Event date: 2019-11-15

Event date: November 15, 2019

Distance running is a big deal in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The city and its surrounding countryside have a longstanding reputation as being one of the best places in the country to train and compete in cross country racing. A dedicated course designed for University of Arkansas male and female college athletes is one of just a few in the nation—and that, paired with the natural beauty and varied topography of the Ozarks, provides an outstanding experience for runners.

On Friday, November 15, 2019 Division I runners from Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee will converge on Fayetteville for the NCAA South Central Regional Cross Country Championships. Women run a 6K race and men run a 10K, both of which will take place on the Agri Park Cross Country Course located a couple of miles north of the University of Arkansas campus. The course features several distinct areas, including an open meadow and agricultural fields, a pond and multiple groves of trees—all right in the heart of town.

Admission is free for the public to attend the exciting competition. Here are directions for how to reach the course:

From the University of Arkansas campus:

  • Leave campus heading north on Garland Avenue (Highway 112)
  • Continue north through the University farm, passing the Agri Park pavilion on the right
  • Approximately 1/2 mile north of the pavilion, turn right on Drake Street
  • Drake dead-ends into Gregg Street; turn right and look for parking signage on the west side

Driving into Fayetteville:

  • From I-49, take the Highway 112 exit
  • Turn south (toward Fayetteville) on Highway 112
  • Turn left on Drake Street, less than a 1/4 mile off I-49
  • Drake dead-ends into Gregg Street; turn right and look for parking signage on the west side

Schedule of Events:

  • 7:30 a.m. — Course opens to competitors
  • 11:00 a.m.  — Women’s 6K championship race
  • 12:00 p.m.  — Men’s 10K championship race

Top runners and teams will be recognized immediately following the second race.

For much more information about course maps and entry, as well as suggestions for local accommodations, please visit the race page.

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