Origin of the Dirt Dogs Cross Country Series (by Bob Babbitt)

It was October 30, 1999, when Paul Greer and Bob Babbitt were standing together at Steve Scott’s wedding reception.  Since so many of the people at the wedding were from the wonderful world of endurance sports, and since Steve had run 136 sub-four miles in his career, the conversation naturally turned to running and, eventually, to the sport of cross country.
 
Both Paul and Bob already knew that there were number of cross country events in San Diego, but they weren’t well known, well attended, or well publicized.  Paul was connected with the San Diego Track Club and USA Track and Field.  Bob Babbitt owned Competitor Magazine, hosted Competitor Radio, and had sponsor relationships.  Paul had inroads into reaching the hardest of the hard core runners.  Bob had the pages of Competitor Magazine and the airwaves of The Mighty 1090 to get the word out to the masses of runners and triathletes who shied away from going off-road.

That led Paul and Bob. along with illustrator extraordinaire, Ben Boyd, to create the USATF San Diego Dirt Dogs Cross Country Series in the fall of 2000.  The series became an immediate success, and the events in the series in many cases quadrupled their previous participant numbers.  San Diego runners found themselves racing for prize money, discovering awesome new places to run, getting together with their buddies to try and win team awards, and circling seven dates on their calendar each autumn so they could run in each and every Dirt Dogs event to earn some cool schwag and be known forever as an ‘Iron Dog.’

So when August rolls around next year and you start to think about setting some running goals, here’s a suggestion:  get off-road, join the movement, and give the Dirt Dogs Series a try!
 

2017 USATF San Diego-Imperial / Road Runner Sports
Dirt Dogs Cross Country Series

USATF San Diego-Imperial Association's 2017 Dirt Dogs Cross Country Series.
Series Director: Paul Greer        
Results Coordinator: Tom Berge
Rules: 2017 Rules
Final Results:
 
Individual       Team
    (updated 11/12/2017)
 
 
 

2017 Cross Country Schedule
Date Race Location Contact Results
02/04/2017  USATF Cross Country Championships Bend, OR - Results
08/19/2017
 7:45am (M)
 8:30am (O)
 11th Annual Wild Duck 5km
     Map   MapMyRun
Guajome Park
Oceanside
Joe Crosswhite 
(760) 723-3257
Results-M
Results-O
DD-Results
09/02/2017
 7:30am (M)
 8:20am (O)
 53rd Balboa Park 4-Mile Cross Country    Registration
     Map       MapMyRun
Balboa Park
6th & Quince
Paul Baumhoefner 
(619) 200-4792
Results-M
Results-O
DD-Results
09/02/2017 
 2:00pm 
1st Annual San Diego Running Clinic       Flyer Function Smart Physical Therapy (click for map) Marco Anzures 
(619) 818-2203
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09/16/2017
 8:00am
Map       MapMyRun
Sweetwater Regional Park Jane Aitchison 
(949) 636-1528
Results
09/23/2017
 7:15am (M)
 8:00am (O)
 3rd Crazy 8's 5km XC
      Map       MapMyRun    
Rancho Bernardo Park Joe Crosswhite 
(760) 723-3257
Results-M
Results-O
10/07/2017
 8:30am (W)
 9:00am (M)
 11th Cougar Challenge 8km/5km Cross Country 
  Map - 5km      Map - 8km
  MapMyRun-5km   
  MapMyRun - 8km
Cal State San Marcos Track Steve Scott 
(760) 750-7105
Results
LiveResults
10/14/2017
 8:00 am (M)
 8:45 am (O)
 52nd Balboa Boogie 5km
   Registration
      Map       MapMyRun
Morley Field
Balboa Park
Nancy Morris 
(858) 874-8784
Results
Results-Kids
10/28/2017
 8:00am
 16th Annual Cuyamaca College 6km
    Map       MapMyRun  
Lindo Lake Patrick Thiss 
(619) 660-4518
Results
11/12/2017
 8:00am (W)
 9:00am (M)
  USATF SD-I 8km/6km XC Championships   Register
  Map   MapMyRun
Tecolote Shores
Mission Bay
Paul Greer 
(619) 388-3704
Results-W
Results-M
12/09/2017  USATF National Club Cross Country Championships Lexington, KY - Results