Nike Cross Regional Southwest Championships in Arizona On November 17-19, 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 an opportunity for athletes who have earned the trip to race as a TEAM, at sea level, on a very fun and fast 5K XC course. It is also an opportunity for our team to try and qualify for the Nike Cross Country National Championships in Portland, Oregon on December 3rd.
Trip Eligibility Every member of our TEAM is eligible to attend the NXRSW trip as a part of the Vista Nation XC Club when the following requirements are met:
Consistently train everyday over the summer.
Athletes stay in town to train/race the week of fall break (Oct 15th-23rd).
Athletes continue to train and attend practice each day after the League Championships (Oct 12th) until the NXRSW Regional on November 19th.
Athletes follow all team policies related to academics, sportsmanship, etc. during the season.
To be eligible for the Championship race at NXR athletes will need to commit in advance to being at all practices the week of Thanksgiving (November 21st-27th) if we qualify for Nike Cross Nationals.
Have a discussion with Coach Dalby and Coach Selle about traveling to Arizona as part of Vista Nation XC Club before making any travel arrangements.
Athletes age/grade and best 5K XC race times are not requirements to go on the trip. We will take anyone who meets the requirements above.
REGISTRATION Form If your child IS attending, please complete the following form before August 13th:
Catered breakfast for athletes both mornings (This is only for our athletes- the hotel is making this for our group only.)
TEAM dinner in a large banquet room at the hotel.
Transportation/Van rentals, team practice in AZ, course walk through, etc.
Coaches Travel and Hotel
Race Day Snacks/ Drinks
Other fees that come up- There is always something
FLIGHT OPTIONS There is not an official designating “TEAM FLIGHT”. Families can find the flight option that best works for them. Talk to friends and share information with each other as you find reasonable flights. Please keep the following agenda items in mind when making travel arrangements:
Be in Arizona by 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 17th
Team practice in Chandler, AZ at 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 17th
Athletes should plan to be at practice on Wednesday, November 16th at MVHS. If flying out Wednesday, please plan to be at practice that afternoon.
Most years we leave the race course on Saturday between 2 and 3 p.m. after the awards ceremony. If the course is moved back to Casa Grande we will be approximately an hour from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Please plan accordingly when booking your flights.
Coaches Flights The coaching staff will be on the following Southwest flights. This is not an official "team flight" however, if families feel more comfortable booking the same flight as the coaching staff they absolutely can! The coaches will also have a van to help provide transportation to athletes traveling without a chaperone.
HOTEL https://www.cambriachandler.com/ - MAP The team will be staying here and rooms have already been saved for athletes. Information about the parent block of rooms will be available shortly. There are also several hotels in this area if parents would like to stay somewhere else. We will be in the Chandler Fashion Center. There are many options close by for those wishing to use points or as reward members. Cool Video's From Past NXRSW
Nike Cross Nationals and Thanksgiving Break A challenge again for us this year will be Thanksgiving break. 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 21st-27th.
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 and Coach Selle 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 Jen Christians know when you contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org about your athlete coming to AZ. We always appreciate the help!