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Nike Cross Nationals Set For December 5

The 7th annual Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) will be held this year on Saturday, December 5th, 2010. This premier year-end cross country meet showcases the best runners and teams across America as they come together at Portland Meadows racetrack for the 5,000-meter cross country challenge.

WHAT IS NXN?
Nike Cross Nationals is comprised of 8 Regional Qualifying meets and the NXN National Finals in Portland, Oregon. Following in the tradition of European cross country meets, the Nationals event will again feature a multiple loop race course with man-made obstacles built on the inside of the horse race track at Portland Meadows in Oregon. Spectators can enjoy a continuous live view of the race from the venue’s enclosed 3,000-seat grandstand, and a live webcast feed of the event will run on nikecrossnationals.com. Fields of 22 seven-person teams and an additional 45 individuals (male and female) will lay it all on the line in the quest for the sport’s biggest prize, the coveted Winged Goddess of Victory statue.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Just about anyone in high school can compete in the NXN Regional meets. If you are eligible to compete for your local high school, you’re eligible to compete here. These meets aren’t only intended for the “fastest” clubs around, as there are races in the schedule for open division, freshman / sophomore, and some regional meets even have community “fun runs” available.

HOW DO YOU QUALIFY?
Qualifying for the featured NXN Championship race in Portland will be extended in each gender to the top two placing teams and the top five placing individuals not on a qualifying team from each of the eight regional championship meets. California comprises the ninth region, with an additional two team berths and five individual spots per gender from that region extended based on criteria to be detailed later.
There will also be four at-large team invitations per gender based on input from a committee of cross-country experts across the nation.

THE BEST OF THE BEST…
Much like the Tour de France tradition of the overall tour leader donning the yellow jersey during the next stage of the race, the top attending individual returnee in each gender from last year’s NXN Championship race will be wearing a custom-designed race uniform identifying him or her as the one to beat.
The top eligible returnees for 2010 are Rebecca Mehra of Palos Verde, CA and Craig Lutz of Flower Mound, TX. Last year Lutz won the boys title and Flood won the girls, but this year is not a given with such a talented base!

WHERE ARE THE REGIONAL MEETS?
NXN – NORTHWEST (11.13.10) Boise, Idaho
NXN – HEARTLAND (11.14.10) Sioux Falls, South Dakota
NXN – MIDWEST (11.14.10) Terre Haute, Indiana
NXN – SOUTHWEST (11.20.10) Toka Sticks Golf Course, Mesa, Arizona (NEW LOCATION)
NXN – SOUTH (11.20.10) The Woodlands, Texas
NXN – SOUTHEAST (11.27.10) Cary, North Carolina
NYN – NORTHEAST (11.27.10) Wappingers Falls, New York

GET IN ON THE ACTION!
Visit NikeCrossNationals.com for more details and registration information.
See you at the races!

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Megan Saalfeld
Nike Media Relations
111 8th Ave, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10011
212.329.1524

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