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? Since the season will be over, these races are truly for fun while giving the girls the chance to compete on an NCAA National Championship 5k Course against girls from IN, OH, IL, MI and MO. 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. The girls may even want to bring an old pair of training shoes to add to the legendary Sycamore shoe trees located near the finish line.
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. 11 so the girls have a chance to preview the course and then the races are hosted on Sunday Nov 12th. 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 or Mike Weidner email@example.com 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).