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Race Preview: 2017 USATF Cross Country National Championships (Bend)

Cross country runners from around the nation will converge on Bend in February for the USATF National Championships.

On February 4th mud-loving runners of all ages will descend on River’s Edge Golf Course in Bend for the USA Track & Field Cross Country National Championships. Individual and team titles will be up for grabs for men and women in Junior, Open, and Masters divisions. Masters individual and team championships will also be decided in 10-year age groups. While the atmosphere and competition at these races can be intense, the vibe is also very friendly, as familiar faces from around the nation reunite for their annual celebration of sweat, grass, and dirt.
"The 2017 USATF Cross Country National Championships will draw the top runners from around the country to run for bragging rights in the heart of Bend, Oregon at the Rivers Edge Golf Course. The course is sure to send the fittest athlete home with the title and the cash! The USATF Cross Country National Championships will utilize the best cross country running terrain in Central Oregon to see which athletes are at the top of their game. The National Championship racing will play out at Rivers Edge Golf Course which played host to the 2013 USATF Club Cross Country National Championships. Although the course is largely the same in terrain we have made some key updates to enhance the athletes experience."

Bend will be a fitting host city for the 2017 USATF Cross Country National Championships.

The championship races include Open Men’s and Women’s 10Ks, Junior Men’s 8K, Junior Women’s 6K, Masters Women’s 6K, and Masters Men’s 8K. You must be a member of USATF to enter these championship races. You can join USATF HERE ($30 for a 1-year adult membership, $20 for youth 18 and under).  In addition, there will be a Community 4K race, and a 4 x 1K Beer Relay. These events do not require a USATF membership, though the relay will require a strong stomach!

What: 2017 USATF Cross Country National Championships

When: Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Where: Rivers Edge Golf Course, Bend

What Time: Schedule to be announced

Register: Register online HERE. $45 through 1/25/17; $70 1/26/17 through 1/31/17; $100 day of race.

About Joe Dudman (266 Articles)
Portland, Oregon native Joe Dudman has been running races since his sophomore year in high school, and has accumulated over 600 race shirts through the years. Although he has survived 8 marathons, Joe prefers shorter, faster races like 5Ks and the mile.

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