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) nationals-qualifying events head to The Woodlands, Texas on 11/23/2013. The South Regional lets high school cross-country runners from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas race for a chance to compete at this year’s National Final, held in Portland, OR on 12/07/2013.
South Regional takes place at Bear Branch Park, located 30 miles north of Houston. According to the South Regional’s meet director Juris Green, “this year’s course is a brand new variation. The course has always been deceptively tough and will punish runners who go too fast too early. This new course should follow in those footsteps.”
With temperatures in November ranging from low 40s to high 60s, it’s hard to predict what type of weather runners can expect. “Texas is known for heat and humidity,” Juris says. “In November, we can have cool temps and low humidity or a bit of hot stuff. You never really know what you are going to get.” While the weather is anyone’s guess, the South Regional is certain to be extremely competitive and challenging.
The day before the race, runners can inspect the course and get a feel for the conditions. On race day, the events kick off with a boys’ open 5K race and a girls’ open 5K race. A boys’/girls’ short course 3K race follows and leads up to the 5K championship races.
“The South Regional is set up to be friendly in all areas, except between the start and the finish line,” Juris states. “This event has a Texas-swag to it, and with NXN berths on the line, everyone means business.”
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Ready to register for the South Regional? Check out runnerspace.com/nxn for more info, including eligibility and entry information. If your state is not represented at the South 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 and the National Final.
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)