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!
 

2018 USATF San Diego-Imperial / Road Runner Sports
Dirt Dogs Cross Country Series

The schedule has been announced for the  2018 Dirt Dogs Cross Country Series.
Series Director: Paul Greer        
Results Coordinator: Tom Berge
Rules: 2018 Bylaws
   
 
 
 

2018 Cross Country Schedule
Date Race Location Contact Results
02/03/2018  USATF Cross Country Championships Bend, OR - Results
08/18/2018
 7:45am (M)
 8:30am (O)
 13th Annual Wild Duck 5km   
 Register 
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Guajome Park
Oceanside
Joe Crosswhite 
(760) 723-3257
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09/01/2018
 7:30am (M)
 8:20am (O)
 54th Balboa Park 4-Mile Cross Country 
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Balboa Park
6th & Quince
Paul Baumhoefner 
(619) 200-4792
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09/01/2018
2:00pm
2nd Annual San Diego Running Clinic - Special USATF Member Pricing! San Diego City College - MS 140 Marco Anzures  
09/15/2018
 7:30am
Sweetwater Regional Park Andrea Guzman
Juan Castro 

(310) 612-2811
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09/22/2018
 7:15am (M)
 8:00am (O)
 4th Crazy 8's 5km XC 
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Rancho Bernardo Park Joe Crosswhite 
(760) 723-3257
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10/06/2018
 8:00am (M)
 8:45am (O)
 53rd Balboa Boogie 5km 
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Morley Field
Balboa Park
Nancy Morris 
(858) 874-8784
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10/27/2018
 8:00am
 17th Annual Cuyamaca College 6km
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Lindo Lake Patrick Thiss 
(619) 660-4518
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11/11/2018
 8:00am (M)
 9:00am (W)
  USATF SD-I Cross Country Championships Tecolote Shores
Mission Bay
Ian Cumming
(619) 370-9866
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12/08/2018  USATF National Club Cross Country Championships Spokane, WA - -