English schools started competing in cross country races in 1837.  William C. Vosburgh introduced cross country to the United States in 1878. 

Formal cross country competition traces its history to the 19th century and an English game called "hare and hounds" or "the paper chase". English schools started competing in cross country races in 1837, and established a national championship on December 7, 1867. It was held on Wimbledon Common in south-west London. It was the first cross country race that was considered "open", or could be run by anyone.

Bryn Du Summer Cross Country Series

A dozen kids from Utica made their way around a short section of the field Thursday at the Bryn Du Mansion, sprinting across the finish line on the hill in front of the entrance.

75 year old Mentor, Ohio’s Jeannie Rice won five races from 400 meters and up--and set three World records over the weekend at the National Masters Track Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Last April she beat the fastest male in her age group by more than 20 minutes in the Boston Marathon with her 3:33:15 a 8:08 per mile pace.

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