We have another exciting cross country (XC) season planned for Club Northwest members. Cross country season is my favorite time of year. The fall colors, crisp air, and beautiful venues make for a wonderful running experience. All ages (18 & up) and abilities are encouraged to participate.
The season starts with a kick-off picnic on August 11, followed by local races (with socials, BBQs) beginning September 22 at beautiful locations in Lacey, Seattle and Bellingham. The finale is Club XC Nationals, held this year on December 8 in Lexington KY.
Below is the Club Northwest Cross Country Link. Here you can view the roster, schedule, important info, membership status, point totals and much more. It is located here:
Please keep it handy and refer to it often for updates.
Enjoy the season!
Club Northwest, VP – Teams
Benefits of Joining the Club Northwest Cross Country Team:
- Free entry into the following cross country races: St. Martin’s Invitational 9/22, WWU Classic 10/6, Emerald City Open 10/13, PNTF Champs 11/4, USATF NW Regional Championships 11/17, Club Nationals 12/8. This alone will recoup your CNW membership fee. Please do not register yourself for these races. Team entries will be handled by Becca Peter.
- Be a part of the best cross country team in the Pacific Northwest!
How to join the Club Northwest Cross Country Team:
- Contact Becca Peter (
) and let her know you are interested in running cross country so she can add you to his email list and roster. If you have already been receiving emails you do not need to do this.
- Have a Club NW membership that is valid through December 2012. If your membership expires before then, we will ask you to renew, so that we can make sure everyone competing for us is a current member.
- If you are interested in competing at the PNTF Championships, USATF NW Regional Championships, or USATF Club Nationals, you need to have a 2012 USA Track and Field membership affiliated with Club Northwest (#116). This needs to be purchased no later than 2 weeks before the PNTF Championships. Masters athletes will also need to have their age verified.
- Use this Help link for all the info to take care of your CNW or USATF membership status.
Each athlete is responsible for making sure that their CNW and USATF memberships are current through December 2012. Membership status and helpful info can be viewed here:
Please use the info on the link to take care of these membership issues yourself. If you find that you need further help, contact Becca Peter
The Teams Committee has defined the selection criteria for the men’s and women’s open elite teams for the 2012 XC season.
The procedure will be similar to years past, with the athletes competing for 4 positions based on points and 3 at large positions based on selection by the teams committee, for a total of 7 positions for each Open Elite (A) team (men’s & women’s).
Scoring will use the best 2 of 3 qualifying meets, with PNTF Champs counting double.
Athletes must have a CNW membership which runs through December, 2012 and be racing in uniform to count for a race. Also, for PNTF Champs and USATF Regionals, current USATF membership is required.
Scoring as follows:
1st Place scores 10 points (pnts), 2nd 9 pnts,…..10th is 1 pnt. Above 10th is 1 pt. DNF scores 0 pnts.
Qualifying meets are:
- Sat., Oct. 6 WWU Classic, 10k men, 6k women, Lake Padden, Bellingham
- Sat., Oct. 13 Emerald City Open, Lower Woodland, Seattle
- Sun., Nov. 4 PNTF Champs, Lower Woodland, Seattle
The selected teams will represent CNW at the 2012 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships Saturday December 8, in Lexington KY.
Our goal is to field the best possible team for Nationals. All final selections will be subject to approval by the Team’s Committee.
For Master’s team selection, the above criteria will be used as a guideline. Actual selection will be made by the Team’s Committee based on overall performance at these races and who we feel will perform best at Club Nationals.
1) Are there team practices, and if so, when and where?
2) I see on the CNW 2012 XC Link that my age is not verified. How do I do this?
3) What are the distances for the XC races?
They vary. For women, all races are 6K. For open men, races are either 8K or 10K. For master’s men, races are generally 8K and 10K, except PNTF Champs, which is 6K. Club Nationals is 10K for all men.
4) For Club Nationals, how will the prize money, if any, be distributed?
CNW is anteing up $17,000 for this trip. It is our most expensive trip in recent years, perhaps ever. Since Open teams are fully funded, their prize money will be split 50/50, half to the club and half to the athletes. Master’s teams, which are only partially funded, get to keep their prize money. Distribution will be 1 share to scoring participants, ½ share for non-scorers.
5) For Club Nationals, why do Master’s pay $350 for travel while Open athletes pay nothing?
A primary mission of Club Northwest is to support talented and aspiring post-collegiate athletes in their quest to make National, World, and perhaps even Olympic teams. These young athletes often are trying to train and juggle jobs at the same time. Additionally, their performances reach larger audiences and bring greater exposure for our club. For that reason, our top priority for funding goes to these folks. This is not to discredit our World Class Master’s athletes, of which we have many. We have a lot of respect their effort and performances too. $350 is about half the actual cost for the trip, making it a great value.
If you are contemplating racing for us at Club Nationals please make note of these dates and notify your employer, if applicable.
This year’s USATF Club XC Nationals is in Lexington, KY, on December 8, 2012. Race info can be found at:
The following travel arrangements are set up for CNW:
Carr/Flt# Date Departure Arrival
DL / 804 06DEC2012 SEA1215P CVG 725P
DL / 1807 09DEC2012 CVG 900A SEA 1059A
- Everyone flies together
- All flights non-stop, with Delta jets, no regional carriers
- Good times of day to travel, except perhaps on the return
- Travel from Cincinnati (CVG) to Lexington (75 miles) will be by rental vans
Note: Due to the high cost and logistical complexity of this trip, all participants will be required to use the CNW supplied airline ticket or their expenses will not be subsidized by CNW.
We will be staying here:
Selected open teams will have their expenses covered by CNW. Masters runners will pay a fee of $350 for air, hotel, entry fees and ground transportation. All athletes will pay their own food expenses.