Schedule of Events:
Friday February 1st:
8:00am - 5:00pm - Course Open
10:00am - 8:00pm- Packet Pick-Up at the Crowne Plaza*
6:15pm - 6:45pm - Technical Meeting
6:00pm- Pasta Dinner and Pre-Race Movie presented by RACE STL
Saturday February 2nd:
8:30am- FLEET FEET 4K
9:15am- Masters Women's 6K presented by the Running Center of Saint Louis
10:00am- Masters Men's 8K presented by Toolen's Running Start
11:00am- Big River Running Company High School 4K
11:30am- Junior Women's 6K presented by the St. Louis Sports Commission
12:15pm- Junior Men's 8K presented by Missouri Running Company
1:00pm- Open Women's 8K presented by Michelob Ultra
1:45pm- Open Men's 12km presented by the SAINT LOUIS TRACK CLUB
6:00pm- Michelob Ultra Post-Race Party at the Plaza Grill & Bar located on the ground level of the Crowne Plaza in downtown Clayton.
WEEKEND MEDIA GUIDE HERE
Check out our WEEKEND FAN'S GUIDE for info on how you can see all of your favorite athletes during the Championships.
All athletes, coaches and spectators are encouraged to use our host hotel; the Crowne Plaza in Clayton, MO for the 2013 USA Cross Country Championships. To receive the special USA Cross Country rate ($90) please call 800-439-5719 or dial the hotel directly at 314-726-5400. Our booking group code is USZ. You can also book online HERE.
High School Athletes: There are limited rooms available at a special high school only rate ($80) but they will go fast. Book them today! You must call and you must present a high school ID card when checking in.
The Sheraton Plaza in Clayton will also be providing a discounted rate ($95) and is located just one block from the Crowne Plaza. To book a room at the Sheraton please click HERE.
* Reservations must be made by January 24th, 2013 to receive the USA Cross Country Championships rate.
The course will be completely marked and open to the public at 8:00am on Friday February 1st. Athletes, coaches and fans may jog the course anytime on Friday.
Packets for all competitors (High School, Community, Masters, Junior and Open) will be available from 10:00am - 8:00pm on Friday February 1st at the Crowne Plaza located at 7750 Carondelet Ave in downtown Clayton. Packets for all competitors will also be available race morning.
Pre-Race Pasta Dinner & Movie presented by RACE STL:
Friday evening, February 1st, Saint Louis University High School will be hosting a pre-race pasta dinner as well showing a special presentation of the cross country documentary, The Long Green Line. Doors open at 6pm with a buffet syle dinner beginning at 6:15. After the movie, stars from the film including legendary coach JOE NEWTON will be available for a Q & A session with the audience. The movie follows the famous York High School team from Elmhurst, IL as they chase their 25th State Title. You will not want to miss this night! Saint Louis University High School Map HERE
Big River Running Company HS 4K:
The high school race was a new addition to the Championships in 2012 and was a huge success with more than 200 athletes competing. The race is open to any 7th - 12th grader.* All participants receive an official USA Cross Country Championships tech shirt and a VIP pass to the Nike High School Hospitality Tent complete so you can stick around all day and cheer during the Championship races! The top 25 boys and top 25 girls will receive Nike Backpacks and each member of the winning teams will receive a customized Nike USA Cross Country "Team Champions" Shirt. Teams may include up to six individuals (4 score) and athletes on each team can be from any school. So gather up all your friends and get a team together!
* Wondering if you should run this race or the Junior Championship Race? We recommend high school boys who have run under 16:20 for 5k to race in the Junior Men's Championship race and high school girls who have run under 20:00 to race in the Junior Women's Championship race.
Fleet Feet 4K:
The FLEET FEET 4K is open to anyone and will be run on the same course that America's best distance runners will be competing on later in the day. This is your chance to run like a pro! All participants will receive an official USA Cross Country Championships tech shirt and there will be plaques give out to the top three men and women in the following age groups: 12 & under, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+. There will be both team and individual awards. Teams may include up to six individuals (4 score) so gather up all your running buddies and get a team together! This race will be unlike any race you can run in Saint Louis all year. We highly recommend it!
Masters Men's and Women's Championship Races:
The Championship races kick off with some of America's top 40-and-over runners battling it out in Forest Park for one of the most coveted National titles on the Calendar. In 2012 Christian Cushing-Murray from Compex Racing in Santa Ana, CA took home the men's title by just three seconds over Rusty Snow from Santa Barbara. On the women's side it was professional triathlete Joanna Zeiger from Boulder, Colo. grabbing top honors in 30:04 over Jody Hawkins from Blooming Grove, TX. The masters races are open to anyone and we encourage local masters runners to compete against some of the best athletes in the country. SIGN UP HERE
Junior Men's and Women's Championship Races:
The junior races are open to anyone between the ages of 14 and 19 who will not be turning 20 until 2014. The races are typically great battles between the best college freshman in the NCAA and some of America's top high school athletes. Many of America's top distance runners today competed in the junior division when they were 19 and under including Jenny Barringer Simpson, German Fernandez, Jordan Hasay, Dathan Ritzenhein and Matt Tegenkamp just to name a few. Last year's champs were Jace Lowry from Syracuse University on the men's side and Shannon Osika from the University of Michigan for the women. This year the top 6 finishers for men and women will qualify to represent Team USA at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. SIGN UP HERE
Open Men's and Women's Championship Races:
The meet will conclude with two of the most anticipated US Championship races of the year. The Men's National Cross Country Championships date back to 1890 and past winners include some of the biggest names in US distance running history including Frank Shorter, Alberto Salazar, Bob Kennedy, Todd Williams, Meb Keflezighi, Adam Goucher, Dathan Ritzenhein and more. The Women's Championships go all the way back to 1964 and past winners include Deena Kastor, Shalane Flanagan and three-time World Cross Country Champion Lynn Jennings. The men will run 12k and the women will run 8k giving spectators plenty of chances to see their favorite athletes run by!
Last year's women's race was the highlight of the meet with Sara Hall outleaning 2012 US Olympian Molly Huddle to capture her first National Title. On the men's side Bobby Mack pulled away from Aaron Braun over the last half mile to earn his victory. This year's races will undoubtedly include some of the biggest stars in American Distance Running with the top 6 athletes from each gender will earn spots on Team USA at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. SIGN UP HERE
The Armed Forces Championships:
Competing in the open men's and women's races will be members of the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force and US Marine Corps all battling for the Armed Forces Team Championship. The athletes on these squads are all active members of the Armed Forces and their presence provides a unique and very special storyline to the overall Championship races.