On November 21st-23rd, we will once again be traveling to the Nike Cross Regional Southwest Championships in Phoenix, AZ and racing as Vista Nation XC Club. This is our opportunity for our entire TEAM to race at sea level on what is one of the fastest HS 5K XC courses in America. It is also an opportunity for our team to try and qualify for the Nike Cross Country National Championships in Portland on December 7th.
Trip Overview and Cost When: November 21st-23rd What:Nike Cross Regionals Southwest Championships (website info) Where: Casa Grande, AZ Who: Any deserving Vista Nation XC athlete that meets the requirements above. Cost: Approximately $500 per athletes Championship Race: The top 7 boys, and 7 girls will run in the championship division of NXRSW to try and earn a spot at this years NXN National Championship race. Open Race: All runners on the TEAM that make the trip will have the opportunity to compete in the open division of NXRSW if not running in the championship races. This is a very competitive race! Varsity teams that do not qualify for the championship division will be in the open division, along with the region's top JV runners.
Booking Flights Families are responsible for booking their own flights. These are the team flights that the coaches will be on, and the flights we are recommending that all athletes book as well. Southwest # 560 Thursday November 21st Departs 11:30 am Arrival 1:25 pm Southwest #3895 Saturday, November 23rd Departs 7:40 pm Arrival 9:25 pm
Please keep the following in mind when booking flights.
Families are responsible for booking their own flights.
Athletes that are not on the team flight need to be in Arizona no later than 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 21st.
If athletes are not traveling with their parents please send them on the team flight so that they have transportation from the airport.
Athletes not traveling with family/parent or designated chaperone should book the team flight.
If athlete is traveling w/parents make whatever plans work for your family with the limitations not to fly out super early in the morning (i.e. 6:30 am) and to make sure they are at the team run by 3 p.m.
We will be running at 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon and want everyone to be there together as a team.
If not on the team flight, please do not book a super early flight that morning just to save money. Sleep the week before the race will be very important, and we do not want to see athletes compromise their performances in Arizona.
If families are making arrangements to fly out a day early please make sure your athlete is at practice from 3:00-5:00 on Wednesday, November 20th.
Hotel Information Hyatt Place Chandler/Fashion Centers 3535 W. Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226 480-812-9600 (This is the hotel we have used in the past)
Athletes hotel rooms have already been reserved. Parents/Chaperones, however, will need to book and pay for their own rooms in Arizona. We have a block of rooms reserved with a special discounted rate for parents. Directions for the discounted rate are as follows:
Please note for Parent reservations: Reservations are guaranteed when secured with a credit card Reservations may be cancelled if requested 72 hours in advance Cancellations within 72 hours prior to arrival or a 'no show' will be charged one nights room and tax
Nike Cross Nationals and Thanksgiving Break A challenge again for us this year will be Thanksgiving break. For the second time Douglas County Schools is giving us the entire week off when we return from NXRSW. This is a great break from the stresses of school, and time to be able to spend with our families. This will also be the time we are hopefully finishing our final preparations to race our best at the national championship. If we are fortunate enough to make it back to Portland this fall to race at NXN we are asking all athletes that qualify be at practice each morning during the week of November 25th-30th.
I am Interested in the trip...what next? Here are the steps that need to take place if you are interested in the trip.
Understand the expectations (see above) to be eligible for the trip.
If you can meet these expectations speak w/ Coach Dalby ASAP about the trip before making any plans to travel as a part of Vista Nation XC Club.
Train hard all season and get ready to run fast in AZ!
Parent Chaperones We are once again anticipating that there will be a lot of parents with us on the NXR trip. Our biggest need from parents on the trip is help driving kids around. If you are planning on accompanying the team in AZ, and are willing to help drive during the trip in your rental car please let Therese Fitzsimmons know when you contact her about your athlete coming to AZ. We always appreciate the help!