What is NXR? When the regular high school cross country season ends, Nike holds 8 regional cross country events around the U.S. (NXR). Downers Grove South is located in the group of states that attend the Midwest NXR regional and we will be participating again this year. All DGS cross country runners are invited to attend. There are two races, an open race and a championship race, so everyone who signs up will run in one of the two races. The race distance is 5k. We have to enter as a club, not a High School team, so we will be entered as the Downers South Distance Club!
Why? This meet gives the girls a chance to compete on an NCAA National Championship 5k Course
against girls from IN, OH, IL, MI and MO. Our top runners will again be vying for one of the coveted
invitations to the Nike Cross Nationals in Oregon. Nike sponsors the event and makes it really special.
There is a pre-race ice cream social, a chance to meet world class Nike athletes and make new friends
from other teams.
Where is it? Lavern Gibson Championship XC Course in Terre Haute, IN. Terre Haute is known as Cross Country Town USA. This Lavern Gibson course hosted the 2016 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship and is widely recognized as one of the top cross-country courses in the world. They have hosted 15 national championships at this course. The course is spectator friendly so it is easy to see your daughter at multiple places on the course.
When? We will drive down on Saturday Nov 10 th so the girls have a chance to preview the course
and then the races are hosted on Sunday Nov 11 th . We will stay at a local hotel overnight on Saturday
night. The athletes will room together. We also have a limited block of rooms reserved for parents
(Please contact Laura Duffy firstname.lastname@example.org for details about the hotel). We return on Sunday after
the races and the awards are concluded in the late afternoon (approx. 3:30pm ET departure).
Please note: If you are reserving a room to attend and watch the race, we only have a limited number of
rooms held at this point including the rooms for the runners (the girls will be 4 to a room), so don’t wait
to reserve. Please let us know by email if you reserve a room so we can keep track as the registration
forms come in. If you don’t plan to stay overnight, you can still drive down on the day of the race to see
your daughter. About 1 week before the race we will send out an itinerary for the weekend, driving directions to