This Saturday’s USA Cross Country Championships 2014 kick off party was a big success! Following the PAC 12 Cross Country Championships that happened in Boulder just hours earlier, the crowd was pumped up and excited for February’s Championship race.
2007 US Cross Country Champion Alan Culpepper, Steeplechase Olympian and World Champion 1500 Meter Runner Jenny Simpson, and our own World Championship Marathoner Mark Plaatjes were all in attendance. Each spoke briefly about what cross country means to them, how Boulder’s unique supportive running culture has benefitted them as athletes, and encouraged the crowd to get involved in the upcoming event. Delicious food was provided by Savory Cuisines Catering and Avery Brewing Company kept the crowd happy with tasty brews.
Alan Culpepper talks about his experience winning the US Cross Country Championships when they were held in Boulder in 2007.
Jenny Simpson thanks the Boulder community for their support and inspires the crowd.
Race director for the 2014 event Sean Nesbitt talks about the upcoming event.
Thanks to all who came out to help us celebrate Cross Country! If you’d like to learn more about the event or how you can get involved, check out this article for more information.