold Race 5k (Unlimited entries)