Feb | 5
Brooks Athletes

The 101 on the 2015 U.S. Cross Country Championships

This Saturday, America’s top cross country runners will compete in hopes of making Team USA for the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China in late March. So we’re breaking down the mumbo jumbo and giving you the deets.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 7 at 12 p.m. PST

WHERE: Flatirons Golf Course in Boulder, Colo. (Bring on the elevation!)

WHO: Roll call! The following Brooks elite athletes will be representing the run happy spirit at this event.

Ladies: Angela Bizzarri, Katie Mackey, and Neely Spence-Gracey

Gentlemen: Ryan Vail, Jake Riley, Garrett Heath, and Brendan Gregg

WHAT: On Saturday, America’s most talented cross country athletes will step to the start line. They will face tough competition, a challenging course and mile-high elevation. At the end of the day, only six women and six men will have the opportunity to represent the USA on the world stage in late March. The women will compete for the top six spots on an 8k (5 miles) course, while the men will compete on a 12k (7.45 miles) course.

In 140 characters or less, athletes have to run super-fast against tough competition on a challenging course with high elevation.

WHY: Cross country is not an Olympic sport. The World Cross Country Championship is the highest level of competition for those looking to duke it out with the most elite cross country athletes.

HOW: Well, we are not exactly sure how they do it. We will credit it to fierce determination, consistency and awesome coaching.

To watch the athletes and make your own guess on how they do it watch the live feed from USA Track and Field.

About Melissa
In my past life, I was a collegiate runner. Now, I happily run in Brooks Ravennas or Ghosts. If all my running shoes were turquoise in color, I would not complain.

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