The 9th Annual Forest Park Cross Country Festival is set for Saturday, September 12-13, 2014.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
September 12, 2014
4:30 pm Collegiate Women's 5K
5:15 pm Collegiate Men's 6K
September 13, 2014*
*A third varsity division may be added depending upon interest levels.
7:30 am Open Race 4K
8:10 am Junior Varsity Girls 5K White Division
8:50 am Junior Varsity Girls 5K Green Division
9:30 am Junior Varsity Boys 5K White Division
10:05 am Junior Varsity Boys 5K Green Division
10:35 am National Anthem
10:40 am Varsity Girls 5K White Division
11:15 am Varsity Girls 5K Green Division
11:45 am Varsity Boys 5K White Division
12:15 pm Varsity Boys 5K Green Division
12:40 pm Freshman Girls 3K
1:05 pm Freshman Boys 3K
1:25 pm Middle School Girls 2K
1:40 pm Middle School Boys 2K
Printable 2014 meet schedule coming soon.
2014 INTENT TO COMPETE FORM
This is the first step to take if you are interested in participating in the 2014 Forest Park Cross Country Festival on 9/13/14.
Intent to Compete Form
High School Payment Information
Collegiate Payment Information
Open Race Info & Registration
Meet T-Shirts & Amenities
Out-of-Town Teams (Hotel Info)
List of Confirmed Teams
2014 Intent to Compete Form
Coaches please let us know your intent to compete. This is NOT your registration.
Online registration will be available in August 2014 when you know your team roster.
Online Entry deadline is Tuesday 9.9.14 at 10:59pm CST. There is a $100 fee for late entries. Payment is due BY MEET DAY and all payment info can be found on HERE.
*If you filled out our online interest sheet please note that your team is not yet entered in the meet. You must REGISTER ONLINE to officially enter.
ENTRY LIMITATIONS: In the collegiate division, entries are unlimited. In the high school divisions, each team may send up to 9 runners to the line in the varsity divisions. The Junior Varsity, Freshman, and Middle School Divisions are unlimited. Team scoring will be invitational style with the places of the top five finishers for each team comprising the team score. Six and seven runners count as pushers, all others are taken out of team scoring but can receive individual medals. THERE IS NO NEED to designate your entries as varsity, JV or freshman. Just send them to the line for the correct race and the chips will take care of the rest!
JUNIOR HIGH/HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS: All junior high/middle schools must be MSHSAA sanctioned or be a MSHSAA affiliate member. If neither of these apply, that team need to run in the Open Race 4K.
High School Payment Information:
All Payments are due BEFORE the start of the meet! We have to be on payments. It is unfair to everyone who pays on time when teams wait six months or more to turn in their payment. COACHES - If your payment has not been received when you pick up your packet on race morning you will be asked to write a personal check in order for your team to be allowed to compete. If your school needs an invoice please email Joe Porter at email@example.com and he will send one promptly.
The meet entry fee is $150 per team or $250 for combined boy's and girl's teams. Each team may enter up to 9 runners in the varsity division. JV and Freshman races have unlimited entries. Any team with more than 35 total athletes (single sex) competing in the meet will pay an additional flat fee of $50.
The high school individual fee (for schools with only one athlete) is $25.
REMEMBER that middle schools are considered separate teams. The Middle School rate is $80 per team or $120 for combined boys and girls teams. So if School "A" has a high school boys and girls team and a middle school boys and girls team they owe $370.
Please make all checks payable to Saint Louis University High School and send to:
Saint Louis University High School
4970 Oakland Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110
All payments should be postmarked no later than 9.5.14.
Collegiate Payment Information:
The meet entry fee is $75.00 per team, Men and Women are separate. Unattached athletes are welcomed to compete at $10.00 per individual. Please make all checks payable to Saint Louis University and pay upon arrival. If you have any questions please contact Jon Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will have detailed course maps available in your race packets. Click HERE for the course map for 2014. The map shows the 2k loop, 1k loop, start and finish areas, mile markers and the team camp area. The 5k course will consist of a 2k loop + 1k loop + 2k loop. The 3K course will be the 2k loop + 1K loop. The course will be painted and ready to go on Friday, September 12. Coaches please feel free to visit the course the week leading up to the race.
