words // Adam Arthur
Ready to compete against the best cross-country runners in the nation? Nike Cross Nationals is your opportunity.
The 2013 Nike Cross Regionals (NXR) second nationals-qualifying event is in Boise, Idaho on 11/16/2013. The Northwest Regional lets high school cross-country runners from the northwestern states – AK, HI, ID, MT, OR, WA, and WY – face off for a chance to race at this year’s National Final, held in Portland, OR on 12/07/2013.
Northwest Regional takes place at Eagle Island XC Course. “The weather’s really difficult to predict,” co-meet director Tim Severa states. “One year it snowed and everything on the course was white. Another year we got about half an inch of rain and there was mud everywhere. Generally, it’s between 30º to 50º F.”
Pre-meet activities get underway the night before the race with an ice cream social sponsored by the United Dairymen of Idaho. “We usually have a dj and will bring an elite athlete in,” Tim says. “That’s one part of the atmosphere that kids really look forward to.”
Come next morning, the fun, sociable mood switches to competitive focus. According to Tim, “the course is deceiving,” which elite runners are sure to enjoy. “Most runners think this is a fast course, but it’s actually pretty challenging because of the variety of terrain. The course is fairly flat and consists mostly of grass and dirt trails, but also has a stretch of sandy beach that leads to a 75-meter-long hill.”
The race-day events open with a grade school and middle school boys and girls race and include a men’s and women’s open race. Every race starts with a historic cannon blasting simultaneously with the starting gun – something unique to the Northwest Regional.
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Ready to register for the Northwest Regional? Check out runnerspace.com/nxn for more info, including eligibility and entry information. If your state is not represented at the Northwest Regional, view the Nike Cross Nationals schedule listed below to see which regional event you can participate in. And don’t forget to check our blog weekly, as we’ll be bringing you an in-depth look at each NXR event.
2013 Nike Cross Nationals Event Schedule:
Heartland Regional – Sioux Falls, SD (11.10.2013)
States included: IA, KS, MN, NE, ND, SD, and WI.
Northwest Regional – Boise, ID (11.16.2013)
States included: AK, HI, ID, MT, OR, WA, and WY.
Midwest Regional – Terre Haute, IN (11.17.2013)
States included: IN, IL, MI, MO, and OH.
Southwest Regional – Mesa, AZ (11.23.2013)
States included: AZ, CO, NM, NV, and UT.
South Regional – The Woodlands, TX (11.23.2013)
States included: AR, LA, MS, OK, and TX.
Southeast Regional – Cary, NC (11.30.2013)
States included: AL, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, MD, NC, SC, TN, VA, and WV.
Northeast Regional – Wappingers Falls, NY (11.30.2013)
States included: CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, PA, RI, and VT.
New York Regional – Wappingers Falls, NY (11.30.2013)
States included: NY.
National Final – Portland, OR (12.07.2013)