Press Releases

Purchase College Opens Cross Country Trail

Date Released: 9/30/2008

Purchase College, State University of New York, unveiled its new cross country trail – a project developed last spring under the direction of Athletic Director Ernie Palmieri, Purchase President Thomas Schwarz, and Cross Country Coach Jill Vollweiler.

The course, designed as both an 8K and 5K run, is used for both NCAA competition and recreational cross country running. For varsity play, the trail begins near the walkway of the Great Lawn in the middle of campus and continues throughout the wooded areas of the expansive 500- acre Purchase campus.

Safety was a priority for Purchase in the development of the course. Blue lights with emergency phones are accessible throughout the course. Emergency exits are also marked on the course.

Purchase held its first-ever Cross Country invitational on Sept. 13, 2008. The women’s team won the race and the men’s team finished second. The event will now be held annually at Purchase.

The trail is open for recreational use by the campus community and is available for rental for special events. For more information, contact Ernie Palmieri at (914) 251-6540.