– USA Track & Field has selected St. Louis, Missouri as the host of
2012 and 2013 USA Cross Country Championships. The 2012 championships
are scheduled for February 11, at Forest Park, the site of the 2004
Women’s Olympic Trials Marathon.

“Big River Running Company and St. Louis Sports Commission are excited
to bring the Championships to Saint Louis and we know our city and the
people here will get behind this event,” said Ben Rosario, co-owner of
Big River Running Company. “The course in Forest Park is extremely
spectator-friendly and the athletes will have fantastic crowd support
throughout the course.”

The USA Cross
Country Championships are expected to draw more than 600 athletes to St.
Louis, including many of the nation’s top elite and Olympic runners.

The 2012 and 2013 events will consist
of six cross country championship races for men’s and women’s categories
with national titles on the line for junior, masters and open
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divisions. The nation’s premier cross country event, the Championships
will feature $35,000 in prize money and will serve as the trials to
select the men’s and women’s open and junior squads that will represent
Team USA at the 2012 North American, Central American, Caribbean (NACAC)
Cross Country Championships and the 2013 NACAC Cross Country
Championships and
IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

For more information on the 2012 USA Cross Country Championships visit

About USA Track & Field

USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body
for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the
United States. USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports,
the World’s #1 Track & Field Team, the most-watched events at the
Olympics, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport,
and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States:

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