NIRCA Cross Country National Championships
NIRCA Cross Country National Championships
November 12, 2022
Hosted by NIRCA

Race Information

Course Location:
Pole Green Park
Mechanicsville, VA

Terrain: Mostly flat, spectator-friendly grass course with minimal (1) gravel road crossing.

Spikes can be worn at the runner's discretion.

Awards: Top 3 teams
Individual Places 1-15: All-American First Team
Individual Places 16-30: All American Second Team

Event Schedule:  (Subject to Change)

8:00 AM - Open 6k - spectators, community, and ineligible athletes welcome
9:00 AM - Women's Junior/Senior/Grad - 6k
10:00 AM - Men's Junior/Senior/Grad - 8k
11:00 AM - Women's Championships - 6k
12:00 PM - Men's Championships - 8k
1:00 PM - Women's Freshman/Sophomore - 6k
2:00 PM - Men's Freshman/Sophomore - 8k
2:45 PM - Awards when results are available

Other Information

Hotel information:
Special NIRCA hotel rates are available:

Parking: Follow Pole Green Park Ln into the park until you reach the skate park on the left (across from softball fields). Park in the grassy lot, being mindful of parking attendants -- this lot is immediately adjacent to the race course and incorrect parking configuration could affect the course distance.
Overflow & bus parking at Pole Green Elementary School. Buses may turn around in the paved parking lot past the concession stand & softball fields.

Social Event:
Friday night pasta dinner starting at 5:30pm - tentative per parks & rec rules for indoor group gatherings. Limited seating is available, so sign up now! $12 gets you all you can eat.

Pasta Dinner:
For Special Dietary needs only: RSVP after purchasing dinner tickets -

T-shirt: Y

Other information:
Friday 2-5pm. Park rules dictate that runners must be off of the course at dusk.

Open 6k Registration will be hosted independently of it is open to alumni, ineligible athletes, and the general public. Volunteer for the NIRCA races later in the day for a discount on your race entry! Registration link available soon!

Registration Information:

Registration opens on October 12, 2022
Registration closes on November 5, 2022 at 11:59pm

Cost: $30 per runner. No team rate.

Checks payable to: 'NIRCA' and mailed to:
11807 Allisonville Rd. #519
Fishers, IN 46038

Payment due by: December 15th, 2022

Eligibility: This is a CHAMPIONSHIP event.

Both Team and Individual Eligibility Criteria, based on participation prior in the season, must be met in order to attend Nationals.

Once eligible, Qualification standards (based on team and individual finish at Regionals) establish how many and in which competition individuals/teams will race at Nationals. For more information on Eligibility Criteria, Qualification Standards, Uniforms, and competition policies, reference the Club Leader Guide here.

*Club leaders: Eligibility forms require university registrar to verify academic standing. Forms must be submitted once per season, Fall & Spring, before each deadline. Teams without eligibility forms are not permitted compete.

Course Map: