Signaling a major shift in how cross country races are organized and operated, USA Track & Field announced they have selected Bend, Oregon as the site of the 2013 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships.
Bend bid for the event against a number of metropolitan areas, including Chicago, San Francisco, and Long Island. But Bend’s bid was unique, according to Kevney Dugan, director of sales and sports development for Visit Bend.
“We did not use a traditional model with spectators mostly at the start and finish and the runners out of sight for most of the race,” Dugan explained. “We offered the opportunity to change things up using a similar model to what we’ve done with Cyclocross racing, making the event a form of entertainment complete with music and beer gardens. It’s a great testament to USA Track & Field that they were open to making such a significant cultural shift.”
Michael Scott, the cross country chair for USA Track and Field said...continue reading