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Weekend Guide for the Fans!

Friday February 1st:
8:00am - 5:00pm - Course Opens to athletes, coaches and fans: Come see your favorite athletes warming up for the big race. Bring your pens and try to get an autograph or two!
6:00pm - 9:00pm - Pasta Dinner and Pre-Race Movie presented by the 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 12K presented by the SAINT LOUIS TRACK CLUB

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. 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

Shuttle to the Pasta Dinner: There will be two shuttles from the Crowne Plaza to the Pasta Dinner on Friday evening. You must sign up at the Crowne on Friday to reserve your space. One will leave at 6pm and the second will leave at 6:30pm (if necessary). 

Directions to the Pasta Dinner:
Coming from Highway 64/40 exit Kingshighway South and turn right onto Oakland Ave. Turn left into the Saint Louis Science Center and proceed to the overflow lot/SLUH student parking area. From Highway 44 take the Kingshighway exit and head north. Turn left onto Oakland Ave and then left into the Saint Louis Science Center. Proceed into the overflow lot/SLUH student parking area.

Directions to the Course: Beginning Friday night through Monday morning a section of Highway 64/40 will be closed for the building of a new interchange at Tower Grove and Boyle to replace four bridges that span the highway.  When the interstate is closed on Feb. 1, drivers traveling westbound on Highway 64/40 will have to turn off the highway at Forest Park Avenue and follow it to Kingshighway. Turn left on Kingshighway and enter the park. Follow the signs to Central Ball Fields (#7 on this map) Eastbound travelers will be diverted from the highway at Hampton Avenue (which is where you'd enter the park anyway).

Parking: Event parking will be FREE and there will be plenty of availability on the streets surrounding Central Fields as well as in the Upper and Lower Muny Parking Lots. For a map of Forest Park click HERE.

Join in on the fun: The day kicks off with races that you the fan can participate in! You certainly don't get to play baseball before a Cardinals game!! 7th - 12th graders can compete in the Big River Running Company High School 4K at 11:00am and anyone can compete in the FLEET FEET 4K at 8:30am. Both races are 4k and you will run on the exact course that the Championship races will be held on later in the day. For more info check out the event details page HERE.

Volunteer: There is yet another great way to be involved in the Championships: Volunteer! There are lots of fun jobs all weekend long and the Championships could not happen without your help. Click HERE to sign up!

Cheer, Cheer, Cheer!!: The USA Cross Country Championships are an unparalled chance to get up close and personal with the best distance runners in the nation. While the athletes run along the 2k loop you can run from side-to-side across the course to cheer them on. You'll be only feet from the competitors as they zoom by and feed off the energy from the crowd. High School athletes will have access to Nike High School Hospitality Tent just for them located at the south end of the course. We expect you guys to be loud!

Awards: We encourage all the fans to stick around for the awards ceremony that will take place on the stage immediately following the open men's 12k. It will be a great chance to see and talk to your favorite athletes as they receive their Championship awards.

Michelob Ultra Post-Race Party: Athletes, coaches and fans are all invited to a post-race party from 6:00pm - 10:00pm at the Plaza Grill & Bar located on the ground floor of the Crowne Plaza in Clayton.

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