by David Monti
April 7, 2011
(c) 2011 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

After romping over the well-groomed grass of Mission Bay Park in sunny San Diego last February, American harriers who plan to compete in the USA Cross Country Championships in 2012 and 2013 should be prepared for frozen ground and chilly temperatures.  Today, USA Track & Field announced that the next two editions of those championships will be held in Forest Park in St. Louis.

"Big River Running Company and St. Louis Sports Commission are excited to bring the Championships to Saint Louis and we know our city and the people here will get behind this event," said Ben Rosario, co-owner of Big River Running Company, through a media release.  "The course in Forest Park is extremely spectator-friendly and the athletes will have fantastic crowd support throughout the course."

According to the website, the average high temperature for February 11 (the date of the 2012 championships), is 43°F (6°C), while the average nighttime low is 25°F (-4°C).  The same date in San Diego has an average high temperature of 67°F (19°C) with an average low of 51°F (11°).  This year's championships were even warmer, with afternoon temperatures in the 70's.

The 2012 championships will not select the American team for the IAAF World Cross Country Championships because that championships will now be held every two years (the next edition is in 2013).  However, the 2012 meet will select the teams for the North American, Central American, Caribbean (NACAC) Cross Country Championships.

The last five editions of the USA Cross Country Championships were held in San Diego (2011); Spokane, Wash. (2010); Derwood, Md. (2009); San Diego (2008); and Boulder, Colo. (2007).



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