The February 13th, USA Cross Country Championships at Plantes Ferry Sports Stadium will welcome Olympic runners Shalane Flanagan, Max King and Billy Nelson to compete among 600 of nation’s top runners competing for their slot on the USA National Team which will compete against the world at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Poland.
Shalane Flanagan earned the bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 10,000m. She is currently the American record holder for the outdoor 5,000m and 10,000m, and the indoor 3,000m and 5,000m.
Originally from Bend, Oregon, Max King was a runner up in the steeplechase for the 2008 Olympics. At the 2009 USA Cross Country Championships Max finished 9th, and earned his slot on the World Championship Cross Country team for the third time (06’, 08’, 09’).
Billy Nelson was a runner-up for the US Olympic team in 2008 in the 3,000m steeplechase, finishing 9th in the 2008 Olympic Games opening rounds with a time of 8:36.66.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, Feb. 11th
Nike Athletes Symposium | Lewis & Clark H.S. Auditorium | 7:00 PM | Open to Public
Friday, Feb. 12th
Gold Medal Olympian Billy Mills speaks | Mirabeau Park Hotel | 7:00 PM | Open to the Public
Saturday, Feb. 13th
Erik Anderson Memorial 4K Community Run | Plantes Ferry Sports Stadium | 9:00 AM – Registration at www.spokanesports.org | Open to Public
USA Cross Country Championships | Plantes Ferry Sports Stadium | 9: 45 AM – Races Start | No Fee
For more information on events please contact the Spokane Regional Sports Commission at 509.456.5812 or at www.spokanesports.org.