The top three teams in each race will receive plaques. The top 30 individuals in each race will receive medals.
The tentative awards ceremony schedule is as follows:
8:30 am - Open Race
9:40 am - JV Girls
11:00 am - JV Boys
12:00 pm - Varsity Girls
1:00 pm - Varsity Boys
2:05 pm - Freshman and Middle School
The festival will begin with an Open Race at 7:30 am. The race is open to the public and serves as a great opportunity for coaches, parents or younger brothers and sisters to compete on the same course as the high school athletes. Medals will be presented to the top 30 finishers for men and women. Overall meet winners will receive a FREE pair of Saucony shoes.
Open Race Registration (2014 registration coming soon)
T-Shirts, Concessions and other Ammenities:
This is a Festival! We will have a wide variety of food, snacks, and drinks including a full BBQ, Gus' Pretzels and Ted Drewes Frozen Custard at our concession stand. Big River Running Company and Saucony will be selling offical meet apparel on location. Meet apparel will be available Friday afternoon during course preview and collegiate races, as well as on Saturday.
The Forest Park Cross Country Festival is excited to announce that this year's preferred hotel will be the Parkway Hotel located 1 mile from Forest Park. The hotel is offering complimentary bus parking (based on availability) and the $94 team rate includes a hot breakfast buffet in the morning. For individual and non-team reservations, please call the mainline at 314-256-7777 and ask for the "Forest Park Cross Country Festival" rate in order to get the discounted rate. For a team group block, please call Elizabeth Gordon at 314-256-7714 or email her at email@example.com.
We've added a second hotel option - The Crowne Plaza - located in Clayton about 3 miles away from Forest Park. We have a block of rooms available to reserve for $105 a night. To make a reservation, call 314-726-5400 or 1-800-439-5719 and request a room in the Foret Park Cross Country Festival Block.
Confirmed Teams (coming in August):
Middle School/Junior High**
**All junior high/middle schools must be MSHSAA sanctioned or be a MSHSAA affiliate member. If neither of these apply, that team need to run in the Open Race 4K.
2014 Division list to come
2014 Box assignments to come
Note: Freshman races will use an open box system, therefore no boxes were assigned (teams will choose a box). JV will use the same box as Varsity.
The Forest Park Cross Country Festival is a wonderful opportunity for your company to give back to the community as well as advertise to thousands of potential customers. The 2013 event saw more than 4,000 athletes from more than 200 schools participate in the Festival. The meet relies on its sponsors to create a first-class event for St. Louis. If you would like to receive a sponsor package with more details please email Matt Helbig at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Forest Park Cross Country Festival is proud to call Forest Park home. Located in the center of Saint Louis, the park is home to several area landmarks including the St. Louis Science Center and the nationally-recognized St. Louis Zoo. The race course is located entirely on the Central Ball Fields. Coming from Highway 44 you enter the park from Hampton via the Hampton Ave. exit. Turn right on Wells Dr. and continue on Wells until you hit the fields. There is parking around the entire perimeter of the fields as well as on the nearby upper Muny parking lot. CLICK HERE for a park map.
The Forest Park Cross Country Festival is always looking for volunteers who would like to serve as course marshals, packet pick-up crew, concession stand workers, etc. Interested in helping out? 2014 volunteer registration will be available in mid 2014.
Inclement Weather Policy:
The meet organizer's reserve the right to alter or cancel the meet due to inclement weather in the case that we deem conditions to be unsafe to compete or complete a given event. In general, the Forest Park Cross Country Festival will follow the MSHSAA weather policy (p. 27 and 30). In the case of lightning, we will delay the start of any event until 30 minutes after the last sighting of lightning. In the case of extreme heat, the event and remaining races will be canceled if the heat index reaches 105 degrees. The Forest Park Cross Country Destival committee will begin to alter race distances if the heat index reaches 95 degrees or we deem conditions to be unsafe to complete the advertised distance.