January 2017: Spokane Selected for 2018 USA Track & Field National Club Cross Championships
(Spokane, WA, January 25, 2017) – We are excited to announce that Spokane has been selected for the 2018 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships. This prestigious event will bring approximately 1,500 athletes—representing an estimated 65 running clubs from around the country—in December of 2018. The economic impact is impressive with competitors and their families booking as many as 4,500 hotel room nights, injecting nearly $3 million dollars into the local economy.
Competition is fierce for USATF events—with many factors being part of the selection process.
“Spokane’s long reputation as a great running community, along with a history of hosting large and successful cross country events, helped the selection go our way,” said Eric Sawyer, President and CEO of Spokane Sports Commission. “We know there are several cities around the country that competed for this event and we are honored that USATF chose Spokane.”
Plantes Ferry Park Sports Stadium has been the chosen course for a variety of national cross country events, including the 2008 USATF National Club Cross Country Championships.
USATF National Club Cross Country Championships feature three distances, 6k, 8k and 10k, with men’s and women’s teams competing in masters and open categories. The popularity of adult running clubs has increased in the last several years. USATF National Club Cross Country Championships will feature the top clubs from across the United States as they compete for honors and bragging rights as the nation's top cross country team.
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the country’s No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. For more information on USATF, visit www.usatf.org.
Sports don't just entertain. They improve communities. They drive economies. And no other organization brings sports events to the Inland Northwest like the Spokane Sports Commission. We are a nonprofit coalition of regional government; business and volunteers committed to recruiting and developing sports events. With these events come tourism dollars, entertainment and media attention attracting sports fans from around the world. Business wins. Kids win. Fans win, our region wins.
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