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EDS Opens Jackson Cross Country Course and Trails at Flowing Wells Campus on September 22, 2016



Episcopal Day School (EDS) is proud to announce the opening of its newly developed Jackson Cross Country Course and Trails on its Flowing Wells Campus, where EDS will host its first race on September 22, 2016.

Headmaster Ned Murray remarked, "Episcopal Day School is thrilled with the opening of the Jackson Cross Country Course and Trails as the first of many public components of the school?s Flowing Wells Campus, a new and innovative experiential education and athletic campus designed to promote the skills necessary to prepare young people for the world they will face when they leave school. In addition to serving as a venue for cross country, the cross country course and trails will serve as a community facility for recreation and fitness and quiet reflection, incorporating botanical gardens and other spaces for science and humanities studies."

The course and trails were made possible through the generous support and leadership of Gray ?86 and Elizabeth Jackson, current EDS parents and longtime supporters. Gray is the current Chair of the EDS Board of Trustees. The Jackson Cross Country Course and Trails, the first of its kind in Augusta-Richmond County, currently features a 2.1-mile course that will be expanded by an additional 1.5 miles over the coming months. The course has been planned in partnership with Augusta University, and for EDS? opening meet members of the Augusta University cross country team will be volunteering to help coordinate the event.

?Our family is very pleased to be able to play a role in the initial phase of site work and preparation of the Flowing Wells Campus. A vision for the school a long time in the making, this new campus with a full array of athletic, academic, and community facilities, including the cross country course and trails, will be a game changer for EDS, the Church of the Good Shepherd, and the broader Augusta community,? said Gray Jackson.

Five teams, Community Christian Academy, Westminster, Augusta Christian, Augusta Eagles, and St. Mary's Aiken, will compete with EDS in the Augusta-Aiken Middle School League meet on September 22, 2016. The first race is at 4 p.m., with a second at 4:15 p.m.. Limited parking is available on campus, and additional parking is available roadside on Flowing Wells Road.

The Augusta University cross country team will host their first invitational home meet at the Flowing Wells Campus on October 14. Races will commence at 5 p.m. with the women's 5K to start and the men's 8K race will follow.

Flowing Wells Campus: In December 2012, EDS purchased the 30-acre Flowing Wells Campus to fulfill the long-held vision of a new campus to augment current academic facilities with an athletic, academic, and community facility. Individual EDS classes and the EDS summer camps have been utilizing the FWC for outdoor experiential learning projects and activities since the summer of 2015, but the preparation of the cross country course and trails has provided for the initial demolition of pre-existing facilities and site work to further activate the new campus. For more information, please visit the Flowing Wells Campus website.

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