Apalachee Regional Park Hosts Its Largest Cross Country Meet on Dec. 9

WHO: Leon County Division of Tourism/Visit Tallahassee

WHAT: USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 (first race is at 9 a.m.)

WHERE: Apalachee Regional Park, 7550 Apalachee Parkway

Nearly 3,500 runners will compete at Leon County’s award-winning Apalachee Regional Park (ARP) on Saturday, Dec. 9 in the USA Track & Field (USATF) National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships. 

This is the fourth national championship cross country meet held at ARP in the past 12 months.

The meet features athletes from more than 330 teams, 46 states and 16 regions. This includes six boys’ and six girls’ divisions divided into age groups ranging from 7 to 18-years-old. These are the best athletes in their division in the U.S.

Entry for the national championships is based on qualifying performances at preliminary, association and regional meets.

The first race begins at 9 a.m. (girls 7-8 years) and the last race begins at 1:50 p.m. (boys 15-18 years).

Meet Schedule:

Opening Ceremonies take place Friday, Dec. 8 at 5:00 p.m. at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.

Admission to the event and parking are free. Watch the live webcast at USATF.tv.

Individual awards will be given to the top 25 individuals in each individual event and be honored as All American’s. Team awards will be given to the top three teams for boys and girls in each age division. The awards ceremony will be held at Apalachee Regional Park and takes place 30 minutes after each race.

Community Economic Impact
In addition to the 3,500 runners, this event is anticipated to bring 7,500 visitors to Tallahassee-Leon County generating an estimated $3,792,933 in direct spending in the community this weekend.

Media Credentials
Media planning to attend this event must register in advance. Deadline for registering is Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Live results will be available on the event webpage and posted on-site at ARP.

For more information, contact Lauren Pace, Marketing Communications Director, Leon County Tourism/Visit Tallahassee at (850) 606-2322 office or (850) 443-9945 cell or Lauren.Pace@VisitTallahassee.com.

About Visit Tallahassee/Leon County Division of Tourism:
Visit Tallahassee is the official destination marketing organization for Tallahassee-Leon County. Tourism is charged with marketing Tallahassee-Leon County nationally as a premier leisure, business and sports destination through direct sales, advertising, public relations, sports, film and visitor services. In 2017, Tallahassee-Leon County welcomed 2.4 million visitors who contributed $896 million in economic impact and accounts for more than 14,000 jobs.

For more information go to VisitTallahassee.com or call toll free (800) 628-2688. Engage with Visit Tallahassee on social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @VisitTally, #iHeartTally, @Run_Tally, #RunTally.


Lauren Pace | Marketing Communications Director | 850.606.2322 | Lauren.Pace@VisitTallahassee.com


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