Northeast and New York Regionals – NXR 2013

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 New York on 11/30/2013 for the Northeast and New York Regionals. Truly unique, this event hosts two separate regional races at the same place on the same day. The Northeast Regional includes high school runners from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont while the New York Regional only has high school runners from New York State. Participants of each regional event compete to race at this year’s National Final, held in Portland, OR on 12/07/2013.

Both regionals are held at Bowdoin Park, located 80 miles north of New York City. “There is a reason we run two regionals,” meet director Paul Limmer states. “Bowdoin Park is located perfectly in upstate New York, making it easy for runners from each state to get to. It’s the most spectator friendly of all the regional courses. Plus, with the course overlooking the Hudson River, the place is gorgeous.”

What type of course can this year’s competitors expect? “Hills, turns, flats, and a huge hill in the middle,” Paul explains. “Bowdoin Park is a truly challenging venue. Many consider it to be the best cross-country course in the Northeast.” As if the course wasn’t difficult enough, runners may also have to overcome the weather. “Weather has almost always been cold,” Paul admits. “Temperatures below freezing are common, but this is cross country.” Knowing they can earn a spot at the National Final, elite runners will certainly be prepared to take on the course and the unpredictable weather.

Before they get a chance to compete, runners can attend a pasta party the night before. It’s filled with great food and a lot of fun, including door prizes, raffles, and an appearance by a professional Nike athlete.

After a good night’s sleep, racers should be focused on finishing first. The event gets underway with open races and USATF coed races. Before noon, open ceremonies set the stage for each regional’s boys’ and girls’ championship races.

Eastbay has been a proud sponsor of NXR and NXN since 2006.

Ready to register for the Northeast or New York Regional? Check out runnerspace.com/nxn for more info, including eligibility and entry information. 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)