NIRCA Cross Country National Championships
NIRCA Cross Country National Championships
November 11, 2017
Hosted by NIRCA

Race Information

Course Location:
Forest Akers East Golf Course
2231 S. Harrison Rd.
East Lansing, MI

Terrain: Both the Men’s 8k and Women’s 6k take off on a long fairway start. After 600 meters, the course takes a sharp left turn and begins on the standard loop, which is 2 miles long and follows the perimeter of the golf course.

After passing through 2 miles near the start line, the women follow an alternate loop while the men run the first loop once again. Both courses culminate in a final 1000 meter stretch which curves back around to finish uphill.

The course is wide at all points and runs entirely on grass with a few golf cart path crossings. The rolling slopes of the fairways are deceptive, which, combined with the various turns, make for tactical racing. If weather conditions are favorable, times have the potential to be very fast. However, if the November winds whip hard out of the west as they have been known to, you’ll find scant cover from the elements.

Spikes can be worn at the runner's discretion.

Awards: Championships Race

Top 15 Individuals - First Team All-American; Places 16-30 - Second Team All-American; Top 3 teams

Event Schedule:  (Subject to Change)

6:00 AM -
A schedule delay for frost is predicted.
The UPDATED schedule is below.
Watch email and website for updates.
8:30 AM - Packet Pickup Begins
9:30 AM - NIRCA Open & Alumni 5k
10:30 AM - Men's Jr/Sr/Grad - 8k
10:35 AM - NIRCA Open & Alumni 5k Awards Presentation
11:20 AM - Women's Jr/Sr/Grad - 6k
12:10 PM - Men's Championship - 8k
1:00 PM - Women's Championship - 6k
1:50 PM - Men's Freshman/Sophomore - 8k
2:40 PM - Women's Freshman/Sophomore - 6k
3:30 PM - Class Races Recognition
4:00 PM - Championship Races Recognition

Other Information

Hotel information:
Hotel information is available here: link

Book online here: link

We strongly encourage clubs to book early. Budget friendly hotels, as well as those nearest to the course, will fill up first!

MSU Lot 89
Main athlete and spectator parking.
Please use caution and follow security’s instructions when crossing the street.
3589 E Mt. Hope Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823

MSU Pavilion (North & East Lots Only)
Bus and overflow parking.
4301 Farm Lane
East Lansing, MI 48824

Social Event:
- On the course from 4:30pm to 6:30pm (after preview)
- Cost: $10 per athlete paid individually at the door. Unfortunately we cannot invoice teams for this

TEAM RSVP IS REQUIRED in order to ensure sufficient quantity of food for all athletes. You must RSVP by completing the RSVP form
before Wednesday, November 8:

Fri Nov 10, 2:00-5:00pm (sunset is at 5:19pm)
Course open for previewing; packet pick up available at start/finish area.

Parents, Alumni, Spectators, Community runners, NIRCA fans, and ineligible athletes are invited to compete in the Open 5k prior to the championship races. Registration is only $15.


See the event coverage page for Key Links:

T-shirt: Y

Other information:
We've partnered with the Great Lansing Sports Authority to offer info on what to do, where to shop, and places worth visiting in the area.

Check out the guide here: link

Registration Information:

Registration opens on October 21, 2017
Registration closes on November 4, 2017 at 11:59pm

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

Payment due by: December 15th, 2017

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: