Nike Cross Regional Southwest Championships in Arizona On November 16-18, 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 2nd. Athlete Registration If your child IS attending, please complete the following form before August 1st:
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 with the team over the summer. Train on your own when you are out of town.
Athletes stay in town to train/race the week of fall break (Oct 14th-22nd).
Athletes continue to train and attend practice each day after the League Championships Meet until the NXRSW Regional on November 18th.
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 20th-25th) 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.
Payment Link (Available in August) Anticipated Cost: $300 (flights are additional) This fee will cover
Coaches Travel and Hotel
FLIGHT OPTIONS There is not an official designatied “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 at the hotel for check in by 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 16th
Team practice in Chandler, AZ at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 16th
Athletes should plan to be at practice on Wednesday, November 15th at MVHS. If flying out Wednesday, please plan to be at practice that afternoon.
Most years we leave the race course on Saturday between 1 and 2 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.
Parent Block Reservations Open Until 10/16/23 (or until they sell out)
The team will be staying here and rooms have already been saved for athletes. Information about the parent block of rooms is linked above. 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.
Athlete Rooming Assignments Athletes competing at NXRSW as a part of Vista Nation are expected to stay with the TEAM. The coaching staff will coordinate rooming assignments, and will let athletes know who they are sharing a room with after we get to Arizona.
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 20th-26th.
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 with 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 we always appreciate the help!