In 2007, USATF, the national governing body of track and field and cross country decided to host the annual Cross Country championships at altitude in Boulder. Initially, there was some skepticism about the choice as the majority of athletes would be coming in at a disadvantage because of the altitude. But, the decision was made mainly to try and increase the public’s participation in the championships.
Thanks to the efforts of meet director Pete Julian and others, the 2007 National Championships was regarded as one of the best cross country championships ever hosted. More 10,000 spectators alone were estimated to have watched the meet, more than any other in the past.
“This was, hands down, the most amazing national championship I’ve been a part off,” stated women’s champion Deena Kastor after the meet.
Building on this success, Boulder again submitted a bid to host the championships and were awarded with the 2014 and 2015 meets.
This year, the meet will take place on February 15th at the Flatirons Golf Course. Seven races will be held, starting with juniors. No qualifying or team affiliation is necessary, and a community race will finish the day. There will be team competition held in all the masters (40 and over) categories.
For more information on the meet, please visit the http://boulderusacross.com/.