Midwest Regional – NXR 2013

Midwest Regional – NXR 2013

Midwest Regional – 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) third nationals-qualifying event is in Terre Haute, Indiana on 11/17/2013. The Midwest Regional lets high school cross-country runners from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Missouri face off for a chance to race at this year’s National Final, held in Portland, OR on 12/07/2013.

Midwest Regional takes place at LaVern Gibson Championship XC Course, a challenging NCAA cross-country course. The layout is very spectator friendly, allowing athletes’ friends and family to closely follow the action. Weather is typical for fall in Indiana – average temperatures range from 30º to 50º and rain or snow showers are certainly possible.

Pre-race activities get underway early in the afternoon on Saturday 11/16. Runners have the opportunity to check out the course and later can attend a free pasta dinner. Before runners get a good night’s sleep, they can stay entertained with a live dj, ping pong, WII videogames, and an ice cream social.

The sunrise brings race day. The morning starts off with a community race and a free kids race. After the boys’ and girls’ open race, the girls and boys championship races takes place.

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

Ready to register for the Midwest Regional? Check out runnerspace.com/nxn for more info, including eligibility and entry information. If your state is not represented at the Midwest 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)

Northwest Regional – NXR 2013

Northwest Regional – NXR 2013

Northwest Regional – 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) 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.

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

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)

Heartland Regional – NXR 2013

Heartland Regional – NXR 2013

Heartland Regional – 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 Regional (NXR) events kick off in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on 11/10/2013. The Heartland Regional lets high school cross-country runners from the north central states (IA, KS, MN, NE, ND, SD, and WI) face off for a chance to race at this year’s National Final (NXN), held in Portland, Oregon on 12/07/2013.

Heartland Regional takes place at Yankton Trails Park, where the typical temperature in November ranges from 25 to 45 degrees F. There’s always a chance for windy or wet (rain or snow) conditions, but with warm spirits and a competitive mindset, boys and girls running in the championship races don’t let the weather slow them down.

All the fun begins on Saturday 11/09/2013 with runners picking up their packets and later attending a pre-meet pasta party. On race day, races will be taking place – balancing the competitive feel with some community fun.

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

Ready to register for the Heartland Regional? Check out runnerspace.com/nxn for more info, including eligibility and entry information. If your state is not represented at the Heartland 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)

Nike Cross Nationals 2013

Nike Cross Nationals 2013

Nike Cross Nationals 2013

words // Adam Arthur

Ready to compete against the best cross-country runners in the nation? Nike Cross Nationals is your opportunity.

Started in 2004, Nike Cross Nationals consists of eight regional qualifying events (NXR) and a national final (NXN). Any runner who competes for his or her high school should be eligible to compete at a regional event, as part of a club or as an individual racer. Each regional event has a championship race that qualifies runners for NXN. The national final is held in Portland, OR, with a chance to compete for the coveted Winged Goddess of Victory statue.

With many of the regional races celebrating their 10th anniversary, each event looks to be extremely fun, competitive, and unique. From the courses to pre- and post-race events, which could include a freshman/sophomore race, community race, pre-race dinner, dance party, or professional athlete guest speakers, each event is sure to be packed with fun, athletic activities.

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

Ready to register for a regional event? View the 2013 Nike Cross Nationals schedule listed below. Then, check out runnerspace.com 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.

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: WY, WA, ID, OR, MT, AK, and HI.

Midwest Regional – Terre Haute, IN (11.17.2013)
States included: IN, IL, OH,MI, and MO.

Southwest Regional – Mesa, AZ (11.23.2013)
States included: CO, UT, NM, AZ, and NV.

South Regional – The Woodlands, TX (11.23.2013)
States included: AR, LA, OK, TX, and MS.

Southeast Regional – Cary, NC (11.30.2013)
States included: DE, MD, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, TN, KY, WV, and DC.

Northeast Regional – Wappinger Falls, NY (11.30.2013)
States included: NJ, PA, CT, MA, VT, RI, NH, and ME.

New York Regional – Wappinger Falls, NY (11.30.2013)
States included: NY.

National Final – Portland, OR (12.07.2013)

Nike Cross Nationals 2010 Recap

Nike Cross Nationals 2010 Recap

words_Nick Engvall

Hundreds of cross country runners from around the country headed to Nike’s campus in Beaverton, Oregon this past weekend to participate in the 7th annual Nike Cross Nationals put on by Nike and Eastbay. Teams and individuals compete in qualifying events across the country to earn their right to compete at one of the country’s top annual cross country events.

Weather helped turn the course into a muddy mess but that didn’t stop some of the country’s top athletes. For the 5th straight year in the girls competition, Manlius XC Club from Manlius, New York came out as top of the team. As for the team competition for the guys side, Arcadia XC Club from Arcadia, California grabbed the top spot. In the individual competition Rachel Johnson (18:18.6) from Plano, Texas won the girls title and Lukas Verzbicas from Orland Park, Illinois won the boys title with a final time of 15:59.2.

Along with the event, Nike and Eastbay had plenty to do for attendees. From capturing memories in the photo booth, to customizing their own unique pair of Nike running shoes, the upcoming Lunar Elite 2+ to be exact.

Check out some of the images from this year’s event below.

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