Coach Terry Axel and the Brookings-Harbor High School cross-country team kicked off their 2019 season at the “Ultimook” Cross-Country Race on Sep. 7 in Tillamook.

With 110 teams, nearly 3,000 athletes from as far away at Arizona, California and Idaho, 2,000 spectators, and 446 campers, it was the Disneyland of all cross-country races.

And it was a “real” cross-country course, featuring two river crossings, a thick mud pit, a mile of wood-chipped trails, plus beautiful countryside.

 Ask the Brookings-Harbor athletes and they’ll tell you that slogging through the mud pit requires not only physical stamina, but also very secure shoes. And they’ll tell you that mud is heavy!

The local participants said “Ultimook” was a great way to start the upcoming season.

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